Freaky Deaky Festival Returns

The Most Haunted Festival in America returns this Halloween in Baytown, Texas at the Houston Raceway  with the fourth Freaky Deaky Festival.

The Electronic Music festival runs October 29 and 30; it features dozens of musical artists including Steve Aoki, Kaskade, and Illenium.

Tickets go on sale June 1.  The campgrounds will be open again this year beginning October 28.

Disco Donnie reports that the four freaky stages – The Shrine, The Crypt, The Boneyard, and The Haunted Hollow will all be making a return to provide, “full scale production to the spookiest extent along with frequent appearances from the Mayor of Freakytown himself.”

The lineup for the 2022 Freaky Deaky Festival:
AC Slater
Arnold & Lane
Audien
Austeria
Barnacle Boi B2B Deadcrow
Bijou
Champagne Drip
Chapter & Verse
Chris Lake
Chris Lorenzo
Dirt Monkey B2B Jantsen
Ekali
G-Space
Gorgon city
Gryffin
Guppi
Habstrakt
Heyz
Illenium
John Summit
Kaskade
Level Up B2B Ace Aura
Liquid Stranger
LP Giobbi
LS Dream
Maddy O’Neal
Malaa
Marten Horger
Martin Ikin
Marvel Years
Milazzo
Mize
Montell2099
Neonix B2B Syzy
Nostalgix
Nurko
Pendulum
Ranger Trucco
Regard
Remk
Shift K3Y
Sodown
Space Wizard B2B Smith
Steve Aoki
Subtronics
TV Boo
Two Friends
Westend
Wooli
Zingara

feature photo credit: courtesy of Disco Donnie and the Freaky Deaky Festival

NASCAR Issues Charlotte Penalties

On May 31, NASCAR issued just one penalty after the triple header weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  They also issued a couple of suspensions.

After the Xfinity Series race on Saturday, the Alpha Prime number 44 car driven by Ryan Ellis was found to have a single lug nut improperly secured.  As a result of the infraction, crew chief Michael Brandt has been fined $5,000.

NASCAR has suspended hauler driver Michael Adair for violations of the substance abuse policy.  Adair has been suspended indefinitely from his job with the number 43 Petty GMS Motorsports team.

Xfinity Series number six JD Motorsports car crew chief Kase Kallenbach has also been suspended indefinitely for violation of NASCAR’s Code of Conduct policy.

NASCAR has reinstated Iwuji Motorsports number 34 crew chief Jason Houghtaling.  He may now return to all NASCAR activities.  Houghtaling was suspended on May 3 for violation of the NASCAR Conduct Code.



Ray Liotta Dies

Stage and film actor Ray Liotta died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic at the age of 67 on May 26, 2022. He was working on a film at the time of his death.

Raymond was born on December 18, 1954 in Newark, New Jersey and was adopted from an orphanage when he was six months old by Mary and Alfred Liotta. While he played sports in high school, it was a decision made on a lark that would define his future – a drama teacher asked him to perform in a play.

After graduating from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama, Ray moved to New York City where his first gig was not on the stage but behind a bar. He made his acting debut in 1980 in the made for TV movie “Hardhat and Legs” before spending 36 episodes on the daytime drama “Another World”.

It was thE film “Something Wild” that put Liotta on the Hollywood map and earned him over 100 roles throughout his career that included Shoeless Joe Jackson in “Field of Dreams”. His other roles include an episode of “St. Elsewhere”, “Article 99”, “Unlawful Entry”, “No Escape”, “Muppets from Space”, “Hannibal”, “Blow”, “Smith”, “Bee Movie”, the principal in “Hannah Montana”, “Muppets Most Wanted”, an episode of “The Simpson”, “Shades of Blue”, “Marriage Story”, and perhaps his biggest role in “Goodfellas”.

His lone Broadway role came in 2004 with “Match” playing opposite Frank Langella.

Married and divorced, Liotta is survived by his fiancée Jacy Nittolo and daughter Karsyn.

feature photo credit: [[File:Ray Liotta Cannes 2012.jpg|Ray_Liotta_Cannes_2012]]

Kyle Larson Gets Bit ‘Pep Talk’ During 600

Every racing rans knows that the crew chief does much more than just sit on the pit box and tell the drivers when to come down pit road for fuel and fresh tires.  At times the crew chief is a cheerleader, coach, and even a psychologist and motivational speaker upon occasion.

During the Coca Cola 600 Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Larson was having a really bad day that caused him to be assessed multiple penalties and the team to repair the damaged number five car.  They even had to put out a fire in the number five pit box.  And all of that was after Larson had to start the race from the back of the field after wrecking during practice on Saturday night.

Larson got on the radio and told his crew chief Cliff Daniels that, “I think this has been the worst race of my life and we’re not even halfway.”

