Naomi Judd Dies

Just over two weeks ago making an appearance at the annual Country Music Television Awards, Naomi and Wynona Judd announced a Judds farewell tour set to begin this fall.  On April 30, the family has announced that matriarch Naomi has died at the age of 76 near Nashville, Tennessee.  In a release issued by daughters Wynona and Ashely, mental illness was listed as the cause of death.

While no further details on the death were given, Judd was open about her struggles with severe depression and anxiety.

Naomi formed the Country music duo The Judds with daughter Wynona – daughter Ashely is an actress – in the eighties.  Over the next 10 years the duo had 20 top 10 hits –14 of which reached number one, five Grammy Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, nine Country Music Association Awards, and sold over 20 million albums.  In 1994 The Judds, Travis Tritt, Clint Black, and Tanya Tucker performed the halftime show for the Super Bowl.  The Judds had just been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last week.

A diagnosis of Hepatitis C – unknowingly contracted while she was working as a nurse – for Naomi brought a halt to the recording and live performances on a regular basis; however, there were a number of one off appearances over the years.  Having recently come back together after over 20 years, The Judds gave a moving performance during the concert filled CMT Awards only a few weeks ago.  What started out as a celebration of music has turned into the duo’s final performance.

She was born Diana Ellen Judd on January 11, 1946 in Ashland, Kentucky.  She was the single mother of two and a nurse when Naomi and daughter Wynona formed the hit making Country duo The Judds.

While best known for her singing with daughter Wynona, Naomi also dabbled in acting like daughter Ashley.  Naomi made her acting debut in 1979 as a girl on the bus in “More American Graffiti”.  She also made appearances in “Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr Story”, “Rio Diablo”, “Sisters”, an episode of “The Client”, an episode of “3rd Rock form the Sun”, the voice of an understanding angel in the “Littlest Angel’s Easter”, “Family Tree”, “A Holiday Romance”, “Touched by an Angel”, “Someone Like You”, “Maybe It’s Me”, “Frasier”, “Higglytown Heroes”, “The Killing Game”, “Nearlyweds”, “Window Wonderland”, “An Evergreen Christmas”, and her final television appearance in 2021 as Catherine Landry in “V.C. Andrews’ Landry Family”.

Naomi is survived by her second husband Larry – the two had been married for 32 years, daughters Wynona and Ashley, and grandchildren Grace and Elijah.

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JR Motorsports Tames the Monster

After a wild and crazy weekend in Talladega, the NASCAR Xfinity Series travels to Dover, Delaware to take on the Monster Mile and Miles the Monster with the A-Game 200.

This is the final race in the Dash-4-Cash race where Noah Gragson, Ryan Sieg, Landon Cassill, and AJ Allmendinger will all compete for the $100,000 prize.  The driver doesn’t have to win the race but be the first of the four drivers to cross the finish line.

After a single round of qualifying, Brandon Jones puts his Joe Gibbs Racing number 19 car on the pole with 18 year old Sam Mayer starting alongside on the front row.

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

Brett Moffitt, Chad Finchum, Myatt Snider, Ryan Sieg, Rajah Caruth, Ryan Ellis, Jeremy Clements, and Josh Williams will all have to start the race from the back of the field after the crews made some unapproved adjustments to the cars.

Las week in Talladega Brett Moffitt broke a bone in his foot; but armed with a special shoe, he is ready to 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 one mile track.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and edges out for the lead.

Lap two, Brandon Jones leads the race with Sam Mayer in second; Josh Berry, Noah Gragson, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap four, Brandon Jones has already pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Sam Mayer; Josh Berry, Noah Gragson, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Rajah Caruth gets loose but saves the car and the track stays green.

Lap nine, Brandon Jones has a second and a half lead on Sam Mayer.  John Hunter Nemechek gets into the back of AJ Allmendinger; Allmendinger saves the car.

AJ Allmendinger reports that the oil temperature in his car has “sky rocketed”.

Lap 19, Brandon Jones has a lead of over a second and a half on Sam Mayer; Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

David Starr brings out the first caution flag of the race when he makes contact with Kyle Weatherman; Jeremy Clements also spins out trying to avoid the wreck.

Lap 27, Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with the JR Motorsports drivers lined up behind him.  Jones gets out in front for the lead. 

Lap 28, Brandon Jones has led every lap so far; Sam Mayer, Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 30, Sam Mayer is not letting leader Brandon Jones run away this time. 

Lap 31, Sam Mayer gives Brandon Jones a bumper and passes to take the lead.

Lap 35, the top five are  Sam Mayer, Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, and Noah Gragson.

Lap 39, Josh Berry and Noah Gragson battle for fifth when Ty Gibbs comes up and takes fifth place.  Sam Mayer is the leader.

Sam Mayer wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Sam Mayer
Justin Allgaier
Josh Berry
Brandon Jones
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Gibbs
AJ Allmendinger
Noah Gragson
Riley Herbst
Sheldon Creed

Sam Mayer and Justin Allgaier were battling for the lead at the end of the stage.

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Parker Retzlaff missed his pit box coming down pit road.  Brandon Jones wins the race off of pit road.

Sam Mayer has to make a second pit stop after losing a tire.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 55 with Ty Gibbs alongside.  Jones jumps out in front for the lead and pulls away.  Drivers battle for position.

Rajah Caruth is slowed on the track but the track stays green.  He takes his car to the garage with a broken shock mount.

Lap 58, Brandon Jones leads the race with Ty Gibbs in second; AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 61, Sam Mayer has moved up to 21st place after having to restart the race from the back of the field.

Lap 62, Brandon Jones has a lead of nearly half a second on Ty Gibbs; AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 63, Kaz Grala has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a loose wheel.

Lap 69, Brandon Jones continues to lead the race with Ty Gibbs in second; Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 72, Ty Gibbs comes up to battle with Brandon Jones for the lead; but Jones holds Gibbs off.

Lap 75, leaders have encountered slower traffic.

Lap 77, Justin Allgaier comes up to pass Ty Gibbs for second and sets his sights on the leader.

Lap 79, there are 28 cars on the lead lap with one driver off the track.

Lap 80, Justin Allgaier passes Brandon Jones for the lead.

Lap 83, John Hunter Nemechek has a flat tire and has to work his way to pit road.  The tire shreds before he makes it to pit road but the track stays green.

Lapa 85, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Brandon ones, AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, and Josh Berry with 25 cars on the lead lap.

John Hunter Nemechek takes his car to the garage with no brakes.

Lap 88, Justin Allgaier has a one second lead on Brandon Jones.

Mason Massey brings out the caution flag when he gets into the wall.

Justin Allgaier wins stage two under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
AJ Allmendinger
Josh Berry
Ty Gibbs
Riley Herbst
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill

After restarting stage two at the back of the field, Sam Mayer has worked his way through the field to 12th place.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Justin Allgaier winning the race off of pit road.  After working his way through the field, Sam Mayer was caught for speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Brandon Jones has to make a second trip down pit road with loose lug nuts.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane with team mate Josh Berry alongside.  Allgaier edges out for the lead after a short battle with Berry.

Lap 100, halfway, Justin Allgaier leads the race with team mate Josh Berry in second; Ty Gibbs, AJ Allmendinger, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 102, Sam Mayer is in 20th place.

Stefan Parsons brings out the fourth cautio flag of the race when he spins out on lap 104.

Riley Herbst is the only driver who comes down pit road for service.  All of the drivers must make a pit stop at some point during stage three.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 108 and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 109, Justin Allgaier leads the race with team mate Josh Berry in second; Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 115, Justin Allgaier has a near half second lead on Josh Berry; Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 122, Justin Allgaier still leads the race but second place driver Josh Berry has closed the gap; Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 130, Justin Allgaier has a near half second lead on Josh Berry; Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.  Coming through the field once again, Sam Mayer has entered the top 10.

Lap 141, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with Josh Berry half a second behind; Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.  Sam Mayer is up to seventh place.

Lap 146, Josh Berry passes Justin Allgaier for the lead.  The two swap the lead back and forth a couple of times before Josh Berry takes the lead.

Fifty to go, Josh Berry leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; Ty Gibbs, Daniel Hemric, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.  There are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 158, Bayley Currey brings out the fifth caution flag when he loses the rear end of the car and spins out.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and a full load of fuel.  Josh Berry wins the race off of pit road.  Justin Allgaier had a slow pit stop and came back out on the track in fifth place.

Lap 167, Josh Berry brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Daniel Hemric alongside.  Hemric gets out in front initially, but Josh Berry comes up and takes the lead.

Lap 167, Josh Berry leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

FOX broadcaster Adam Alexander pointed out that in the previous three Dash-4-Cash races the driver who won the money finished the race in third place.  Noah Gragson is currently in third place.

Lap 181, Josh Berry has a second and a half lead on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.  Sam Mayer has worked his way up to eighth place.  There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Daniel Hemric and Sheldon Creed make contact in a battle for position but the track stays green.

With 13 laps remaining in the race, JR Motorsports has all four of its drivers in the top five.  Ty Gibbs is the only driver in the top five not a part of JR Motorsports.

Ten to go!  Josh Berry has a two second lead on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.  There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Ty Gibbs passes Noah Gragson for third.

Five to go, Justin Allgaier has cut the gap to leader Josh Berry down to just one second.

Josh Berry takes the white flag.

Josh Berry wins the race for his first win of the season with Justin Allgaier in second.  For only the second time in Xfinity Series history, four of the top five drivers came from the same team – JR Motorsports.  This is the fifth Dover win for JR Motorsports.

Noah Gragson wins the Dash-4-Cash prize.  All four of the Dash-4-Cash winners came from Kaulig Racing and JR Motorsports.

The unofficial results of the A-Game 200:
Josh Berry
Justin Allgaier
Ty Gibbs
Noah Gragson
Sam Mayer
AJ Allmendinger
Brandon Jones
Sheldon Creed
Riley Herbst
Ryan Sieg
Daniel Hemric
Landon Cassill
Brett Moffitt
Austin Hill
Anthony Alfredo
Jeb Burton
Parker Retzlaff
Brandon Brown
Alex Labbe
Ryan Ellis
Chandler Smith
Myatt Snider
JJ Yeley
Kaz Grala
Josh Williams
Ryan Vargas
Kyle weatherman
Joe Graf Jr
Jeremy Clements
Stefan Parsons
Matt Mills
Chad Finchum
Patrick Emerling
Mason Massey
David Starr
Bayley Currey
John Hunter Nemechek
Rajah Caruth


All Star Race Format Announced

This year the annual All Star Race will be held at Texas Motor Speedway on May 22.  A non-points race,  the drivers are racing for a $1 million prize.

NASCAR has revealed the format for the race.

Always looking to shake things up, one of the biggest changes for this year is the format for qualifying.  Similar to normal qualifying procedures, the drivers will make a single lap to set their qualifying speeds.  The order of making a run will be the reverse of current point standings at the time of the run.  The top eight drivers will then battle for the pole in a head to head battle that features two drivers facing off against each other that will include a pit stop.  After a four tire change and a drop of the jack the drivers will race down pit road – no speed limit – and race for the start/finish line.  The driver who crosses the line first is the winner.

However, the qualifying format for the All Star Open race will reflect the more traditional format used during points races with the order being based on the points standings.  The drivers will qualify in reverse order of the points.

The Open race itself will have three stages of two 20 laps segments and a 10 lap segment.  The winner of each stage and the race winner will all transfer into the main All Star race.

There will also be a driver who makes it into the main race via the fan vote (which is currently open at nascar.com/fanvote).

Like the Coca-Cola 600, the All Star race will include four stages with stages one, two, and three lasting 25 laps each and stage four lasting 50 laps for a total of 125 laps around the mile and a half track.

However, things get very complicated once the drivers reach the final stage…  If the driver who wins stage one places no further than 15th in stages two and three, he will sit on the pole for stage four.  The winner of stage two will start alongside the pole sitter if he places no further than 15th in stage three.  And the winner of stage three will start stage four in third place.

Once stage two is complete ALL of the drivers must come down pit road for a four tire change pit stop.  The crew that completes service in the shortest amount of time will win the pit challenge and start stage four in fourth as long as their stage three finish is no further back than 15th.

NASCAR has frequently called a “competition caution” to allow crews to check tire wear after inclement weather conditions or any time they feel it is needed.  If there is no caution flag between lap 15 and lap 25 of stage four, NASCAR will call a “competition caution” they are calling an ”All Star competition caution”.

Fans will need to pay close attention during this year’s All Star race once the race reaches the final stage.

2022 NFL Draft – Round 1

Next to the Super Bowl, it’s the biggest night in football when the best in college football gathers in hopes of making it into the NFL with the annual NFL Draft.  After some delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, the draft finally come to Las Vegas for the first time.

Live from Las Vegas, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will reveal the names of which players will have their names called as a prospective professional football player.

Over the next three days, NFL owners will go through seven rounds of player drafts with round one on Thursday night.  Rounds two through four will be on Friday and round five through seven will be on Saturday.

Even before the draft has begun, teams are making deals and trading picks to maximize their opportunities.  The Houston Texans and New England Patriots have made three trades.  The Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots have made a trade.  The New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles have made a trade that involves several trades over the next three years.

The Kansas City Chiefs have traded Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins for five trades over the next two years.

The Atlanta Falcons have traded quarterback Matt Ryan for a round three pick to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Houston Texans have traded quarterback Deshaun Watson and a 2024 round six pick to the Cleveland Browns for six draft picks over the next three years.

The Cleveland Browns have traded quarterback Case Keenum to the Buffalo Bills for the 2022 round seven pick.

The Green Bay Packers trade wide receiver Davante Adams for two 2022 picks.

The New England Patriots trade offensive guard Shaq Mason to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2022 round five pick.

The Seattle Seahawks have traded quarterback Russell Wilson and the round four pick to the Denver Broncos for quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant, defensive end Shelby Harris, and five picks over the next two years.

The Dallas Cowboys trade wide receiver Amari Cooper and the sixth round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for a round five and a round six draft pick.

The Indianapolis Colts trade quarterback Carson Wentz and two 2022 draft picks to the Washington Commanders for three draft picks over the next two years.

The Chicago Bears trade linebacker Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers for two draft picks over the next two years.

With all the trading among teams, currently eight teams will receive two picks each in the first round.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will get the 2022 NFL Draft started off with the first pick. 

With the first pick in the NFL Draft for the second year in a row, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Defensive End Travon Walker from the University of Georgia.

The Detroit Lions are on the clock…

With the second pick in the 2022 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions select Defensive End Aidan Hutchinson from the University of Michigan.

The Houston Texans are on the clock…

With the third pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select Cornerback Derek Stingley Jr from LSU.

The New York Jets are on the clock…

With the fourth pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner from Cincinnati.

The New York Giants are on the clock…

With the fifth selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, the New Your Giants pick Defensive End Kayvon Thibodeaux from Oregon.

The Carolina Panthers are on the clock…

With the sixth selection in the 2022 NFL Draft the Carolina Panthers select Tackle Ikem Ekwonu from North Carolina State.

The New York Giants are on the clock…

With their second pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select Tackle Evan Neal from Alabama.

The Atlanta Falcons are on the clock…

With the eighth selection of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select Wide Receiver Drake London from USC.

The Seattle Seahawks are on the clock…

With the ninth selection in the 2022 NFL Draft the Seattle Seahawks select Tackle Charles Cross from Mississippi State.

The New York Jets are on the clock…

With the tenth selection in the 2022 NFL Draft in their second pick the New York Jets select Wide Receiver Garrett Wilson form Ohio State.

The Washington Commanders are on the clock…

The Washington Commanders have traded their pick to the New Orleans Saints.

With the eleventh selection of the 2022 NFL Draft the New Orleans Saints select Wide Receiver Chris Olave from Ohio State.

The Minnesota Vikings are on the clock…

Trading with the Minnesota Vikings, the Detroit Lions in the twelfth selection of the 2022 NFL Draft the Lions select Wide Receiver Jameson Williams from Alabama.

The Philadelphia Eagles are on the clock…

After making a trade with the Houston Texans, the Philadelphia Eagles have the thirteenth selection of the 2022 NFL Draft and select Defensive tackle Jordan Davis from Georgia.

The Baltimore Ravens are on the clock…

With the fourteenth selection in the 2022 NFL Draft the Baltimore Ravens select Safety Kyle Hamilton from Notre Dame.

The Houston Texans are on the clock…

With the fifteenth selection of the 2022 NFL Draft the Texans select Guard Kenyon Green from Texas A&M.

The Washington Commanders are on the clock…

With the sixteenth selection of the 2022 NFL Draft the Commanders select Wide Receiver Jahan Dotson from Penn State.

The Los Angeles Chargers are on the clock…

With the seventeenth selection in the 2022 NFL Draft the Chargers select Guard Zion Johnson from Boston College.

The Tennessee Titans are on the clock…

After trading AJ Brown and some draft picks to the Philadelphia Eagles, with the eighteenth selection in the 2022 NFL Draft the Titans have selected Wide Receiver Treylong Burks from Arkansas.

The New Orleans Saints are one the clock…

The Baltimore Ravens trade Hollywood Brown and a draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals for the 23rd pick.

With the nineteenth selection of the 2022 NFL Draft the Saints select Tackle Trevor Penning from Northern Iowa.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the clock…

With the twentieth selection of the 2022 NFL Draft the Steelers select the first quarterback of the 2022 draft with Quarterback Kenny Pickett from Pittsburgh.  Celebrating the 50th anniversary of “the Immaculate reception” Franko Harris made the announcement calling it incredible; adding that he loved it.

The New England Patriots are on the clock…

The Patriots have traded with the Kansas City Chiefs.

With the twenty-first selection of the 2022 NFL Draft the Chief select Cornerback Trent McDuffie from Washington.

The Green Bay Packers are on the clock…

With the twenty-second selection of the 2022 NFL Draft the Packers select Linebacker Quay Walker from Georgia.

The Baltimore Ravens are on the clock…

The Ravens have traded with the Buffalo Bills.

With the twenty-third selection in the 2022 NFL Draft the Bills select Cornerback Kaiir Elam from the University of Florida.

The Dallas Cowboys are on the clock…

With the twenty-fourth selection in the 2022 NFL Draft the Cowboys select Tackle Tyler Smith from Tulsa.

The Baltimore Ravens are on the clock…

With the twenty-fifth selection of the 2022 NFL Draft the Ravens select Center Tyler Linderbaum from Iowa.

The Tennessee Titans are on the clock…

The Tennessee Titans have traded with the New York Jets.

In the twenty-sixth selection of the 2022 NFL Draft with their third selection of the first round the Jets select Linebacker Jermaine Johnson II from Florida State University.  People in the room with Johnson were doing the Seminole war chant when his name was called.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock…

The New England Patriots trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

With the twenty-seventh selection of the 2022 NFL Draft the Jaguars select Linebacker Devin Lloyd from Utah for their second pick of the round.

The Green Bay Packers are on the clock…

With the twenty-eighth selection in the 2022 NFL Draft the Packers select Defensive Tackle Devonte Wyatt from Georgia.

The New England Patriots are on the clock…

With the twenty-ninth selection in the 2022 NFL Draft the Patriots select Guard Cole Strange from Chattanooga.

The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock…

With the thirtieth selection in the 2022 NFL Draft the Chiefs select Defensive End George Karlaftis from Purdue.

The Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock…

With the thirty-first selection of the 2022 NFL Draft the Bengals select Safety Daxton Hill from Michigan.

The Minnesota Vikings are one the clock…

In the final selection of round one in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Safety Lewis Cine of Georgia.

George Michael ‘Freedom’ Uncut Sets Date

Shortly before his death in 2016, George Michael filmed a documentary about himself – his life and music.

On June 22, Sony Music Entertainment and Trafalgar Releasing will present that documentary “George Michael Freedom Uncut” in a one day world wide release.

A deeply private man, Michael opens up abut his private life and his music in what has become a tribute to the legacy of the award winning entertainer. 

Grossly underrated, George Michael is one of the greatest musicians to come out of Great Britain.

Michael co-directed the film with David Austin.

As he weaves his way between the public musical life and the private personal life, Michael is joined by Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden, Tony Bennett, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz.

The Beach Boys Celebrate 60 Years of Music

It has been sixty years since a group of young lads brought the sounds of southern California and the surf; extolling the merits of surfing, the beach, and girls to the rest of the world.

In a global celebration to last a year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Beach Boys some new and remastered music collections.  They are the first American pop band to reach the 60 year milestone.

In 1962 a group of brothers, cousin, and friend called themselves The Beach Boys and after signing with Capital Records released an album of mostly original songs.  The album “Surfin’ Safari” went on to spend a whopping 37 weeks on the Billboard 200 Album chart and sell over 100 million copies around the world.

Members of the band spoke on the milestone saying, “it’s hard to believe it’s been 60 years since we signed to Capitol Records and released our first album, ‘Surfin’ Safari’.  We were just kids in 1962 and could have never dreamed about where our music would take us, that it would have such a big impact on the world, still be loved, and continue to be discovered by generation after generation. This is a huge milestone that we’re all very honored to have achieved. And to our incredible fans, forever and new, we look forward to sharing even more throughout the year.”

Ume President and CEO Bruce Resnikoff added, “The Beach Boys have created some of the most iconic and beloved music of all time. An indelible and important part of America’s cultural fabric, their timeless music has been a ubiquitous soundtrack for generations and continues to influence, inspire, and delight. We at UMe remain honored to further The Beach Boys’ legendary catalog and look forward to celebrating them all year long along with their millions of fans around the world.”

The get the celebration started, Capital Records and Ume are releasing a remastered and expanded edition of “Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys” on June 17.  The 30 song collection has been expanded to a massive collection of 80 songs, including nearly every U.S. hit The Beach Boys had, for the anniversary release.

Originally released in 2003, the album spent the equivalent of two years – 104 weeks – on the Billboard music chart.  Selling over four million copies in the United States, the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America has certified the album four times platinum.

The newly remastered and expanded “Sounds of Summer” collection is being offered as a digital download, a three CD package, and a six LP vinyl set in standard and limited edition formats.  The limited edition vinyl collection comes in a rainbow foil slipcase with four collectible lithographs.

The original 30 song package has also been remastered and is being offered as a single CD or double vinyl LP.  The album is also being offered as a limited edition package.

The collection is available for pre-order at: https://thebeachboys.lnk.to/SoundsOfSummer

Over the coming months new official music videos will be released.  Also over the next year, Capital and Ume will be releasing more remastered albums by The Beach Boys.  And a documentary is in the works.


Feature photo credit: Capital Records Archives

Broadway Makes Protocol Adjustments

After extending the Broadway theatre mask mandate to the end of May just a couple of weeks ago; the industry has made another adjustment for stage managers and actors. 

While the vaccine mandate has been lifted for theatergoers, that mandate remains in place for actors and stage managers until at least June 26.

While no longer required to show proof of vaccination, theatergoers must still have their faces covered at least until May 31.

While outbreaks of the coronavirus have popped up in some productions that caused some interruptions in performances, the mandates have eliminated a large scale outbreak. Union members are also receiving an increase in their number of paid sick days to help compensate for anyone who must stay home due to a positive Covid diagnosis.

Bombadil

After being away for over two years, the Folk trio Bombadil will be hitting the road for a tour next month.

Noting that even though things will be different, they are still the same with MK Rodenbough will be joining the group on guitar.

James, the drummer of the band, said that they are going to try and play a song from every one of their albums.  He adds that he has a new kick drum and a new synthesizer.

And as a special treat, founding members Stuart Robinson and Bryan Rahija will be making some appearances on the tour.

Bombadil tour dates:
May 6 at The Pinhook in Durham, NC (tickets also available for live streaming)
May 7 at Petra’s in Charlotte, NC
May 11 at a House Concert in Nashville, TN
May 12 at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge in Madison, TN
May 13 at a House Concert in Knoxville, TN
May 14 at a House Concert in Asheville, NC
May 15 at a House Concert in Waxhaw, NC
May 18 at Music on Mendenhall in Greensboro, NC
May 20 at the Radio Room in Greenville, SC
May 26 at the Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA
May 27 at a Private Event in Philadelphia, PA
May 28 at Rockwood in New York City, NY
May 29 at the Eastlake House Show in Annapolis, MD

‘Sesame Street’ Characters Get New Series

Three of the characters from “Sesame Street” – Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby – will be leaving the neighbourhood for a short time to embark on an adventure.

The CGI animated series “Mecha Builders” has the lovable characters donning metal suits and flying through the air to teach some science and technology.

Executive vice president of creative and production at Sesame Workshop Kay Wilson Stallings spoke on the new series saying, “these are characters that are beloved and that our audience loves. So it’s just like expanding on these characters and who they can become. 

Geared toward young attention spans, each episode is just eleven minutes long and opens with a problem to be solved to challenge the three heroes who must work together to solve the problem.

Wilson Stallings added, “that’s how kids learn, right? You’re not going to get it right the first time. And what we like to model is what these characters are doing: They’re really heroes in training and so there’s a lot of trial and error.  You just have to have perseverance and you have to do a little creative problem solving before you end up with the right solution.”

Abby noted that the motto is repeated each episode, “first we planned it. We thought about ways to solve the problem.”

Elmo adds, “then we tested it. We tried different ideas and didn’t give up.”

“Then we solved it. We found a solution and saved the day,” concludes Cookie Monster.

“Mecha Builders” is a partnership between WarnerMedia Kids and Family and Sesame Workshop.  The series is set to begin in early May on HBO/Max and the Cartoon Network.  The premiere episode “They Sent Us a Pie” debuts on the “Sesame Street” YouTube channel and is available now.

The same lovable characters; Abby, Cookie, and Elmo are equipped with some extra “problem solving tools” for the new episode including being able to grow and shrink.

NASCAR Issues Single ‘Dega Penalty

NASCAR has issued just one penalty this week…

During the Geico 500 on April 24, BJ McLeod lost a wheel on lap 87 of the race at Talladega Superspeedway.  The infraction occurred shortly after McLeod had made a pit stop.

As a result of the lost tire, the Live Fast number 78 car was charged with violating the NASCAR rule book.  Crew chief Lee Leslie, jackman Alpha Lamin, and rear tire changer Kevin Teaf have all been suspended for the next four Cup Series races.

Engineer Christopher Stanley will serve as the number 78 crew chief in Leslie’s absence.

Il Divo

After the death of Il Divo member Carlos Marin due to the Coronovirus, the remaining members of Il Divo chose to continue on with their tour with a special guest. 

Currently on tour in South America, Il Divo has added more dates to their tour.

Il Divo tour dates:
April 30 at Centro de Convencoes Ulysses Guimaraes in Brasillia, Brazil
May 1 at Espaco das Americas in Sao Paulo, Brazil
May 3 at the Coliseo General Ruminahui in Quito, Ecuador
May 5 at the Movistar Arena in Bogota, Colombia
May 7 at Monticello in Santiago, Chile
May 8 at Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina
May 11 at the Auditorio National in Mexico City, Mexico
May 13 at the Auditorio Telmex in Guadalajara, Mexico
May 14 at the Auditorio Citibanamex in Monterrey, Mexico
May 17 at the Complejo Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador, El Salvadore
May 19 at the District Live Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico
May 21 at the Explanada Peru Arena in Lima, Peru
May 25 at the CCCT in Caracas, Venezuela
June 25 at the Plaza de Toros in Valencia, Spain
June 26 at the Hipodromo de la Zarzuela in Madrid, Spain
June 29 at Weiner Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria
July 1 at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes in Granada, Spain
July 2 at the Polideportivo Guillermo Amor in Benidorm, Spain
July 3 at the Jardins Pedralbes Festival in Barcelona, Spain
July 8 at the Starlite Marbella in Marbella, Spain
July 9 at the Sancti Petri in Cadiz, Spain
July 15 at the Coliseum in Coruna, Spain
July 16 at the Plaza de Toros in Linares, Spain
July 23 at the Multiusos de Gondomar in Porto, Portugal
July 24 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal
July 29 at the Polideportivo Municipal in Murcia, Spain
July 30 at the Tarraco Arena in Tarragona, Spain
Aug 27 at the Fair Park Music Hall in Dallas, TX
Aug 28 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX
Aug 29 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, TX
Aug 31 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Sept 1 at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH
Sept 2 at the Freeman Arts Pavilion in Selbyville, DE
Sept 4 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit, MI
Sept 6 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI
Sept 7 at The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center in Brookings, SD
Sept 9 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, NV
Sept 10 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sacramento, CA
Sept 11 at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 14 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA
Sept 15 at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay in San Diego, CA
Sept 16 at Fantasy Springs in Indio, CA
Sept 30 at Centro Hipico – Mairena del Aljarafe in Seville, Spain
Oct 12 at Samsung Hall in Dubendorf, Switzerland
Oct 14 at the Stark Arena in Belgrade, Serbia
Oct 15 at the A1 Arena Boris Trajkovaski in Skopje, Macedonia
Oct 19 at the Zalgirio Arena in Kaunas, Lithuania
Oct 21 at the Incheba Expo Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia
Oct 22 at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria
Oct 25 at the Helsingin Jaahalli in Helsinki, Finland
Oct 26 at the Ouluhalli in Oulu, Finland
Oct 28 at the Budapest Arena in Budapest, Hungary
Oct 30 at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium
Nov 1 at the Jarhundtert Halle in Frankfurt, Germany
Nov 3 at the Sala Palatului in Bucharest, Romania
Nov 5 at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany
Nov 6 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 7 at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle in Dusseldorf, Germany
Nov 9 at the KB Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov 12 at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland
Dec 2 at the Southend Cliffs Pavilion in Southend, UK
Dec 3 at the Manchester Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, UK
Dec 6 at the Portsmouth Guild Hall in Portsmouth, UK
Dec 8 at the Birmingham Arena in Birmingham, UK
Dec 9 at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall in NOTTINGHAM, UK
Dec 10 at the Harrogate Convention Centre in Harrogate, UK
Dec 12 at the Hull Bonus Arena in Hull, UK
Dec 14 at the Edinburgh Usher Hall in Edinburgh, UK
Dec 16 at the SSE Arena in London, UK

Hamlin Ordered to Sensitivity Training

NASCAR’s history stems from “good ole boys” trying to out run the “revenuers”; but in the 70 plus years since that beginning the sport has seen a great deal of change, including diversity and tolerance.

After the race at Talladega Superspeedway on April 24, driver Denny Hamlin made a post on social media in reference to fellow driver Kyle Larson causing a wreck that involved 23XI drivers Bubba Wallace and Kurt Busch – a team that Hamlin is a minority owner.

Aimed at Larson, who is a Japanese American and the only driver in NASCAR of Asian heritage, Hamlin posted a meme based on the “Family Guy” series intermixed with the final lap of the race when the wreck occurred.

Hamlin later took the post down and issuing an apology saying, “I took down a post I made earlier today after reading some of the comments. It was a poor choice of memes and I saw how it was offensive. It came across totally wrong. I apologize.”

But, that was not enough for NASCAR who has ordered Hamlin to complete a course of sensitivity training that must begin by the end of this week.

Two years ago, it was Kyle Larson who was required to take sensitivity training after using a racial slur on the radio during an iRacing event.  Larson was also suspended from NASCAR until after he had completed the training.

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88 Car to Run in Xfinity Races

When Dale Earnhardt Jr signed with Hendrick Motorsports, he began driving the number 88 car.  When Jr retired from full time racing, the HMS number 88 car went to Alex Bowman.

On April 26, Dale Jr and JR Motorsports announced that they fill add a fifth JR Motorsports car in the Xfinity Series for some of the races.

Sponsored by HendrickCars.com; HMS drivers William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Larson will share the driving duties of the number 88 car.  Chase Elliott will be the first to drive the car at Darlington Raceway on May 7;  William Byron will drive at Texas Motor Speedway on May 21 and at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16; Kyle Larson will run the last two races at Watkins Glen International on August 20 and the second Darlington race on September 3.  Elliott, Byron, and Larson are all past Xfinity Series champions.

Earnhardt and HMS owner Rick Hendrick have had a long term partnership that includes co-ownership of automobile dealerships in Tallahassee, Florida and Hendrick’s minority ownership in JR Motorsports.

President of the Hendrick Automotive Group Greg Gach spoke on the partnership saying, “the NASCAR platform has been instrumental in helping us build HendrickCars.com into a national brand, and we look forward to continuing that momentum through this expanded effort.  We are committed to our racing programs and supporting our Hendrick Motorsports teammates whenever we can, and we know these additional races will benefit our drivers and teams. We’re also excited to work with Dale Jr. on this opportunity. He’s a terrific partner whose dealerships have created tremendous value for our General Motors customers. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Miguel Paludo drove the number 88 car in the Xfinity Series at Circuit of the Americas and Dale Jr himself drove the car in his once a year race at Martinsville Speedway.

Crews and crew chiefs for the races will be announced at a later date.

Drama League Award Nominees

The annual presentation of the Tony Awards by the Broadway Theatre Wing is one of the biggest nights in theatre but the annual Drama League Awards are among the oldest award in theatre.  Along wit the awards for plays and musicals is the Distinguished Performance Award – an award that can be won only once by an artist in their career.

On April 25 the nominees for the 88th annual Drama League Awards were announced in an event from the New York Library. The winners will be announced in a gala event from the Ziegfeld Ballroom on May 20.

Along with the normal awards, this year the Drama League will be honouring Hugh Jackman from “The Music Man”, Willette Murphy Klausner for producing “American Buffalo”, Billy Crystal for “Mr. Saturday Night”, Lileana Blain-Cruz for directing “The Skin of Our Teeth” as a part of their Special Recognition ceremonies.

88th annual Drama League Award nominees:
Distinguished Performance Award:
Uzo Aduba in “Clyde’s”
Simon Russell Beale in “The Lehman Trilogy”
Shoshana Bean in “Mr. Saturday Night”
Gabby Beans in “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Victoria Clark in “Kimberly Akimbo”
Sharon D. Clarke in “Caroline, or Change”
Billy Crystal in “Mr. Saturday Night”
Matt Doyle in “Company”
Rachel Dratch in “POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”
Edie Falco in “Morning Sun”
Tyler Fauntleroy in “Tambo & Bones”
Beanie Feldstein in “Funny Girl”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson in “Take Me Out”
Sutton Foster in “The Music Man”
Myles Frost in “MJ: The Musical”
Adrianna Hicks in “SIX”
Marin Ireland in “Morning Sun”
Nikki M. James in “SUFFS”
Ron Cephas Jones in “Clyde’s”
Joaquina Kalukango in “Paradise Square”
LaChanze in “Trouble in Mind”
L. Morgan Lee in “A Strange Loop”
Jane Lynch in “Funny Girl”
Taylor Mac in “The Hang”
Brittney Mack in “SIX”
Ebony Marshall-Oliver in “7 Minutes”
Elizabeth Marvel in “Long Day’s Journey into Night”
James McAvoy in “Cyrano de Bergerac”
Rob McClure in “Mrs. Doubtfire”
Kenita R. Miller in “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
Bonnie Milligan in “Kimberly Akimbo”
David Morse in “How I Learned to Drive”
Sarah Jessica Parker in “Plaza Suite”
Phylicia Rashad in “Skeleton Crew”
Ruben Santiago-Hudson in “Lackawanna Blues”
Arturo Luis Soria in “Ni Mi Madre”
Jarquel Spivey in “A Strange Loop”
Cecily Strong in “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Will Swenson in “Assassins”
Julie White in “POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”
Jesse Williams in “Take Me Out”
Michelle Wilson in “Confederates”

The Drama League also recognizes previous Distinguished Performance Award winners for the outstanding work on Broadway and Off-Broadway of the pas season – Hugh Jackson, Patti LuPone, and Mary-Louise Parker.

Outstanding Production of a Play:
“Clyde’s”
“Confederates”
“Dana H.”
“English”
“Hangmen”
“The Lehman Trilogy”
“Merry Wives”
“The Minutes”
“POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”
“Prayer for the French Republic”
“Selling Kabul”

Outstanding Revival of a Play:
“American Buffalo”
“Cyrano de Bergerac”
“for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
“How I Learned to Drive”
“Long Day’s Journey into Night”
“Skeleton Crew”
The Skin of Our Teeth”
“Take Me Out”
“Trouble in Mind”

Outstanding Production of a Musical:
David Byrne’s “American Utopia”
“The Hang”
“Kimberly Akimbo”
“MJ: The Musical”
“Mr. Saturday Night”
“Mrs. Doubtfire”
“Oratorio for Living Things”
“SIX”
“A Strange Loop”
“Suffs”

Outstanding Revival of a Musical:
“Assassins”
“Company”
“Caroline, or Change”
“Funny Girl”
“The Music Man”

Outstanding Direction of a Play:
Knud Adam for “English”
Saheem Ali for “Merry Wives”
Stori Ayers for “Confederates”
Camille A. Brown for “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
Matthew Dunster for “Hangmen”
Jamie Lloyd for “Cyrano de Burgerac”
Sam Mendes for “The Lehman Trilogy”
Tyne Rafaeli for “Selling Kabul”
Taylor Reynolds for “Tambo & Bones”
Les Waters for “Dana H.”
Kate Whoriskey for “Clyde’s”

Outstanding Direction of a Musical:
John Doyle for “Assassins”
Marianne Elliott for “Company”
Lee Sunday Evans for “Oratorio for Living Things”
Michael Mayer for “Funny Girl”
Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage for “SIX”
Leigh Silverman for “Suffs”
Niegel Smith for “The Hang”
Christopher Wheeldon for “MJ: The Musical”
Jerry Zaks for “The Music Man”

Latest on Busch/JGR Contract

Before the start of the 2022 NASCAR season, Joe Gibbs Racing and driver of the number 18 Kyle Busch learned that their primary sponsor M&M Mars would no longer sponsor the number 18 after the end of the 2022 racing season; after nearly 25 years as a NASCAR sponsor.

A contract year for Busch, numerous rumours and speculations are coming to light over whether Kyle Busch will also be departing Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the year.  Busch has been a part of JGR since 2008.  He currently is tied with Richard Petty for the record of winning at least one race in every season for the past 18 years – his entire career as a full time Cup Series driver.

Contract negotiations are seldom conducted in short order; but instead, are a long drawn out affair.  When asked over the weekend at Talladega about the contract Busch said, “I’m not getting antsy about it.  If it happens, it happens. If it don’t, it don’t. Goodbye.”  Busch added, “ask Joe Gibbs. It’s not my problem.”

Pressure has mounted somewhat in the past few weeks after JGR owner Joe Gibbs’ grandson Ty has won three of the nine races run in his first year as a full time driver in the Xfinity Series has stirred up talk about whether the 19 year old Gibbs would move up and fill a spot in one of his grandfather’s Cup Series cars.

In response to the contract talks, Joe Gibbs said, “we’re confident we’re going to get things done.”

Busch said, “so we’re just working hard at it. It takes a while.”

The two time Cup Series champion Busch owns a three truck team in the Camping World Truck Series where he regularly runs the maximum number of races allowed by NASCAR each year for Cup Series regulars – five – and wins on a regular basis.  He currently has 60 Cup Series wins, 60 Truck Series wins, and last year topped the 100 mark in Xfinity Series wins with 101 for a total of 221 NASCAR wins in his career to become the winningest driver in NASCAR.

NASCAR Point Standings – April 25

This past week NASCAR traveled to the larges track on the circuit when the Xfinity and Cup Series drivers raced at Talladega Superspeedway.  The iconic weekend saw the black number three car piloted by an Earnhardt just miss out on the win while another man named Earnhardt saw his driver cross the finish line first on Saturday and a watermelon splattered all over the start/finish line on Sunday.

In the updated stage point standings, William Byron leads the way with 99 stage points.  Seven drivers have won a stage in one of the 10 races run so far this season; while two drivers have won two stages and three drivers have won three stages – William Byron, Ryan Blaney, and Martin Truex Jr.

But when it comes to the overall point standings, Chase Elliott lead the way with 368 points.

While they lead the point standings, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney have yet to win a race.  Of the 10 races run this season, there have been eight different winners.

Cup Series Point Standings:
Chase Elliott – 368
Ryan Blaney – 347
William Byron – 334
Kyle Busch – 312
Alex Bowman – 309
Joey Logano – 308
Kyle Larson – 299
Martin Truex Jr – 298
Ross Chastain – 292
Aric Almirola – 265
Kevin Harvick – 252
Chase Briscoe – 246
Austin Dillon – 245
Christopher Bell – 243
Tyler Reddick – 242
Austin Cindric – 238

Denny Hamlin has won a race but places 24th in the point standings with 178 points.  After having a major penalty assessed that included the loss of 100 driver points, Brad Keselowski ranks 29th with 132 points.

But in the Playoff Standings, it is William Byron with two race wins who leads with 2,021 points.

William Byron – 2,021
Chase Elliott – 2,017
Ross Chastain – 2,013
Ryan Blaney – 2,013
Alex Bowman – 2,012
Kyle Busch – 2,012
Kyle Larson – 2,010
Chase Briscoe – 2,006
Denny Hamlin – 2,006
Martin Truex Jr – 2,006
Austin Cindric – 2,005
Joey Logano – 2,005
Aric Almirola – 2,001
Austin Dillon – 2,000
Kevin Harvick – 2,000
Christopher Bell – 2,000


In the Xfinity Series, AJ Allmendinger leads the points race with 384 points and Ty Gibbs leads the Playoff Standings with 2,025 points.

Xfinity Series Point Standings:
AJ Allmendinger – 384
Noah Gragson – 344
Ty Gibbs – 339
Josh Berry – 284
Brandon Jones – 271
Justin Allgaier – 263
Ryan Sieg – 260
Sam Mayer – 255
Austin Hill – 250
Riley Herbst – 242
Landon Cassill – 240
Daniel Hemric – 230




The Camping World Truck Series drivers had the weekend off.

Two Time Winner in Cup Series at ‘Dega

This week the NASCAR Cup Series goes from one of the smallest tracks on the circuit to the largest when they travel to Alabama and Talladega Superspeedway for the Geico 500.

There was no practice this week so the single car one lap qualifying runs are the first time the drivers will take to the track.

JJ Yeley got the qualifying run started with a time of 55.682 seconds around the 2.66 mile track.

Once all 39 drivers have made an attempt to qualify, the top 10 drivers will make a second run to determine the pole position.

After two rounds of qualifying, Christopher Bell puts his number 20 Joe Gibbs Racing on the pole with a time of 52.927 seconds for his second career pole. JGR team mate Martin Truex Jr will start alongside on the front row.

The Spire Motorsports number 77 car driven by Landon Cassill hailed the pre-race inspection process three times with a rear spoiler issue. As a result, Cassill loses his chance to qualify the car, loses a crew member for the weekend, has to start the race from the back of the field, and will have to serve a pass through penalty once the race starts.

The number 19 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Martin Truex Jr and the number 47 JTG Daugherty car driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr failed the inspection process twice. While the drivers will get to qualify their cars and keep their starting spots, they lose a crew member for the weekend and the opportunity to choose a pit stall.

Brad Keselowski has the most wins of the active drivers in today’s race with six.

A special track requires a special guest commentator in the FOX Sports broadcast booth. Joining Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer this week is Hall of Fame driver and Xfinity team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The starting lineup for the Geico 500:
Christopher Bell
Martin Truex Jr
Daniel Hemric
Daniel Suarez
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
William Byron
Bubba Wallace
Tyler Reddick
Justin Haley
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Erik Jones
Chase Briscoe
Austin Cindric
Ross Chastain
Ty Dillon
Michael McDowell
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Harrison Burton
Rickiy Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott
Cole Custer
Chris Buescher
Noah Gragson
Todd Gilliland
Corey LaJoie
Cody Ware
Greg Biffle
David Ragan
BJ McLeod
JJ Yeley
Landon Cassill

Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 68 laps for a total of 188 laps around th 2.66 mile track. The drivers can run around 40 laps on a single load of fuel. They will have to make at least one pit stop in each of the three stages.

After a very rousing command to start the engines, Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of the race. With a packed house, Christopher Bell jumps out in front for the lead on the inside lane, Daniel Suarez leads the pack on the outside lane.

Christopher Bell leads the first lap.

Lap two Christopher Bell leads the race with Daniel Suarez in second; Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap two, Daniel Suarez and Christopher Bell swap the lead back and forth.

Lap four, the battle for the lead between Christopher Bell and Daniel Suarez continues; depending on which lane moves out in front.

Lap five, Christopher Bell has the lead with Daniel Suarez in second; Martin Truex Jr, Daniel Hemirc, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap six, after having to make a pass through penalty at the beginning of the race, Landon Cassill is over 40 seconds back in last place.

With balance and handling issues, Kevin Harvick has lost 12 spots since the race start.

Lap seven, Christopher Bell has the lead with Daniel Suarez in second; Martin Truex Jr, Daniel Hemric, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

The drivers have finally formed three lanes.

Lap eight, drivers are getting four wide across the track.



Lap 10, Landon Cassill has gone one lap down.

Kevin Harvick has managed to overcome some of his handling issues and is now in 16th place.

Lap eleven, Daniel Suarez is the new leader with William Byron in second; Christopher Bell, Martin Truex Jr, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 14, Daniel Suarez leads the race with William Byron in second; Christopher Bell, Martin Truex Jr, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 16, leaders are single file with the drivers double wide through the field.

Lap 17, Daniel Suarez continues to lead the race with William Byron in second; Christopher Bell, Martin Truex Jr, and Ty Dillon round out the top five. Dillon leads the outside lane

Lap 19, Daniel Suarez has a lead of just a tenth of a second on William Byron; Christopher Bell, Martin Truex Jr, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 23, Daniel Suarez continues to lead the race. He has led 15 laps so far – the most in his career at Talladega.

Lap 25, the top five are Daniel Suarez, William Byron, Christopher Bell, Martin Truex Jr, and Daniel Hemric.

Less than three seconds separates the field of 38 drivers on the lead lap.

Lap 28, Daniel Suarez leads the race with William Byron in second; Christopher Bell, Martin Truex Jr, and Daneil Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 33, Tyler Reddick comes down pit road and the hood comes up. Drivers are now in their pit window to make it to the end of the stage.

Tyler Reddick thinks that the engine is blowing up.

The pack is beginning to break up halfway through stage one.

Lap 34, some of the Fords come down pit road for service. The 51 car of Cody Ware spins out coming on pit road.

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

The Chevrolets make their pit stops as green flag pit stops continue.

Lap 36, more drivers make their green flag pit stops including leader Daniel Suarez. Cole Custer is the new leader.

Lap 37, Kyle Busch is the leader as the final group of cars makes their pit stops.

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

Tyler Reddick’s car has been taken to the garage.

Joey Logano leads the race.

Lap 39, Kyle Larson is the new race leader with William Byron in second; Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski has served his penalty but has lost the draft.

Lap 44, Kyle Larson leads the race with team mates William Byron and Chase Elliott behind; Erik Jones, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Lap 45, Brad Keselowski has just gone a lap down after losing the draft. There are 35 cars on the lead lap. Tyler Reddick is the only driver not on the track.

Lap 47, Bubba Wallace leads the drivers on the outside lane in seventh place.

Lap 50, Kyle Larson leads the race with William Byron in second; Chase Elliott, Bubba Wallace, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 52, Bubba Wallace takes the lead from the outside lane.

Bubba Wallace and Kyle Larson battle back and forth for the lead.

Lap 54, Tyler Reddick is out of the race with a broken timing belt.

Lap 55, Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace continue to battle for the lead.

Lap 56, drivers get three wide in a battle for position with just four laps remaining in stage one. Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace continue to battle for the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 57 when Chase Briscoe, Chris Buescher, and Daniel Hemric get into a hard hitting wreck that includes the wall. The engine blew on Hemric’s car.

Stage one ends under caution with Bubba Wallace winning the stage for his third career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Bubba Wallace

Kyle Larson
Christopher Bell
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Bubba Wallace leads the field down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road. Christopher Bell has an extended pit stop for adjustments.

The crew for Ricky Stenhouse Jr has the hood up.

Kyle Busch is charged with leaving his pit stall with equipment when he takes the gas can out of his pit stall.

Daniel Hemric and Chase Briscoe are out of the race.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 65 from the outside lane and gets out in front for the lead.

Ross Chastain was the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 66, Erik Jones leads the race with Bubba Wallace in second; Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Getting a push fronm William Byron, Kyle Larson takes the lead.

Lap 67, Erik Jones passes for the lead with Bubba Wallace in second; Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvickround out the top five.

Some of the drivers are having overheating issues.

Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

Lap 69, Kyle Larson leads the race with William Byron in second; Erik Jones, Bubba Wallace, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

After restarting in 25th place, Kyle Busch has moved up 10 spots to 15th.

Lap 70, Erik Jones has the lead with Kyle Larson in second; William Byron, Bubba Wallace, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 74, Bubba Wallace takes the lead with Erik Jones in second; Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, and William Byron round out the top five.

Joey Logano continues to report a loose condition in his car.

Lap 76, Bubba Wallace and Erik Jones swap the lead back and forth with Jones leading the inside lane and Wallace leading the outside lane.

Lap 78, there are 34 cars in the lead pack.

Lap 80, Erik Jones leads the race with Kyle Larson in second; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Greg Biffle was slowed on the track and had to be pushed to the garage and bringing out the caution flag.

Erik Jones lead the field down pit road for fuel and fresh tires. Taking fuel only, William Byron wins the race off of pit road.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 86 and gets out in front of Martin Truex Jr for the lead after a push form Chase Elliott.

BJ McLeod brings out the caution flag when he spins out after losing a tire.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 90and gets out in front but a crash brings out the caution flag. Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Ty Dillon are stopped in the grass. Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez, Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, Todd Gilliland, Cole Custer, and Joey Logano who hit the wall were all involved.

With 25 cars on the lead lap, Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 98 with William Byron alongside. William Byron gets a push from Chase Elliott to take the lead.

Lap 99, the top five are William Byron, Chase elliott, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr,and Erik Jones.

Cole Custer brings his smoking car down on to the apron and the track stays green.

Lap 101 Martin Truex Jr and William Byron battle for the lead.

Lap 102, the top five are William Byron, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 106, Cody Ware brings out the caution flag when he gets into the wall and stops in the grass.

Several drivers from the back of the field come down pit road for service. Bubba Wallace had to make a second stop with a loose wheel.

Christopher Bell was caught speeding on pit road.

Landon Cassill is the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap.

William Byron brings the field down for the for the green flag restart with just 10 laps remaining in stage two. William Byron jumps out to take the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, and Martin Truex Ju round out the top five.

Lap 113, the top five drivers have a bit of a breakaway from the field which has gotten single file with William Byron leading the field.

Five laps remain in stage two, William Byron leads the field and the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers. Drivers in the back of the field have lost the lead pack.

Three laps to go in stage two with William Byron leading the race; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Drivers back in the field jump out to try and move forward.

William Bryon wins stage two for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
William Byron
Chase Elliott
KyleLarson
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Ross Chastain
Kurt Busch

Drivers come down pit road for service with Erik Jones winning the race off of pit road after taking fuel only. Several drivers did not change tires.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 125 with Kyle Busch alongside. Getting a push form Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch takes the lead on the outside lane.

Getting a push from Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 127, Erik Jones and Kyle Busch battle for the lead.

Lap 128, Kyle Busch leads the race with Erik Jones in second; Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Lap 129, a quarter of the field that started the race are now in the garage.

Lap 130, Ryan Blaney takes the lead with Bubba Wallace in second; Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 131, Ryan Blaney leads the race. Austin Cindric was holding up the outside lane with a damaged car.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace, Kyle Busch, Eric Jones, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 135, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race with Bubba Wallace in second; Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, and Kevin Harvick round off the top five with the field single file.

Fifty to go! Ryan Blaney has the lead with Bubba Wallace in second; Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

With 44 laps remaining in the race, Ryan Blaney leads the way with Bubba Wallace on his bumper; Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Forty to go, the drivers are now in their pit window to make it to the end of the race on a single load of fuel.

Drivers are beginning to jump out to the outside lane to try and move up in the field. Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race with Bubba Wallace in second.

With 37 laps to go, Bubba Wallace jumps out to take the lead with Erik Jones in second; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Kyle Busch got out of line and is falling through the field.

Erik Jones takes the lead with Ryan Blaney in second.

Thirty five to go, Erik Jones leads on the inside lane with Ryan Blaney hebind him. Bubba Wallace comes from the outside to take the lead.

Lap 155, Bubba Wallace leads the race with Ross Chastain in second; Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, and Kevi nHarvick round out the top five.

Lap 158, Bubba Wallace leads the race with Erik Jones in second.

Erik Jones comes up to take the lead

Lap 159, Bubba Wallace and Erik Jones battle for the lead with Wallace on the outside and Jones on the inside.

With 30 laps to go, the Fords come down pit road for their final pit stop.

Bubba Wallace leads the race with Ross Chastain in second; Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Burad Keselowski was caught speeding on pit road once again.

Several more drivers come down pit road for service, including leader Bubba Wallace; Corey LaJoie is the new leader.

As more drivers come down pit road Christopher Bell becomes the new leader. Christopher Bell and Kyle Busch make contact on pit road. Bell spins out but the track stays green.

Kyle Busch is in 20th place and Christopher Bell is the last car on the lead lap.

Twenty five to go, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Kyle Larson in second; Erik Jones, William Byron, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 168, 20 to go, Denny Hamlinleads the race with Kyle Larson in second; Erik Jones, William Byron, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Kyle Larson passes Denny Hamlin for the lead. Hamlin falls back in the field.

Lap 171, the top five are Kyle Larson, Erik Jnes, William Byron, Ross Chastain, and Justin Haley round ou t the top five.

Even with all of his many wins, Kyle Larson has never won a race at Daytona or Talladega.

The top five drivers are in a Chevrolet.

Fifteen to go, Kyle Larson has the lead with Erik Jones on his bumper; William Byron, Ross Chastain, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

With 13 laps to go, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney jump out on the outside lane to make their move.

With 12 laps to go, William Byron and Erik Jones jump to the outside lane with Kyle Larson leading from the inside lane. Ross Chastain is on Larson’s bumper.

Ten to go, KyleL arson leads the race with Ross Chasain in second as they pass slower traffic; Justin Haley, Denny Hamlin, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 180, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race from the inside lane with Ross Chastain in second; Justin Haley, Denny Hamlin,and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Getting a push from William Byron, Erik Jones comes up to challenge Kyle Larson for the lead with just six laps to go.

Kyle Larson and Erik Jones battle for the lead with just five laps to go.

Breaking away, William Byron pushed Erik Jones to the lead but Kyle Larson comes from the inside to retake the lead after a push form Ross Chastain.

Erik Jones gets a big push from William Byron, Erik Jones has the leadand comes down to the inside lane in front of Kyle Larson.

Denny Hamlin is slowed on the track out of gas.

Two laps to go, Erik Jones has the lead with Kyle Larson in second; Ross Chastain, Kurt Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

Erik Jones takes the white flag!

Drivers jockey for position to make a move for the lead. Drivers are four and five wide across the track with Ross Chastain taking the lead and crossing the finish line first! Drivers were wrecking behind Chastain. Kurt Busch got into the wall and Bubba Wallace took a hard hit. Chastain becomes the second driver of the season to win more than one race; joining William Byron.

Triple Overtime Finish in ‘Dega for Xfinity Series

Xfinity Series

At Talladega Superspeedway has always been a special event, but for one driver and team it is a very special weekend indeed. 

One of the most recognizable cars on any track is the black number three Richard Childress Racing car that was driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr for over 20 years.

This weekend that number three car returns to the track with an Earnhardt at the wheel for the Xfinity Series Ag Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.  The grandson of Dale Sr and the nephew of Dale Jr, Jeffrey Earnhardt will take the wheel of the iconic number three car complete with the white and black fire suit that was so familiar to Earnhardt fans.

And to make the event all that more special, Larry McReynolds returns to the top of the pit box to serve as crew chief after trading in his calculator for a microphone 21years ago to work with FOX sports.

After no practice, Jeffrey Earnhardt was the first car on the track to qualify for the race on Saturday afternoon. He clocked a time of 52,604 seconds. A time that kept Earnhardt at the top of the leaderboard until near the end of the first round. Only Ty Gibbs and Austin Hill ran a better lap time in round one.

Forty-one teams brought cars to the track to vie for one of 38 starting spots in the race. After the first round of qualifying CJ McLaughlin, Jesse Iwuji, and Natalie Decker failed to make the race.

With a time of 52.454 seconds, Jeffrey Earnhardt puts the black number three car on the pole!

Speaking on his first career pole, Earnhardt said, “I’m taking the moment in, man. I’d be lying if I said there was no pressure, honestly. What the black number three means to me is, you know, the champion, the man himself, my grandpa. He was my superhero. So, there’s definitely pressure. But I’m just honored to even have this opportunity to be out here in this car.”

On making his first ever start for Richard Childress Racing Earnhardt said, “it’s incredible. It just really has me speechless. I didn’t… This is what we hoped to happen, but I didn’t know for sure that I would be capable of it. Obviously Richard brings fast cars and I feel like I’m a good driver, but you never know until you’re given the opportunity. I think we were able to put it all together today and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow.”

Car owner Richard Childress also spoke on seeing the number three on the track again, “it’s been pretty amazing. Just to see the black three car back on the track with an Earnhardt in it, it’s just kind of touching to me anyway because I was always a big Earnhardt fan. And this is Earnhardt country.”

Back on the pit box as crew chief, Larry McReynolds said, it’s cool to be back down here trust me.”

The starting lineup for the Ag Pro 300:
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Austin Hill
Sheldon Creed
Landon Cassill
Ty Gibbs
AJ Allmendinger
Brandon Jones
Daniel Hemric
Riley Herbst
Brandon Brown
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Sieg
Brett Moffitt
Myatt Snider
Anthony Alfredo
Jeb Burton
Chandler Smith
Noah Gragson
Kaz Grala
Sam Mayer
JJ Yeley
Josh Berry
Jeremy Clements
Gray Gaulding
Mason Massey
Drew Dollar
Bayley Currey
Ryan Vargas
Alex Labbe
David Starr
Joey Gase
Joe Graf Jr
Josh William
Matt Mills
Kyle Sieg
Shane Lee
Caesar Bacarella
Ryan Ellis

Matt Mills, Brandon Jones, Ryan Ellis, Caesar Bacarella, Shane Lee, Riley Herbst, and David Starr were all moved to the back of the field after their crews made unapproved adjustments to the cars.

Stages one and two of the race are 25 laps each with stage three lasting 63 laps for a total of 113 laps around the 2.66 mile track.

Driver of the number three car in the Cup Series Austin Dillon and Kurt Busch join Adam Alexander in the FOX Sports broadcast booth for today’s race.

And the Dash-4-Cash returns for round three with Austin Hill, Landon Cassill, AJ Allmendinger, and Brandon Jones all competing for the $100,000 prize.

Jeffrey Earnhardt brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane with Austin Hill alongside and Ty Gibbs behind. Earnhardt edges out for the lead with the drivers two wide across the field. Ty Gibbs comes up from the inside lane to atake the lead. Drivers get three wide across the track.

Ty Gibbs leads the first lap with Jeffrey Earnhardt in second; Ryan Sieg, Austin Hill, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap three, Ty Gibbs leads the field on the outside lane with Jeffrey Earnhardt leading the inside lane. Sam Mayer leads the middle row which is further back in the field.

Lap four, Ty Gibbs has he lead with Jeffrery Earnardt taking the spot briefly before Gibbs retakes the lead.

Lap five Ty Gibbs leads the race with Ryan Sieg in second; Jeffrey Earnhardt, Josh Berry, and Brandon Brown rounding out the top five.

Lap six, Jeffrey Earnhardt and Ty Gibbs swap the lead back and forth depending on which line is moving.

Lap 10, Jeffrey Earnhardt leads the race with Austin Hill in second; Landon Cassill, Sheldon Creed, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap eleven, Ryan Ellis brings out the first caution flag of the race when the tire comes apart. There is also some debris on the track – part of the tire carcass.

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

Several of the drivers come down pit road for service. Drivers can run 42 to 44 laps on a single load of fuel. Pitting now, the drivers have the option to stay out at the end of the first stage.

Jeffrey Earnhardt brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 15 with Austin Hill alongside on the outside lane. Earnhardt and Hill go side by side until Austin Hill gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 16, the top five are Austin Hill, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Landon Cassill, AJ Allmendinger, and Sheldon Creed.

Lap 17, Ryan Ellis is the only driver not on the lead lap with all 38 drivers on the track.

Lap 19, Austin Hill holds on to the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second; Ryan Sieg, Sheldon Creed, and Justin Allgaier rounding out the top five.

Lap 20, Sheldon Creed passes Austin Hill for the lead.

Lap 21, Austin Hill retakes the lead.

Lap 21, the top five are Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, and Ty Gibbs.

Lapp 22, Josh Berry takes the lead briefly before Austin Hill retakes the lead as the two drivers lead each lane.

Lap 23, Josh Berry leads the inside lane and the race, but swaps it back and forth with Austin Hill.

Josh Berry wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one :
Josh Berry
Ty Gibbs
AJ Allmendinger
Landon Cassill
Austin Hill
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Anthony Alfredo
Sam Mayer
Brett Moffitt

Most of the drivers come down pit road for service including those who made a pit stop during the caution. Taking fuel only, Josh Berry wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Anthony Alfredo brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 31 from the inside lane and goes side by side with Brandon Brown before taking the lead.

JJ Yeley passes to take the lead.

Lap 32, JJ Yeley leads the race with Noah Gragson in second and Anthony Alfredo in third; Sam Mayer and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 34, Sam Mayer takes the lead.

Noah Gragson passes Sam Mayer for the lead.

Lap 35, the top five are Noah Gragson, Josh Berry, Anthony Alfredo, Sam Mayer, and Brett Moffitt.

Lap 40, Austin Hill is the leader with Anthony Alfredo in second; Brandon Brown, Noah Gragson, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Lap 41, after droping back in the field, Jeffrey Earnhardt has moved back up to the top 10.

Lap 43, Austin Hill leads the race with Sam Mayer in second; Brandon Jones, Brett Moffitt, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

Lap 45, Sam Mayer is the new leader with Justin Allgaier in second.

Lap 46, Justin Allgaier is the leader with Sam Mayer in second; Austin Hill, Brandon Jones, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five. Jeffrey Earnhardt is in seventh palce.

Mason Massey brings out the caution flag when he hits the wall after losing a tire and catches up a few other drivers. Josh Berry, Brett Moffitt, Ryan Ellis, JJ Yeley, and Chandler Smith were also involved.

Josh Berry wins stage two under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Josh Berry
Sam Mayer
Austin Hill
Brandon Jones
Tu Gibbs
Brandon Brown
Drew Dollar
Myatt Snider
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jeb Burton

Brandon Jones gets penalized for not coming down pit road in single file. He will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Lap 55, Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Sam Mayer on the outside. Hill edges out for the lead with a push from Ty Gibbs.

Leaders are double file with some drivers three wide back in the field.

With 57 laps remaining in the race, Austin Hill has the lead with Ty Gibbs in second; Sheldon Creed, Riley Herbst, and Justin Allgaier rounding out the top five.

JJ Yeley, Chandler Smith, and Mason Massey are out of the race .

Fifty-Five to go, Austin Hill has the lead with Ty Gibbs in second; Sheldon Creed, Justin Allgaier, and Ryan Sieg round out the top five.

Lap 62, Austin Hill holds on to thel ead with Ty Gibbs on his bumper; Sheldon Creed, Justin Allgaier, and Noah Gragson round out the top five. Jeffrey Earnhardt is in 10th place.

The rear bumper panel of Josh Berry’s car comes off leaving debris on the track and brings out the fourth caution flag of the day. The drivers within their window to fill up with fuel and make it to the end of the race.

The field comes down pit road for service with many drivers taking fuel only. Ty Gibbs wins the race off of pit road.

Lap 72, Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart with Austin Hill alongside. Getting a push from Noah Gragson, Austin Hill edges out for the lead.

Austin Hill leads the race with Noah Gragson in second; Sheldon Creed, Ty Gibbs, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Forty to go! Austin Hill leads the race with Ty Gibbs in second; Noah Gragson, Riley Herbst, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five with Jeffrey Earnhardt just out side the top five in seventh place.

The caution flag comes out with 37 laps remaining in the race for a crash involving Brandon Jones, Ty Gibbs, Drew Dollar, David Starr, Ryan Sieg, Ryan Ellis, and Daniel Hemric were all involved. Ty Gibbs gets his first DNF of the season when his car goes to the garage on the wrecker.

Lap 82, Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart with Sheldon Creed on the outside. Getting a push from Noah Gragson, Austin Hill edges out for the lead.

Lap 83, Austin Hill leads the race with Sheldon Creed in second; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Thirty to go! Austin Hill has a tenth of a second lead on Sheldon Creed; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Landon Cassill round out the top five.

With 25 laps to go, Austin Hill has the lead with Sheldon Creed in second; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Landon Cassill round out the top five.

Ty Gibbs has been checked and released from the infield care center. He apologized for his involvement in the crash.



With the laps winding down, Lap 90, the drivers have been somewhat aggressive throughout the race but have begun amping it up and are getting very aggressive on the track as they battle for space.

Lap 93, 20 to go! Austin Hill continues to lead the race with AJ Allmendinger in second; Justin Allgaier, Riley Herbst, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

Lap 97, Matt Mills brings out the caution flag when he hits the wall; causing significant damage to his car.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart with AJ Allmendinger alongside on lap 102 and gets a push from Justin Allgaier finally puts Hill out in front for the lead.

Lap 103, the top five are Ausitn Hill, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Sam Mayer, and Jeb Burton.

Ten to go, the drivers are two and three wide across the track.