Daniels let his driver stew in his juices for abut 30 laps until the reached halfway and then launched into his inspirational speech telling Larson, “we went from the back to the front more times than I can count. We hit the wall, we spun out, we literally caught on fire. We were also the most penalized team on pit road in the first half. All that means is that in the second half, already we’re going to be starting way better than what we started the first half. We’ve got to go execute right now, so I don’t know what the hell you’re worried about, but I’m fine, the team’s fine. Everybody down here is nodding their heads and giving a thumbs-up, so let’s go.”

The speech had the desired effect, even with an on track altercation in the first of two overtime finishes, Larson ended the race in the top 10 in ninth place.  Larson and the pit crew had a near flawless second half.

The pit crew was charged with three penalties in the first half – two for equipment interference and one for leaving pit road with equipment.

This year the teams are dealing with a number of issues including a brand new car and a few new tracks to the circuit. Over the first part of the season, the teams have had a number of issues with the new car including numerous tire issues.

After the race was over – around midnight eastern time – and he had time to decompress, Cliff Daniels spoke on the events saying, “I think we’ve all seen at the Next Gen races, everyone inevitably makes mistakes, right? And you’re talking good teams, good drivers, good crews … things just happen. Guys go from the back to the front, from the front to the back and sometimes multiple times. There’s tire issues, there’s all these things. So in my mind, I’m like, OK, our car isn’t destroyed. I really don’t think it’s terrible if we get it out front, I’m sure it’d be better. I know him, right? If we get him out front, he’s gonna be awesome, because he always is. You know, this is the same pit crew that six months ago won the championship for us. So yes, we had a tough start to the day. But I have all the faith and trust in those guys.”

He added, “so it’s like, all right, hang on a minute. Yes, we’re three hours in. It feels like we’ve run a marathon, but we’re barely even halfway, if at all at that point. So like, hey, let’s chill out for a minute. Let’s think about this, and let’s go do what we’re capable of doing and being really good. So that was kind of my frame of mind internally. Yes, I was pissed off and frustrated and mad and sad and all over the place like everybody else was, but that really doesn’t do any good. … So you just gotta be tough. You’ve got to be there at the end. We talk about it every week.”

After the race Kyle Larson also spoke on the night’s events and his crew chief saying, “I think a lot of it has to do with Cliff.  He’s just the best leader in the garage area, and I’m glad that we have him as part of our team. So yeah, he did a great job keeping me in the game, our pit crew in the game and gave us a shot to win.”

Cliff Daniels also spoke on his pit crew saying, “we have a very healthy mix of guys that are young and still have the fire of youth, but they are racers so they know the grit that it takes.  We also have a good mix of guys that are really experienced and been doing it for a long time, so they don’t get rattled too easily by scenarios and situations. Trust me, we would prefer to do things a lot more polished up, but some days you just got to take your gloves off and get to work, and these guys know how to do that. I cannot compliment them enough. The road crew literally spent the last day and a half rebuilding our car. Yes, there was a lot of damage after the wall contacts in practice. So to rebuild a car, to have all this stuff happen today and even have a shot is a testament to them.”

He continued, “I know, our pit crew may have got beat up a little, you know, publicly on the first couple of stops but they’re a tough bunch. And to me, what really shows that is in the midst of the struggles that we had to start the day, the last three pit stops of the race, we came in in the top three and left either on par or plus one. They did fantastic, and that’s how tough they are, right? Like, hey, we made mistakes, we screwed up, we had things happen, got knocked over and spun around and all these things and come back and execute great stops like they did fantastic. To your point, the backbone of the team is strong. It’s not any individual. It’s all the guys. And you know, of course Larson’s a badass, once you get him back out front and he talks things over in his mind, and he kind of resets himself, he’s great. So we’ve got a lot of strength. It sucks that we didn’t get a better finish, but a lot of good takeaways from the night.”

Point Standings – May 30

This past weekend the NASCAR Cup Series ran the longest race of the season and gave the drivers three opportunities to earn stage points. Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, and Ross Chastain all won a stage during the race earning 10 points each plus a playoff point.

With his stage win, Chase Elliott has increased his point lead with 134 points; 14 over William Byron.  While Elliott has earned the most stage points so far this season, Ryan Blaney still holds the record for the most stage wins with four.  Chase Elliott, William Byron, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr have each won three stages this season.