The seventh caution flag comes out for a big crash back in the field. Myatt Snider has the rear bumper from Kaz Grala’s car. Sam Mayer, Brandon Jones, Drew Dollar, Ryan Vargas, Kaz Grala, Joe Graf Jr, and Brandon Brown were all involved.

Lap 110, Austin Hill brings the field dow nf for the green flag restart with Justin Allgaier alongside. Sam Mayer gives Justin Allgaier a push for the lead but gets loose after contact from AJ Allmendinger and hits Austin Hill; both drivers get into the inside wall.

The race goes into overtime!

Lap 114, Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart with AJ Allmendinger alongside. Getting push form Sheldon Creed, Justin Allgaier edges out front for the lead but AJ Allmendinger gets out in front just as the caution flag comes out when Gray Gaulding and Caesar Bacarella make contact. Sheldon Creed is also involved. Creed and Bacarella both hit the wall hard.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the second green/white/checker finish on lap 119 with Justin Allgaier alongside on the outside. Jeb Burton gives Allmendinger a good push but Justin Allgaier comes up from the outside to take the lead.

The caution flag comes out when Jeremy Clements gets stalled on the track.

Throughout the field, crew chiefs have told their drivers to save fuel.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the third overtime restart on lap 123 with AJ Allmendinger alongside. Justin Allgaier pulls away from the field. Noah Gragson takes the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second getting a push form Ryan Sieg. Jeffrey Earnhardt is in fourth. Justin Allgaier is out of fuel and out of the way.

Noah Gragson takes the white flag!

Ryan Sieg gets loose but saves the car. Jeffrey Earnhardt comes from fourth to take second.

Noah Gragson wins the race and gives car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr another Talladega win with Jeffrey Earnhardt finishing second.

This is Gragson’s first Talladega win and his second of the season and climbs the fence with his team to celebrate.

AJ Allmendinger finishes third to win the Dash-4-Cash prize for his second Dash-4-Cash win The final Dash-4-Cash race is at Dover.

The unofficial results of the Ag Pro 300:
Noah Gragson
Jeffrey Earnhardt
AJ Allmendinger
Landon Cassill
Ryan Sieg
Anthony Alfredo
Riley Herbst
Joey Graf Jr
Myatt Snider
Brett Moffitt
Josh Berry
Alex Labbe
Drew Dollar
Shane Lee
Jeb Burton
Joey Gase
Bayley Currey
Kyle Sieg
Josh Williams
Ryan Vargas
Gray Gaulding
Justin Allgaier
Jeremy Clements
Sheldon Creed
Caesar Bacarella
Brandon Jones
Austin Hill
Sam Mayer
Kaz Grala
Brandon Brown
Matt Mills
Ryan Ellis
David Starr
Daniel Hemric
Ty Gibbs
JJ Yeley
Mason Massey
Chandler Smith


Tony Winner Robert Morse Dies

Tony Award winning actor Robert Morse died April 20, 2022 in his Los Angeles home after a brief illness at the age of 90.

Morse loved acting and considered himself a down to earth guy who loved going to Costco.

Making his Broadway debut in 1955, Morse appeared in eight productions beginning with “The Matchmaker”.  He also appeared in “Say, Darling”, “Take Me Along”, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, “Sugar”, “So Long, 174th Street”, “Tru”, and “The Front Page”.

In Hollywood, Morse appeared in 75 film and television productions including the film productions of “The Matchmaker” and “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” after appearing the productions on Broadway.  His other appearances include “Naked City”, “That’s Life”, “Alias, Smith, and Jones”, “Love, American Style”, as Harry the Bookie in two episodes of the daytime drama “All My Children”, as Dewey Hogg in an episode of “The Dukes of Hazzard”, several characters in “Pound Puppies”, “ProStars”, Grandpa in “Here Come the Munsters”, “City of Angles”, Bertram Cooper in “Mad Men”, “American Crime Story”, and his final role in “Teen Titan Go!”.

He was born Robert Xavier Morse on May 18, 1931 in Newton, Massachusetts.  He caught the acting bug while still in high school.  He followed his older brother Richard to New York, making his stage debut in 1949 with “On the Town”.

Morse is survived by his second wife Elizabeth and five children – Charlie, Robin, Andrea, Hilary, and Allyn.

feature photo credit: Internet Broadway Database head shot

Fan Vote Open for All Star Race

On May 22 the NASCAR Cup Series will travel to Texas Motor Speedway for the annual All Star Race.  Drivers who made a qualifying run to enter the Daytona 500 are eligible for the fan vote; however, any eligible driver who wins a race between now and the All Star race is automatically entered in the All Star race.

Fans can go to nascar.com/fanvote to cast their votes; but only one vote per day per email is allowed.  However, if a fan shares their vote on Twitter and/or Facebook, they earn an extra vote for each share.  While fans may cast their votes only once a day, they may enter a vote every day until the May 20 deadline.

The 2022 eligible drivers are:
Austin Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Tyler Reddick
Chris Buescher
Harrison Burton
Justin Haley
Todd Gilliland
Cole Custer
Ty Dillon
Erik Jones
Ricky Stenhouse Jr,
Cody Ware
Landon Cassil,
BJ McLeod
Daniel Suárez

Drivers who are eligible for the Fan Vote must finish the Open race with his vehicle in raceable condition in order to remain eligible for the fan vote.

Stage winners in the Open race will transfer to the All Star race and will no longer be eligible for the fan vote position.

Previous All Star drivers who are still active, 2022 race winners, and 2022 stage winners are all eligible for entry into the All Star race.

Sir Elton to Re-Issue ‘Madman Across the Water’

Sir Elton John is in the middle of his farewell tour but there is still plenty of music.  In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Sir Elton is releasing an anniversary issue of “Madman Across the Water”.

Ume will be releasing the album on June 10, but the package which features rarities, demos, and outtakes is available for pre-order now.

The package will be available in four different formants…a super deluxe box, an LP box, a two CD set, and a single vinyl album.

One of the demos in the package is a stripped down version of “Tiny Dancer” with just Sir Elton on the piano.

The Super Deluxe box set includes three CD’s and a Blu-Ray that includes 18 previously unreleased songs, a reproduction of a poster from 1971, a 104 page book, and memorabilia.  The Blu-Ray disc will include liver performances form the Sounds for Saturday and Old Grey Whistle Test tours.

The four LP box set includes a 40 page book, poster, and memorabilia.

The two CD set includes the original album, rarities, and demos; along with a 40 page and memorabilia.

The single LP issue is a remastered edition of the album on blue and white 180 grain vinyl.

Sir Elton’s fourth album release, “Madman Across the Water” includes the hit songs “Tiny Dancer” and “Levon”.  Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman is featured playing the Hammond organ on three of the songs.

Feature photo credit:  courtesy of Universal Music

Jurassic World Live to Tour

At one time or another, every child has been fascinated by dinosaurs.  For some that fascination has never gone away.  Films like the “Jurassic Park” franchise prove the popularity of the long gone reptiles.

Beginning in late September, the Jurassic World Live tour will be heading out around the country to thrill audiences with a show that features over 20 characters including T. rex, Blue the Raptor, Triceratops, Pteranodons, and Baby Stegosaurus in an all new production that goes beyond the films.

The show is designed for all ages but includes strobe lighting and theatrical fog and may not be suitable for everyone.  While costumes are not permitted, taking pictures is permitted…and even encouraged.

Jurassic World Live tour dates:
Sept 29-Oct 2 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH
Oct 7-9 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, OH
Oct 13-15 at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, OH
Oct 21-23 at the Key Bank Center in Buffalo, NY
Oct 27-30 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 3-6 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL
Nov 11-13 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Nov 18-20 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Nov 25-27 at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA
Dec 1-4 at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Dec 9-11 at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO
Dec 16-18 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Jan 6-8 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Jan 13-16 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
Jan 27-29 at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL
Feb 3-5 in Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
Feb 10-12 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC
Feb 17-20 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Mar 3-5 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
March 10-12 at the Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, CT
March 17-19 at the UBS Arena in Belmont Park, NY
March 24-26 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI
March 31-April 9 at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA
April 14-16 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA



Promoters to Launch First Planet Pride Festival

Promoters Jake Resnicow and Ty Sunderland have joined forces to create the first Plant Pride Festival on June 25 at Brooklyn Mirage.  The festival brings six of the LGBTQ+ events – Dreamland, WE Party, XLSIOR, ZeroSpace, Ty Tea, and Love Prism – together.

Galantis, SG Lewis, LP Giobbi, and Ty Sunderland will be headlining the 12 hour event.  The festival will feature three music stages with proceeds benefiting Heritage of Pride and FEMME House – offers opportunities for women and LGBTQ+ individuals in music.

Speaking on the festival Jake Resincow said, “I’m psyched to elevate the Pride festival experience with an incredible, diverse lineup across three massive stages at NYC’s best venue.  Pride is all about giving back and we’re honoured to benefit FEMME House, which is paving the way for LGBTQ+ individuals in music through scholarships, mentorships, and workshops.”  He noted that restrictions no longer keep people from celebrating together.

Promoter Ty Sunderland added, “I’m so gagged to not only be DJing but to be bringing these dance music legends together for one party to celebrate Pride. It’s going to be a very special day.”

Joining Galantis, SG Lewis, LP Giobbi, and Ty Sunderland are ”RuPaul’s Drag Race” alums Aquaria, Gottmik, and Violet Chachki; numerous DJ’s, and more surprise guests.

Tickets for Planet Pride go on sale April 26 beginning at 10amEDT. Purchase tickets at: https://arep.co/p/planet-pride.  The festivities begin at 8:30pm on June 25 and run until 8:30am on June 26.

One of OUT 100’s Most Influential LGBTQ People of the Year, in the past Jake Resnicow has brought Pride events to New York, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

A world renowned DJ, Ty Sunderland is known for his sell out Pop and Disco parties in and around New York City.

feature photo credit: courtesy of Michael Eisele

Wimbledon Bans Athletes

As the war in the Ukraine drones on, Russian athletes are finding it more difficult to ply their trade.

The Boston Marathon banned all Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in the annual marathon race.

On April 20, the All England Club announced that Russian and Belarusian tennis players will not be permitted to participate in the 2022 Wimbledon Tournament.

Some of the more prominent names that are banned from the prestigious tennis tournament are Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka, and Anatasia Pavlyuchenkova.

The annual grass court Grand Slam  tennis tournament is set to begin on June 27.

The All England Club announced last month that they were in discussions with the British government over whether or not the Russian and Belarusian athletes should be allowed to be a part of the tournament.

The All England Club issued a statement saying, “it is our responsibility to play our part in the widespread efforts … to limit Russia’s global influence through the strongest means possible.  In the circumstances of such unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any benefits from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian players with The Championships.”

Wimbledon joins soccer – including the World Cup -, figure skating, and track and field in banning Russian and Belarusian athletes since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February.

This marks the first time the All England Club has banned such players from the tournament.  The ATP has called the action a “unilateral decision and unfair” decision.  Adding “our sport is proud to operate on the fundamental principles of merit and fairness, where players compete as individuals to earn their place in tournaments.”  And the move “has the potential to set a damaging precedent for the game.”

The WTA was “very disappointed” with the decision saying, “as the WTA has consistently stated, individual athletes should not be penalized or prevented from competing due to where they are from, or the decisions made by the governments of their countries.  The WTA will be evaluating its next steps and what actions may be taken regarding these decisions.”

Previously, the various tennis organizations have been permitting Russian and Belarusian players to participate in tournaments but not under their nation’s flags.

The All England Club has said that should matters change between now and the tournament’s beginning, they will react accordingly.  All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt spoke on the situation saying, “we recognise that this is hard on the individuals affected, and it is with sadness that they will suffer for the actions of the leaders of the Russian regime.  We have very carefully considered the alternative measures that might be taken within the UK Government guidance but, given the high profile environment of The Championships, the importance of not allowing sport to be used to promote the Russian regime and our broader concerns for public and player (including family) safety, we do not believe it is viable to proceed on any other basis at The Championships.”

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Rosalia

Latin Grammy Award star Rosalia will be launching a tour this summer heavy on the Spanish speaking countries plus some dates in the United States.

The tour is in support of her third studio album “Motomami”; which she has spent the past three years creating.

The 16 track album features songs in flamenco, reggaeton, bachata, salsa, electro-pop and hip-hop.

Rosalia noted that her musical influence is nature itself.  The Spanish native says that she grew up with nature.

Tickets go on sale April 22 at rosalia.com.

Rosalia tour dates:
July 6 at the Recinto Ferial de Almeria in Almeria, Spain
July 9 at Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla in Seville, Spain
July 12 at Plaza de Toros de Granada in Granada, Spain
July 14 at Marenostrum in Malaga, Spain
July 16 at Auditorio Marina Sur in Valencia, Spain
July 19 & 20 at the WiZink Center in Madrid, Spain
July 23 & 24 at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain
July 27 at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre in Bilbao, Spain
July 29 at the Coliseo in A Coruna, Spain
Aug 1 at Son Fusteret in Palma, Spain
Aug 14 at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, Mexico
Aug 17 at Auditorio Telemex in Guadalajara, Mexico
Aug 19 at Auditorio Citibanamex in Monterrey, Mexico
Aug 22 at the Tokio Marine Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Aug 25 at the Arena Movistar in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Aug 28 at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile
Aug 31 at the Movistar Arena in Bogota, Columbia
Sept 3 at the Altos De Chavon Amphitheater in La Romana, Dominican Republic
Sept 9 at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sept 15 at the MGM Music Hall in Boston, MA
Sept 18 & 19 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY
Sept 23 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Sept 26 at The Anthem in Washington, D.C.
Sept 28 at the Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL
Oct 2 at the Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater in San Diego, CA
Oct 4 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA
Oct 7 & 8 at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, CA
Oct 12 at the 713 Music Hall in Houston, TX
Oct 14 at The Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX
Oct 17 at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, GA
Oct 22 at the Ill Points Festival in Miami, FL
Nov 25 at the Altice Forum in Braga, Portugal
Nov 27 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal
Dec 1 at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy
Dec 4 at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany
Dec 7 at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle in Dusseldorf, Germany
Dec 10 at the ASAF Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dec 12 at the Forest National in Brussels, Belgium
Dec 15 at The O2 in London, UK
Dec 18 at the AcdcorHotels Arena in Paris, France

NM OSHA Fines ‘Rust’

It has been five months since the fatal shooting on the set of the western film “Rust” in which actor/producer Alec Baldwin was holding the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.  While authorities have yet to file any charges, New Mexico safety regulators have levied the maximum fine on the film production company.

Citing fire arms safety failures, the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau levied the maximum fine of $136,793 against the “Rust” film production company.

Bureau chief for occupational safety Bob Genoway spoke to the Associated Press saying, “what we had, based on our investigators’ findings, was a set of obvious hazards to employees regarding the use of firearms and management’s failure to act upon those obvious hazards.”

The Safety Bureau cited “safety failures in violation of standard industry protocols, including testimony that production managers took limited or no action to address two misfires on set prior to the fatal shooting. The bureau also documented gun safety complaints from crew members that went unheeded and said weapons specialists were not allowed to make decisions about additional safety training.”

Last October, Baldwin and the film crew were filming the western “Rust” when on October 21, Baldwin was given a large caliber revolver by assistant director David Hall without checking with the film’s firearms specialist or checking to determine whether or not the gun was loaded.  During the set up shot, Baldwin aimed the gun at Halyna Hutchins per her instructions when the gun discharged killing Hutchins and wounding film director Joel Souza.

Baldwin later stated that he never pulled the trigger; the gun went off on its own.

The shooting was not the first on set incident reported.  Previously there were two “accidental discharges” of a rifle.  Safety regulators noted that after the two incidents no ”investigative, corrective or disciplinary action” was taken.  Investigators also noted that production staff failed to ensure live rounds were not permitted on the film set; which is a violation of industry safety protocols.

Rust Movie Productions Stefan Friedman issued a statement saying, “while we appreciate OSHA’s time and effort in its investigation, we disagree with its findings and plan to appeal.”  Any appeal will he heard by the New Mexico health and safety commission.

Throughout the investigation, Alec Baldwin has vehemently proclaimed his innocence.  Via a statement, his attorney proclaimed the OSHA findings “exonerates Mr. Baldwin.”

Attorney for the film’s fire arms expert Hannah Gutierrez Reed noted his client was “was not provided adequate time or resources to conduct her job effectively.”

Reportedly, “Rust” had a film budget of just $7 million;  $250,000 of which went to Baldwin as one of the actors and a producer. 

To date five law suits have been filed against Baldwin and the production company including a wrongful death suit by the Hutchins’ family. Widower Matt Hutchins cited “a callous disregard in the face of safety complaints on the set.”

Investigations into whether criminal charges will be filed are ongoing.

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Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker has recently announced a return of his Darius and Friends benefit concert and has just announced a series of dates that will include a number of up and coming artists.

Rucker kicks off the tour with three different dates in Nashville.  Tyler Booth, Daves Highway, Larry Fleet, Caylee Hammock, Ryan Hurd, Jameson Rodgers, Elvie Shane, and Tenille Townes are all scheduled to join Rucker at various spots on his tour.

Darius Rucker tour dates:
June 6 – Darius and Friends at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
June 9 at Nissan Stadium for the CMA Fest in Nashville, TN
June 18 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN – Brooks and Dunn Reboot tour
June 23 at the Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland, OH
June 24 at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH
June 25 at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, MI
June 29 at the Backyard Country BBQ in Anchorage, AK
July 8 at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival in Cavendish, PEI
July 15 in Memphis, TN – venue yet to be determined
July 16 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
July 21 at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, CA
July 22 at the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
July 28 at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater in Bend, OR
July 30 at the Sunset Music Festival in Cowichan, BC
July 31 at the Rockin’ River Music Festival in Merritt, BC
Aug 25 at the Night in the Country Carolinas in Tryon, NC
Aug 26 at the Live Oak Band Pavilion in Wilmington, NC
Aug 27 at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA
Sept 2 at the Hartford Health Care Amphitheater in Bridgeport, CT
Sept 3 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY
Sept 4 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH
Sept 9 at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, OK
Sept 10 at the Lake Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton, MO

Acacia Strain

The Acacia Strain are hitting the road this summer in what they are calling the “Tune Low Die Slow” tour.

The tour is to help promote their newest album “Slow Decay”.  Malevolence, I AM, and 156/Silence will be joining the tour as opening acts.

The Acacia Strain tour dates:
June 24 at the Space Ballroom in Hamden, CT
June 25 at the Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ
June 26 at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD
June 28 at One Centre Square in Easton, PA
June 29 at the Preserving Underground in Pittsburgh, PA
June 30 at the Ace of Cups in Columbus, OH
July 1 at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, IN
July 2 at Pop’s in Sauget, IL
July 3 at the Outland Ballroom in Springfield, MO
July 5 at 89th Street in Oklahoma City, OK
July 6 at the Waiting Room in Omaha, NE
July 7 at xBK in Des Moines, IA
July 8 at The Forge in Joliet, IL
July 9 at the X-Fay Arcade in Milwaukee, WI
July 10 at The Stache in Grand Rapids, MI
July 12 at the Ottawa Tavern in Toledo, OH
July 13 at the Rec Room in Buffalo, NY
July 14 at The L in Horseheads, NY
July 15 at Alchemy in Providence, RI
July 16 at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT
July 17 at Wally’s in Hampton Beach, NH

Crown the Empire

Crown the Empire are celebrating 10 years  of “The Fallout” with a tour around the U.S. with a stop in Toronto.  D.R.U.G.S., The Word Alive, and Until I Wake are joining the tour to support the band.

The tour is set to kick off on Memorial Day weekend and will run to July 3.

Band members spoke on the tour saying, “we are so excited to play The Fallout in its entirety for the fans who’ve stuck with us over the past decade.  On this tour, we’ll be recreating the world from our debut album by bringing the most production and lighting we’ve ever brought out on the road. Get ready to experience a show from us as you’ve never seen before. 

They added, “joining us on stage will be special guests D.R.U.G.S., The Word Alive, and Until I Wake. We can’t wait to see all of you across the United States this summer!”

Crown the Empire tour dates:
May 30 at the Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM
May 31 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ
June1 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA
June 3 at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA
June 4 at the UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA
June 6 at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR
June 7 at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID
June 8 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA
June 9 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA
June 11 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
June 12 at the Oriental Theatre in Denver, CO
June 14 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL
June 15 at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, MI
June 17 at Elevation in Grand Rapids, MI
June 18 at the King of Clubs in Columbus, OH
June 20 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA
June 21 at the Opera House in Toronto, ON
June 22 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, NY
June 24 at the Reverb in Reading, PA
June 25 at Paradise in Boston, MA
June 26 at the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD
June 28 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
June 29 at The Orpheum in Tampa, FL
July 1 at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
July 3 at the Vibes Event Center in San Antonio, TX

Anthrax, Black Label Society, and Hatebreed

The Heavy Metal bands Anthrax, Black Label Society, and Hatebreed are joining forces for a North American tour this summer.

Zakky Wylde spoke on the upcoming tour saying, “Anthrax is one of The Bestest Legendary Metal/Thrash Bands Of All Time – I have been buds with Scotty, Charlie, Frankie and Joey for over 3O years and they are some of the Bestest people you will meet. Jon is The Bestest new addition Anthrax could ask for – Hatebreed are The Bestest Hardcore/Extreme Metal band and Bestest friends with Anthrax and Black Label Society. The Anthrax + Black Label Society, and Hatebreed Tour is going to be one of the BESTEST TOURS EVER!!”

Scott Ian of Anthrax added, “Zakk has been a friend and an inspiration to me as a guitar player, songwriter, and beard grower since we met in 1988.   We’ve had the privilege to share festival stages with Zakk and BLS around the world, and it’s always been a head-banging mutual admiration society between the two bands. Now we get to share the stage every night on what is easily going to be the heaviest tour of 2022 – the ultimate pounding one-two combination of bands. Oh, and did I mention we’ve got f***ing Hatebreed with us as our special guests? Holy crap, it’s going to be the night of 1000 crushing riffs. I can’t wait to see you all on the road.”

Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed added, “listen up!  It’s gonna be a hot summer! Anthrax, BLS and Hatebreed will be on your case, in your face and ready to kick you and your father back in place! See you in the pit.”

Anthrax, Black Label Society, and Hatebreed tour dates:
July 26 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
July 28 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV
July 29 at The Palladium in Los Angeles, CA
July 30 at the Heart Health Park in Sacramento, CA
Aug 1 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO
Aug 2 at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, MO
Aug 4 at the Hard Rock Live in Gary, IN
Aug 5 at the Oshkosh Arena in Oshkosh, WI
Aug 6 at The Fillmore in Minneapolis, MN
Aug 8 at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas, TX
Aug 9 at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater in Austin, TX
Aug 11 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA
Aug 12 at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL
Aug 13 at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC
Aug 15 at The Andrew J Brady Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 16 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Aug 18 at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD
Aug 19 at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY
Aug 20 at the Fillmore in Detroit, MI
Aug 22 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 23 at History in Toronto, ON
Aug 24 at the Amphitheatre Cogeco in Montreal, QC
Aug 26 at the Coney Island Amphitheater in Brooklyn, NY
Aug 28 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA

Bonamassa Continues Stream-A-Thon

The COVID pandemic has been rough on everyone, but most especially those who depended solely on live events to earn their living.  When things shut down, music artists found themselves  in a particular bad spot with no way to earn money.

Fellow musicians like Blues man Joe Bonamassa wanted to help.  In response, he has created the Fueling Musicians Program through his Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation. 

On May 1, Bonamassa will host his third annual Stream-A-Thon.  The concert of over two hours filled with music from over two dozen artists including Peter Frampton, George Thorogood, Dion, Bill Payne of Little Feat, Tommy Emanuel and Mike Dawes, Eric Gales, and Larry McCray.

To date the Stream-A-Thon has raised over $500,000 to help musicians get back out on the road and working again, once it is safe to do so; and to pay for some immediate necessities with $1,500 payments.

Joe Bonamassa spoke on the Fueling the Musicians program saying, “I am so thankful for the incredible support from our industry partners and for the fans who have donated to this program. Through the generosity of our contributors, we can continue to impact musicians who still need our help.”

The festivities begin at 3pm.  Blues fans can learn more about how to donate at ktba.org.http://ktba.org

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New ‘Peanuts’ Show for Earth Day

Generations of children have grown up watching Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and Peppermint Patty as the Peanuts gang starred in a variety of holiday specials.

On April 22, “Peanuts” fans will get the opportunity to watch a brand new program celebrating Earth Day.

“It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown” with music by Ben Folds will debut on Apple TV+.  The gang is trying to play baseball when Charlie Brown’s younger sister Sally becomes enamoured with a dandelion that is growing on the pitcher’s mound.

Craig Schultz, son of “Peanuts” creator Charles Schultz, co-wrote the teleplay for the 40 minute production.  He is also an executive producer for the film.

While there new short video “We Need Our Trees” is on the “Peanuts” YouTube channel in the U.S. and GoNoodle.com elsewhere, Apple TV+ has tapped into the “Peanuts” vault and will be airing “It’s Arbor Day” from 1976 on April 29.

Craig Schultz noted that there are more great “Peanuts” stories to tell saying “this cast is so rich and diverse that the stories almost seem endless.”

The new productions are a part of the “Peanuts” “Take Care with Peanuts” initiative that encourages people to take care of yourself, take care of each other, and take care of the Earth.  The “Peanuts” also has a global three planting project that includes urban gardens and even restoring forests.

Charles Schulz spent 50 years creating “Peanuts” cartoon strips and when he died, he left 18,000 of them behind.

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Broadway League Extends Mask Mandate

While the courts and CDC battle over extending the mask mandate for federal transportation, the Broadway League has extended once again their mandates for face coverings.

While the ruling for theatre fans wearing a mask has been extended until at least May 31, many of the 41 theatres will no longer require a status check for vaccinations beginning May 1.  Theater goers will need to check the show’s website or the point of purchase of tickets to determine whether or not a proof of vaccination is required.

Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin issued a statement noting, “since resuming performances last fall, over five million attendees have seen a Broadway show, and the safety and security of our cast, crew, and audience has been our top priority. Our intention is that by maintaining strict audience masking through at least the month of May, we will continue that track record of safety for all. And, of course, we urge everyone to get vaccinated.”

NASCAR Point Standings – April 18, 2022

In a freak event that took out the top two drivers after a failed pass on the final lap of the Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Easter Sunday, Kyle Busch notched career Cup Series win number 60.  In doing so, he tied the record for consecutive seasons with at least one win at 18 with “The King” Richard Petty.

The win made Busch the eighth different winner this season and currently has a spot in the playoffs.

After nine races eleven different drivers have won at least one stage with Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr leading the way with three each.

Chase Elliott leads the way with a total of 83 stage points.

Chase Elliott, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick have all earned stage points this season.

While he has yet to win a race this season, Chase Elliott leads the point standings with 324 points.

Cup Series standings April 18, 2022:
Chase Elliott – 324
Ryan Blaney – 321
Joey Logano – 303
William Byron – 295
Alex Bowman – 273
Kyle Busch – 273
Martin Truex – 253
Ross Chastain – 250
Kyle Larson – 249
Chase Briscoe – 245
Tyler Reddick – 241
Aric Almirola – 237
Kevin Harvick – 225
Austin Cindric – 222
Christopher Bell – 220
Daniel Suarez – 212

Denny Hamlin is in 23rd place with 159 points.

But when it comes to the Playoff point standings, as the only driver with two wins, William Byron leads the way with 2,019 points.

Playoff points standings:
William Byron – 2,019
Chase Elliott – 2,017
Ryan Blaney – 2,013
Alex Bowman – 2,012
Kyle Busch – 2.010
Ross Chastain – 2,009
Kyle Larson – 2,008
Joey Logano – 2,008
Chase Briscoe – 2,007
Martin Truex – 2,007
Denny Hamlin – 2,006
Austin Cindric – 2,005
Tyler Reddick – 2.002
Kevin Harvick – 2,000
Christopher Bell – 2,000
Aric Almirola – 2,000


The Xfinity Series had the weekend off with no change in the standings.


In the Camping World Truck Series, Ben Rhodes joined the Smith boys – Chandler and Zane – as a race winner on the dirt at Bristol.  Rhodes leads the point standings with 265 points and the playoff standings with 2,025 points.

Ben Rhodes – 265
Chandler Smith – 227
Stewart Friesen – 214
Zane Smith – 211
John Hunter Nemechek – 203
Christian Eckes – 193
Ty Majeski – 187
Tanner Gray – 180
Carson Hocevar – 170
Matt Crafton – 163

Camping World Truck Series playoff standings:
Ben Rhodes – 2,025
Zane Smith – 2,020
Chandler Smith – 2,015
John Hunter Nemechek – 2,009
Stewart Friesen – 2,009
Christian Eckes – 2,005
Ty Majeski – 2,004
Tanner Gray – 2,003
Carson Hocevar – 2,002
Matt Crafton – 2.001

Sportsmanship on Pit Road

What a difference a week makes…

On the last lap of the dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Easter Sunday, Chase Briscoe moved to the inside of leader Tyler Reddick in an attempt to pass for the lead; instead Briscoe and Reddick made contact spinning out both drivers. Third place driver Kyle Busch came up to win the race with Reddick finishing second and Briscoe ending up back in the pack in 22nd.

Briscoe described the on track events saying, “he’s (Reddick) one of the guys I feel like you can race hard and he appreciates racing hard. And I think he knows that I wasn’t even trying to wreck him. That was the last thing I wanted to do. I was sick to my stomach as soon as I saw I took him with me. I felt like I was probably going to spin out as soon as I got in there. He drove it in so hard trying to protect the slider from me, and that’s what he was supposed to do. It was my fault I hit him, so I hate it for him obviously. Glad he was still able to salvage something out of it.”

FOX Sports was interviewing Tyler Reddick after the race when Chase Briscoe approached Reddick expecting to get hit; but instead the two drivers shook hands and exchanged friendly words. Chase Briscoe said, “I walked over there with the intent if he punched me in the mouth, I deserved it, right?”. He added, “so, I walked over there and just apologized. And he said, ‘I totally get it, I would have done the same thing.’ And he wasn’t mad at all.”

In response, Tyler Reddick said, “It’s Easter, for one. And two, I mean, I just look at it like I could have done a better job the last couple of laps to keep distance between us, a gap between us honestly.” He added, “I get it. I literally would have done the exact same thing if I was in his position, if I had gotten to the leader’s bumper coming into Turn 3 for the final time.”

Last week at Martinsville Speedway in the Xfinity Series race, Ty Gibbs and Sam Mayer had an on track incident that escalated into Gibbs displaying some reckless driving on the track that continued on to pit road and then came to blows. Gibbs was fined $15,000 for his actions on pit road.

Tyler Reddick had led all but the final lap in stage three.

Record Tying Win at Bristol Dirt Race

In years past, NASCAR did not race on Easter Sunday, it was a day for the crews and drivers to be with their families.  But this year, the Cup Series returns to Thunder Valley and Bristol Motor Speedway for some dirt racing.

After some issues with the track last year, NASCAR chose to run the race under the lights to help keep the sun from drying out the field and stirring up the dust.

In preparation for the race, track officials layered sawdust, dirt, and clay on the concrete track that includes a banking and over seven feet of layers on the track.

A dirt race requires a different set of rules when it comes to qualifying for the race.  The drivers have been divided into four groups for heat racing.  The groups were selected by a random draw.  Each heat race is 15 laps of green flag racing.  The starting order will be determined by finishing position and points earned from passing.  A driver will earn one point for each car he passes above where he started.

Pit road procedures are also a bit different for dirt races.  Crews may fuel a car or change tires – unless one is flat and NASCAR  approves – during stage breaks.  The cars are being crewed by the team engineers and mechanics; as a result, the pit procedure is called a non-competitive stop.  Teams have three minutes to work on the cars and there is no race off of pit road for position.

Joining Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the FOX broadcast booth this weekend is NASCAR Hall of Fame legend Darrell Waltrip!

A past master at Bristol – 12 wins, Darrell Waltrip calls Bristol, “the toughest, meanest, badest short track in the country.”

The heat one starting lineup is:
Todd Gilliland
Ross Chastain
Brad Keselowski
Tyler Reddick
Alex Bowman
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Corey LaJoie
Cole Custer

Todd Gilliland brings the field down for the green flag start of heat number one form the inside lane.  Ross Chastain gets out in front from the outside lane to take the lead.

Lap two, Ross Chastain has the lead with Tyler Reddick in second; Todd Gilliland, Brad Keselowski, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.  Cole Custer, Ryan Blaney, Corey LaJoie, and Martin Truex Jr. round out the rest of the field.

Lap four, Tyler Reddick passes Ross Chastain for the lead. 

Lap eight, Tyler Reddick has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Ross Chastain; Todd Gilliland, Brad Keselowski, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Lap nine, Ryan Blaney spins out and brings out the caution flag.  Caution flag laps do not count.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane. Reddick jumps out in front for the lead with Cole Custer taking second; Alex Bowman, Todd Gilliland, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 10, Ross Chastain takes fourth form Todd Gilliland.

With a lead of over a second and a half, Tyler Reddick wins the heat.

Heat one results:
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Alex Bowman
Brad Keselowski
Todd Gilliland
Ryan Blaney
Corey LaJoie
Martin Truex Jr.
Ross Chastain

Cole Custer earned a total of 16 points after starting the heat in ninth place and finishing in second.


The lineup for heat number two:
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Michael McDowell
Justin Allgaier
Christopher Bell
Josh Williams
Chase Briscoe
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of heat number two from the inside lane with Kyle Busch on the outside.  Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Chase Briscoe, Michael McDowell, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.  Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier, Josh William, and Erik Jones round out the field.  With the Xfinity Series off this weekend, Justin Allgaier comes over for  a one off race.

Daniel Suarez brings out the caution flag on lap five when he spins out.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Christopher Bell on the inside.  Kyle Busch edges out in front but Christopher Bell comes alongside to battle for the lead.

Kyle Busch finally gets out in front on lap seven with Christopher Bell in second; Chase Briscoe, Michael McDowell, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap nine, Christopher Bell gets around Kyle Busch for the lead.

With three laps to go, Kyle Busch is staying close to leader Christopher Bell’s bumper.

Christopher Bell wins heat number two.

Heat two results:
Christopher Bell
Kyle Busch
Chase Briscoe
Michael McDowell
Erik Jones
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Suarez
Kevin Harvick
Josh Williams



The lineup for heat number three:
Joey Logano
Justin Haley
JJ Yeley
Chris Buescher
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Bubba Wallace
Austin Dillon
Noah Gragson

After winning the pole for the Truck Series race, Joey Logano sits on the pole of heat number three and brings the field down for the green flag start from the inside lane with Justin Haley alongside.  Justin Haley jumps out in front for the lead.

Justin Haley leads the race with Joey Logano in second;Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch, and JJ Yeley round out the top five.  Bubba Wallace, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, and Noah Gragson round out the field.

Lap three, Justin Haley has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Logano.

Lap seven, Bubba Wallace enters the top five after passing JJ Yeley.

Six to go, Justin Haley has a second and a half lead on Joey Logano; Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Leading every lap, Justin Haley wins the heat with a lead of nearly two and a half seconds.

Heat three results:
Justin Haley
Joey Logano
Chris Buescher
Kurt Busch
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
JJ Yeley
Noah Gragson
Denny Hamlin


The lineup for heat number four:
Chase Elliott
Ty Dillon
Aric Almirola
William Byron
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kyle Larson
Austin Cindric
Cody Ware
Harrison Burton

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of the final heat from the inside lane with Ty Dillon on the outside.  Ty Dillon edges out Chase Elliott for the lead.

Ty Dillon leads the race with Chase Elliott in second; Ricky Stenhouse Jr, William Byron, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.  Austin Cindric, Cody Ware, Aric Almirola, and Harrison Burton round out the field.

Lap three, Ty Dillon has a lead of nearly a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap eight, Kyle Larson passes Ricky Stenhouse Jr for third.  Chase Elliott has caught up to leader Ty Dillon.

Ty Dillon wins heat number four after leading every lap.

Heat four results:
Ty Dillon
Chse Elliott
Kyle Larson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
William Byron
Austin Cindric
Harrison Burton
Aric Almirola
Cody Ware.

After earning a total of 16 points, Cole Custer sits on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag.  This is Custer’s first Cup Series pole.

The starting lineup for the Food City Bristol Dirt Race:
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Chase Briscoe
Kyle Larson
Justin Haley
Ty Dillon
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Chris Buescher
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
William Byron
Austin Cindric
Daniel Suarez
Bubba Wallace
Todd Gilliland
Harrison Burton
Ryan Blaney
Corey LaJoie
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
JJ Yeley
Martin Truex Jr
Aric Almirola
Kevn Harvick
Ross Chastain
Denny Hamlin
Cody Ware
Josh Williams

A 250 lap race, stages one and two of the race are 75 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps.

And just when Bristol officials get the track just right…there is some weather in the area.

And with a “Boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing boys” form Darrell Waltrip, Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag start of the race.  Chase Briscoe gets out in front to lead lap one.

Lap three, Chas eBriscoe leads the race with Christopher Bell in second; Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.


Lap six, Christopher Bell is on Chase Briscoe’s bumper and looking to take the lead.

Lap eight, Chase Briscoe has a lead of only two tenths of a second on Christopher Bell but third place driver Tyler Reddick is over two seconds back; Kyle Larson and Ty Dillon round out the top five.

Dirt has already accumulated on some of the cars causing some of them to report temperature issues.

Lap 12, Cole Custer comes down pit road to get his grille cleaned off.

Lap 13, the c aution flag comes out so that the drivers can come down pit road to clean their grilles.  NASCAR has called all of the drivers down pit road to clean the grilles.

Kevin Harvick said that his goal was to stay on the lead lap at least through stage one, he has just gone one lap down.

Since the first sanctioned NASCAR dirt race in 1949, there have been a total of 490 dirt track races in NASCAR.

With 35 cars on the lead lap, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 from the outside lane.  Briscoe jumps out in front for the lead with Kyle Larson in second; Ty Dillon, Christopher Bell, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 30, Chase Briscoe has the lead but Kyle Larson is on his bumper and challenging for the lead; Ty Dillon, Christopher Bell, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 37, Chase Briscoe ahs a one second lead on Kyle Larson; Ty Dillon, Kyle Busch, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 45, fourth place driver Kyle Busch is the only driver in the top seven who does not have a dirst race background.

Lap 48, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race and continues to lap slower cars.

Lap 49, Chase Briscoe brings out the caution flag when he spins out with a flat tire.  Kyle Larson is the new leader.  There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Josh Williams is the “lucky dog”.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for  the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 56.  Kyle Larson jumps out in front of Ty Dillon for the lead with Christopher Bell in third; Austin Dillon and Kyle Busch round out the top five. 

Lap 58, in just two laps, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Ty Dillon.  Back n the field the drivers are getting three and four wide.

Lap 61, the top five are Kyle Larson, Ty Dillon, Christopher Bell, Austin Dillon, and Alex Bowman.  There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 67, Kyle Larson has a near one second lead on Ty Dillon; Christopher Bell, Austin Dillon, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 71, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to a second and a half on Ty Dillon; Christopher Bell, Austin Dillon, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Just before the end of the stage, Justin Allgaier gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag.

Kyle Larson wins stage one under caution for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Larson
Ty Dillon
Christopher Bell
Austin Dillon
Kyle Busch
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Trackhouse team mates Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain; along with Chase Briscoe stayed out on the track and did not make a pit stop.

Kevin Harvick is the “lucky dog”.

Justin Allgaier has taken his car to the garage.

After staying out on the track, Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 76 with Ross Chastain alongside.  Suarez puts his purple Tootsie’s car out in front for the lead with Watermelon Man Ross Chastain in second.

Lap 77, Kyle Larson passes Ross Chastain for second.

Lap 78, the top five are Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell, and Chase Briscoe.

Lap 80, Kyle Busch passes Chase Briscoe for fifith.

Lap 83, Kyle Larson challenges Daniel Suarez for the lead; while Kyle Busch and Chase Briscoe continue to swap fifth place back and forth.

Lap 86, Daniel Suarez has the lead with Kyle Larson in second; Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 90, Denny Hamlin is off the pace and is reporting some issues with his car.

The caution flag comes out on lap 92 when Alex Bowman spins out.

 Cole Custer is the “lucky dog”.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 97 and holds on to the lead with Ross Chastain in second; Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

A four car pile up brings out the caution flag involving Alex Bowman, Corey LaJoie, Austin Cindric, and Noah Gragson.  Kevin Harvick has some damage to his car as well.

Cody Ware is the “lucky dog”.

Denny Hamlin is out of his car with apparent engine issues.

Kevin Harvick has taken his car to the garage.

Chase Briscoe is reporting a sticky throttle.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 106 and edges ot team mate Ross Chastain for the lead.

Lap 107, Daniel Suarez has a very narrow lead on Ross Chastain; Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin is off the track but Kevin Harvick and Justin Allgaier are out of the race.  Noah Gragson is the only driver on the track not on the lead lap and is six laps down.

Lap 111, Ross Chastain continues to battle Daniel Suarez for the lead of the race.

Lap 114, Brad Keselowski brings out the caution flag when he spins out after contact with Austin Dillon.  Keselowski barely misses Ryan Blaney when he spins out.

Noah Gragson gets one of his laps back.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 119 and edges out Christopher Bell for the lead but Bell continues to battle for the spot.

Lap 121, the top five are Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, and Chase Briscoe.

Lap 125, halfway, the race is now official if bad weather arrives.

Daneil Suarez holds on to the lead with Christopher Bell in second; Kyle Larson, Chase Briscoe, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 126, the caution flag comes out for debris on the track.

Aric Almirola is the “lucky dog”.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on la 132 but it is Chase Briscoe who comes up to battle with Suarez for the lead.

Corey LaJoie is again involved in an incident and brings out the caution flag on lap 134. 

The Easter Bunny is at the race.  Earlier he hid 5,000 eggs in the RV camping lot.

There are some sprinkles at the track.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the gren flag restart on lap 140 with Chase Briscoe alongside.  Drivers are three wide in a battle for the lead with Chase Briscoe getting out in front for the lead; Christopher Bell takes second with Daniel Suarez in third.

Lap 143, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano.

Darrell Waltrip has longed been an avid believer in the “vortex theory” – where the heat generated by the cars keeps the bad weather at bay.  It has stopped raining at Bristol.

As they come to the final lap of stage two, Christopher Bell is making a charge for Chase Briscoe…and the lead.

Chase Briscoe wins stage two for his first Bristol stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Briscoe
Christopher Bell
Daniel Suarez
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Michael McDowell
Ryan Blaney
Tyler Reddick

Kyle Busch stayed out on the track; his crew chief noted that it will be close to the end of the race on fuel.

Noah Gragson was the “lucky dog” and got another one of his laps back.

There is some light rain at the track.

Cars are sliding all over the track.

NASCAR has brought the drivers down pit road – pit road is paved – and the red flag has been displayed at 8:47pm EDT.  Crews are covering the cars.

Under dirt track conditions, scoring is frozen at the end of the stage, no matter who pits, until the green flag waves for the beginning of the next stage.  Should the race get called for the weather, the order of the drivers at the end of stage two will also be the race results.

Ross Chastain reports that his engine is about blown up and is barely working.

After crews have worked on the track, NASCAR has called the drivers back to their cars at 9:36pm, nearly an hour after the red flag was displayed to stop the race for rain.

And the cars are moving once again at 9:48pm.

Ross Chastain’s car has started but sounds terrible.  He reported that some dirt had gotten into the engine.  He made it as far as turn four but cannot get any further.

After staying out on the track, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and the final 100 laps of the race.  Joey Logano is alongside.  Getting three wide, Tyler Reddick gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 151, Tyler Reddick leads the race with Joey Logano in second; Ryan Blaney, Austin Diloin and Brad Keselowski rounds out the top five.  Kyle Busch has dropped to seventh after getting loose on the track.

With 92 laps to go, Tyler Reddick has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon, and Brad Keselowski rounds out the top five but the number 18 car of Kyle Busch is on Keslowski’s bumper challenging for the spot.

The caution flag comes out on lap 162 for some on track contact involving Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Cody Ware, Martin Truex Jr, Daniel Suarez, and Chase Elliott.

Noah Gragson is the “lucky dog”.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 83 laps to go.  Reddick gets out in front for the lead with Austin Dillon in second; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.  Drivers gets four wide back in the field.

Erik Jones brings out the eleventh caution flag of the race on lap 169.

Cody Ware is the “lucky dog”.

Martin Truex Jr is on pit road for some repairs.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 175.  Tyler Reddick gets out in front of his team mate Austin Dillon for the lead.  Drivers are three wide across the track in a battle for position.

Joey Logano battles with Tyler Reddick for the lead with Austin Dillon right behind them.

Todd Gilliland spins out and brings out the caution flag for the twelfth time.  Noah Gragson is the “lucky dog” and gets another of his laps back.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 67 laps remaining in the race.  Drivers are three wide across the track.  Kyle Busch comes up on the outside to take second place with Tyler Reddick in the lead.

Tyler Reddick leads the race with Kyle Busch on his bumper; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Ross Chastain is out of the race.  Noah Gragson is the only car on the  track not on the lead lap – three laps down.

Brad Keselowski passes Joey Logano for third.

Sixty to go; Tyler Reddick leads the race but Kyle Busch is on his bumper just a tenth of a second back.

There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Ryan Blaney and Chase Briscoe make contact but the track stays green.

Lap 198, Tyler Reddick has a third of a second lead on Kyle Busch; Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Austin Dillon gets loose and slides up the track giving Ryan Blaney fifth place with Chase Briscoe on his bumper.

Lap 202, Ricky Stenhouse Jr spins out and brings out the caution flag.

Noah Gragson is the “lucky dog” and is now only two laps down.

Martin Truex Jr is back on pit road for more repairs.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Kyle Busch alongside on the inside lane on lap 160.  Drivers are three wide in a battle for position.  Tyler Reddick edges out Kyle Busch for the lead. 

The caution flag comes out when Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola get shoved up the track and into the wall after Austin Dillon falls back through the field.  Kurt Busch is on pit road for repairs.  Austin Dillon’s car is being pushed to the garage.  Austin Dillon reports that the engine blew up.

The rains have returned.  NASCAR has brought the drivers down pit road with 28 laps remaining in the race.

NASCAR has displayed the red flag to stop the race at 10:29pm for rain.

The drivers fire up the engines at 10:44pm and are moving again.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 25 laps remaining in the race with Kyle Busch alongside.  Getting a push from Chase Briscoe, Tyler Reddick takes the lead with Kyle Busch in second; Chase Briscoe, Joey Logano, and Christopher Bell rounding out the top five.

Chase Briscoe and Kyle Busch battle for second with Joey Logano right behind them.

Twenty to go, Tyler Reddick has a lead of over half a second on Chase Briscoe and Kyle Busch who continue to battle for second; Joey Logano and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe gets around Kyle Busch for second.  Joey Logano comes up to battle with Kyle Busch for third.

Now that he has second place, Chase Briscoe sets his sights on leader Tyler Reddick with just 16 laps remaining in the race.

There are just eleven laps remaining in the race and Chase Briscoe has pulled to within half a second of leader Tyler Reddick.

Seven to go, battles continue all through the field.  Chase Briscoe has closed the gap on Tyler Reddick to under half a second.

Five to go, Tyler Reddick continues to hold on to the lead with Chase Briscoe less than half a second behind; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Three to go, leaders encounter traffic.

Tyler Reddick takes the white flat with Chase Briscoe on his bumper.

Chase Briscoe tries to pass Tyler Reddick and both drivers get loose and spin out.  Kyle Busch wins the race!  With this win, Kyle Busch has won at least one race in each of his 18 years in the Cup Series; he ties with Richard Petty for the record.  This is career race win number 60 for Busch.  Kyle Busch has now won nine races at Bristol but this is the first one on the dirt.

In his post race interview, Kyle Busch said that he felt like Dale Earnhardt Sr; adding that he didn’t do anything.

Chase Briscoe came up to Tyler Reddick and apologized for causing them to wreck.  Tyler Reddick noted that he felt that he didn’t do everything he should have.

The unofficial results of the Food City Race on Dirt:
Kyle Busch
Tyler Reddick
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
Chase Elliott
Michael McDowell
Ty Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Daniel Suarez
Cole Custer
Austin Cindric
Todd Gilliland
William Byron
Corey LaJoie
Harrison Burton
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Briscoe
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Josh Williams
Cody Ware
Noah Gragson
Bubba Wallace
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
JJ Yeley
Austin Dillon
Kurt Busch
Ross Chastain
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Justin Allgaier

First Sweep to Win at Bristol

This weekend NASCAR returns to its original roots when the Camping World Truck and Cup Series race on the dirt! Again this year, NASCAR has covered the concrete of Bristol Motor Speedway with 20,000 tons of dirt.

Last year was more than an experiment in racing, it was also a test of patience as Mother Nature drenched the track and stirred up the mud that caused numerous issues for NASCAR and the drivers.

This year the weather appears to be better as the Truck Series drivers take to the track.

Cup Series drivers Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, and Harrison Burton are joining the Truck Series regulars for some Saturday night racing. Also joining the regulars this week, it will be a family affair when husband and wife Jessica and Stewart Friesen will be competing.

After a rough practice, Hailie Deegan had to move to her backup truck for the race.

Like any good dirt race, the drivers must race in a series of heat races in order to qualify for the main event later in the night.

The starting lineup for heat number one:
Austin Dillon
Tanner Gray
Howard Gordon – moved to the back of the field after repairs
Colby Howard
Parker Kligerman
Blaine Perkins
Timmy Hill
Austin Wayne Self
Buddy Kofoid
Jack Wood

Along with points earned for finishing positions, the drivers will also receive a point for each truck they pass.

In heat number one Austin Dillon sits on the pole and takes the lead of the race with Tanner Gray in second; Parker Kligerman, Buddy Kofoid, and Colby Howard round out the top five. Andrew Gordon, Austin Wayne Self, Blaine Perkins, Jack Wood, and Timmy Hill round out the field.

Lap nine, Austin Dillon has a lead of over a second on Parker Kligerman. Tanner Gray was running second when his water temperatures were too high and he had to bring his truck down pit road.

Buddy Kufoid also has to bring his truck down pit road after mud covered the grille and caused the water temps to rise too high.

Leading every lap, Austin Dillon wins heat number one.

Heat one results:
Austin Dillon
Parker Kligerman
Colby Howard
Andrew Gordon
Austin Wayne Self
Jack Wood
Blaine Perkins
Timmy Hill
Buddy Kofoid
Tanner Gray

The drivers for heat number two:
Ty Majeski
Tyler Ankrum
Matt Crafton
Carson Hocevar
Tate Fogleman
Lawless Alan
Keith McGee
Zane Smith
Mike Marlar
Chase PUrdy

Ty Majeski brings the field down for the green flag start and takes the lead with Carson Hocevar in second; Matt Crafton, Tyler Ankrum, and Zanbe Smith round out the top five. Tate Fogleman, Marla, Lawless Alan, Chase Purdy, and Keith McGee round out the field.

With six laps remaining in the heat, Ty Majeski continues to lead the race with Carson Hocevar in second.

The track has begun to dry out so there is not as much mud and dirt on the grilles of the trucks.

Heat two results:
Ty Majeski
Carson Hocevar
Matt Crafton
Tyler Ankrum
Tate Fogleman
Zane SMith
Mike Marlar
Lawless Alan
Chase Purdy
Keith McGee

In heat number three, Kaz Grala sits on the pole and is hoping the current trend continues. So far in the first two heats, the pole sitter led every lap and has won the race.

The lineup for heat number three:
Kaz Grala
Grant Enfinger
Christian Eckes
Hailie Deegan – moved to back of the field in a backup truck
Kris Wright
Joey Logano
Ben Rhodes
Norm Benning
Matt DIBenedetto

Kaz Grala brings the field down for the gren flag start but it is Grant Enfinger who gets out in front for the lead.

Grant Enfinger has the lead with Joey Logano in second; Christian Eckes, Kaz Grala, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five. Norm Benning, Hailie Deegan, Matt DiBenedetto, and Kris Wright round out the field.

Lap seven, Hailie Deegan brings out the caution flag when she gets turned around on the track.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with seven laps remaining in the heat. Only green flag laps count in the heat races. Joey Logano takes the lead with Grnat Enfinger in second; Ben Rhodes, Christian Eckes, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Joey Logano wins heat number three.

The heat three results:
Joey Logano
Ben Rhodes
Grant Enfinger
Christian Eckes
Matt DiBenedetto
Kaz Grala
Hailie Deegan
Kris Wright
Norm Benning

Heat four lineup:
Dean Thmopson
Chandler Smith
Derek Kraus
Chase Elliott
Spencer Boyd
John Hunter Nemechek
Harrison Burton
Jessica Friesen
Stewart Friesen

Chandler Smith takes the lead but is getting a challenge form Chasee Elliott; Derek Kraus, Dean Thompson, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five. John Hunter Nemechek, Harrison Burton, Jessica Friesen, and Spencer Boyd round out the field.

Seven laps to go, Chandler Smith continues to lead the race with Chase Elliott on his bumper.

With four laps to go, Derek Kraus and Chase Elliott battle for second.

After leading every lap, Chandler Smith wins heat number four.

Heat four results:
Chandler Smith
Chase Elliott
Derek Kraus
Stewart Friesen
John Hunter Nemechek
Harrison Burton
Dean Thompson
Jessica Friesen
Spencer Boyd

For the second time, Jessica Friesen fails to make the main race with her husband Stewart. Norm Benning also failed to make the race.

The starting lineup for the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt:
Joey Logano
Ben Rhodes
Stewart Friesen
Parker Kligerman
Chandler Smith
Carson Hocevar
Chase Elliott
Ty Majeski
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Austin Wayne Self
Colby Howard
Jack Wood
Matt Craftn
Derek Kraus
Grant Enfinger
Zane Smith
John Hunter Nemechek
Christian Eckes
Tyler Ankrum
Mike Marlar
Andrew Gordon
Harrison Burton
Tate Fogleman
Kaz Grala
Hailie Deegan
Dean Thompson
Blaine Perkins
Timmy Hill
Kris Wright
Lawless Alan
Buddy Kofoid
Chase Purdy
Spencer Boyd
Tanner Gray
Keith McGee

Kurt Busch joins Wince Welch and Michael Waltrip in the FOX Sports broadcast booth for tonight’s race.

Stage one is 40 laps long, stage two is 50 laps long, and stage will is 60 laps in length for a total of 150 laps around the half mile track.

For this race, the drivers can only fuel the truck or change tires, unless one is flat, during the stage breaks.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race after a rousing command to start the engines. Starting on the outside of the front row, Ben Rhodes gets out in front for htel ead.

Lap two, Ben Rhodes has the lead with Joey Logano in second; Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith, and Carson Hocevar round out the top five.

Lap nine, Ben Rhodes has pulled out to a lead of over a second on joey Logano; Stewart Friesen, Chase Elliott, and part time driver Parker Kligerman round out the top five.

Lap 20, Ben Rhodes continues to lead the race by over a second as he encounters slower traffic with Joey Logano in second; Stewart Friesen, Ty Majeski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five. There are 30 trucks on the lead lap.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 24 when Andrew Gordon gets stopped on the track after spinning out.

This weekend the pit stops are known as non-competitive stops where the driver shuts the engine down and the crews – mechanics and engineers, no pit crews – have three minutes to fuel the truck, change the tires, and make any adjustments.

Austin Dillon made a trip down pit road for adjustments.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside land on lap 32. Driver quickly get three and four wide across the track with Rhodes jumping out in front for the lead. Ty Majeski comes up to battle with Rhodes for the lead.

Lap 34, Ben Rhodes has the lead with Stewart Friesen in second and Ty Majeski in third; Joey Logano and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Ty Majeski passes Stewart Friesen for second. There are 29 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 38, Ben Rhodes ahs a lead of nearly a second and a half on Ty Majeski.

Ben Rhodes wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ben Rhodes
Ty Majeski
Stewart Friesen
Joey Logano
Chandler Smith
Parker Kligerman
Chase Elliott
Matt Crafton
Carson Hocevar
Matt DiBenedetto

Drivers are equipped with swifters in the trucks to clean the dirt and mud off of their windshields during the caution flags.

Several of the drivers come down pit road for service. The drivers will have to pit at least one during the race.

Ben Rhodes, Ty Majeski, and Austin Wayne Self all stayed out on the track.

Blaine Perkins is the “lucky dog”.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and holds on, Stewart Friesen, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

The drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

Lap 46, Ben Rhodes has a half second lead on team mate Ty Majeski; Austin Wayne Self, Joey Logano, and Parker Kligerman round out the top five.

Lap 50, after starting the race form the back of the field, Buddy Kofoid is just outside the top 10 in eleventh place.

Kris Wright brings out the caution flag on lap 54 when he spins out. He has a flat tire.

Jack Wood is the “lucky dog”.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 62 and holds on to the lead with Ty Majeski in second. Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 63, the top five are Ben Rhodes, Ty Majeski, Joey Logano, John Hunter Nemechek, and Parker Kligerman.

Lap 70, Buddy Kofoid has entered the top 10 in ninth place after starting the race in 32nd place.

Stewart Friesen has the opposite problem, he is falling through the field with a truck he says is ploughing tight. Friesen is currently in 13th.

Lap 74, Ben Rodes has a narrow lead on Ty Majeski; Joey Locan, John Hunter Nemechek, and Parker Kligerman rounds out the top five.

Team mates Ben Rhodes and Ty Majeski battle for the lead.

With six laps remaining in stage two, Ben Rhodes holds on to the lead with TY Majeski in second; Joey Logano, Joh Hunter Nemechek, and Parker Kligerman round out the top five.

After staying out on the track, Ben Rhodes wins stage two for the stage sweep. This is the third time Rhodes has swept the first two stages in a race. In the previous two races, he did not win the race.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ben Rhodes
Ty Majeski
John Hunter Nemechek
Parker Kligerman
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Buddy Kofoid
Charson Hocevar
Chandler Smith
Derek Kraus

Some of the drivers stay out on the track. Leader Ben Rhodes has led every lap so far but has to make a pit stop and gives up the lead.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Partker Kligerman on the inside lane. Ben Rhodes restarts the race in 13th place. Nemechek edges out for the lead with Parker Kligerman in second as drivers get four wide back in the field.

Carson Hocevar comes up and takes the lead from John Hunter Nemechek; Parker Kligerman, Grant Enfinger, and Buddy Kofoid round out the top five.

Drivers are three wide.

The caution flag comes out when Austin Wayne Self and Matt DiBenedetto get locked together.

Blaine Perkins is the “lucky dog”.

NASCAR displays the red flag on lap 100 after the officials cannot get the two trucks separated.

After about five minutes, officials finally to the two trucks apart Matt DiBenedetto and Austin Wayne Self are moving again but will have to restart the race from the back of the field. The engines have re-fired and are moving again. Chase Purdy gets stalled on the track.

Stewart Friesen made a trip down pit road to try and get the truck loosened up.

Carson Hocevar brings the field down for the green flag restart with 45 laps remaining in the race. Hocevar takes the lead from the outside lane with Grant Enfinger taking second. Drivers are three wide across the track.

Lap 116, Carson Hocevar leads the race with Grant Enfinger in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Parker Kligerman, and Buddy Kofoid round out the top five. All 36 trucks are still on the track.

Lap 118, John Hunter Nemechek passes Parker Kilgerman for second. Ben Rhodes is back in the top 10.

Lap 121, Carson Hocevar has a one second lead on John Hunter Nemechek.

Keith McGee brings out the caution flag with a damaged truck.

Carson Hocevar brings the field down for the green flag restart with 32 laps remaining in the race. Hocevar takes the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in second and looking for the lead.

Thirty to go, Carson Hocevar leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Buddy Kofoid, Parker Kligerman, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Chandler Smith spins out after contact from Christian Eckes and brings out the caution flag on lap 125.

Spencer Boyd is the “lucky dog”.

Carson Hocevar brings the field down for the green flag on lap 133 and holds off John Hunter Nemechek to keep the lead; Parker Kligerman, Ty Majeskt, and Buddy Kofoid round out the top five.

Sixteen to go, John Hunter Nemechek is on Carson Hocevar’s bumper liiking to take the lead.

The caution flag comes out with just 12 laps remaining when Ty Majeski spins out. Buddy Kofoid also spins out after some on track contact with Derek Kraus.

Lawless Alan is the “lucky dog”.

Carson Hocevar brings the field down for the green flag restart with just five laps remaining in the race. Hocevar edges out John Hunter Nemechek for the lead but has to fend off Ben Rhodes on the outside.

Four to go, Ben Rhodes crosses over and passes Carson Hocevar for the lead.

Ben Rhodes comes from the middle of the pack to take the lead and the white flag.

For the first time in his career, Ben Rhodes sweeps the stages and wins the race. This is Rhodes’ sixth career win.

There is a big crash coming to the checkered flag. Mike Marlar, Andrew Gordon, Buddy Kofoid, and Kaz Grala were all involved.

The unofficial results of the Pinty Truck Race on Dirt:
Ben Rhodes
Carson Hocevar
John Hunter Nemechek
Parker Kligerman
Christian Eckes
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Grant Enfinger
Matt Crafton
Zane Smith
Stewart Friesen
Colby Howard
Chase Purdy
Austin Dillon
Tanner Gray
Dean Thompson
Mike Marlar
Hailie Deegan
Chandler Smith
Harrison Burton
Ty Majeski
Jack Wood
Timmy Hill
Spencer Boyd
Blaine Perkins
Kaz Grala
Buddy Kofoid
Tate Fogleman
Derek Kraus
Lawless Alan
Tyler Ankrum
Andrew Gordon
Kris Wright
Keith McGee
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Wayne Self

CMS Kicks Off Mission 600

NASCAR has long had a close relationship with the United States military and are quick with support initiatives and charity events.

As Charlotte Motor Speedway prepares to present the annual Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600; they are also kicking off the annual Mission 600.

23XI Racing co-owner and JGR driver Denny Hamlin is also a member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family and was on hand via zoom to join the U.S. Army Central and the 163rd Calvary Regiment form Camp Buehring in Kuwait to help CMS kick off the 2022 Mission 600.

This year Mission 600 will be honouring the men and women of the U.S. military by joining drivers with various bases to help educate the NASCAR community – drivers, crews, and fans – on what it is like to be in the military.

While they were separated by nearly seven thousand miles, Hamlin and the soldiers in Kuwait found much to discuss in the hour long conversation that ranged from teamwork and leadership to training regiments and even the differences between a tank and the new Next Gen car that included a inner workings tour of the M1A1 Abrams tank.

After the tour in the tank, the crews peppered Hamlin with numerous questions about being a co-owner in the series and balancing that with being a driver; as well as, how Hamlin prepares to spend several hours in a car whose inside temperatures can reach over 125 degrees.

Hamlin noted, “what the normal person would not be able to do inside of our cars, deal with the heat.  Maybe you guys, because it does not look cool inside those tanks. But you know, it’s 130 to 140 (degrees) in the car usually. And we’re in there for four hours and there’s not AC blowing or anything like that.”

One of the soldiers noted that 130 degrees was what it feels like outside in the desert.

Hamlin’s Mission 600 kickoff visit was one of six such ventures that will feature Daniel Suarez with the Coast Guard, Austin Dillon and Fort Bragg, Joey Logano will go virtual with the Air Force, Kurt Busch at Camp Lejeune, and Kyle Larson at Arlington National Cemetery.

Executive vice president and general manger of CMS Greg Walter spoke on the program saying, “the connection of our military and our driving community and fans really embodies what the Coca-Cola 600 is all about.  One of the wonderful things about our sport is the sense of patriotism that our fans have, that our athletes like Denny have — a true appreciation for what our servicemen and women do each and every day. What Mission 600 does is bring those two worlds together.”

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Pitbull

Latin music star Pitbull is spending the summer touring North America.  Also known as Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull is also a minority owner in Trackhouse Racing which fields two cars in the NASCAR Cup Series – the number one car driven by “Watermelon Man” Ross Chastain and the number 99 driven by Mexican born driver Daniel Suarez.  Chastain won his first Cup Series race a few weeks ago on the road course race at Circuit of the America’s and while Suarez has yet to win a Cup Series race, the first driven not born in the United States to win a championship in the Xfinity Series.

Hoping to catch a few races along the way, Pitbull will gets started on May 27 – Memorial Day weekend – in Arizona. Rapper Iggy Azalea and Sean Paul will also be along on some of the tour dates beginning in July.

Pitbull tour dates:
May 27 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ
May 28 at the Laughlin Even Center in Laughlin, NV
July 28 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
July 29 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
July 30 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
July 31 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY (near Buffalo)
Aug 2 at the Waterfront Music Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Aug 3 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Aug 5 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Aug 6 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Aug 9 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
Aug 11 at the Maine Savings Amphitheater in Bangor, ME
Aug 12 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Aug 13 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON
Aug 17 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, NE
Aug 19 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Aug 21 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
Aug 23 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 24 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Aug 25 at The Pavilion at Ravinia in Highland Park, IL
Aug 26 at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater in Milwaukee, WI
Aug 28 at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in St. Paul, MN
Aug 30 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 31 at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Sept 2 at the Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Sept 3 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO
Sept 4 at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK
Sept 8 at the Coctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, OK
Sept 9 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Sept 10 at the Sames Auto Arena in Laredo, TX
Sept 11 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Sept 14 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Sept 16 & 17 at the Zappos Theater in Las Vegas, NV
Sept 18 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
Sept 21 at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
Sept 22 at the FIvePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
Sept 24 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Sept 25 at the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, CA
Sept 27 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
Sept 29 at the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, CA
Sept 30 at the Nugget Event Center in Sparks, NV
Oct 2 at the UTEP Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX
Oct 5 at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX
Oct 6 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Oct 7 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham. AL
Oct 9 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Oct 11 at the Enmarket Arena in Savannah, GA
Oct 12 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
Oct 13 at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA
Oct 15 at the Hertz Arena in Ft Myers, FL
Oct 16 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
Oct 19 at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL

Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums and Andy Grammar are pairing up for a busy summer with a tour of the United States.  The duo will begin the tour in Key West and travel across the country to Los Angeles.