Stage point standings – May 30:
Chase Elliott – 134
William Byron – 120
Ross Chastain – 114
Joey Logano – 108
Ryan Blaney – 106
Kyle Larson – 99
Martin Truex Jr – 97
Christopher Bell – 83
Kyle Busch – 80
Tyler Reddick – 67
Chase Briscoe – 59
Alex Bowman – 57
Erik Jones – 56
Denny Hamlin – 55
Daniel Suarez – 48
Ricky Stenhouse Jr – 39
Bubba Wallace – 35
Kevin Harvick – 32
Aric Almirola – 32
Austin Dillon – 27

Chase Elliott also leads the way in the Point Standings with 489 points.  Despite winning two races so far this season, including the Coca Cola 600, Denny Hamlin is currently in 17th place in the playoff standings; however, his two wins will ensure him a spot in the playoffs.  Austin Cindric opened the season with a win in the Daytona 500 but is currently ranked 19th in the playoff standings. Kurt Busch is right behind Cindric in 20th even after winning a race.

Cup Series Point Standings:
Chase Elliott – 489
Ross Chastain – 455
Kyle Busch – 452
Ryan Blaney – 436
Martin Truex Jr – 430
Joey Logano – 423
William Byron – 420
Alex Bowman – 415
Kyle Larson – 412
Christopher Bell – 400
Kevin Harvick – 373
Tyler Reddick – 350
Chase Briscoe -349
Aric Almirola – 342
Austin Dillon – 328
Erik Jones – 321
Denny Hamlin – 309
Daniel Suarez – 301
Austin Cindric – 294
Kurt Busch – 289

In the Playoff Standings Ross Chastain and Chase Elliott are tied with 3,023 points.  Chastain is listed in the lead with two race wins.

Playoff Point Standings:
Ross Chastain – 2,023
Chase Elliott – 2, 023
William Byron – 2,017
Kyle Busch – 2,014
Denny Hamlin – 2,012
Joey Logano – 2,011
Ryan Blaney – 2,011
Alex Bowman – 2,009
Martin Truex Jr – 2,009
Kyle Larson – 2,008
Chase Briscoe – 2,006
Kurt Busch – 2,006
Austin Cindric – 2,005
Tyler Reddick – 2,002
Christopher Bell – 2,001
Kevin Harvick – 2,000


In the Xfinity Series, AJ Allmendinger leads the point standings with 530 points.

Xfinity Series Point Standings:
AJ Allmendinger – 530
Noah Gragson – 497
Ty Gibbs – 490
Justin Allgaier – 472
Josh Berry – 470
Sam Mayer – 423
Brandon Jones – 400
Austin Hill – 365
Riley Herbst – 362
Daniel Hemric – 351
Landon Cassill – 334
Ryan Sieg – 324


In the Camping World Truck Series John Hunter Nemechek leads the point standings with 383 points.

Truck Series Point Standings:
John Hunter Nemechek – 383
Ben Rhodes – 376
Zane Smith – 358
Chandler Smith – 354
Stewart Friesen – 350
Ty Majeski – 345
Christian Eckes – 343
Carson Hocevar – 319
Grant Enfinger – 298
Matt Crafton – 281

18 Cautions, a Red Flag, Double Overtime for Coca Cola 600

The Coca Cola 600 is the longest race of the season for the Cup Series drivers.  The race begins in the daylight of early evening and ends under the lights 400 laps later.

The Coca Cola 600 is more than just a race, it is a salute to the military and those who lost their lives on active duty.  Many of the drivers will be featuring special paint schemes to honour the occasion.  The cars will also include the names of some of those fallen heroes.

One of the drivers involved in the Drivers Only broadcast, Kevin Harvick said that he is glad to hand the duties back over to the broadcast crew because it is way too much work up there.

Jamie McMurray comes from the Charlotte studio this weekend to join Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the FOX broadcast booth for the race.

After hitting the wall during practice, Kyle Larson’s crew will need to make some repairs to the body of the car and will not make a qualifying run.  Larson will start the race from the back of the field.

During his practice session, Tyler Reddick reports that he has no feeling in his steering wheel.

BJ McLeod is the first driver on the track to make a qualifying run and posts a time of 30.46 seconds.

Only the third driver on the track, Justin Haley, is the first driver to break the 30 second mark with a time of 29.929 seconds.

Brad Keselowski spins out on his qualifying lap but didn’t hit anything and saved the car.

After two rounds of qualifying, Denny Hamlin puts his number eleven car on the pole with a time of 29.39 seconds around the mile and a half track.  Starting alongside on the front row, Kurt Busch missed the pole by three thousands of a second.  This is Hamlin’s first pole of the season.

The starting lineup for the Coca Cola 600:
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Christopher Bell
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Austin Cindric
Bubba Wallace
Tyler Reddick
Alex Bowman
Michael McDowell
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Suarez
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Briscoe
Austin Dillon
Harrison Burton
Kevin Harvick
Chris Buescher
Justin Haley
Cole Custer
Ross Chastain
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Ryan Preece
Noah Gragson
Ty Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Todd Gilliland
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Cody Ware
Kaz Grala
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Corey LaJoie

After failing pre-qualifying inspection twice the number 31 car driven by Justin Haley and the number 50 car driven by Kaz Grala will lose a crew member but will get to keep their starting spot in the lineup.