But first Fitz and the band will be doing some dates on teir own with ST. Paul and the Broken Bones. Seratones and Devon Glifilian will be splitting the opening artist duties.

Fitz and the Tantrums tour dates:
June 1 at the Rabbit Rabbit in Asheville, NC
June 3 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN
June 4 at the Live Oak Bank Pavilion in Wilmington, NC
June 5 at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA
June 7 at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT
June 8 at Thompson’s Point in Portland, ME
June 10 at the Westville Music Bowl in New Haven, CT
June 11 at The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ
June 12 at the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA
June 14 at the CMAC in Canandaigua, NY
June 15 at the Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland, OH
June 17 at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, OH
June 18 at the TCU Amphitheater in Indianapolis, IN
June 21 at Grinders in Kansas City, MO
June 23 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR
June 24 at The Lauridsen Amphitheater in Des Moines, IA
June 25 at the Stir Concert Cove in Council Bluffs, IA
July 29 at the Key West Amphitheater in Key West, FL
July 30 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL
July 31 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, FL
Aug 2 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC
Aug 3 at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA
Aug 4 at Central Park in New York City, NY
Aug 6 at the Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
Aug 9 at The Freeman Arts Pavilion in Selbyville, DE
Aug 11 at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, MI
June 12 at the Riveredge Park in Aurora, IL
Aug 13 at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN
Aug 14 at the Music Park in St. Louis, MO
Aug 17 at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO
Aug 18 at the Sandy Amphitheater in Sandy, UT
Aug 20 at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater in Nampa, ID
Aug 21 at the Chateau Ste Michelle in Woodinville, WA
Aug 22 at the KettleHouse Amphitheater in Bonner, MT
Aug 23 at the Grand Lodge in forest Grove, OR
Aug 25 at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA
Aug 26 at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, CA
Aug 27 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

Alice Cooper

Shock rocker Alice Cooper is currently on tour and after taking a break for the summer, he will return for some more concert dates.

Tickets for the fall tour dates are currently on sale.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been making music for over 50 years and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Alice Cooper tour dates:
April 15 at the South Okanagan Event Center in Penticton, BC
April 16 at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre in Abbotsford, BC
April 19 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR
April 20 at McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA
April 22 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV
April 23 at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA
April 24 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Sept 7 at the Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, PA
Sept 9 at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Alton, VA
Sept 11 at The Colosseum in Windsor, ON
Sept 13 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY
Sept 14 at the Visons Arena in Binghamton, NY
Sept 16 at the Palace Theater in Albany, NY
Sept 17 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, NJ
Sept 18 at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT
Sept 20 at the Emens Auditorium in Muncie, IN
Sept 21 at the DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids, MI
Sept 22 at The Venue in Hammond, IN
Sept 24 at the Louder than Life Festival in Louisville, KY
Sept 25 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga, TN
Sept 27 at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, TN
Sept 28 at the Stifel Theatre in St. Louis, MO
Sept 30 at the Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids, IA
Oct 1 at the BAnki of Springfield Center in Springfield, IL
Oct 4 at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, CO
Oct 6 at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, AZ
Oct 8 in Las Vegas – venue to be determined

Robert Plant and Alison Kraus

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will be heading out for a tour in June, but even before they play the first show the duo has expanded their Raising the Roof tour.

After some dates in the U.S., the duo will be heading across the pond to Europe before returning to America for more concert dates.

The tour is to promote the duo’s newest album “Raising the Roof”.

June 1 at the CMAC in Canandaigua, NY
June 3 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Centeri n Saratoga Springs, NY
June 4 at the Forest Hills Stadium in Forest Hills, NY
June 6 at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
June 7 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, IL
June 9 at the TCU Amphitheater in Indianapolis, IN
June 11 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD
June 12 at the TD Pavilion in Philadelphia, PA
June 14 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC
June 16 at the Cadence Bank Amphitheatre in Atlanta ,GA
June 17 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN
June 24 at the Glastonbury Music Festival in Glastonbury, UK
June 26 at the BST Hyde Park in London, UK
June 29 at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Zealand (island off of Denmark)
July 1 at Tjuvholmen in Hamar, Norway
July 2 at the Bergenhus Fortress in Bergen, Norway
July 5 at Dalhalla in Rattvik, Sweden
July 8 at the Cactus Festival in Bruges, Belgium
July 10 at the Royal Park Live in Baam, Netherlands
July 14 at the Lucca Summer Festival in Lucca, Italy
July 16 at the JazzOpen in Stuttgart, Germany
July 18 at Opera Lesna in Sopot, Poland
July 20 at Zitadelle in Berlin, Germany
Aug 15 at The Rady Shell in San Diego, Ca
Aug 17 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 18 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 20 at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena in Stateline, NV
Aug 21 at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA
Aug 23 at the Oxbow Riverstage in Napa, CA
Aug 25 at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater in Bend, OR
Aug 27 at the Edgefield Amphitheater in Troutdale, OR
Aug 28 at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA
Aug 30 at the Sandy Amp in Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 1 at the red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Sept 3 att he Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX
Sept 4 at the Moody Amphitheater in Austin, TX

Northlane

On April 22 Northlane will be releasing their new album “Obsidian” and beginning in July they will be making a tour of North America.  This will be their first tour in over three years.  Silent Planet and Avoid will be joing the band on the tour.

Tickets for the tour go on sale April 15.

Northlane tour dates:
July 13 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
July 15 at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR
July 16 at El Corazon in Seattle, WA
July 17 at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC
July 19 at Dickens in Calgary, AB
July 20 at the Starlite Room in Edmonton, AB
July 22 at the Park Theater in Winnipeg, MB
July 23 at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN
July 24 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL
July 26 at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, MI
July 27 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
July 28 at the Conrona Theatre in Montreal, QC
July 29 at the Imperial De Quebec in Quebec City, QC
July 30 at Paradise in Boston, MA
July 31 at Irving Plaza in New York city, NY
Aug 2 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH
Aug 3 at Elevation in Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 4 at the Athenaeum Theatre in Columbus, OH
Aug 5 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 6 at TLA in Philadelphia, PA
Aug 7 at the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD
Aug 9 at The Underground in Charlotte, NC
Aug 10 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
Aug 12 at Revolution in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Aug 13 at The Orpheum in Tampa, FL
Aug 14 at Club LA in Destin, FL
Aug 16 at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
Aug 17 at the Vibes Center in San Antonio, TX
Aug 18 at Amplified Live in Dallas, TX
Aug 19 at Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS
Aug 20 at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, CO
Aug 21 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 23 at the Nile Theater in Mesa, AZ
Aug 24 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA
Aug 25 at The Regent in Los Angeles, CA

The Melvins

The Melvins have not been out on the road since before the Covid pandemic; but all of that is about to change when they will hit the road for a tour this summer for The Electric Roach Tour.

Helms Alee and Harsh Mellow will be coming along for the tour.

Tickets go on sale April 15.

The Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne spoke on getting the change to tour again saying, “it’s nice to be able to tour!! We were wondering if it would even be possible again. It’s been years since we played these places. The amazing Ministry tour was a warmup for this!”

The Electric Roach Tour dates:
June 15 at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, CA
June 16 at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, CA
June 18 at Club Congress in Tucson, AZ
June 21 at Once Eyed Jack’s in New Orleans, LA
June 22 at Saturn in Birmingham, AL
June 23 at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN
June 24 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC
June 25 at The Broadberry in Richmond, VA
June 27 at the Space Ballroom in Hamden, CT
June 28 at the Fete Music Hall in Providence, RI
June 29 at The Westcott Theatre in Syracuse, NY
July 1 at the Musikfest Café in Bethlehem, PA
July 2 at The Loud in Huntington, WV
July 3 at El Club in Detroit, MI
July 5 at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI
July 6 at the Racoon Motel in Davenport, IA
July 7 at Wooly’s in Des Moines, IA
July 8 at Grumpy’s in Minneapolis, MN
July 9 at The Hall in Fargo, ND
July 10 at the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls, SD
July 12 at The Metro Music Hall in Salt Lake City, UT
July 14 at The Elm in Bozeman, MT
July 15 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA
July 16 at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR
July 17 at the Sessions Music Hall in Eugene, OR
July 19 at the Goldfield Trading Post in Roseville, CA
July 20 at the Cornerstone Berkley in Berkeley, CA

Five Finger Death Punch

Hard rockers Megadeth and Five Finger Death Punch have announced together later in the summer.  But before joining up with Megadeth, Five Finger Death Punch will be crossing the pond for some European dates.

The HU and Five from the Gods will also be along for the 32 city tour.  Tickets go on sale April 15.

Five Finger Death Punch tour dates:
May 19 at Welcome to Rockville in Daytona Beach, FL
June 12 at the the Nova Rock Festival in Nickelsdorf, Austria
June 14 at Sparksassen Park in Monchengladbach, Germany
June 15 at Wuhlheide in Berlin, Germany
June 17 at Hellfest in Clisson, France
June 18 at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium
June 20 at the Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands
June 22 at Letiste Letnany in Prague, Czech Republic
June 24 at Download Germany in Hockenheim, Germany
June 25 at Tons of Rock in Oslo, Norway
June 27 at the Goransson Arena in Sandviken, Sweden
June 28 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark
June 29 at Grosse Almend in Frauenfeld, Switzerland
July 2 at Tasmajdan in Belgrade, Serbia
July 3 at the Hills of Rock Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria
July 5 at the Papp Laszlo Sportarena in Budapest, Hungary
July 6 at the Impact Festival in Krakow, Poland
July 7-9 at Rock in the City in Oulu, Finland
July 8 at Hakametsa Parking Area in Tampere, Finland
July 11 at the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn, Estonia
July 12 at A2 in St. Petersburg, Russia
July 14 at the Park Live Festival in Moscow, Russia
July 16 at the U-Park Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine
Aug 19 at the RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA
Aug 20 at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA
Aug 23 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA
Aug 24 at the Five Point Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA
Aug 26 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 27 at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM
Aug 30 at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Sept 1 at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin, TX
Sept 2 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX
Sept 6 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC
Sept 7 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, NC
Sept 9 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA
Sept 10 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Sept 12 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
Sept 14 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Sept 15 at the Waterfront Music Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Sept 17 at the Maine Savings Amphitheater in Bangor, ME
Sept 18 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
Sept 20 at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY
Sept 21 at the Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettsown, PA
Sept 23 at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA
Sept 24 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA
Sept 27 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY
Sept 28 in the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Sept 30 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
Oct 1 at the Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Oct 4 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Oct 5 at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Oct 7 at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 8 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO
Oct 10 at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA
Oct 12 at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, AR
Oct 14 at the Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Oct 15 at the USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, UT

‘Baseball Digest’ Honours Vin Scully

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully is as much a part of the Dodgers as the Dodger blue in their uniforms.  He retired as the Dodgers broadcaster after 67 years in front of the microphone in 2016 at the age of 88.

On April 12 Baseball Digest has awarded Scully their Lifetime Achievement Award in their second annual award presentation.  The award is presented to a person “who has made significant contributions to the national game.”

The inaugural award was presented to longtime MLB player Willie Mays.

Scully spoke on the award via a statement saying, “any award that’s already been won by Willie Mays, who certainly was one of my favorite players and one for whom I had great respect, is an honor.  It’s an honor to even have my name linked with his in some way. I was honored, delighted and surprised that I turned out to be the second winner of Baseball Digest’s Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m proud of it and humble at the same time.”

Baseball Digest publisher David Fagley spoke on Scully saying, “Vin Scully was not only the voice of the Dodgers, but was also the soundtrack of our national game for an incredible seven decades.  We are honored to recognize his iconic career both as a broadcaster and as a wonderful ambassador for the sport he loves so much.”

Scully can add the new award in his trophy case alongside the Baseball Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  He is also a member of the Radio, the American Sportscasters Association, and the Fordham University Athletics Halls of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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NASCAR Clarifies RFK Penalty

While NASCAR officials did not assess any penalties to the Cup Series teams after the race at Martinsville Speedway last weekend, they did take two cars to their R&D Center for further inspection.

After the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, NASCAR also took the number six Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing car driven by Brad Keselowski to their R&D Center that later resulted in a major penalty for RFK Racing and Keselowski.

NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller elaborated on what took place to warrant the L2 penalty that cost RFK $100,000 and 100 points; as well as, a 100 point loss for Keselowski and a suspension for Keselowski’s crew chief.

Under the current rule book, the some 30 parts issued by NASCAR or one of its single source suppliers must be used as it with no modifications. 

According to the report, a tail panel was modified; which is against the rules.  Miller spoke on the ruling saying, “the repair policy is very straightforward.   Any repair that’s done is to bring the part back to the original specification. On this part, that was not adhered to. There are body mounting landings that are part of the rear fascia that weren’t brought back to the original specifications. That’s a key design feature of the part. The repair policy was not followed. That’s really what it comes down to. A critical dimension of the part was altered.”

When NASCAR began the design process for what is now the Next Gen car, they relied heavily on input from the drivers themselves and team owners.

Miller added, “as we worked through what the NextGen car was going to be over that long journey with the teams, one of the things was the single-source parts had to be strictly enforced or we’ll get right back to the place where we were with the other car — of constant development.  A strict deterrence model was asked for by the folks in the garage, and it was our job to do that.”

When the Next Gen car was introduced, NASCAR announced that the penalties for the new car would be more severe than those for previous versions of the Cup Series cars.

RIAA Diamond Awards

Since the Recording Industry Association of America – RIAA – began tracking the sale of recordings over 60 years ago, they have seen those recordings released in a variety of formats including vinyl, 8-track, cassette tape, compact disc, and most recently online streaming.

Previously when counting single and album sales to verify a gold, platinum, multi-platinum, and since 199 Diamond award status, one sale equaled on unit.  Since the RIAA began counting streams, it takes 1,500 streams to equal a single 10 song album.

With the addition of counting streams, several artists have seen the RIAA certifications jump significantly.

In 1999, the RIAA added the Diamond Award which is awarded anytime a single or album sells a minimum of 10 million units.  Unlike the multiplatinum award which increases with each million sold, the Diamond Award is given only once.

For many years there was a constant disagreement between fans as to who held the top spot in the Diamond Award tally – The Eagles or Michael Jackson.  There is no longer any discrepancy over who is number one…it’s The Eagles with 38 million copies of their “Greatest Hits 1971-1975” sold in the United States.

RIAA Diamond Award list (numbers are millions sold):
“Greatest Hits 1971-1975” by the Eagles – 38
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson – 34
“Hotel California” by the Eagles – 26
“Back in Black” by AC/DC – 25
“Led Zeppelin IV” by Led Zeppelin – 24
“The Beatles” by The Beatles – 24
“Greatest Hist Volume 1 & Volume II” by Billy Joel – 23
“The Wall” by Pink Floyd – 23
“Double Live” by Garth Brooks – 21
“Cracked Rear View” by Hootie & The Blowfish – 21
“Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac – 20
“Come on Over “by Sania Twain – 20
“No Fences” by Garth Brooks – 18
“Appetite for Destruction” by Guns N’ Roses – 18
“The Bodyguard” Soundtrack by Whitney Houston – 18
“Boston” by Boston – 17
“Greatest Hits “ by Elton John – 17
“The Beatles 1967-1970” by The Beatles – 17
“Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette – 16
“Saturday Night Fever” Soundtrack – 16
“Physical Graffiti” by Led Zeppelin – 16
“Meatllica” by Metallica – 16
“Legend” by Bob Marley & The Wailers – 15
“Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen – 15
“Greatest Hits” by Journey – 15
“The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd – 15
“Supernatural” by Santana – 15
“The Greatest Hits 1974-1978” by the Steve Miller Band – 15
“The Beatles 1962-1966” by The Beatles – 15
“21” by Adele – 14
“The Backstreet Boys” by the Backstreet Boys – 14
“…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears – 14
“Ropin’ the Wind” by Garth Brooks – 14
“Bat Out of Hell” by Meat Loaf – 14
“Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits” by Simon & Garfunkel – 14
“Millennium” by the Backstreet Boys – 13
“Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band Live 1975-1985” by Bruce Springsteen – 13
“Tapestry” by Carole King – 13
“Ten” by Pearl Jam – 13
“Purple Rain” Soundtrack by Prince & The Revolution – 13
“Wide Open Spaces” by The Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks) – 13
“Whitney Houston” by Whitney Houston – 13
“Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits” by Aerosmith – 12
“Slippery When Wet” by Bon Jovi – 12
“II” by Boyz II Men – 12
“Falling Into You” by Celine Dion – 12
“Hysteria” by Def Leppard – 12
“The Eminem Show” by Eminem – 12
“Pieces of You” by Jewel – 12
“Breathless” by Kenny G – 12
“Kenny Rogers greatest Hits” by Kenny Rogers – 12
“Led Zeppelin II” by Led Zeppelin – 12
“Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park – 12
“Yourself or Someone Like You” by Matchbox 20 – 12
“Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones – 12
“No Jacket Required” by Phil Collins – 12
“The Woman in Me” by Shania Twain – 12
“Forest Gump” Soundtrack – by Various Artists – 12
“Abbey Road” by The Beatles – 12
“Hot Rocks” by The Rolling Stones – 12
“CrazySexyCool” by TLC – 12
“Greatest Hits” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – 12
“25” by Adele – 11
“Human Clay” by Creed – 11
“Greatest Hits Volume II” by the Eagles – 11
“The Marshall Mathers LP” by Eminem – 11
“James Taylor’s Greatest Hits” by James Taylor – 11
“Devil Without a Cause” by Kid Rock – 11
“Houses of the Holy” by Led Zeppelin – 11
“Daydream” by Mariah Carey – 11
“Bad” by Michael Jackson – 11
“No Strings Attached” by N Sync – 11
“Life After Death” by Notorious B.I.G. – 11
“Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” by Outkast – 11
“Up!” by Shania Twain – 11
“Titanic” Soundtrack – by Various Artists – 11
“Dirty Dancing” Soundtrack by Various Artists – 11
“Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles – 11
“1” by The Beatles – 11
“Fly” by The Chicks – 11
“Greatest Hits” by 2 Pac – 10
“All EYez on Me” by 2 Pac – 10
“Licensed to Ill” by the Beastie Boys – 10
“The Stranger” by Billy Joel – 10
“Greatest Hits” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – 10
“Oops!…I Did it Again” by Britney Spears – 10
“Let’s Talk About Love” by Celine Dion – 10
“Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits” by Creedence Clearwater Revival – 10
“Pyromania” by Def Leppard – 10
“Best of the Doobies” by The Doobie Brothers – 10
“Elvis’ Christmas Album” by Elvis Presley – 10
“Curtain Call: The Hits” by Eminem – 10
“Unplugged” by Eric Clapton – 10
“The Ultimate Hits” by Garth Brooks – 10
“Sevens” by Garth Brooks – 10
“The Hits” by Garth Brooks – 10
“In Pieces” by Garth Brooks – 10
“The Chase” by Garth Brooks – 10
“Garth Brooks” by Garth Brooks – 10
“Faith” by George Michael – 10
“Dookie” by Green Day – 10
“Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” by Hammer – 10
“Escape” by Journey – 10
“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” by Lauryn Hill – 10
“Led Zeppelin” by Led Zeppelin – 10
“Can’t Slow Down” by Lionel Richie – 10
“Like a Virgin” by Madonna – 10
“The Immaculate Collection” by Madonna – 10
“Music Box” by Mariah Carey – 10
“N Sync” by N Sync – 10
Country Grammar” by Nelly – 10
“All the Right Reasons” by Nickelback – 10
“Nevermind” by Nirvana – 10
“Tragic Kingdom” by No Doubt – 10
“Greatest Hits” by Patsy Cline – 10
“Hi Infidelity” by R.E.O. Speedwagon – 10
“Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” by Smashing Pumpkins – 10
“The Lion King” Soundtrack by Various Artists – 10
“Songs in the Key of Life” by Stevie Wonder – 10
“Fearless” by Taylor Swift – 10
“The Best of The Doors” by The Doors – 10
“The Joshua Tree” by U2 – 10
“Confessions” by Usher – 10
“Van Halen” by Van Halen – 10
“1984 (MCMLXXXIV)” by Van Halen – 10
“Whitney” by Whitney Houston – 10
“Eliminator” by ZZ Top – 10



The singles awarded Diamond Awards Lil Nas X leads the way with 16 million copies sold.

Singles Diamon Awards:
“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus – 16
“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye – 14
“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons – 14
“All of Me” by John Legend – 14
“Closer” by The Chainsmokers – 14
“Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars – 13
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem – 13
“Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem with Rihanna – 13
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee – 13
“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran – 12
“Baby” by Justin Bieber with Ludacris – 12
“Firework” by Katy Perry – 12
“Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line – 11
“When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars – 11
“God’s Plan” by Drake – 11
“Candle in the Wind 1997/Something You Look Tonight” by Elton John – 11
“Not Afriad” by Eminem – 11
“Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line – 11
“Dark Horse” by Katy Perry – 11
“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga – 11
“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars
“Sugar” by Maroon 5 – 11
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams – 11
“Baby Shark” by Pinkfong – 11
“Congratulations” by Post Maline with Quavo – 11
“Sunflower” from “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” by Post Maline and Swae Lee – 11
“Starboy” by The Weeknd – 11
“The Hills” by The Weeknd – 11
“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth – 11
“Sail” by Awolnation – 10
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars – 10
“Grenade” by Bruno Mars – 10
“Havana” by Camila Cabello with Young Thug – 10
“I Like it” by Cardi B with J Balvin and Bad Bunny  – 10
“Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B – 10
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen – 10
“Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton – 10
“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri – 10
“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran – 10
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran – 10
“Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap – 10
“Low” by Flo Rida with T-Pain – 10
“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People – 10
“We Are Young” by Fun. With Janelle Monae
“Life is Good” by Future with Drake – 10
“Believer” by Imagine Dragons – 10
“Demons” by Imagine Dragons – 10
“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz – 10
“Lucid Dreams” by Juice Wrld – 10
“Sorry” by Justin Bieber – 10
“Stronger” by Kanye West – 10
“Roar” by Katy Perry – 10
“Location” by Khalid – 10
“Poker Face” by Lady Gaga – 10
“Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO – 10
“Royals” by Lorde – 10
“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz – 10
“Lean On” by Major Lazer with Mo and DJ Snake – 10
“All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey – 10
“Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 – 10
“Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 with Cardi B – 10
“All About that Bass” by Meghan Trainor – 10
“Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus – 10
“Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj – 10
“Counting Stars” by One Republic – 10
“Rockstar” by Post Malone with 21 Savage – 10
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen” – 10
“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke – 10
“The Box” by Roddy Ricch – 10
“Stay with Me” by Sam Smith – 10
“Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift – 10
“I Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas – 10
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd – 10
“Hey, Soul Sister” by Train – 10
“Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott with Drake – 10
“Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots – 10
“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston – 10
“SAD!” by XXXtentacion – 10

The Judds Final Tour

During the annual CMT Awards on Monday night, it was announced that along with their first performance in 20 years, The Judds – Naomi and Wynonna – would be making one final tour. 

The dates for that tour have now been released and includes only 10 dates beginning at the end of September. Martina McBride will join the duo on the tour for some of the dates.

Speaking on the tour, mom Naomi said, “the fans have always been my family of choice. I love them dearly, so I’m chompin’ at the bit to belt out our hits and reconnect with them once again. The cherry on top is singing with my beloved, wild and extremely talented daughter… the best singer of any genre, Wynonna! She asked me if I was still going to twist, twirl and crack jokes. I answered, “Heck yeah! I’m too old to grow up now!”.

Wynonna added, “what I’m looking forward to most is celebrating Judd music with the fans. Mom and I have had quite the journey over the last 38 years, and the fans have been with us through it all. This tour is a celebration for them!”.

The Judds Final Tour dates:
Sept 30 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 1 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH
Oct 7 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Flls, SD
Oct 8 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI
Oct 14 at the Gas South Arena in Duluth, GA
Oct 15 at the Propst Arena in Huntsville, AL
Oct 21 at the Choctaw Grand Theater in Durant, OK
Oct 22 at the Dickies Arena in Ft. Worth, TX
Oct 27 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS
Oct 28 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN

NASCAR Issues Martinsville Penalties

On a weekend in Martinsville where the biggest story should have been the number of the famous hot dogs were sold and that the Hot Dog Stand actually sold out of the famous $2 treat; the lead story was a dust up between Xfinity Series drivers Ty Gibbs and Sam Mayer after the race on Friday night.

Prior to the trading of punches, Gibbs hit Mayer on pit road.  NASCAR has fined the 19 year old Gibbs $15,000 for the infraction that is a violation of the NASCAR rule book under Member conduct.

On the way to his win at Richmond the previous week, Gibbs bumped another team mate out of the way for the win.  At Martinsville, Gibbs was bumped in the same fashion allowing Brandon Jones to take the win and give the $100,000 Dash-4-Cash prize to AJ Allmendinger.  Gibbs took exception to being bumped and showed his displeasure on the cool down lap and onto pit road.

During the race, NASCAR officials “invited” Gibbs to the NASCAR hauler after some question over how Gibbs restarted the race.  After Gibbs and Mayer were separated after the race, both drivers were called to the hauler for a “meaningful conversation”.

In addition to his fine, the number 54 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Ty Gibbs was found to have a single lug nut improperly secured; as a result, crew chief Chris Gayle has been fined $5,000.

Richard Childress Racing’s number two car driven by Sheldon Creed was charged with a ballast violation during the Thursday practice session.  AS a result of the infraction, crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz, car chief Kris McCabe, and engineer Sam Bowers were all suspended for the next four Xfinity Series races.

There were no penalties issued for the Camping World Truck or Cup Series; however, NASCAR has taken two cars from the Cup Series – the number 10 car driven by Aric Almirola and the number 43 car driven by Erik Jones – to their R&D Center for further inspection.

2022 CMT Awards

While the overall COVID numbers have been down in recent weeks, there are still cases popping up.  With just a few hours before the presentation of the annual Country Music Television – CMT – Awards, co-host Kelsea Ballerini learned that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Not wanting to miss out on the awards, Ballerini is still going to be a part of the show.  While asymptomatic, Ballerini is staying safe at home where she will perform her co-hosing duties.

Co-host Anthony Mackie will be in Nashiville to hep hand out the awards with some help from the top award nominee Kane Brown. 

The pink carpet had to be cancelled after a lightening strike.

Five time CMT Award winner Keith Urban gets the night of music started off with a performance of “Wild Hearts”.

Laney Wilson and Cole Swindell continue the music with a performance of “Never Say Never with You”…in the rain.

The CMT Awards are a fan voted event.

Little Big Town premiere their new single “Hell, Yeah” with a live performance.

On the Ram Truck stage Parker McCollum performs “To Be Loved By You”.  The Ram Truck Stage features new and aup and coming artists on the Country music scene.

The first award of the night went to Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood with “If I Didn’t Love You” for the Collaborative Video of the Year.  Already the leading CMT Award winner in history with 23, Carrie Underwood has made it an even two dozen CMT Awards.

Carly Pearce takes the stage for a performance of “Diamond Back”.

Old Dominion take the stage outside as the CMT Awards have taken over Nashville and have stages all across the city.

Thomas Rhett and Riley Green take to the rooftop stage for a performance.

Carrie Underwood performs her new single “Ghost Story”.

Legendary rocker Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top takes the stage with Kane Brown to celebrate 20 years of the series “Crossroads”.  Jason Aldean and Bryan Adams recreated their “Crossroads” performance of “Heaven”.

Nicky Guyton takes the stage with the Black Pumas for a performance.

Priscilla Block takes the Ram Truck stage to perform “My Bar”.

The award for Breakthrough Video of the Year went to Parker McCollum for “To Be Love By You”.  McCollum noted that he has never won an award before.

Gabby Barret is up for Video of the Year Award; she takes the stage for a performance.

After enticing the world with his song “Fancy Like”, Walker Hayes takes the stage to perform his new single “AA”.

Breland takes the stage to “Praise the Lord”.

From her home, co-host Kelsea Ballerini gives a world debut performance of the new single “Heart First” from her backyard.

Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd take the stage for a performance.  The duo are not just a couple on the stage, they are a married couple.

Jessie James Decker takes the Ram Truck stage for a performance of “Should Have Known Better”.

George Strait won his first CMT Award for Performance of the Year with “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” as a tribute to Charley Pride.

Cody Johnson performs out on Broadway.

Country music legend Martina McBride presents the award for Female Video of the Year to Miranda Lambert for “If I Was a Cowboy”.

For the first time in 20 years, Naomi and Wynona Judd have reunited for a performance  The mother/daughter duo will soon be embarking on a farewell tour.

Gabby Barrett and Dustin Lynch present the award for Duo or Group Video of the Year to Maddie and Tae for “Woman You Got”.

Making the debut appearance together Jimmie Allen, Monica, and Little Big Town take the stage for a performance of “Pray”.

The award for Male Video of the Year went to Cody Johnson for “Til You Can’t”.

Elvie Shane takes the Ram Truck stage for a performance of “My Boy”.

Co-host Kane Brown takes the stage outside the Country Music Hall of Fame for a performance of his hit “One Mississippi”.

Caitlyn Smith takes the Ram Truck stage to perform her song “High”.

CMT Video of the Year winner Miranda Lambert takes the stage for a performance of her award winning song “If I Was a Cowboy”.

In the final award of the night, the winner of the Video of the Year award is Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood for “If I Didn’t Love You”.  Aldean noted that it was the first time in 17 years that he won the Video of the Year award.

Eight time CMT award winner Kenny Chesney closes out the night of music with a performance of “Another Beer in Mexico”.



2022 Olivier Awards

On April 10 the United Kingdom held their annual Oliver Awards, presenting their annual awards for stage productions.  An intimate production of “Cabaret” and the stage adaptation of “Life of Pi” were the night’s biggest winners with “Cabaret” leading the way with seven wins.  Among the five awards for “Life of Pi” was a Olivier first when all seven of the actors used to portray the puppet tiger were presented with the Best Supporting Actor award.  Actor and puppeteer Fred Davis called it, “a landmark moment for puppetry.”

The Olivier Awards and Britain’s and the West End’s version of Broadway’s Tony Awards.

Held at the iconic Royal Albert Hall it was the first time the Olivier Award have been held in three years after an outbreak of the Covi-19 virus put a hold on live events.

The events in Ukraine were also on the minds of those present at the gala event.  Ukrainian mezzo-soprano Kseniia Nikolaieva gave a performance of the Ukrainian National Anthem.

The AIDS crisis play “The Normal Heart” features medic Linda Laubenstein who uses a wheelchair.  Actor Liz Carr won Best Supporting Actress for her role portraying the medic.  Carr noted that it was the first time in 35 years that the role was played by a person who actually uses a wheelchair.

In another first, the Olivier Awards had a “red carpet” constructed of sustainable green carpet that had been made from reusable grass”.

The gala event also included a tribute to award winning Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim.

The Olivier Awards were created in 1976 and are named after actor Laurence Olivier.

2022 Olivier Award Winners:
Best New Play: “Life of Pi”
Best New Musical: “Back to the Future – The Musical”
Best New Comedy: “Pride and Prejudice” (*) (*) (sort of)
Best Family Show: “Wolf Witch Giant Fairy”
Best Revival: “Constellations”
Best Musical Revival: “Cabaret”
Best Lead Actress in a Play: Sheila Atim for her role in “Constellations”
Best Lead Actor in a Play: Hiran Abeysekera for his role in “Life of Pi”
Best Lead Actress in a Musical: Jessie Buckley for her role in “Cabaret”
Best Leading Actor in a Musical: Eddie Redmayne for his role in “Cabaret”
Best Supporting Actor in a Play: Fred Davis, Daisy Franks, Romina Hytten, Tom Larkin, Habib Nasib Nader, Tom Stacy, and Scarlet Wilderink as the puppet tiger in “Life of Pi”
Best Supporting Actress in a Play: Liz Carr for her role in “The Normal Heart”
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical: Liza Sadovy for her role in “Cabaret”
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical: Elliot Levey for his role in “Cabaret”
Best Director: Rebecca Frecknail for “Cabaret”
Best Original Score or New Orchestration: “Get Up Stand Up!” from “The Bob Marley Musical”
Best Theater Choreography: Kathleen Marshall for “Anything Goes”
Best New Opera Production; the Royal Opera for “Jenufa”
Outstanding Achievement in Opera: Peter Whelan and the Irish Baroque Orchestra for “Bajazet”.
Best New Dance Production: “Revisor”
Outstanding Achievement in Dance: Arielle Smith for “Jolly Folly”
Best Set Design: “Life of Pi”
Best Lighting Design: “Life of Pi
Best Sound Design: “Cabaret”
Best Costume Design: “Moulin Rough! The Musical”
Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theater: “Old Bridge” at the Bush Theatre.

Academy Bans Will Smith

The 94th annual Academy Awards was a night like no other.  While the list of winners is the most diverse event seen in Hollywood, the awards presentation was not without its share of controversy.

When comedian Chris Rock took the stage to present the award for Best Documentary, he took advantage of the appearance to do a short monologue that included a jibe at Jada Plunkett Smith who has been vocal about her alopecia which causes hair loss.  However, Rock’s remark of, “Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it,” did not sit well with everyone; especially Smith husband Will. 

Smith calmly strode up to the stage and slapped Rock across the face.  After returning to his seat, Smith told Rock to “keep my wife’s name out your (expletive) mouth.”

Rock’s remark was in reference to the 1997 film “G.I. Jane” starring Demi Moore who shaved her head for the role.

While Chris Rock refused to file any charges over the incident, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were not so magnanimous.

After a virtual meeting that lasted some two hours, the Academy’s Board of Governors has chosen to ban Will Smith from attending any Academy events for the next 10 years.  While Smith is not permitted to present an award or even attend the ceremonies, the band does not include any future nominations for awards.

Prior to the Board of Governors announcement, Will Smith had resigned from his membership in the Academy; which means Smith cannot cast a vote for any nominees.  Upon hearing the decision, Smith noted that he accepted and respected the Academy’s decision.  Smith added, “shocking, painful, and inexcusable.”

The Academy also spoke on the incident saying, “the 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.”

While there is some controversy over whether Smith was told to leave the premises after the face slap; the Academy did issue a statement on their actions (or lack thereof) of the incident saying, “during our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry.  This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.”

Later that same evening, Smith won the Best Actor Award for his role in “King Richard” to become only the second man of colour to win the award after Sidney Portier.

NASCAR Point Standings – April 10

On Saturday night in Martinsville, William Byron became the first repeat winner in the NASCAR Cup Series when he followed up a win in the Camping World Truck Series with a win in the Blu-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400.  He takes home not one but two grandfather clocks after his busy weekend.

But it is Chase Elliott who leads in the Cup Series point standings with 288 points; Byron is in third place with 276 points.

The Cup Series point standings after eight races:
Chase Elliott – 288
Ryan Blaney – 285
William Byron – 276
Joey Logano – 261
Ross Chastain – 246
Alex Bowman – 237
Martin Truex Jr – 237
Aric Almirola – 223
Kevin Harvick – 222
Kyle Busch – 221
Chase Briscoe – 220
Tyler Reddick – 202
Kyle Larson – 201
Austin Cindric – 201
Austin Dillon – 197
Kurt Busch – 187

Despite winning the race at Richmond last week, Denny Hamlin is back in 21st place in points.

When it comes to the Cup Series Playoff Points, William Byron leads the way with 2,020 points after two race wins.

Playoff points standings:
William Byron – 2,020
Chase Elliott – 2,017
Ryan Blaney – 2,013
Ross Chastain – 2,012
Alex Bowman – 2,011
Joey Logano – 2,007
Martin Truex Jr – 2,007
Denny Hamlin – 2,006
Kyle Larson – 2.005
Chase Briscoe – 2,005
Austin Cindric – 2,005
Aric Almirola – 2,003
Kevin Harvick – 2,002
Tyler Reddick – 2,001
Kyle Busch – 2,000
Austin Dillon -2,000


In the Xfinity Series, AJ Allmendinger leads the point standings with 342 points.  Three time race winner Ty Gibbs is in second with 322 points.

Xfinity Series Points standings:
AJ Allmendinger – 342
Ty Gibbs – 322
Noah Gragson – 300
Brandon Jones – 253
Josh Berry – 248
Sam Mayer – 235
Justin Allgaier – 233
Daniel Hemric – 227
Ryan Sieg – 227
Austin Hill – 226
Riley Herbst – 212
Landon Cassill – 201

After winning three races so far, Ty Gibbs leads the Playoff Points with 2,027 points. AJ Allmendinger is in second after finishing every race so far in the top 10.

Xfinity Series Playoff Points:
Ty Gibbs – 2,027
AJ Allmendinger – 2,022
Noah Gragson – 2,016
Brandon Jones – 2,013
Josh Berry – 2,007
Austin Hill – 2,006
Sam Mayer – 2,006
Daniel Hemric – 2,005
Justin Allgaier – 2,004
Ryan Sieg – 2,002
Landon Cassill – 2,000
Riley Herbst – 2,000


In the Camping World Truck Series, Ben Rhodes leads the point standings with 205 points but comes in third in the Playoff Standings.

Camping World Truck Series point standings:
Ben Rhodes – 205
Chandler Smith -201
Zane Smith – 184
Stewart Friesen – 180
John Hunter Nemechek – 161
Christian Eckes – 161
Tanner Gray – 158
TY Majeski – 153
Matt Crafton – 132
Tyler Ankrum – 132

Camping World Truck Series Playoff Points:
Zane Smith – 2,21
Ben Rhodes – 2,018
Chandler Smith -2,015
John Hunter Nemechek –  2,009
Stewart Friesen – 2,008
Christian Eckes – 2,005
Tanner Gray – 2,004
TY Majeski – 2,003
Matt Crafton – 2.002
Tyler Ankrum – 2,001

Cup Series Gets First Repeat Winner

As they gear up for some Saturday night short track racing, the NASCAR Cup Series drivers take to the track on Friday afternoon for a little practice and to qualify for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400.

The Cup Series helps Martinsville Speedway celebrate 75 years of racing as they continue to short track swing in the season.

Cody Ware gets group A qualifying started but it is Chase Elliott with a time of 19.694 seconds who will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag. This is Elliott’s 10th pole of his career and first at Martinsville. Elliott said that he didn’t think he had put down a pole winning time; thinking that someone could beat it.

One name missing during the qualifying process was Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger whose number 16 car failed the inspection process three times. Not only was Allmendinger not get to qualify for the race and will have to start the race from the back of the field; he will also lose a crew member for the race and will have to serve a pass through penalty once the green flag has dropped.

No other teams had issues that earned a penalty during inspection.

The starting lineup for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400:
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Cole Custer
Chris Buescher
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Christopher Bell
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski
Todd Gilliland
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Austin Cindric
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Michael McDowell
Justin Haley
Kurt Busch
Chase Briscoe
Martin Truex Jr
Bubba Wallace
Tyler Reddick
Austin Dillon
Erik Jones
Denny Hamlin
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Harrison Burton
Daniel Suarez
Josh Bilicki
JJ Yeley
BJ McLeod
Ty Dillon
Cody Ware
AJ Allmendinger

Stages one is 80 laps in length, stage two is 100 laps in length, and stage three is 220 laps in length for a total of 400 laps around the half mile track. The drivers can run around 150 laps on a single load of fuel.

Chad Knaus returns to join Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the FOX Sports broadcast booth for the race.

There has been seven races so far in the Cup Series with seven different drivers; could there be an eighth different winner this week or will Martinsville be the first time the Cup Series will have a repeat winner?

Hendrick Motorsports has a total of 26 Martinsville wins with Geoff Bodine winning the first. HMS needs just 18 more laps of leading the race to reach 10,000 laps led.

The calendar says that it is spring, but Mother Nature has other ideas…it is cold and snowing in Martinsville. The track drying equipment is out on the track and working hard to get the track ready for racing.

Nearly an hour after the original starting time at 8:20pm the drivers were in their cars and the engines fired after a very rousing command.

There is a further chance of precipitation; NASCAR’s ruling is the race is official at halfway or the end of stage two.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane at 8:45pm. Elliott jumps out in front of Aric Almirola for the lead.

Chase Elliott leads lap one.

Lap three Chase Elliott already has a half second lead on Aric Almirola; Cole Custer, William Byron, and Christopher Bell round out the top five. AJ Allmendinger has served his pass through penalty and is a lap down.

Lap six, Chase Elliott has increased his lead to nearly a full second on Aric Almirola.

Lap eight, Cole Custer passes Aric Almirola for second with William Byron taking third.

Lap nine, the top five are Chase Elliott, Cole Custer, William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Aric Almirola.

Lap 10, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Cole Custer.

Lap 12, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Cole Custer; William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 16, AJ Allmendinger remains the only car not on the lead lap.

Lap 18, Chase Elliott has just led the 10,000th lap for Hendrick Motorsports – the first team ever to do so. He has a second and a half lead on Cole Custer; William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Aric Almriola round out the top five.

Lap 22, Chase Elliott has led every lap so far.

Lap 32, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race; his lead is over two and a half seconds on Cole Custer; William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Aric Almiroa round out the top five. There are 31 cars on the lead lap with all 36 drivers still on the track.

Lap 36, Chase Elliott puts Ty Dillon one lap down for 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 40, Chase Elliott has a lead of over three seconds on Cole Custer and William Byron who are battling for second.

Lap 41, the top five are Chase Elliott, William Byron, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Aric Almirola. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 47, Ross Chastain and Martin Truex Jr make contact but the track stays green.

Lap 48, Chase Elliott has a lead of two and a half seconds on William Byron as he continues to encounter traffic and put cars a lap down. There are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Aric Almirola reports some brake issues with the car but reports that he is so busy in the car that he cannot reach the adjustment lever.

Lap 54, Chase Elliott has led every lap of the race so far; William Byron, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 60, Chase Elliott continues to dominate the field with a lead of over two seconds on William Byron.

Kyle Larson, who has dropped six spots since the start of the race, is reporting a very loose condition in his car.

Lap 65, Chase Elliott has put Daniel Suarez a lap down as William Byron closes the gap to under half a second. There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 72, Chase Elliott holdsa narrow lead on team mate William Byron; Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Aric Almorla round out the top five. Denny Hamlin is fighting to stay on the lead lap.

Lap 76, Chase Elliott finally passes Denny Hamlin to put Hamlin one lap down.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 78, Since passing Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott increases his lead on William Byron to over half a second.

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

The top 10 at the end of stge one:
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Austin Cindric
Kurt Busch

Michael McDowell is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road.

Cody Ware was caught speeding on pit road. Bubba Wallace’s crew had a member come over the wall too soon. Justin Haley and Brad Keselowski were charged with having equipment over the wall too soon.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 92 with Ellitt getting out in front for the lead. Cole Custer and William Byron battle for second.

Lap 97, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on William Byron; Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Joey Logano round out the top five. There are 23 cars on the lead lap. Bubba Wallace is the last car on the lead lap.

Lap 101, Chase Elliott continues to dominate the race with a lead of nearly a second on William Byron.

Lap 107, William Byron has closed the gap on leader Chase Elliott to just under half a second; Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 112 William Byron is on leder Chase Elliott’s bumper and looking to battle for the lead. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

The Hot Dog Stand is OUT of hot dogs!!!!

The Hot Dog Stand has resupplied!!!

Lap 124, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on William Byron; Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Joey Logano round out the top five. Bubba Wallace is the last car on the lead lap in 23rd.

Lap 130, halfway through stage two, and Chase Elliott has dominated the race by leading every lap. He has a one second lead on William Byron.

Lap 136, Chase Elliott has caught up to Bubba Wallace – the last car on the lead lap.

Lap 141, BJ McLeod gets slowed on the track but makes it to pit road and the track stays green. He reports that something broke in the car.

Lap 143, leader Chase Elliott is in heavy traffic.

Lap 146, Joey Logano passes Christopher Bell for fourth. Chase Elliott continues to lead the race but has not been able to get around Bubba Wallace. William Byron is just two tenths of a second behind Elliott.

There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 157, Chase Ellitt continues to lead the race with a lead of just under half a second on William Byron; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Lap 166, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on William Byron; but it is over four seconds back to third place driver Joey Logano with Ryan Blaney and Cole Custer rounding out the top five.

Alex Bowman is reporting some shaking in his car.

Lap 171, Christopher Bell and Aric Almirola battle for sixth with Almirola taking the spot.

Lap 175, Chase Elliott has increased his lead to over a second on William Byron. Austin Dillon passes Christopher Bell for seventh.

Lap 178, Bubba Wallace has managed to hold off leader Chase Elliott.

Lap 179, Austin Dillon passes Aric Almirola for sixth.

Coming to the green and white checkered flag, Daniel Suarez bumps Chase Elliott trying to get one his laps back.

Chase Elliott wins stage two for the stage sweep after leading all 180 laps so far.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Cole Custer
Austin Dillon
Aric Almirola
Austin Cindric
Christopher Bell
Kevin Harvick

Chase Elliott leads the field down pit road for service. William Byron edges out Chase Elliott in the race off of pit road.

Todd Gilliland is the “lucky dog”.

The tire bouncing around pit road belonged to Cole Custer’s team.

Boss man Tony Stewart is in the pits checking out the tires of his driver Aric Almirola.

For the first time in the race, William Byron is the leader and brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three. Byron takes the lead with Chase Elliott and Joey Logano in a battle for second.

Lap 194, the top five are William Byron, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Austin Dillon.

BJ McLeod is out of the race.

Lap 200, half way, William Byron has a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 225, William Byron has a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Austin Dillon round out the top five with 22 cars on the lead lap.

After setting a new record for leading at least 10,000 laps at a single track, Hendrick Motorsports and Chase Elliott set a record for leading the most laps in a race with 185. Now HMS is looking to lead every lap in the race.

Lap 236, William Byron has a half second lead on team mate Chase Elliott with third place driver Joey Logano over four seconds back; Ryan Blaney and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Daniel Suarez and Chase Elliott make contact again but the track stays green. Suarez had just come off of pit road for service after staying out on the track at the end of stage two.

Lap 252, William Byron had a lead of just under half a second on Chase Elliott; Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Austin Dill round out the top five.

With 145 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are in their pit window to make it to the end of the race.

Lap 258, Cole Custer is the last car on the lead lap in 21st place.

Lap 260, Joey Logano has closed the gap to under two seconds on Chase Elliott.

Lap 264, William Byron passes Cole Custer to put Custer a lap down.

Lap 270, in 20th place, Bubba Wallace is once again the last car on the lead lap.

Lap 280, Joey Logano passes Chase Elliott for second; with Ryan Blaney and Austin Dillon coming on right behind Logano to put Elliott in fifth place.

Lap 284, William Byron has a lead of nearly two seconds on Joey Logano.

Chase Elliott is reporting a loose condition; saying that the car is hard to handle.

Lap 290, Kyle Busch is the first driver to come down pit road to begin the cycle of green flag pit stops. Busch reports a continual tight condition on his car.

La 293, there are just 18 cars on the lead lap.

After making his pit stop, Martin Truex Jr is having some issues. He has a flat tire and has to make his way back to pit road.

Lap 297, Chase Elliott makes his green flag pit stop.

Christopher Bell’s crew is charged with coming over the wall too soon, he will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 303, grren flag pit stops continue including leader William Byron. Ryan Blaney is the new leader.

Currently the air temperature at Martinsville is 39 degrees, causing some issues for the drivers coming out of pit road on cold tires.

Kyle Larson was caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 307, leader Ryan Blaney makes his gren flag pit stop.

William Byron retakes the lead with Joey Logano a second and a half back; Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 311 for debris on the track. This is the first caution flag of the race for an on track incident. Brad Keselowski is the “lucky dog”. Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch are among the half dozen drivers who come down pit road for service.

Lap 313, pit road was not yet open when Denny Hamlin made a pit stop because he was out of fuel.

During his green flag pit stop, a member of Christopher Bell’s crew came over the wall to soon and he has to serve a penalty.

With 80 laps remaining in the race, William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane and goes nose to nose with Austin Dillon. William Byron takes the lead.

Drivers are getting three wide back in the field.

Lap 322, William Byron leads the race with Austin Dillon in second; Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Seventy five to go, drivers are getting aggressive as they battle for position.

Lap 330, William Byron has a half second lead on Austin Dillon; Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 335, Kurt Busch is closing the gap on third place driver Joey Logano; but leader William Byron is slowly increasing the gap on second place driver Austin Dillon.

Lap 345, William Byron has increased his lead on Austin Dillon to over a second; Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick reports that he is plowing tight.

Brad Keselowski is the last driver on the lead lap in 18th place.

Lap 355, Joey Logano has caught up to Austin Dillon and is looking to pass for second. William Byron has a lead of over a second and a half on Austin Dillon.

Just 40 laps remain in the race, William Byron has a lead of nearly two seconds on Austin Dillon; Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. After dominating the first half of the race, Chase Elliott is mired back in the field in eleventh.

Thirty to go, William Byron has led every laps of stage three except during green flag pit stops. He has a near two second lead on Austin Dillon; Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Twenty to go, William Byron’s lead on Austin Dillon is down to a second and a half; Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. Chase Elliott has finally made it back into the top 10.

Mired in traffic, Austin Dillon is now over two seconds behind leader William Byron.

Ten to go, drivers are pushing each other in a battle for position. William Byron has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Austin Dillon; Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out with just seven laps to go when Todd Gilliland hits the wall.

Kyle Larson is the “lucky dog”.

Some of the drivers come down pit road; Kyle Busch in ninth is the first driver to come down pit road.

The race goes into overtime.

William Byron has led 206 laps – the most he has ever led in his career.

In the first attempt at a green/white/checker overtime shootout, William Byron brings the field down from the inside lane and edges out Joey Logano for the lead.

William Byron takes the white flag.

After winning the Truck Series race on Thursday night, William Byron becomes the first driver in the Cup Series to be a repeat winner.

The unofficial results of the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400:
William Byron
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Ross Chastain
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Aric Almirola
Chase Briscoe
Chase Elliott
Austin Cindric
Alex Bowman
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick
Chris Buescher
Bubba Wallace
Brad Keselowski
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Larson
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Martn Truex Jr
Ty Dillon
AJ Allmendinger
Michael McDowell
Harrison Burton
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Suarez
Todd Gilliland
Justin Haley
Corey LaJoie
Cody Ware
JJ Yeley
Josh Bilicki
BJ McLeod

Tesla

Hard rockers Tesla are gearing up to kick off a tour next month. And even before the rockers hit the road, they have added more dates for this fall.

Tickets for the new dates are currently on sale.


Tesla tour dates:
May 5 at the del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, NY
May 7 at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA
May 8 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD
May 10 at Aura in Portland, ME
May 12 & 13 at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH
June 11 at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA
June 17 at the Q Casino Back Waters Stage in Dubuque, IA
June 18 at The Pageant in ST. Louis, MO
June 21 at the Louisville Palace in Louisville, KY
June 23 at Lakes Jam in Brainerd, MN
June 24 at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, MN
June 26 at the Des Plaines Theatre in Des Plaines, IL
June 29 at the Hard Rock Live in Catoosa, OK
July 1 at Harrah’s Stir Cove in Coucil Bluffs, IA
July 2 at the Ho-Chunk Gaming Winconsin Dells in Baraboo, WI
July 4 at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI
July 9 at the Matanuska Brewing Company in Eagle River, AK
July 12 at the Red River Valley Fair in West Fardo, ND
July 22 at the Legends Casino Hotel in Toppenish, WA
July 31 at the Indian Ranch in Webster, MA
Aug 2 at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA
Aug 3 at the Bold Point Pavilion in East Providence, RI
Aug 6 at the Monroe County Fair in Monroe, MI
Aug 8 at the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, SD
Aug 21 at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights, WA
Sept 9 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX
Sept 10 at the House of Blues in Houston, TX
Sept 12 at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center in Midland, TX
Sept 13 at the Memorial Civic Center in Lubbock, TX
Sept 15 at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, TX

Overtime, Red Flags, & a Fight Mark Xfinity Race in Martinsville

Xfinity Series

Rains washed out the Camping World Truck Series qualifying efforts on Thursday afternoon, but the skies cleared and officials dried the track in time for the Xfinity Series to get in round of practice before qualifying for the race on Friday night for the Call 811 Before You Dig 250.

Among the drivers looking to make it in the race is JR Motorsports owner two time Xfinity Series champion, and former Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Forty three teams have brought cars for 38 spots on the racing grid.

Race two of the Dash-4-Cash comes to Martinsville with AJ Allmendinger, Riley Herbst, Ty Gibbs, and last week’s Dash-4-Cash winner Sam Mayer will all be driving for a $100,000 prize.

After being out of the car for a year, Dale Earnhardt Jr put up a qualifying time of 20.40 seconds around the half mile track.  Dale Jr will start the race in 30th place.

With a time of 19.72 seconds Ty Gibbs puts his number 54 car on the pole for the third consecutive time.  Justin Allgaier starts alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Call 811 Before You Dig 250:
Ty Gibbs
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Ryan Truex
Sheldon Creed
Brett Moffitt
Landon Cassill
Ryan Sieg
Daniel Hemric
Josh Berry
Riley Herbst
Brandon Jones
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Hill
Jeremy Clements
Anthony Alfredo
Brandon Brown
Alex Labbe
Myatt Snider
Parker Retzlaff
Sam Mayer
Howie Disavino III
Stefan Parsons
Joe Graf Jr
Jeb Burton
Mason Massey
Kyle Weatherman
Shane Lee
Bayley Currey
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Jade Buford
Brennan Poole
JJ Yeley
Ryan Vargas
David Starr
Derek Griffith
Matt Mills
Natalie Decker

Noah Gragson, Derek Griffith, Kyle Weatherman, Howie Disavino III, and Dale Earnhardt Jr will all have to start the race from the back of the field after the crews made some unapproved adjustments.

Austin Dillon and Erik Jones join Adam Alexander in the FOX Sports broadcast booth to tonight’s race.

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

Just as the drivers were given the command to start the engines, a storm popped up that includes some fierce winds.

The rains abated almost as quickly as they arrived and the drivers are ready to get going.  Back in their cars and moving, the drivers are ready for racing.

The drivers can run 150 laps on a single load of fuel.  The teams were given only three sets of tires in the pits.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap one for Brennan Poole’s heavily smoking car.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 14 with Justin Allgaier alongside.  Gibbs and Allgaier go side by side for a lap before Gibbs edges out for the lead.

Lap 15 the top five are Ty Gibbs, Sheldon Creed, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Truex, and Landon Cassill.  Brett Moffitt is on pit road.

Lap 20, three of the Dash-4-Cash drivers are in the top 10 – leader Ty Gibbs, AJ Allmendinger, and Riley Herbst.  The fourth driver, Sam Mayer is in 16th place,

Lap 22, Ty Gibbs has pulled out to a one second lead on Sheldon Creed; Justin Allgaier, Ryan Truex ,and Landon Cassill round out the top five.

Lap 24, Justin Allgaier passes Sheldon Creed for second; Ryan Truex takes third.

Brett Moffitt has taken his car to the garage with transmission issues.

Lap 26. Ty Gibbs has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Justin Allgaier; Ryan Truex, Landon Cassill, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

Lap 31, Ty Gibbs has increased his lead to over a second and a half on Justin Allgaier.

The caution flag comes out when Howie Disavino III is stopped on the track.  The Virginia native was making his Xfinity Series debut.

In 28th place, Dale Earnhardt Jr is reporting a very tight condition.

NASCAR has invited Ty Gibbs to the NASCAR hauler after the race for an issue regarding getting out of the gas quickly enough on a caution flag.

Kyle Weatherman is the “lucky dog”.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 45 with Gibbs getting out in front with Justin Allgaier in second.

Lap 47, the Dash-4-Cash drivers are all in the top 12.

Lap 48, Ty Gibbs has a  half second lead on Justin Allgaier; Ryan Truex, Landon Cassill, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 52, Dale Earnhardt Jr is in 25th place after making a put stop during the caution flag.

There are 33 cars on the lead lap with three drivers off the track.

Lap 55, Ty Gibbs has a one second lead on Justin Allgaier; Ryan Truex, Landon Cassill, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five with AJ Allmendinger just outside the top five.

With a lead of over a second, Ty Gibbs leads every lap to win stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ty Gibbs
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Truex
Landon Cassill
Daniel Hemric
AJ Allmendinger
Brandon Jones
Josh Berry
Sam Mayer
Sheldon Creed

Matt Mills is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ty Gibbs edging out Justin Allgaier to win the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Noah Gragson is the new race leader.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 70.  Gragson takes the lead with Myatt Snider in second.

Lap 71, the top five are Noah Gragson, Austin Hill, Myatt Snider, Ty Gibbs, and Dale Earnhardt JR.

Lap 73, Ty Gibbs passes Myatt Snider for third.

Jake Buford brings out the caution flag on lap 74 when he gets spun around after some contact with Joe Graf Jr.

During the caution, AJ Allmendinger and his crew are discussing the hot chocolate concession on a chilly and windy night.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 80 with Ty Gibbs alongside.  Gragson jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 81, the top five are Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, Myatt Snider, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Justin Allgaier passes his boss Dale Earnhardt Jr for fifth.

Dale Earnhardt Jr continues to report some handling issues.

Lap 85, Noah Gragson has a narrow lead on Ty Gibbs; Austin Hill, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap  88, Ty Gibbs passes Noah Gragson to retake the lead.

Lap 94, the top five are Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, Austin Hill, Brandon Jones, and Justin Allgaier.  Dale Earnhardt Jr has fallen out of the top 10 to eleventh.

Lap 100, Ty Gibbs has a near one second lead on Noah Gragson; Austin Hill, Brandon Jones, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.  Brandon Jones passes Austin Hill for third.

The fifth caution of the night comes out on lap 102 when Stefan Parson spins out after contact with Joe Graf Jr.  Parsons does a 360 and keeps going without hitting the wall.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart with 13 laps remaining in stage two with Justin Allgaier alongside.  Gibbs jumps out in front for the lead with Brandon Jones taking second; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Ten laps remain in stage two, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over half a second on Brandon Jones.  Dale Earnhardt Jr is in 12th place.

With six laps remaining in stage two, the caution flag comes out when Derek Griffith spins out after contact with Anthony Alfredo.

Most of the drivers come down pit road for service with just three laps remaining in stage two.  Ty Gibbs wins the race off of pit road to hold on to the lead with Noah Gragson in second.  Brandon Jones stayed out on the track.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart with just one laps remaining in the stage.  After the one laps shootout, Brandon Jones wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brandon Jones
Landon Cassill
Ryan Sieg
David Starr
Brandon Brown
Anthony Alfredo
Stefan Parsons
Riley Herbst
Jeremy Clements
Shane Lee

Drivers who stayed out on the track before the end of the stage come down pit road for service.

Stefan Parsons brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 129 with Riley Herbst alongside.

Ty Gibbs makes it a three wide battle with Riley Herbst taking the lead and Ty Gibbs in second.

Lap 130 Ty Gibbs passes his fellow Monster Energy car for the lead.

Lap 132, the top five are Ty Gibbs, Riley Herbst, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson , and Ryan Truex.  Dale Earnhardt Jr is in eighth place.

Lap 136, Justin Allgaier battles with Riley Herbst for second with Noah Gragson right behind them.

Lap 140, Ty Gibbs has a one second lead on Justin Allgaier with Noah Gragson in third; Ryan Truex and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 147, Ty Gibbs holds a one second lead on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Ryan Truex, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five with 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 154, Ty Gibbs continues to dominate the race with a lead of nearly a second and a half on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Josh Berry, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out when Justin Allgaier gets into the wall after he gets loose.  Allgaier was in second at the time of the incident.

Joe Graf Jr is the “lucky dog” but is still one lap down.

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Dale Earnhardt Jr continues to fight a tight condition.  Noah Gragson wins the race off of pit road with Ty Gibbs coming out second.

Five drivers stayed out on the track.

After staying out on the track, Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 162.  Creed jumps out in front for the lead with Brandon Jones in second.

Lap 164, Sheldon Creed leads the race but gets passed by Brandon Jones as the caution flag comes out when Ryan Truex spins out after contact with Alex Labbe.

The top three drivers Brandon Jones, Sheldon Creed, and Brandon Brown are on old tires.  Fourth place drivers Ty Gibbs is the first driver on new tires.

Justin Allgaier is back on pit road for repairs.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart with Ty Gibbs alongside with 89 laps remaining in the race.  Ty Gibbs’ crew reports that there is more rain about 15 miles out.

Brandon Jones gets out in front for the lead with Ty Gibbs on his bumper.

Josh Berry brings out the 10th caution flag on lap 173 when he spins out with a flat tire after contact with the “boss man” Dale Jr.

Bayley Currey is the “lucky dog”.

Justin Allgaier makes another trip down pit road for repairs as the crew tears off more damaged parts.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart with 72 laps remaining in the race.  Jones edges out Ty Gibbs to hold on to the lead. 

Matt Mills spins out and brings out the caution flag.  Natalie Decker also spins out and is stopped on the track.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart one more time with 64 laps remaining in the race.  Ty Gibbs battles with Jones for the lead with Noah Gragson on their bumper.  Jones and Gibbs are JGR team mates.

Ty Gibbs takes the lead with 62 to go.

Lap 188, Ty Gibbs leads the race with Noah Gragson in second; Brandon Jones, AJ Allmendinger, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 191, Brandon Jones and AJ Allmendinger battle for third.  Drivers get three wide across the track as the laps click down in a battle for position.

Lap 194, Ty Gibbs ahs a half second lead on Noah Gragson; AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Fifty three to go, Riley Herbst and Sheldon Creed battle for fifth place.

Lap 200, 50 to go, Ty Gibbs continues to lead the race with Noah Gragson in second; AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.

With 43 laps remaining in the race, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson; AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.  Dale Earnhardt Jr is in 10th place.

Ty Gibbs has encountered slower traffic and is working to put them a lap down.

All four of the Dash-4-Cash drivers are in the top seven positions.

With 33 to go, leader Ty Gibbs puts Justin Allgaier one lap down.  There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Thirty to go and the 12th caution flag comes out when Stefan Parsons gets into the wall with no brakes.

Ty Gibbs has led 160 laps of tonight’s race so far.

Brandon Brown is the only driver who comes down pit road for fresh tires.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart with 24 laps remaining in the race.  Noah Gragson starts alongside on the outside.  Ty Gibbs jumps out for the lead.

Daniel Hemric brings out the caution flag after he hits the wall with a flat tire in a three wide battle on lap 229.

Justin Allgaier is the “lucky dog”.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down one more time for the green flag restart with just 16 laps remaining in the race.  Gibbs edges out Noah Gragson for the lead.

Team mates Noah Gragson and Sam Mayer battle for second.  Sam Mayer passes Gragson for second.

The 14th caution flag of the race comes out on lap 238 for Derek Griffith makes contact with Jade Buford and spins out.

The top five are Ty Gibbs, Sam Mayer, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and AJ Allmendinger.

With just eight laps remaining in the race, Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart with Sam Mayer alongside.  Ty Gibbs gets out in front for the lead but Dale Earnhardt Jr spins out and brings out the 15th caution flag of the race.

With just five laps to go, a few drivers come down pit road.

In an overtime two lap shootout, Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag with fellow teen Sam Mayer alongside.  Ty Gibbs jumps out for the lead but a big crash going into turn one brings out the caution flag.  The track resembles a parking lot with all of the stopped cars.

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

Sam Mayer spun his tires and Noah Gragson got turned around to begin the calamity.  Sam Mayer, Noah Gragson, Alex Labbe, Justin Allgaier, Bayley Currey, Brandon Brown, Jeb Burton, Mason Massey, Stefan Parsons, Derek Griffith, and Parker Retzlaff were all involved in the crash.

Of the over 1,300 Xfinity Series races run, only nine have had more caution flag than this race.  The record for Martinsville is 19…they have had 16 in this race.

Sam Mayer reported that his car popped out of gear.

After a red flag condition of nearly 20 minutes, the cars are moving once again.  Some drivers come down pit road with some looking pretty beat up as they prepare for the second overtime start.

Josh Berry has some smoke coming from one of his tires and has to come down pit road.

Of the 258 laps run so far, 100 of them were under the yellow flag.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the second green flag overtime shootout.  Ty Gibbs and Brandon Jones battle for the lead with Ty Gibbs getting out in front and taking the white flag but Brandon Jones comes back on the inside and passes Ty Gibbs for the lead.

Brandon Jones wins the race.  Martinsville winners receive a grandfather clock as a trophy.

AJ Allmendinger wins the $100,000 Dash-4-Cash prize.

Brandon Jones, Landon Cassill, AJ Allmendinger, and Austin Hill will be the four drivers to compete in the next Dash-4-Cash race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr finishes the race just outside the top 10 in eleventh place.

After the race Ty Gibbs and Sam Mayer have more than words and have to be pulled apart after Gibbs throws a punch.