Joining Corey LaJoie in a backup car and Kyle Larson after not making a qualifying run at the back of the field are Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Kaz Grala after their crews made unapproved adjustments to the cars.

A 600 mile, 400 lap race; the Coca Cola is the only race on the schedule with four stages.  All four of those stages are 100 laps each.  Drivers can run 60 to 64 laps on a single load of fuel.

A special event and a day to remember, the pre-race ceremonies included the playing of “Amazing Grace” on the highland bagpipes, a 21 gun salute, and the playing of “Taps”; along with the usual prayer and singing of the “National Anthem”.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and gets out in front for the lead with Kurt Busch alongside.  Drivers are two by two throughout the field.

Denny Hamlin leads lap one…barely.

Lap two the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Bubba Wallace.

Lap three, Kurt Busch battles with Denny Hamlin for the lead with the two swapping back and forth before Hamlin gets out in front.

Lap six, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Kurt Busch in second; Kyle Busch, Bubba Wallace, and William Byron round out the top five.

Kyle Busch passes brother Kurt after a battle with Bubba Wallace for second.  Denny Hmlin has a near half second lead.

Lap nine, Kyle Larson has moved up to 25th after starting the race from the back of the field.

Lap 10, Kyle Busch passes Denny Hamlin for the lead; Bubba Wallace, Tyler Reddick, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap eleven, Kyle Busch is now in 22nd place.

Lap 15, Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Bubba Wallace; Tyler Reddick, William Byron, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out for a  crash involving Ryan Preece and Chris Buescher.  Both drivers got loose but did not hit the wall.  Noah Gragson was also involved.

Kyle Busch leads the field down pit road for service with Kyle Busch winning the race off of pit road.  Denny Hamlin reports that he is too loose.

Martin Truex Jr and Ryan Blaney were caught speeding on pit road and Todd Gilliland was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane and jumps out in front for the lead on lap 23.

Lap 24, Kyle Busch leads the race with William Byron in second; Tyler Reddick, Bubba Wallace, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  Kyle Larson is in the top 20 in 15th.

Lap 26, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Bubba Wallace; William Byron, Tyler Reddick, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Ryan Preece is out of the race with 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 30, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Bubba Wallace; William Byron is in third over a second back with Tyler Reddick and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 33 when Josh Bilicki spins out and crashes. 

Drivers come down pit road for service.  After working his way up in the field, Kyle Larson will have to move to the back of the field after he leaves pit road with equipment – jack was still attached.

Bubba Wallace told his crew that he didn’t want to hear anything about tires; if it blows, it blows.

Chris Buescher is the “lucky dog”.

The top five drivers stayed out on the track and Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 39.  Getting a push form Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch edges out for the lead but Bubba Wallace comes up to battle for the position as drivers get four wide across the track.

After going side by side for a couple of laps, Kyle Busch gets out in front with the lead; Bubba Wallace, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Daniel Suarez passes Bubba Wallace for second.

Lap 44, Kyle Busch has just a third of a second lead on Daniel Suarez; Bubba Wallace, Denny Hamlin, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 45, Kyle Larson is back inside the top 20 in 18th.

Lap 46, Daniel Suarez passes Kyle Busch for the lead.  Busch gets loose and goes around but did not hit anything.  Kyle Busch brings out the caution flag.

Kyle Busch has a long pit stop and goes a lap down.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 51 and gets out in front for the lead with Denny Hamlin in second.

Drivers are three wide across the track.

Lap 52, Daniel Suarez leads the race with Alex Bowman in second; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.  Kyle Larson is just outside the op 10 in eleventh.

Lap 53, in the top 10, Kyle Larson hits the wall but keeps going and the track stays green.

Lap 54, Daniel Suarez has a lead of over half a second on Alex Bowman; Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 57, Daneil Suarez now has a lead of a second and a half on Alex Bowman; Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin,and William Byron round out the top five. 

Josh Bilicki is out of the race.

Kyle Busch is the only car one lap down in 35th place.

Lap 58, Daniel Suarez has pulled out to a lead of over two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott; Alex Bowman, William Byron, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. 

Corey LaJoie gets into the wall with a flat tire and brings out the caution flag on lap 61.  LaJoie was in a backup car after hitting the wall during practice on Saturday.

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

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road.

Last year there were only four caution flags for the whole race; this year there has already been four caution flags and the race is still in stage one.

The crews have a total of 13 sets of tires for the race.

Kyle Larson’s day is not going well; he just got a second penalty on pit road; he and Justin Haley were charged with leaving pit road with equipment.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 67 with William Byron on the outside.  The Hendrick drivers go side by side before Chase Elliott gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 69, Chase Elliott leads the race with William Byron in second; Daniel Suarez, Alex Bowman, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Corey LaJoie is out of the race.

Lap 73, Chase Elliott has a narrow lead on William Byron; Daniel Suarez, Tyler Reddick, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 78, three of the top five drivers are from Hendrick Motorsports.  Chase Elliott leads the reace with William Byron in second; Tyler Reddick, Alex Bowman, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

After leading the race, Daniel Suarez is falling through the field; he is now in ninth place.

Lap 82, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on William Byron; Tyler Reddick, Alex Bowman, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 86, Tyler Reddick passes William Byron for second; Christopher Bell is up to fourth with Alex Bowman in fifth.  Chase Elliott holds on to the lead.

Lap 90, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Tyler Reddick; William Byron is in third over two seconds back with Christopher Bell and Ross Chastain rounding out the top five.  Kyle Busch has entered the top 20 after spinning out and getting a lap down.

Lap 93, William Byron gets loose but saves the car and the track stays green.  He falls out of the top five to eighth place.

With five laps remaining in stage one; Chase Elliott has the lead with Tyler Reddick in second; Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Chase Elliott wins stage one for his first Coca Cola 600 stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
Christopher Bell
Ross Chastain
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin

In 17th place, this is the first Coca Cola 600 that Kyle Busch has not finished a stage in the top six.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road.  Ross Chastain reports a very loose condition in his car.

Alex Bowman’s crew is having difficulties getting one of his lug nuts off.

Kevin Harvick made a second trip down pit road for a steering issue.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane on lap 108 with Christopher Bell alongside.  Getting a push from Ross Chastain, Chase Elliott gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 109, the top five are Chase Elliott, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell, Bubba Wallace, and Ryan Blaney.  Kyle Busch is just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Lap 111, Ross Chastain passes Chase Elliott for the lead.

Lap 113, Kyle Larson enters the top 10 in 19th.

Lap 115, Kyle Busch enters the top 10.

Lap 115, Ross Chastain has a half second lead on Chase Elliott.

Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suarez, and Ross Chastain have all led laps for the first time in a Coca Cola 600 race.

Lap 121, Ross Chastain has a third of a second lead on Chase Elliott; Christopher Bell, Bubba Wallace, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. Kyle Busch has fallen out of the top 10 to 12th.

Bubba Wallace brings out the sixth caution flag when he spins out and blows a tire.  After sliding through the grass and on to pit road, he comes to a stop in his own pit stall on lap 126.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road.  There is a big fire in Kyle Larson’s pit.  The rear of Larson’s car is on fire as he goes down the track.  The first was the result of a bit of spillage while fueling the car.

Lap 131, Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane and battles with Ross Chastain before taking the lead.

Christopher Bell’s crew had trouble changing the tires on his car.

Lap 134, Chase Elliott leads the race with Ross Chastain in second; Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch round out the top five. 

As the sun begins to go down, the track is cooling down and the speeds are going up.

After crashing in practice, two penalties on pit road, hitting the wall during the race twice, and a fire on pit road; Kyle Larson tells his crew that it is the worst race of his life and it isn’t even half over yet.  Larson is currently in 24th place.

Lap 141, Chase Elliott has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain; Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

The FOX broadcast crew reports that Kevin Harvick has no power steering.

Austin Cindric brings out the seventh caution flag of the race on lap 146 when he gets loose on the track with a flat tire and gets into the wall.  Bubba Wallace is the “lucky dog”.

Many of the drivers come down pit road for service.  Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson stay out on the track.  Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road.

Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson bring the field down for the green flag restart o lap 152 but Chase Elliott on fresh tires gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 153, the top five are Chase Elliott, Ross Chastain, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Larson.

Kurt Busch passes Ryan Blaney for third.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Todd Gilliland were caught speeding on pit road.  Christopher Bell’s crew was charged with coming over the wall too soon.  Bell had a long pit stop with a loose tire and making damage repairs.

Lap 158, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly a second on Ross Chastain; Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. 

Daniel Suarez is back in the top 10 in eighth place.

Lap 164, Chase Elliott leads the race with Ross Chastain in second; Kurt Busch, Tyler Reddick, and Chase Briscoe round ou t the top five.

Ryan Blaney is off the pace after getting loose and hitting the wall.  The track stays green.

Kyle Larson brings out the eighth caution flag of the race on lap 165 when he spins out  He saves the car and does not blow any of the tires.

The sun has gone below the grand stands and the glare is no longer a major issue.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service including Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 171 from the outside lane with Ross Chastain in the inside.  Drivers get three wide across the track.

Ross Chastain takes the lead with Daniel Suarez coming up on the inside to take second.

Lap 172, Trackhouse Racing team mates Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez battle for the lead.