The unofficial results of the Call 811 Before You Dig 250:
Brandon Jones
Landon Cassill
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Hill
Sam Mayer
Riley Herbst
Ryan Truex
Ty Gibbs
Ryan Sieg
Jeremy Clements
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Parker Retzlaff
Daniel Hemric
Anthony Alfredo
Alex Labbe
Kyle Weatherman
Bayley Currey
Matt Mills
Josh Berry
Noah Gragson
Derek Griffith
Jade Buford
David Starr
Myatt Snider
Ryan Vargas
Joe Graf Jr
Shane Lee
Stefan Parsons
Justin Allgaier
Sheldon Creed
JJ Yeley
Jeb Burton
Mason Massey
Brandon Brown
Natalie Decker
Howie Disavino III
Brett Moffitt
Brennan Poole

Pink Floyd Releases Charity Song

The members of Pink Floyd have not played together for many years; but a cause of concern to the world has brought the remaining members together to record some new music.

David Gilmour and Nick Mason have joined up; along with Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk to record “Hey Hey Rise Up” to raise money for the people of Ukraine who has seen their country ravaged by the Russian military. The song also includes Guy Pratt on bass and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards.

Roger Waters has chosen not to be a part of the project.

Included in the recording is Khlyvnyk performing a clip of a Ukrainian song that he recorded in Kiyv in front of the St. Sophia Cathedral.

After seeing the clip posted on social media, Gilmour called it, “a powerful moment that made me want to put it to music.”

Khlyvnyuk was on tour with his band Boombox when the fighting broke out in February. He has traded his microphone in for a gun to help defend his country.

Khlyvnyuk was injured during the fighting and in the hospital recovering form his injuries. Gilmour spoke with the singer and played a portion of the song during the writing process. Gilmour said that Khlyvnyuk have him his blessing; adding, “we both hope to do something together in person in the future.”

Gilmour spoke on current events saying, “we want to express our support for Ukraine, and in that way show that most of the world thinks that it is totally wrong for a superpower to invade the independent democratic country that Ukraine has become.”

Released today, proceeds form “Hey Hey Rise Up” will go to the Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Fund.

Formed in 1960’s London, Pink Floyd were pioneers of psychedelic/progressive rock.

DWTS Gets a Go

After a great deal of speculation over whether the series would return for a 31st season, “Dancing with the Stars” will return in the fall lineup…but not where fans expect.

The competition reality dance show will not return to ABC but will move over to the streaming service Disney+ as the first live streaming show on the service.  The show will be available for fans who subscribe to Disney+ in the United States and Canada.

The change is in preparation for ABC to begin airing NFL games on Monday night.

The series is currently scheduled to appear on Disney+ over the next two seasons.

Chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Kareem Daniel spoke on the decision via a statement saying, “the show’s broad appeal, as well as the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed competition nights, make Disney+ the perfect home for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ while continuing to expand our demographic reach.”

The mystery as to whether or not the show will return has been solved, but the controversy about who will be hosting the show is still up in the air. 

As one of the producers for the show, Tyra Banks named herself as the host of the show two seasons ago after long time host Tom Bergeron and his co-host Erin Andrews were fired.  While ABC appears to believe that Banks is a good match for the show, fans have a decidedly different view of the issue and have been very vocal about wanting a change to the show when it comes to the hosting duties.

Historic Night for ‘The Simpsons’

When “The Simpsons” first appeared on the air over 20 years ago, it took the television world by storm.  The animated series that features yellow hued characters has been on the radar of every A-lister in Hollywood as a guest star spot.

Over the years, “The Simpsons” has featured quite a diverse list of characters and when the show airs on April 10, they will make history by featuring their first actor who is deaf in the episode “The Sound of Bleeding Gums”.

Autry plays the role of Monk – the son of Bleeding Gums Murphy – who meets Lisa Simpson, his father’s favourite Jazz musician.  Fresh off the heels of “CODA” and the film’s Academy Award wins, the episode will also include Monk speaking in ASL – American Sign Language.

In an interview, Autry spoke on the role and the episode saying, “this can impact change for all of us.  It’s about hard of hearing and hearing characters coming together. It’s a part of history.”

Autry made his screen debut in 2006 with “Night Feeders”.  Since then he has appeared in the TV movie “Katrina”, an episode of “Til Death”, an episode of “No Ordinary Family”, an episode of “Fail”, two episodes of “Glee”, the voice of Leonard on “Chatty Catties”, and as Blaze Young in five episodes of “I Hear You”.

feature photo credit: Chillerton & Gatcombe Scarecrow Festival 2011 14.JPG

Part Time Driver Wins Truck Race at Martinsville

Mother Nature started off a triple header weekend at Martinsville Speedway with a rain storm.  The nasty weather cancelled out practice and qualifying for the Camping World Truck Series and the field has been set by NASCAR’s metric that takes into account race results and standings.

Two time race winner Zane Smith sits on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag with Truck Series owner and Cup Series driver Kyle Busch starting alongside in the number 51 truck on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200:
Zane Smith
Kyle Busch
Ben Rhodes
Chandler Smith
John Hunter Nemechek
Stewart Friesen
Christian Eckes
Tyler Ankrum
Carson Hocevar
Derek Kraus
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger
Tanner Gray
Kris Wright
Lawless Alan
Ty Majeski
Chase Purdy
Parker Kligerman
Taylor Gray
Timmy Hill
Tate Fogleman
Austin Wayne Self
Matt DiBenedetto
Spencer Boyd
Jesse Little
Colby Howard
Chase Janes
Dean Thompson
Jack Wood
Blake Lothian
Hailie Deegan
William Byron
Dillon Steuer
Kaden Honeycutt
Bret Holmes
Johnny Sauter

Already near the back of the field, Dillon Steuer’s truck has been moved to the back of the field after the crew made some unapproved adjustments to the truck.

Stages one and two of the race are 50 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps for a total of 200 laps around the half mile track. The drivers can run 135 to 145 laps on a single load of fuel.

The number 66 truck of Ty Majeski was on pit road getting a battery changed while the drivers were making their pace laps.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front of Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap three, Zane Smith leads the race with Ben Rhodes in second; Kyle Busch, Chandler Smith, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

One of the shortest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, leaders will be lapping slower trucks quickly.

Lap six, Zane Smith has pulled out to a  half second lead on Ben Rhodes; Kyle Busch, Chandler Smith, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap eight after Kris Wright and Jack Wood make contact.  Both drivers are moving but there is damage to both vehicles.

All drivers are still on the lead lap so there is no “lucky dog”.

Kyle Busch reported no communication with the crew but has switched channels and all is well.

Zane Smith brings the field down f or the green flag restart on lap 14 and holds on to the lead with Ben Rhodes in second.

Dean Thompson gets slowed on the track and brings out the second caution flag.  He reports a possible engine issue.  There is a fire inside the cockpit and Thompson works quickly to get out of the truck.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 24.  Smith gets out in front for the lead.  He has led every lap so far.

Lap 25, the top five are Zane Smith, Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, Kyle Busch, and Chandler Smith.

John Hunter Nemechek missed a shift on the restart and dropped to eighth place.

Lap 30, Zane Smith has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Stewart Friesen; Ben Rhodes, Kyle Busch, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Hailie Deegan gets into the wall after some contact with Johnny Sauter but the track stays green.  There is some damage to her truck.

Lap 35, Zane Smith continues to lead the race with Stewart Friesen in second; Ben Rhodes, Kyle Busch, and Chandler Smith continue to round out the top five.

Spencer Boyd gets stalled on the track and brings out the third caution flag of the race.

Blake Lothian is the “lucky dog”.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Matt Crafton was caught speeding on pit road.  Tate Fogleman was charged with having a crew member over the wall too soon.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart with just five laps remaining in stage one.  Zane Smith continues to lead the race with Stewart Friesen in second; Ben Rhodes, John Hunter Nemechek, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.  Kyle Busch returns to the track in 12th place.

After leading every lap in the stage, Zane Smith wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Zane Smith
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
John Hunter Nemechek
Grant Enfinger
Christian Eckes
Derek Kraus
Tanner Gray
Chase Purdy
Tyler Ankrum

Drivers come down pit road for service with a few staying out on the track. 

Despite leading every lap in the stage, Zane Smith is reporting a tight issue in his truck.

Dillon Steuer and Kaden Honeycutt were caught speeding on pit road.  Kris Wright was charged with the crew having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.  Chase Janes was charged with a safety violation – his fueler took his helmet off.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and gets out in front for the lead on lap 61.

Lap 62, the top five are Ben Rhodes, Kyle Busch, Christian Eckes, Carson Hocevar, and Matt DiBenedetto.

There are 31 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 66, Zane Smith is in 14th place.

Lap 68, Ben Rhodes has a half second lead on Kyle Busch; Carson Hocevar, Christian Eckes, and William Byron round out the top five.

Ben Rhodes and Christian Eckes have yet to make a pit stop.

The caution fifth caution flag comes out on lap 70 when Spencer Boyd gets stopped on the track.  Boyd takes his truck to the garage.

Tate Fogelman is the “lucky dog”.

Lap 73, after starting the race form the back of the field, Johnny Sauter has entered the top 10 in nineth place.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 76 and jumps out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 78, the top five are Ben Rhodes, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Carson Hocevar, and Christian Eckes.  Zane Smith has entered the top 10.

Lawless Alan brings out the sixth caution flag of the race on lap 79 when he spins out but gets moving again.

Blake Lothian is the “lucky dog”.

Several drivers come down pit road for service.  Kyle Busch has an extended pit stop when the crew makes a major adjustment to the truck’s handling.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 86 with Carson Hocevar alongside.  Rhodes gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 86, the top five are Ben Rhodes, Carson Hocevar, Christian Eckes, Ty Majeski, and Zane Smith.

Drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 88, Ben Rhodes has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Carson Hocevar.

Lap 91, Ben Rhodes ahs a lead of over a second and a half on Christian Eckes – neither driver has made a pit stop yet.

Lap 93, the top five are Ben Rhodes, Christian Eckes, Carson Hocevar, Zane Smith, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap 96, Ben Rhodes has increased his lead to two seconds on Christian Eckes; Carson Hocevar, Zane Smith, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

After leading every lap in the stage, Ben Rhodes wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ben Rhodes
Christian Eckes
Carson Hocevar
Zane Smith
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Majeski
Matt DiBenedetto
Parker Kligerman
Grant Enfinger
Taylor Gray

Drivers come down pit road for service including Ben Rhodes who has numerous issues with his truck.

Zane Smith is reporting some very spongy brakes.

Tanner Gray is the “lucky dog”.

Carson Hocevar had a bit of an issue on his pit stop and had to back up the truck to get into the right position.

Zane Smith was caught speeding on pit road.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 109 with Chandler Smith alongside.  William Byron gets out in front for the lead.

Kaden Honeycutt brings out the caution flag when he spins out after contact form Austin Wayne Self right after race restart in a three wide battle on lap 109.  He is reporting no power in the truck.  Dillon Steuer and Tanner Gray sustained some damage after contact with Honeycutt.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 117 and battles with Chandler Smith to take the lead.

The top five are William Byron, Chandler Smith, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and Stewart Friesen.

Lap 119, William Byron has a lead of over half a second on Chandler Smith; Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.  Drivers are getting three wide back in the field.

The ninth caution flag of the race comes out on lap 121 when Dillon Steuer is stopped on the track with heavy damage.  This is Steuer’s Truck Series debut.

After having to restart the race from the back of the field with a speeding penalty, Zane Smith has only advanced to 22nd place.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap128 with Johnny Sauter on the outside lane.   Byron gets out in front for the lead with Johnny Sauter in second.

Lap 129, the top vie are William Byron, Johnny Sauter, Chandler Smith, Kyle Busch, and Matt Crafton.

Kaden Honeycutt, Dean Thompson, and Jack Wood are out of the race.

Lap 131, William Byron has a lead of nearly a second on Johnny Sauter; Chandler Smith, Kyle Busch, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Stewart Friesen spins out in a three wide battle and brings out the caution flag on lap 134.

Blake Lothian gets the “lucky dog” for the third time in the race.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 138 and jumps out in front for the lead with Johnny Sauter in second; Chandler Smith, Kyle Busch, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Lap 140, William Byron has already pulled ut to a half second lead on Johnny Sauter.

There are 31 trucks on the lead lap.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.  With just 57 laps remaining in the race, the drivers get getting more aggressive.

Lap 144, William Byron has a lead of nearly a second on Johnny Sauter; Chandler Smith, Kyle Buscvh, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Kyle Busch passes Chandler Smith for third.

Lap 152, William Byron leads the race with Johnny Sauter in second over a second behind; Kyle Busch, Chandler Smith, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Jesse Little brings out the eleventh caution flag when he gets turned around after contact form Tate Fogleman.  Kris Wright also has some damage to his truck.

There is a fire in Austin Wayne Self’s truck.  Crews are armed with fire extinguishers to douse the flames.

A few drivers come down pit road for service.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 164 and jumps out in front for the lead with Johnny Sauter in second; Kyle Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Drivers are three wide across the track as they battle for position with only 33 laps remaining in the race.

Lap 168, William Byron has a lead of over half a second on Johnny Sauter; Kyle Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Lap 174, William Bryon continues to dominate the lead of the race with Johnny Sauter in second; Kyle Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Lap 177, William Byron has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Johnny Sauter.  Zane Smith has entered the top 10 after making a pit stop during the last caution.

Lap 181, William Byron has a lead of over a second on Johnny Sauter; Kyle Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, and Chandler Smith continue to round out the top five.

Lap 184, Ben Rhodes passes Chandler Smit for fifth.

Fifteen to go, William Byron has a one second lead on Johnny Sauter; Kyle Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, And Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Ten to go!  William Byron has a one second lead on Johnny Sauter; Kyle Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

The brake rotors of Chandler Smith’s truck are bright red.

Seven to go, William Byron increases his lead to a second and a half on Johnny Sauter.

With four laps remaining in the race, William Byron has led 96 of the 196 laps run in the race.

William Byron takes the white flag with a lead of over a second on Johnny Sauter.

William Byron wins the race for his eighth career Truck Series win.  Byron started the race in 32nd place.

Winners at Martinsville Speedway get a grandfather truck as their trophy.

The unofficial results of the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200:
William Byron
Johnny Sauter
Kyle Busch
John Hunter Nemechek
Ben Rhodes
Chandler Smith
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger
Zane Smith
Tyler Ankrum
Ty Majeski
Christian Eckes
Stewart Friesen
Derek Kraus
Matt DiBenedetto
Parker Kligerman
Carson Hocevar
Colby Howard
Hailie Deegan
Lawless Alan
Tanner Gray
Tate Fogleman
Timmy Hill
Bret Holmes
Chase Janes
Taylor Gray
Jesse Little
Blake Lothian
Chase Purdy
Kris Wright
Austin Wayne Self
Dillon Steuer
Spencer Boyd
Kaden Honeycutt
Jack Wood
Dean Thompson

Appeals Courts Rules on RFK Racing Penalty

On April 7 the National Motorsports Appeals Panel – a three member panel – met to review and rule on the penalty assessed Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing – RFK Racing – and the number six car driven by Brad Keselowski.  NASCAR assessed an L-2 penalty on March 24 for violating sections 14.1 and 14.5 of the NASCAR rule book.

NASCAR took the number six car to their R&D Center for further inspection and determined that a part issued by a single source had been altered or modified for the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  As a result, NASCAR issued a $100,000 fine, suspended crew chief Matt McCall for four races, has docked owner RFK Racing and driver Brad Keselowski 100 points each, and should Keselowski make the playoffs he will also lose 10 playoff points.

The Appeals Panel has upheld the penalty.  The ruling will keep Keselowski at 31st place in the point standings.

RFK Racing has one more chance to make an appeal with the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, but the team has said that they will not take advantage of the opportunity.  RFK Racing responded to the ruling via a statement saying, “although we are disappointed in the outcome of the appeal hearing, we are advocates of the process NASCAR has set forth and appreciate the opportunity to make our voice heard in the matter.  With that in mind, we do not intend to pursue this further and our focus remains on our upcoming races, with Martinsville up first this weekend.”

After introduction of the new Next Gen car, NASCAR ANNOUNCED ON January 24, 2022 that new penalties would be much stricter than those issued for the old car that included penalties for lug nut violations.  The new Next Gen car no longer has a five lug nut wheel but a larger 18 inch single lug nut wheel.

Primus

Primus are preparing for a big 64 date tour of North America and Europe beginning next week and are getting ready to release a three song EP that features one song eleven minutes in length.

The tour is title “A Tribute to Kings” and pay homage to Canadian legendary rockers Rush.   Battles, Black Mountain, and The Black Angels will be joining Primus on various dates.

Primus tour dates:
April 15 at The Criterion in Oklahoma City, OK
April 16 at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, TX
April 19 at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO
April 20 at Grinders KC in Kansas City, MO
April 22 at the McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids, IA
April 23 at The SYlvee in Madison, WI
April 25 at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN
April 27 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA
April 30 at the Mars Music Hall in Huntsville, AL
May 3 at The Fillmore in Miami Beach, FL
May 4 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, FL
May 6 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, SC
May 7 at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL
May 9 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
May 10 at The Clyd Theatre in For Wayne, IN
May 13 & 14 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON
May 17 at L’Olympia in Montreal, QC
May 17 at  the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, QC
May 18 at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY
May 20 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY
May 21 at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NY
May 22 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY
May 24 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.
May 25 at The Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, PA
May 27 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, NJ
May 28 at the Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards in LaFayette, NY
May 30 at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall in Louisville, KY
May 31 at the GLC Live in Grand Rapids, MI
June 2 at the BMO Harris Pavilion in Milwaukee, WI
June 3 at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN
June 4 at the Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts in Winnipeg, MB
June 6 at the Conexus Arts Center in Regina, SK
June 7 at the TCU Place in Saskatoon, SK
June 9 at the Grey Eagle Event Centre in Calgary, AB
June 10 at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, AB
June 12 at The Orpheum in Vancouver, BC
June 14 at the Edgefield in Troutdale, OR
June 16 at the Redding Civic Auditorium in Redding, CA
June 17 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, CA
June 18 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV
June 19 at the San Jose Civic in San Jose, CA
June 21 at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA
June 23 at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium in Riverside, CA
June 24 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA
June 25 at The Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, NV
Aug 12 & 13 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre in Vail, CO
Sept 9 at the Fryshuset Arenan in Stockholm, Sweden
Sept 10 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway
Sept 12 at the Vega in Copenhagen, Denmark
Sept 14 at Huxley’s Neue Welt in Berlin, Germany
Sept 16 at Klub Stodola in Warsaw, Poland
Sept 17 at the Forum Karlin in Prague, Czech Republic
Sept 18 at TonHaalle in Munich, Germany
Sept 20 at Kaufleuten in Zurich, Switzerland
Sept 21 at the Gran Teatro Geox in Padova, Italy
Sept 23 at De Roma in Bogerhout, Belgium
Sept 24 at L’Olympia in Paris, France
Sept 25 at AFAS Livein Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sept 27 at the O2 Academy in Glasgow, UK
Sept 29 at the Evertim Apollo in London, UK
Sept 30 at the Academy in Manchester, UK
Oct 1 at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland

‘Ragtime’ Cast Recording Gets Anniversary Release

When it debuted in 1998, “Ragtime” won a Tony Award for composers Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

Masterworks Broadway is releasing a three album anniversary edition of the cast recording to celebrate 25 years of the musical.  The album cover features the Statue of Liberty and a red, white, and blue cover.

Included in the package is a 20 page book and the three vinyl LP’s in red, white, and blue; all encased in a hardbound slipcase.

“Ragtime” is a story of American life in the early 20th century through the view of three different class of families – in New Rochelle, Harlem, and the Lower East Side.

The tracklisting for “Ragtime”:
“Prologue Ragtime”
“Goodbye, My Love”
“Journey On”
“The Crime of the Century”
“What Kind of Woman”
“A Shtetl Iz Amereke”
“Success”
“His Name was Coalhouse Walker”
“Getting’ Ready Rag”
“Henry Ford”
“Nothing Like the City”
“Your Daddy’s Son”
“The Courtship”
“New Music”
“Wheels of a Dream”
“The Night that Goldman Spoke at Union Square”
“Gliding”
“The Trashing of the Car”
“Justice”
“President”
“Til We Reach that Day”
“Entr’acte”
“Harry Houdini, Master Escapist”
“Coalhouse’s Soliloquy”
“Coalhouse Demands”
“What a Game”
“Fire in the City”
“Atlantic City”
“Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc.”
“Our Children”
“Harlem Nightclub”
“Sara Brown Eyes”
“He Wanted to Say”
“Back to Before”
“Look What You’ve Done”
“Make Them Hear You”
“Epilogue: Ragtime/Wheels of a Dream”

Sheeran Wins Court Case

Accusations of copyright infringement are as much a part of the music business as hits songs and the songwriting itself.

After he had a smash hit with the song “Shape of You” in 2017, British pop star Ed Sheeran was charged with “stealing” a part of “Oh Why” by Sami Chokri; Chokri goes by the name Sami Switch.

On April 6, High Court Judge Antony Zacaroli concluded that Sheeran “neither deliberately nor subconsciously” copied a phrase from “Oh Why″ when writing his smash hit.

High Court Judge Antony Zacaroli concluded that Sheeran and his co-writers John McDaid and Steven McCutcheon “neither deliberately nor subconsciously” copied a phrase from “Oh Why″ when writing his smash hit.

Via a video on Twitter, Sheeran spoke on the decision saying, “whilst we’re obviously happy with the result, I feel like claims like this are way too common now and have become a culture where a claim is made with the idea that a settlement will be cheaper than taking it to court, even if there is no basis for the claim.  It’s really damaging to the songwriting industry.”

Attorney for the writers of “Oh Why” Andrew Sutcliffe stated that there was,  “indisputable similarity between the works.” He claimed, “ Sheeran had “Oh Why” in his head “consciously or unconsciously” when “Shape of You” was written in 2016.”

Songwriters alleged, “the refrain ‘Oh I, Oh I, Oh I’ in the chorus of ‘Shape Of You’ was ‘strikingly similar’ to the line ‘Oh why, Oh why, Oh why’ in their track.

Sheeran responded that he does not “borrow” ideas without giving proper credit; adding that he is, “always been fair in crediting people who contribute to his albums.”

Noting that such an accusation is costly in a number of ways and takes away form the creativity and time for making music, the songwriters said, “it is so painful to hear someone publicly and aggressively challenge your integrity.  It is so painful to have to defend yourself against accusations that you have done something that you haven’t done, and would never do.″

Walk of Fame Inducts New Members

The Music City Walk of Fame has added four new members with the addition of Bobby Bare, Dierks Bentley, Connie Smith, and Keb’ Mo’. 

The new inductees’ will have their Stars placed between the Hilton and the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

Music City Inc. chairman Ed Hardy spoke on the new inductees after a two year absence saying, “we are proud to bring back a Music City Walk of Fame ceremony with such a distinguished and diverse group of inductees who span various genres and eras of music.  The individuals in the Walk of Fame remind us of Nashville’s rich history as Music City, and we congratulate the newest four members.”

Create in 2006, the Music City Walk of Fame also includes Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Jimi Hendrix, and Garth Brooks among its members.

The Music City Walk of Fame honours musicians for their musical contributions to the history of Nashville.  With the addition of Bare, Bentley, Smith, and Keb’ Mo’; the Walk of Fame now features 93 stars.



feature photo credit Terry Wyatt, NCVC

David Bowie Gets Waxed

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rocker David Bowie physically left this world in 2016 at the age of 69; but he will never be forgotten.

And now fans can see Bowie as Ziggy Stardust at Madam Tussauds in London as a part of the Music Festival exhibit.  Bowie joins music great Jimi Hendrix in the Music Festival and joins other music artists Little Mix, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, Rihanna, and Ed Sheeran.

This is the second time Madame Tussauds has cast Bowie in wax; the first time was 1983.  The Ziggy Stardust figure was based on a photograph by Masayoshi Sukita.

Madame Tussauds London General Manager Tim Waters spoke on the new addition of Bowie saying, “David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust transcends generations and music genres, making him the ultimate headliner to launch our new Music Festival zone.  We were honoured to work with his estate in what would have been his 75th year and play our small part in keeping his inimitable legacy alive for generations to come.”

feature photo credit:

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David Bowie bei Rock am Ring 1987/ at the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park music festivalElmar J. Lordemann (de:User:Jo Atmon)

The Punch Brothers

Whether it be as a band or as solo artists, the Punch Brothers are always making music.

This summer the Punch Brothers are bringing you some “American Acoustic” for their tour.  Watchhouse will be joining the Brothers on the tour with Sarah Jarosz coming along for some of the dates.

Punch Brothers tour dates:
June 18 at Telluride Bluegrass in Telluride, CO
June 22 the Germantown Performing Arts Center in Germantown, TN
June 23 at the ROMP Festival in Owensboro, KY
June 24 at the Ottawa Jazz Festival in Ottawa, ON
June 25 at the Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire, WI
July 27 at the KettleHouse Amphitheater in Bonner, MT
July 28 Salt Lake Ciyt, UT – venue to be determined
July 29 at the RockyGrass Festival in Lyons, CO
July 31 at the Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, OR
Aug 1 at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA
Aug 3 in Jacksonville, OR – venue to be determined
Aug 5 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA
Aug 6 at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, CA
Aug 7 at the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 18 at the Westville Music Bowl in New Haven, CT
Aug 19 at the Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots in Manchester, VT
Aug 26 at the Sacred Rose Fest in Bridgeview, IL

NASCAR Issues Richmond Penalties

After the Xfinity and Cup Series races last week at Richmond Raceway, only two teams from the Xfinity Series were issued penalties by NASCAR.

The Cup Series teams no longer have to worry about lug nut penalties, but the drivers in the Xfinity Series still have to worry about getting all 20 of their lug nuts tight.

The Kaulig Racing number 10 car driven by Landon Cassill and the Kaulig Racing number 16 driven by AJ Allmendinger were both found to have a single lug nut improperly secured.  As a result, the number 10 crew chief Jason Trinchere and the number 16 crew chief Bruce Schlicker have been fined $5,000.

There were no additional penalties issued to Cup Series drivers other than those issued during the Toyota Owner’s 400 on Sunday including Kurt Busch’s number 18 car for having tape on the grille which is no longer legal.  Busch had to serve a pass through penalty during the race after his car had been blacked flagged by NASCAR.

64th Grammy Winners (Complete List)

After a delay of over two months, the Recording Academy held their 64th annual Grammy Awards and for the first time it was held in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

While only a handful of the awards were presented during the live television broadcast amidst numerous musical performances, there are over 80 awards presented during the grand gala known as music’s biggest night.

2022 Grammy Award winners:
Record of the Year: “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic
Album of the Year: “We Are” by Jon Batiste
Song of the Year (a songwriter’s award): “Leave the Door Open” written by Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II, and Bruno Mars for Silk Sonic
Best New Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Best Pop Performance: “drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo
Best Pop Duo or Group Performance: “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat and SZA
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Love for Sale” by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Best Pop Vocal Album: “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo
Best Dance or Electronic Recording: “Alive” by Fufus Du Sol
Best Dance or Electronic Music Album: “Subconsciously” by Black Coffee
Best Contemporary Instrumental Music: “Free Falls” by Taylor Eigsti
Best Rock Performance: “Making a Fire” by the Foo Fighters
Best Metal Performance: “The Alien” by Dream Theater
Best Rock Song: “Waiting on a War” written by Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear for the Foo Fighters
Best Rock Album: “Medicine at Midnight” by the Foo Fighters
Best Alternative Music Album: “Daddy’s Home” by St. Vincent
Best R&B Performance: “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic and “Pick Up Your Feelings” by Jazmine Sullivan
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Fight for You” by H.E.R.
Best R&B Song: “Leave the Door Open” written by Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II, and Bruno Mars for Silk Sonic
Best Progressive R&B Album: “Table for Two” by Lucky Daye
Best R&B Album: “Heaux Tales” by Jazmine Sullivan
Best Rap Performance: “Family Ties” by Baby Keem with Kendrick Lamar
Best Melodic Rap Performance: “Hurricane” by Kanye West with The Weeknd and Lil Baby
Best Rap Song: “Jail” written by Dwayne Abernathy, Jr., Shawn Carter, Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, Kanye West, and Mark Williams for Kanye West with Jay-Z
Best Rap Album: “Call Me if You Get Lost” by “Tyler, The Creator
Best Country Solo Performance: “You Should Probably Leave” by Chris Stapleton
Best Country Duo or Group Performance: Brothers Osborne for “Younger”
Best Country Song: “Cold” written by David Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon, and Chris Stapleton for Chris Stapleton
Best Country Album: “Starting Over” by Chris Stapleton
Best New Age Album: “Divine Tides” by Stewart Copeland and Ricky Kej
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Humpty Dumpty (Set 2)” by Chick Corea
Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Songwrights Apothecary Lab” by Esperanza Spalding
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Skyline” by Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “For Jimmy, West and Oliver” by Christian McBride Big Band
Best Latin Jazz Album: “Mirror Mirror” by Eliane Elias with Chick Corea and Chucho Valdes
Best Gospel Performance or Song: “Never Lost” by CeCe Winans
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance or Song: “Believe for It” by CeCe Winans
Best Gospel Album: “Believe for It” by CeCe Winans
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Old Church Basement” by Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music
Best Roots Gospel Album: “My Savior” by Carrie Underwood
Best Latin Pop Album: “Mendo” by Alex Cuba
Best Musica Urbana Album: “El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo” by Bad Bunny
Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album: “Origen” by Juanes
Best Regional Mexican Music Album: “A Mis 80’s” by Vicente Fernandez
Best Tropical Latin Album: “Salswing!” by Ruben Blades y Roberto Delgado and Orquesta
Best American Roots Performance: “Cry” by Jon Batiste
Best American Roots Song: “Cry” written by Jon Batiste and Steve McEwan for Jon Batiste
Best Americana Album: “Native Sons” by Los Lobos
Best Bluegrass Album: “My Bluegrass Heart” by Bela Fleck
Best Traditional Blues Album: “I Be Trying” by Cedric Burnside
Best Contemporary Blues Album: “662” by Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Best Folk Album: “They’re Calling Me Home” by Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
Best Regional Roots Music Album: “Kau Ka Pe’a” by Kalani Pe’a
Best Reggae Album: “Beauty in the Silence” by Soja
Best Global Music Performance: “Mohabbat” by Arooj Aftab
Best Music Album: “Mother Nature” by Angelique Kidjo
Best Children’s Music Album: “A Colorful World” by Falu
Best Spoken World Album: “Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation from John Lewis” by Don Cheadle
Best Comedy Album: “Sincerely Louis CK” by Louis CK
Best Musical Theater Album: “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” by the cast of “Bridgerton”
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “The United States vs Billie Holiday” by Andra Day
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: “The Queen’s Gambit” composed by Carlos Rafael Rivera and “Soul” composed by Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross
Best Song Written for Visual Media: “All Eyes on Me” from “Inside” written by Bo Burnham
Best Instrumental Composition: “Eberhard” composed by Lyle Mays
Best Instrumental or A Cappella Arrangement: “Meta Knight’s Revenge” from “Kirby’s Superstar” arranged by Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman
Best Instruments and Vocals Arrangement: “To the Edge of Longing” (Edit Version) arranged by Vince Mendoza
Best Recording Package: “Pakelang” by the 2nd Generation Falangao Singing Group and The Chairman Crossover Big Band
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: “All Things Must Pass: 50th Anniversary Edition” by George Harrison
Best Album Notes: “The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia and RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966” by Louis Armstrong
Best Historical Album: “Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)” by Joni Mitchell
Best Non-Classical Engineered Album: “Love for Sale” by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Best Non-Classical Producer of the Year: Jack Antonoff
Best Remixed Recording: “Passenger” (Mike Shinoda Remix) by the Deftones
Best Immersive Audio Album: “Alicia” by Alicia Keys
63rd Grammy Awards Best Immersive Audio Album (postponed from last year): “Soundtrack of the American Soldier” by Jim R. Keene and the United States Army Field Band
Best Classical Engineered Album: “Chanticleer Sings Christmas” by Chanticleer
Classical Producer of the Year: Judith Sherman
Best Orchestral Performance: “Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3” by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Best Opera Recording: “Glass: Akhnaten” by The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Best Choral Performance: “Mahler: Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand” by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus, and the Pacific Chorale conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
Best Chamber Music Performance by a Small Ensemble: “Beethoven: Cello Sonatas – Hope Amid Tears” by Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Alone Together” by Jennifer Koh
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Mythologies” by Virginie D’Avezac De Castera, Lili Haydn, Wouter Kellerman, Nadeem Majdalany, Eru Matsumoto, and Emilio D. Miler
Best Classical Compendium: “Women Warriors – The Voice of Change” conducted by Amy Andersson
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Shaw: Narrow Sea” composed by Caroline Shaw
Best Music Video: “Freedom” by Jon Batiste
Best Music Film: “Summer of Soul” by Various Artists

2023 NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominees

The NASCAR Hall of Fame has revealed the list of nominees for the 2023 class of inductees.  This year’s list includes four first time nominees, including two women – Matt Kenseth, Tim Brewer, Janet Guthrie, and Lesa France Kennedy are all first time nominees.