Lap 173, the to five are Ross Chastain, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott, Chase Briscoe, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 174, there has been 15 lead changes with 10 different drivers leading the race so far.

Lap 177, Ross Chastain has a third of a second lead on Daniel Suarez; third place driver Chase Elliott is a second back with Chase Briscoe and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

William Byron is reporting some radio issues.  He can hear the crew, but they can’t hear him.
 
Fifteen laps to go in stage two, Ross Chastain leads the race with team mate Daniel Suarez in second; Chase Elliott, Chase Briscoe, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

The caution flag coms out on lap 186 when Chase Elliott spins out.  Elliott had just passed Daniel Suarez for second when the car moved up the track and hit the wall.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.  With half of their tire allotment already used, the crew chiefs are putting scuffs on the cars in some pit stops.

Chase Elliott is on pit road with the crew making repairs.  The are replacing the tie rod.

The lights are on at Charlotte as Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with 10 laps remaining in stage two.  Chastain gets out in front for the lead as drivers block each other. 

Ryan Blaney gets turned around and causes a big wreck on lap 191 and brings out the 10th caution flag.  Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Noah Gragson, Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace, William Byron, Harrison Burton, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, Todd Gilliland, Michael McDowell, and Kevin Harvick were all involved in the crash.

Chase Elliott and William Byron are out of the race after the “crash clock” has expired.

Of the 37 cars that started the race, only 13 of them have not been involved in any sort of crash or spin.

The first World 600 lasted five hours and 33 minutes. 

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with team mate Daniel Suarez on the inside lane.  Chastain jumps out in front but Suarez comes up to make it a head to head battle.  Daniel Suarez gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide with just three laps remaining in stage two.

Daniel Suarez wins stage two for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Daniel Suarez
Ross Chastain
Erik Jones
Chase Briscoe
Joey Logano
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kevin Harvick
Tyler Reddick
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell

Before coming down pit road to service the cars, NASCAR takes a moment to pause.  The pace car brings the field down pit road to “Honour and Remember”.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Daniel Suarez edging out team mate Ross Chastain.  Kyle Larson has a long pit stop for repairs.

Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 209 with Joey Logano taking the lead and Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 211, Joey Logano leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Ross Chastain, Daniel Suarez, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 212, Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez pass Kyle Busch in a three wide battle.

Lap 214, Daniel Suarez passes Joey Logano for the lead with Ross Chastain taking second.

Kyle Larson’s crew chief Cliff Daniel pointed out that in the first half of the race they have passed more cars than he can count, been penalized more than any other driver, spun out, hit the wall, and caught on fire; adding that the second half has to be better than the first half.  Kyle Larson is in 14th place on lap 218.

The caution flag comes out on lap 219 when Kevin Harvick gets into the wall.  Harvick has been having steering issues all night.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Daniel Suarez winning the race off of pit road but not all of the drivers came down pit road.  Kevin Harvick’s team has an extended pit stop to check for damage.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 225.  Chastain and Joey Logano battle for the lead with Ross Chastain getting out in front.

Lap 226, Ross Chastain leads the race with Joey Logano in second; Chase Briscoe, Kyle Busch, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Daniel Suarez restarted the race in 18th but is moving through the field and is already inside the top 10.

Lap 230, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Chase Briscoe, Kyle Busch, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 232, Daniel Suarez is just outside the top five in sixth place after restarting in 18th.

Lap 240, Ross Chastain has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Joey Logano; Chase Briscoe, Daniel Suarez, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 242, Daniel Suarez passes Chase Briscoe for third.

Lap 243, Daniel Suarez passes Joey Logano for second.

Lap 244, Ross Chastain has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Daniel Suarez.

Lap 246, despite all of his first half issues, Kyle Larson is in 13th place, 10 seconds back.

Lap 248, Daniel Suarez has closed the gap on leader Ross Chastain to under a second and a half.

The 13th caution flag comes out on lap 253 when Noah Gragson spins out, hits the wall, and gets into the grass.

Daniel Suarez passed Ross Chastain for the lead prior to the caution flag coming out.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ross Chastain and Chase Briscoe coming out together.  Kyle Busch has an extended stop on pit road.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 159 and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 261, Ross Chastain leads the race but is getting a battle from Chase Briscoe; Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.  Daniel Suarez restarts the race outside  the top 10.  After an extended pit stop Kyle Busch restarts the race back in 20th place.

Lap 265, Ross Chastain has a third of a second lead on Chase Briscoe; Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

Lap 267, Ross Chastain has a lead of over half a second on Chase Briscoe; Tyler Reddick, Kyle Larson, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

With 30 laps remaining in stage three, Ross Chastain has a lead of nearly a second on Chase Briscoe; Tyler Reddick Kyle Larson, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  Christopher Bell hits the wall but makes it to pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 275, Ross Chastain continues to expand his gap on Chase Briscoe and now has a lead of nearly a second and a half; Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five with Daniel Suarez just outside the top five in sixth.

Twenty laps remain in stage three, Ross Chastain has a near second lead on Chase Briscoe; Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick, and Daniel Suarez round ou t the top five.

Just 14 laps remain in stage three, Aric Almirola, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch continue their battle for position just outside the top 10.  Ross Chastain continues to lead the race with Chase Briscoe in second; Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

With just nine laps remaining in stage three, Kyle Busch comes down pit road; he felt like something was wrong with the right side tires after touching the wall.

Five laps remain in stage three, Ross Chastain has a one second lead on Chase Briscoe with Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick, and Daniel Suarez rounding out the top five.

Top 10 drivers Denny Hamlin, Chris Buescher, Joey Logano, and Cole Custer have a battle of their own going on.

Ross Chastain wins stage three for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage three:
Ross Chastain
Chase Briscoe
Kyle Larson
Tyler Reddick
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
Cole Custer
Chris Buescher
Austin Dillon
Denny Hamlin

Drivers come down pit road for service with Tyler Reddick winning the race off of pit road.  Ross Chastain comes out second.

Alex Bowman was charged with removing equipment from his pit stall.

Denny Hamlin clipped the tire changer for Joey Logano coming into his pit stall.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green start of stage four on lap 307 and gets out in front after a push from Cole Custer.

Lap 309, Tyler Reddick leads the race with Ross Chastain in second; Kyle Larson, Cole Custer, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Ross Chastain and Kyle Larson battle for second including making some contact on the track.

Lap 313, Tyler Reddick has the lead with Ross Chastain in second; Kyle Larson, Cole Custer, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain continue to battle for the lead with Reddick out in front.

Lap 323, Ross Chastain passes Tyler Reddick for the lead; Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Ross Chastain has led 125 laps so far.

Tyler Reddick is reporting a vibration; adding that it is getting worse and he can hear it.

Seventy laps to go, Ross Chastain has a lead of over a second on Tyler Reddick.  Erik Jones and Aric Almirola make contact but the track stays green.

Lap 333, Ros Chastain has a second and a half lead on Tyler Reddick; Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.  The drivers have reached the 500 mile mark.

The caution flag comes out on lap 338 for the 15th time when Tyler Reddick has a flat tire and leaves debris on the track.

Drivers come down pit road for service.  With 60 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are on the edge of their pit window to make it to the end of the race.

Ross Chastain wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Larson coming out second.

It was a lucky caution flag for Daniel Suarez who had reported a vibration just before the caution flag came out.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart with 55 laps remaining in the race.  Chastain gets a push from Cole Custer and gets out in front for the lead. 

The 16th caution flag comes out for a big crash that puts Chris Buescher on his roof after flipping several times.  Daniel Suarez and Chase Briscoe were also involved.  NASCAR has red flagged the race.

Chris Buescher has dropped the window net – a sign they are okay – and is moving around in the car.  The safety crew works to flip the car back on it wheels.  Chris Buescher climbs out of the car and walks to the ambulance.

After an eleven minute red flag, NASCAR displays the yellow flag and the drivers get moving again.

Chris Buescher said that the wreck was painful but he is okay; adding that it was a shame the car got wrecked.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart with 48 laps remaining in the race from the inside lane.  Ross Chastain takes the lead with Kyle Larson on his bumper and battling for the lead.

Kyle Busch takes the lead with 47 laps to go after Larson called the first half of the race the worst race in his life.

Lap 354, Chase Briscoe passes Ross Chastain for second.

There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 357, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly half a second on Chase  Briscoe; Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  After numerous issues on pit road and hitting the wall, Kyle Busch is back in the top 10 in seventh place.

Forty to go, Kyle Larson continues to extend his lead on Chase Briscoe and is now nearly a second out in front.

Lap 361, Kyle Larson’s lead is now over a second on Chase Briscoe with Ross Chastain in third; Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin passes Joey Logano for fourth.

With 35 laps to go, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead on Chase Briscoe and is now nearly a second and a half out in front.

Now in third place, Ross Chastain has led 144 laps of the race.

Thirty to go, Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second on Chase Briscoe; Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Just 25 laps to go, Kyle Larson leads the race with Chase Briscoe in second; Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Chase Briscoe has closed the gap on leader Kyle Larson to just over half a second; Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, and Cole Custer round out the top five..  There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

With 18 laps to go, Chase Briscoe is less than half a second behind leader Kyle Larson.

Christopher Bell passes Cole Custer for fifth.

Fifteen to go, Kyle Larson is just two tenths of a second in front of Chase Briscoe; third place driver Ross Chastain is over two seconds back.