Of the 10 nominees in the Modern Era ballot, two of them are on the ballot for the first time.

Of the 10 nominees two of them will be selected for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Modern Era nominees:
Neil Bonnett
Tim Brewer
Jeff Burton
Carl Edwards
Matt Kenseth
Harry Gant
Harry Hyde
Larry Phillips
Ricky Rudd
Kirk Shelmerdine

The Pioneer Ballot has a list of five nominees – one for the first time; one of them will be chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Pioneer Ballott:
Sam Ard
AJ Foyt
Banjo Matthews (Edwin Keith)
Hershel McGriff
Ralph Moody

In the Landmark Award category there are five nominees with one on the ballot for the first time; one of them will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Landmark Award nominees:
Janeth Guthrie
Alvin Hawkins
Mike Helton
Lesa France Kennedy
Dr. Joseph Mattioli

The new class of Hall of Famers will be chosen on May 4 by a panel of 62 voting members.  Fans can also take part in the voting process where all of the fan votes are counted as a single vote.  Fans may cast their votes on NASCAR.com.

NASCAR Points Standings – April 4, 2022

On April 3, Denny Hamlin became the seventh different winner in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series.  He joins William Byron, Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric,  and Kyle Larson as 2022 race winners.  Despite his win in the Toyota Owner’s 400 at Richmond Raceway, Hamlin has a total of only 148 points and is currently listed in 20th place in the point standings.

Ryan Blaney tops the list of drivers in the point standings with 241 points.  Blaney is tied with Chase Elliott with 241 points at the top of the leaderboard.

Cup Series point standings – April 4:
Ryan Blaney – 241
Chase Elliott – 241
Martin Truex Jr – 222
William Byron – 218
Joey Logano – 215
Ross Chastain – 214
Alex Bowman – 212
Kevin Harvick – 193
Chase Briscoe – 192
Kyle Busch – 191
Aric Almirola – 184
Kyle Larson – 183
Tyler Reddick – 183
Daniel Suarez – 171
Austin Cindric – 170
Austin Dillon – 158

Ryan Blaney also leads in the playoff standings with 2,018 points.

Cup Series Playoff standings – April 4:
Ryan Blaney – 2,018
William Byron – 2,014
Ross Chastain – 2,011
Martin Truex Jr – 2,011
Alex Bowman – 2,010
Chase Elliott – 2,010
Chase Briscoe – 2,007
Denny Hamlin – 2,006
Joey Logano – 2,006
Kyle Larson – 2,005
Austin Cindric – 2,005
Kevin Harvick – 2,003
Tyler Reddick – 2,002
Daniel Suarez – 2,001
Kyle Busch – 2,001
Aric Almirola – 2,000


In the Xfinity Series, AJ Allmendinger leads the points race with 303 points.

Xfinity Series point standings:
AJ Allmendinger – 303
Ty Gibbs – 283
Noah Gragson – 283
Josh Berry – 227
Justin Allgaier – 216
Sam Mayer – 201
Brandon Jones – 199
Daniel Hemric – 197
Austin Hill – 193
Ryan Sieg – 191
Riley Herbst – 179
Sheldon Creed – 164

The Camping World Truck Series drivers were off last weekend but will return for a triple header weekend in Martinsville.

64th Annual Grammy Awards

After a two month delay, the 64th annual Grammy Awards returns with a new awards show and in a new city when the Recording Academy moves to Las Vegas for music’s biggest night.

Trevor Noah returns to host the show from the MGM Grand.

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Pak as Silk Sonic get the night of music started off with a performance.

Seven time Grammy Award nominee Olivia Rodrigo takes the stage to perform her hit song “Driver’s License”.

Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner J Balvin takes the stage for a performance with Maria Becerra.

Six time Grammy Award winner Questlove presents the first award of the night for Song of the Year to Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II and  Bruno Mars for “Leave the Door Open” performed by Silk Sonic.

Grammy nominated K-Pop stars BTS take the stage for a performance of “Butter” that includes coming down from the ceiling and, of course, dancing.

From the rooftop of the MGM Grand Aymée Nuviola took the broadcast into a break with a performance.

Lil Nas X takes the stage to perform with Jack Harlow.

The award for Best Country Album went to Chris Stapleton for “Starting Over”.

The Grammys salute the people who help to put the artists on stage.  Some of them introduce some of their artists.

Billie Eilish takes the stage to perform standing in a pool of water before joining brother Finneas.

Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion present the award for New Artist of the Year to Olivia Rodrigo.

Bonnie Raitt and the MusiCares Person of the Year Joni Mitchell introduce Brandi Carlile who gives a performance at the piano and on the guitar.

Rap legend NAS takes the stage for a performance.

The award for Best Rap Performance went to Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar for “Family Ties”.

Chris Stapleton gives a performance of “Why You Got to Be so Cold”.

Maverick City Music performs on the rooftop on the way to a break.

John Legend leads an international cast of artists to pay tribute to the people of the Ukraine.

Music legend Tony Bennett introduced Lady Gaga who performed the award winning song she did with Bennett, “Love for Sale” and “Do I Love You?”.

Donned in hot pink Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award winner Billy Porter presented the award for Best R&B Album to Jazmine Sullivan for “Heaux Tales”.

Bluegrass artist Billy Strings played up on the rooftop as the Grammys went to a break.

Jared Leto presents the award for Best Pop Vocal Album to Olivia Rodrigo for her album “Sour”.  She dedicated her award to her parents.

Trevor Noah spoke on Taylor Hawkins…and all the artists who have passed on over the past year.  The Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards but after the death of Hawkins, they have cancelled all of their performances including their Grammy appearance.  Broadway stars performed songs from Broadway musical as the In Memorium segment ran including Ben Platt, Leslie Odem Jr, Cynthia Erivo, and Rachel Zegler.

Leading the way for Grammy nominations this year with eleven, Jon Batiste takes the stage for a performance that include playing the piano, singing, and dancing. 

Eight time Grammy Award nominee Justin Bieber takes the stage with Daniel Caesar and Giveon for a performance of “Peaches”.  Host Trevor Noah noted that before Covid there was Bieber Fever and that virus was a lot more fun.

Avril Lavigne presents the award for Best Pop Duo or Group Performance to Doja Cat and SZA for “Kiss Me More”.  SZA came to the stage on crutches.  Doja became very emotional at the microphone.

H.E.R. takes the stage with Lenny Kravitz, Travis Barker, and friends as she explores her musical influences.  Along the way H.E.R. plays the drums, the guitar, and sings.

Four time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban presents the award for Record of the Year to Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak) for “Leave the Door Open”. 

Steven Cox is the Recording Academy’s Music Educator of the Year Award winner.

Recording Academy president Harvey Mason spoke on why they have the Grammys…because music serves the world!

Eight time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood debuts her new song “Ghost Story”.

Four time Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz noted, “let love rule” and presented the award for Album of the Year to Jon Batiste for “We Are”.  Batiste said there is no best, it finds each person when they need it the most.

Winning their first ever Grammy Award, Country music duo Brother Osborne close out the night with a performance.

7th Different Winner in Cup at Richmond

The NASCAR Cup Series begins the short track series at the ¾ mile track of Richmond Raceway and the Toyota Owner’s 400.

Several teams had issues during the inspection process again this week.

A total of seven teams will be facing penalties for failing inspection multiple times including two who will not be allowed to qualify and have to serve a penalty at race start.

the Richard Childress number three car driven by Austin Dillon

the Kaulig Racing number 16 car driven by AJ Allmendinger

the Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing number 17 car driven by Chris Buescher

the 23XI Racing number 23 car driven by Bubba Wallace

the JTG Daugherty number 47 car driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr

have all failed inspection twice and as a result will lose a crew member for the weekend after failing inspection twice.

The Kaulig Racing number 31 car driven by Justin Haley and the NY Racing number 44 car driven by Greg Biffle failed inspection three times.  As a result the teams will lose a crew member, will not be able to qualify for the race, and will have to serve a pass through penalty upon race start after starting the race from the back of the field.

The starting lineup for the Toyota Owner’s 400:
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Chase Briscoe
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Ross Chastain
Christopher Bell
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Cole Custer
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Suarez
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
Harrison Burton
Chris Buescher
Brad Keselowski
Austin Cindric
Kyle Larson
Todd Gilliland
Landon Cassill
Michael McDowell
Austin Dillon
AJ Allmendinger
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Ricky Stenhouse J
Cody Ware
BJ McLeod
JJ Yeley
Justin Haley
Greg Biffle

Hendricks Motorsports vice president of competition Chad Knaus joins Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the FOX broadcast booth for today’s race.

Austin Cindric will have to move to the back of the field after his crew made some unapproved adjustments to his car after qualifying.

Kurt Busch has donated 500 tickets for today’s race to veterans after visiting military members at Walter Reed Hospital.

Stage one of the race is 70 laps, stage two is 160 laps in length, and stage three is 170 laps in length for a total of 400 laps around the ¾ mile track.

The teams were given nine sets of tires for today’s race.  Drivers can run 125 to 130 laps on a single load of fuel.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead going into turn one.

Ryan Blaney leads lap one with William Byron in second; Kyle Busch, Chase Briscoe, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap four William Byron and Kyle Busch battle for second but so far, Byron holds off Busch and the blue M&M’s car.

Lap seven, after having to make a pass through penalty on race start due to inspection issues, Justin Haley and Greg Biffle are one lap down.

Kurt Busch is having some power issues.

Lap nine, Ryan Blaney has a near half second lead on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Kurt Busch brings hout the first caution flag of the race on lap 10.  Busch is reporting no fuel pressure in the car.  He is getting a push back to pit road.

Several drivers came down pit road for service.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16 and holds on to the lead.  Blaney has led at least one lap in every race so far this season.

Lap 17, the top five are Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 18, Kyle Busch has gotten around Ross Chastain for third.

Lap 20, Kyle Busch passes William Byron for second.

Lap 22, after Justin Haley got the “lucky dog” on the caution flag, Greg Biffle is the only driver on the track, not on the lead lap.  Kurt Busch is off the track.

Lap 24, Kyle Busch and William Byron battle for second place.

Lap 25, the top five are Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Ross Chastain.

Lap 27, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a half second lead on William Byron.

Lap 29, Kurt Busch has taken his car to the garage.  With a mechanical issue, the crew can take as much time as needed to try and repair the issue.

Lap 31, Ryan Blaney has increased his lead to nearly a second on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 40, Ryan Blaney has a near one second lead on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 45, Ryan Blaney now has a lead of over a second on William Byron; third place driver Kyle Busch is over two seconds behind the leader.

Kevin Harvick’s spotter is having some communications issues.  There is some interference on their channel and will have to change frequencies during the stage break.

Now in 15th place, Kyle Larson has moved up 17 spots since the race start.

Lap 51, Ryan Blaney has increased his lead to a second and a half on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 58, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe is reporting a very tight condition in his car.

There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 63, Ryan Blaney has a one second lead on William Byron; Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Kyle Busch is reporting some handling issues with his car.

Kurt Busch’s car is still in the garage for repairs.

Lap 66, only five laps remain in stage one and Ryan Blaney has led every lap so far.

With a lead of over a second and a half, Ryan Blaney wins stage one after leading every lap of the stage.  This is Blaney’s third stage win of the season – the most by drivers so far.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Ross Chastain
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ryan Blaney winning the race off of pit road.

Alex Bowman was charged with pitting outside of his pit stall.

Cody Ware’s team was charged with pitting too soon.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 81 with Ross Chastain alongside.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott.

Martin Truex Jr is reporting some brake issues.

Lap 88, Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly half a second on Ross Chastain; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Leader Ryan Blaney is reporting a brake vibration.

Lap 93, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race with 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 100, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 104, Christopher Bell and Ross Chastain battle for the lead.

Ryan Blaney has led over 300 laps this season so far.

Lap 113, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney has reported that his previous brake issue has gone away.

Lap 123, Ryan Blaney has a one second lead on Christopher Bell; Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.  Ryan Blaney has led every lap of the race so far.

Lap 125, Martin Truex Jr brings his car down pit road as drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Kevin Harvick is reporting no rear drive.

Lap 130, leader Ryan Blaney makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell.

Lap 135, there are only six cars on the lead lap – the drivers who have yet to make a pit stop Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, and Martin Truex Jr.

Drivers with fresh tires are passing the leaders and unlapping themselves.

Lap 148, Christopher Bell holds on to the lead with Denny Hamlin in second; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Kurt Busch has returned to the track with many replaced parts 107 laps down.

Lap 153, leader Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin, and Aric Almirola are the only three drivers who have yet to make a pit stop.

Aric Almirola comes down pit road for his service.

Denny Hamlin and Christopher Bell have made their pit stops to finish out the drivers to make pit stops.  Martin Truex Jr is the new leader.

Lap 157, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott.

There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 168, Martin Truex Jr has a three second lead on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Greg Biffle is out of the race with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 176, Chase Elliott has gotten around Kyle Busch for fourth.

Ross Chastain comes down pit road for service with Martin Truex Jr right behind.  Several more drivers make green flag pit stops.

Christopher Bell is the new leader.

Lap 181, Christopher Bell has a 12 second lead on Denny Hamlin with just eleven cars on the lead lap.  The staggered pit stops makes for a mixed field.

Kevin Harvick has unlapped himself to make it 12 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 188, with 13 cars on the lead lap, Christopher Bell has a lead of over eleven seconds on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 198, Christopher Bell’s lead is shrinking, it is down to just over seven seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Denny Hamlin, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 203, Christopher Bell’s lead is down to five seconds over Martin Truex Jr. with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 207, Martin Truex Jr has closed the gap on leader Christopher Bell to under three and a half seconds with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 210, Christopher Bell’s lead is down to a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 212, Martin Truex has caught leader Christopher Bell and passes him to take the lead.

Lap 213, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 221, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with a second and a half lead on Christopher Bell; Ross Chastain, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano round out the top five with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 226, Joey Logano passes Ryan Blaney for fourth with Martin Truex Jr leading the race.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell
Ross Chastain
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski

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

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 241 and takes the lead as drivers get three and four wide back in the field.

Lap 242, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Joey Logano in second; Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 246, the second caution flag for an on track incident comes out for Cody Ware when he gets into the wall.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Erik Jones also has some damage to their cars.

Even though they were on pit road only a few laps ago, some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 253 with Joey Logano alongside on the front row.  Truex jumps out in front for the lead with Joey Logano in second.

Lap 254, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

Cody Ware is off the track.

Austin Cindric brings out the caution flag on lap 258 after Ty Dillion and Cole Custer make contact and Custer hits Cindric, sending him spinning.

The field comes down pit road for service.  Martin Truex Jr is reporting some brake issues.  Christopher Bell also reports some brake issues.

Joey Logano has a lengthy pit stop with jack issues.

After William Byron, Daniel Suarez, and Austin Dillon stay out on the track; William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 264 and takes the lead of the race.

The top five are William Byron, Daniel Suarez, Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell.

Lap 268,William Byron has the lead after staying out on the track; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, and Denny Hamlin.

Pit reporters reveal that the jack for Joey Logano’s team locked up and had to be replaced causing the extended pit stop.  Logano returns to the race in 16th place.

Lap 274, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to lead William Byron; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 279, Kyle Busch passes Ryan Blaney for fourth.

Lap 281, William Byron leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 291, William Byron holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 297, Chris Buescher makes his green flag pit stop.

Cody Ware is out of the race.

There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 300, 100 to go, William Byron leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Christopher Bell is reporting some handling issues.

Lap 308, pit road is starting to get busy.  William Byron has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 211, leader William Byron comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Martin Truex Jr.  Third place driver Denny Hamlin also makes a pit stop.

Corey LaJoie was caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 313, the top 10 drivers have not yet made a pit stop.

Drivers get four wide across the track.  Harrison Burton’s car is smoking after the four wide battle.

Lap 322, Ryan Blaney makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 323, leader Martin Truex Jr comes down pit road for his green flag stop and gives the lead over to William Byron as more drivers come down pit road.  Third place driver Alex Bowman is the only lead lap driver who has not made a pit stop.

Lap 326, Alex Bowman makes his pit stop.

The top five are William Byron, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, and Austin Dillon.

William Byron has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin with 14 cars on the lead lap.

Chase Briscoe and JJ Yeley make contact but the track stays green.

Lap 334, William Byron has pulled out to a lead of three and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 240, Kyle Larson splits Tyler Reddick and Chris Buescher to take eighth place.

Lap 342, William Byron leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

NASCAR has posted the number 18 of Kyle Busch.  There is a piece of tape on the grille which is illegal.  He has to come down pit road to have it removed.

Lap 351, William Byron has a near five second lead on Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

some of the drivers are making green flag pit stops.

Kyle Busch returns to the track in 17th place but is moving up as drivers in front of him make pit stops.

Lap 259, leader William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Chase Briscoe, and Joey Logano are the only drivers on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch’s crew chief reports that the tape that NASCAR deemed illegal was added 200 laps ago.

During the first six races of the season, there were only five green flag pit stops combined; today there have been four…so far.

Just 30 laps remain in the race, William Byron has a lead of nearly three seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is in twelfth place.

Kyle Larson is running the fastest laps on the track.

Lap 376, Kyle Busch has passed William Byron and is now back on the lead lap.  There are eleven cars on the lead lap.

Twenty to go, William Byron has a two and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

With 17 laps to go, William Byron’s lead is down to just a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Just 13 laps to go, the gap between leader William Byron and Martin Truex Jr is down to under a second.

Ten to go!  William Byron has just a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Six to go, Denny Hamlin passes Martin Truex Jr for second.  Kevin Harvick also passes Truex.

Five to go, William Byron and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead.  Denny Hamlin is the new leader.  Kevin Harvick passes William Byron for second.

Leaders encounter lapped traffic with just two laps to go.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag.

Denny Hamlin wins the race and gives Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota their first win of the season.  Hamlin is the seventh different winner this season.

The unofficial results of the Toyota Owners 400
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Christopher Bell
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Chase Briscoe
Tyler Reddick
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
Harrison Burton
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Aric Almirola
Cole Custer
Erik Jones
Ty Dillon
Todd Gilliland
Bubba Wallace
AJ Allmendinger
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Justin Haley
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
Landon Cassill
JJ Yeley
BJ McLeod
Kurt Busch
Cody Ware
Greg Biffle

Teen Wins in Last Lap Pass in Xfinity at Richmond

Xfinity Series

The ad says that Richmond is for lovers, but this weekend, Richmond is for racing when NASCAR comes to Richmond Raceway for some short track racing around the ¾ mile track.

On a cool Saturday morning, the Xfinity Series takes to the track for practice and qualifying prior to the Toyota Care 250.

And returns with Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, Sam Mayer, and Austin Hill competing for a $100,000 prize and a chance to win more.

After a 20 minute practice session, 42 teams make a qualifying run for 38 starting spots in the field.  Matt Mills was the first driver on the track to qualify and set the tone with a time of 23.48 seconds.

Ty Gibbs put his number 54 car on the pole with a qualifying time of 22.161 seconds.  John Hunter Nemechek will start alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Toyota Care 250:
Ty Gibbs
John Hunter Nemechek
Noah Gragson
Austin Hill
Brandon Jones
Ryan Preece
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Sieg
AJ Allmendinger
Parker Retzlaff
Sam Mayer
Josh Berry
Sheldon Creed
Justin Allgaier
Brett Moffitt
Daniel Hemric
Jade Buford
Stefan Parsons
Anthony Alfredo
Alex Labbe
Myatt Snider
Rajah Caruth
Josh Williams
Riley Herbst
Mason Massey
Brandon Brown
Joe Graf Jr
Ryan Vargas
Kyle Weatherman
Brennan Poole
Derek Griffith
Bayley Currey
David Starr
Kyle Sieg
JJ Yeley
Landon Cassill
Joey Gase
Jeb Burton

Jeb Burton, JJ Yeley, and Daniel Hemric will all have to start the race from the back of the field after making unapproved adjustments to their cars.

Stages one and two of the race are 75 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps for a total of 250 laps around the ¾ mile track.

The teams each have four sets of tires for today’s race.  They can run every stage on a single load of fuel, but it is the tires that are the most important for the drivers.

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

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead.

Ty Gibbs leads the first laps.

Lap three, Ty Gibbs leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

All four of the Dash-4-Cash drivers are in the top 10.

Lap six, Ty Gibbs continues to lead the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Lap 10, Ty Gibbs continues to lead the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second.

Lap 12, John Hunter Nemechek passes Ty Gibbs for the lead; Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Lap 20, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a half second lead on Noah Gragson; Ty Gibbs, Brandon Jones, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 24, Noah Gragson leads the Dash-4-Cash drivers in second place; AJ Allmendinger, Austin Hill, and Sam Mayer follow.  The driver that finishes in front of the other three, even if they are not the winners, wins the $100,000 prize.

Lap 26, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race but Noah Gragson has closed the gap to under half a second; Ty Gibbs, AJ Allmendinger, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 31, John Hunter Nemechek has increased his lead on Noah Gragson to over half a second; AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, Brandon Jones, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap 40, Noah Gragson reports no brake pressure; adding he is pushing the brake to the floor.

Lap 41, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Noah Gragson; AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, Brandon Jones, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap 45, there are 29 cars on the lead lap.

John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over four seconds on AJ Allmendinger; Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 47, Josh Berry takes fifth form Brandon Jones.

Lap 49, John Hunter Nemechek’s lead is still four seconds in front of AJ Allmendinger; Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 53, John Hunter Nemechek continues to lead the race with AJ Allmendinger in second; Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 61, John Hunter Nemechek has dominated the race since taking the lead; AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, Josh Berry, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap 63, there are only 25 cars on the lead lap.

Ten laps remain in stage one, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of nearly four seconds on AJ Allmendinger.

Six laps remain in stage one, John Hunter Nemechek continues to dominate the race with a lead of over four and a half seconds on AJ Allmendinger; Noah Gragson, Josh Berry, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

John Hunter Nemechek wins stage one with a lead of over five seconds.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
John Hunter Nemechek
Noah Gragson
Josh Berry
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Gibbs
Ryan Sieg
Parker Retzlaff
Brandon Jones
Austin Hill
Sam Mayer

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and service.  John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road.  Noah Gragson came down pit road before it was open in order for the crew to take care of the brake issue.  As a result, he will have to restart the race form the back of the field.

Noah Gragson has made four trips down pit road to address the brake issue.  He currently has some brakes but is not sure whether it is properly fixed.

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

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 86and holds on to his lead of the race with AJ Allmendinger in second.

Ty Gibbs passes AJ Allmendinger for second.

Lap 87, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Gibbs, AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, and Brandon Jones.

Lap 90, Noah Gragson’s brake issues continue when he loses a brake rotor and brings out the caution flag.

John Hunter brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 96 and holds on to the lead with Ty Gibbs in second; AJ Allmendinger, Ryan Sieg, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 100, John Hunter Nemechek has a narrow lead on Ty Gibbs; AJ Allmendinger, Ryan Sieg, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 105, John Hunter Nemechek has a half second lead on Ty Gibbs; AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, and Ryan Sieg round out the top five.

Lap 107, after his numerous brake issues and a speeding penalty, Noah Gragson has moved up to the top 20 in 19th place.

Lap 108, Josh Berry passes AJ Allmendinger for third with John Hunter Nemechek leading the race and Ty Gibbs in second.

Lap 118, John Hunter Nemechek has led 105 laps so far in today’s race.

Lap 120, the top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Gibbs, Josh Berry, AJ Allmendinger, and Ryan Sieg.

Lap 125, Ty Gibbs is keeping leader John Hunter Nemechek close and not letting him run away from the field in this stage; Nemechek has just a half second lead on Gibbs.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 17 laps remaining in stage two.  Nemechek holds on to the lead.  He has led 121 of 133 laps so far.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Gibbs, Josh Berry, AJ Allmendinger, and Ryan Sieg.

Ten laps remain in stage two, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of less than half a second on Ty Gibbs.

Lap 44, Ty Gibbs catches up to leader John Hunter Nemechek and passes for the lead.

Lap 148, Ty Gibbs passes Noah Gragson to put Gragson one lap down.  There are now 21 cars on the lead lap.

Ty Gibbs wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ty Gibbs
John Hunter Nemechek
Josh Berry
Ryan Sieg
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Allgaier
Anthony Alfredo
Sam Mayer
Riley Herbst
Parker Retzlaff

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ty Gibbs winning the race off of pit road.  Josh Berry and Jeremy Clements were caught speeding on pit road.  Parker Retzlaff was charges with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.  Stefan Parsons was charged with leaving his pit stall with equipment – left with the jack still attached.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane on lap 161 with John Hunter Nemechek alongside.  Gibbs gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Ty Gibbs, John Hunter Nemechek, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, and Ryan Sieg.

With 84 laps to go, Ty Gibbs has a lead of nearly a second on John Hunter Nemechek; AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

With 78 laps to go, Ty Gibbs has a one second lead on John Hunter Nemechek with Justin Allgaier in third; AJ Allmendinger and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Sixty-seven to go, Ty Gibbs has a near one second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

In fourth place, AJ Allmendinger leads the Dash-4-Cash drivers.

With 63 to go, AJ Allmendinger gets around Justin Allgaier for third.  Ty Gibbs leads the race.

Kyle Sieg and Brennan Poole are out of the race.

Lap 200, fifty to go, Ty Gibbs leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 206, John Hunter Nemechek has closed the gap on leader Ty Gibbs to just half a second; AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Forty to go, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap 213, John Hunter Nemechek battles with Ty Gibbs for the lead with lapped traffic ahead.  Nemechek is registered as a Camping World Truck Series driver and receives no points for the race and is not eligible for the Dash-4-Cash prize.

Lap 214, John Hunter Nemechek takes the lead but the battle continues.

Lap 217, Ty Gibbs retakes the lead; John Hunter Nemechek, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, and Ryan Sieg round out the top five.

Lap 223, Ty Gibbs leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; AJ Allmendinger, Ryan Sieg, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Sixth place driver Justin Allgaier is reporting a loose condition.

Lap 227, leaders encounter heavy traffic.

Twenty to go, Ty Gibbs has a near half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; AJ Allmendinger, Sam Mayer, and Ryan Sieg round out the top five.

With 18 laps to go, Sam Mayer battles with AJ Allmendinger for third…and the $100,000 prize.  Mayer takes third.  The prize goes to the team with the driver getting a portion of it.

Fifteen to go, Ty Gibbs has a half second lead on John Hunter Nemechek.

There are only 19 cars on the lead lap; half of the field.

Ten to go, the top five are Ty Gibbs, John Hunter Nemechek, Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and Ryan Sieg.

Five to go, Ty Gibbs has a narrow lead on John Hunter Nemechek and the battle for the lead begins.  John Hunter Nemechek takes the lead with three laps to go.

Two to go, Ty Gibbs comes back to battle for the lead.

John Hunter Nemechek takes the white flag.

With half a lap to go, Ty Gibbs bumps John Hunter Nemechek to take the lead and win the race.  Nemechek bumps Gibbs left rear to express his displeasure at the move.

Sam Mayer wins the Dash-4-Cash prize and will qualify along with Ty Gibbs, AJ Allmendinger, and Riley Herbst for the prize next week in Martinsville.

This is Ty Gibbs third win this season and his seventh overall career win.  Ty Gibbs is just 19 years old.

The unofficial results of the Toyota Care 250:
Ty Gibbs
John Hunter Nemechek
Sam Mayer
AJ Allmendinger
Riley Herbst
Daniel Hemric
Josh Berry
Brandon Brown
Ryan Sieg
Parker Retzlaff
Jeb Burton
Anthony Alfredo
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Landon Cassill
Ryan Preece
Mason Massey
Austin Hill
Alex Labbe
Jeremy Clements
Noah Gragson
Sheldon Creed
David Starr
Rajah Caruth
Brett Moffitt
Derek Griffith
Josh Williams
Kyle Weatherman
Joe Graf Jr
Myatt Snider
Bayley Currey
JJ Yeley
Jade Buford
Joey Gase
Stefan Parsons
Ryan Vargas
Kyle Sieg
Brennan Poole

The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem is preparing to hit the road for their first tour in four years this fall.  Tigers Jaw and Jeff Rosenstock will be sharing opening show duties.

Band frontman Brian Fallon noted that the band is beginning to write some new songs in preparation of their new album.

The Gaslight Anthem tour dates:
Sept 13 at the Roseland Theatre in Portland, OR
Sept 14 at the Showbox SODO in Seattle, WA
Sept 16 at The Masonic and San Francisco, CA
Sept 17 at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA
Sept 18 at The Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ
Sept 20 at The Union in Sal Lake City, UT
Sept 21 at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO
Sept 23 at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, MO
Sept 24 at The Fillmore in Minneapolis, MN
Sept 26 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
Sept 27 at the Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks, PA
Sept 30 at The Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, NY
Oct 2 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI
Oct 4 at the MGN Music Hall in Boston, MA
Oct 5 at The Anthem in Washington, D.C.

August Burns Red

August Burns Red is planning a tour for this summer and they are bringing We Came As Romans, Hollow Front, and Void Of Vision along with them.  The “Through the Thorns” tour is set to begin in July.

Speaking on their upcoming tour August Burns Red said, “we are so excited to hit the road with this awesome package filled with our friends in WCAR, and two great new bands: Hollow Front and Void of Vision.  We will be hitting up some places we haven’t played in a VERY long time, as well as some familiar favorites. We hope to see you soon!”

August Burns Red “Through the Thorns” tour dates:
July 15 at the HMAC in Harrisburg, PA
July 16 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ
July 17 at The Strand Ballroom in Providence, RI
July 19 at Anthology in Rochester, NY
July 20 at The Webster in Hartford, CT
July 22 at the Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, MD
July 23 at the Norva in Norfolk, VA
July 24 at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
July 25 at The Mill & Mine in Knoxville, TN
July 26 at The Senate in Columbia, SC
July 28 at Iron City in Birmingham, AL
July 29 at the LA Republic in New Orleans, LA
July 30 at Emos in Austin, TX
July 31 at the Brewster Street Icehouse in Corpus Christi, TX
Aug 2 at Encore in Tucson, AZ
Aug 3 at Soma in San Diego, CA
Aug 4 at Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA
Aug 5 at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
Aug 6 at the Roseland in Portland, OR
Aug 8 at the Showbox Market in Seattle, WA
Aug 9 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA
Aug 10 at the Knitting Factory in Boise, ID
Aug 12 at The Newberry in Great Falls, MT
Aug 13 at the Zoo Montana in Billings, MT
Aug 14 at the Fargo Brewing Outdoors in Fargo, ND
Aug 16 at the Fillmore in Minneapolis, MN
Aug 18 at Bourbon St in Lincoln, NE
Aug 19 at the Val Air in Des Moines, IA
Aug 20 at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI
Aug 21 at the Castle Theater in Bloomington, IL
Aug 23 at PIere’s in Ft. Wayne, IN
Aug 24 at Bogarts in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 25 at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY
Aug 27 at the Paramount in Long Island, NY

Sex Pistols Get New Album Release

Depending on your point of view, the British punk band the Sex Pistols are one of the world’s most influential, extraordinary, or controversial bands.

Now for the first time in over 20 years, UMe is issuing a special album release featuring 20 songs from the Sex Pistols catalog.  Coming out on May 27, the collection will be available as a digital download, a five cassette package, a CD, or as a 2 LP black or transparent green vinyl.  The green transparent vinyl is a limited collector’s edition release.

The “Original Recordings” album is currently available for pre-order on Amazon and includes the previously UK banned “God Save the Queen”.

The tracklisting for the “Original Recordings:
“Pretty Vacant”
“God Save the Queen”
“Bodies”
“No Feelings”
“I Wanna Be Me”
“Anarchy in the UK”
“Submission”
“No Fun”
“(I’m not Your) Stepping Stone”
“Holidays in the Sun
“New York”
“Problems”
“Lonely Boy”
“Silly Thing”
“Something Else”
“C’Mon Everybody”
“Satellite”
“Did You No Wrong”
“Substitute”
“My Way”

feature photo: album cover

MLB to Announce Replay Calls

After a two year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, Major League Baseball umpires will follow in the footsteps of NFL referees and announce the decisions of replay reviews.

In previous years, after a review of the contested play, the umpires simply made a hand signal of the result; beginning with the 2022 MLB season, the crew chief will have a wireless microphone where he will announce the disputed call and which team initiated the protest.  Once the decision is made, the crew chief will announce that decision.

The audio from the microphone will be broadcast over the public address system and will be available for broadcasters covering the game.

MLB executive vice president Morgan Sword spoke on the decision saying, “we discussed the possibility of doing this with the umpires during their most recent CBA negotiation and then COVID got in the way our planning. We finally were able this year to give them the appropriate training and get everybody ready for opening day.”

Replay calls came the Major League Baseball in 2008 but only for home run calls.  In 2014, MLB expanded the span of calls available for review.

Of the 1,305 calls challenged by teams last season, just over half of them were overturned with only 16.9 percent of them confirmed.