Christopher Bell gets into the wall and works his way to pit road.  The track stays green.

Ten to go, Kyle Larson has a quarter of a second lead on Chase Briscoe.

Aric Almirola gets into the wall with eight to go but the track stays green.  Almirola was the last car on the lead lap in 15th.

Six to go, Chase Briscoe has caught leader Kyle Larson.

Erik Jones gets into the wall but the track stays green/

Five to go, Chase Briscoe challenges Kyle Larson for the lead.

Four to go, Chase Briscoe and Kyle Larson battle for the lead with Briscoe getting in front briefly.

Three to go; Kyle Larson has the lead with Chase Briscoe on his bumper.

Trying to pass Kyle Larson, Chase Briscoe gets loose and wrecks; bringing out the caution flag and sending the race into overtime.

Drivers come down pit road with Kyle Larson and Ross Chastain coming off pit road nose to nose.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the overtime shootout to the end on the inside lane with Ross Chastain alongside. Larson gets a push from Joey Logano and gets out in front for the lead.  Austin Dillon comes up on the inside to battle for the lead and gets loose, causing a pile up and bringing out caution flag number 18.  Cole Custer, Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr,  and Austin Dillon were all involved. 

Austin Dillon, Ross Chastain, Kyle Larson, and Denny Hamlin were in a four wide battle when the crash began.

Denny Hamlin is the leader with Ross Chastain in second.  Hamlin brings the field down for the second green/white/checker overtime finish from the inside lane.  Hamlin jumps out in front for the lead but Kyle Busch comes up on the outside to battle his JGR team mate for the lead.  Denny Hamlin takes the white flag.

Denny Hamlin edges out Kyle Busch to win the longest race in NASCAR history!  This is Hamlin’s second win of the season.  This was Hamlin’s first 600 win.

The unofficial results of the Coca Cola 600:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Chase Briscoe
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Michael McDowell
Kyle Larson
Alex Bowman
Harrison Burton
Martin Truex Jr
Ty Dillon
Erik Jones
Ross Chastain
Todd Gilliland
Aric Almirola
Cody Ware
BJ McLeod
Joey Logano
Cole Custer
Austin Dillon
Kaz Grala
Noah Gragson
Daniel Suarez
Chris Buescher
Justin Haley
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Austin Cindric
Corey LaJoie
Josh Bilicki
Ryan Preece


Ganassi Wins Indy 500 After 10 Year Drought

For avid race fans the last Sunday in May is the biggest day in racing when Formula One runs the Monaco Grand Prix, IndyCar runs the Indianapolis 500, and NASCAR runs the Coca Cola 600.

On May 29, 2022 IndyCar marks 106 years of racing on the two and a half mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Scott Dixon sitting on the pole and bringing the 33 car field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Indianapolis 500:
Scott Dixon
Alex Palou
Rinnus Vee Kay
Ed Carpenter
Marcus Ericsson
Tony Kanaan
Pato O’Ward
Felix Fosenqvist
Romain Grosjean
Takuma Sato
Will Power
Jimmie Johnson
David Malukas
Josef Newgarden
Santino Ferrucci
Simon Pagenaud
JR Hildebrand
Conor Daly
Callum Ilott
Alexander Rossi
Graham Rahal
Sage Karam
Marco Andretti
Devlin DeFrancesco
Colton Herta
Scott McLaughlin
Helio Castroneves
Kyle Kirkwood
Dalton Kellett
Juan Pablo Montoya
C. Lundgaard
Jack Harvey
Stefan Wilson

During a practice run Colton Herta crashed his car and after being cleared by race officials will be allowed to run the race in a backup car.

Just one week after being the Grand Marshall for the NASCAR All Star race, Country music star Blake Shelton for today’s race.

Drivers have been racing at Indianapolis almost as long as there have been motorized vehicles.  For the first time in Indy 500 history the drivers will be racing using a new fuel

Before a packed house of 300,000 fans, Scott Dixon brings the field to the green flag and the drivers immediately spread out across the track with Alex Palou leading the first lap.

Chip Ganassi Racing team mates Scott Dixon and Alex Palou have a fuel conservation plan that includes the two drivers swapping the lead back and forth to allow the second place driver to take advantage of the draft to save fuel.

During qualifying, Scott Dixon set a record of over 234 miles per hour; in the race, the cars are running speeds of around 220mph.

Lap 31, the drivers begin their first green flag pit stops.  Once the green flag pit stops have cycled through, Alex Palou leads the race.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 39 when Rinnus VeeKay crashes after getting loose and hitting the wall and ends up in the grass.  While there was a fireball during the crash, the 21 year old Dutch driver climbed out of the car and walked away from the crash.

Alex Palou brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 47 and the drivers get four wide in a battle for position.  Alex Palou leads the race with Scott Dixon in second.

Team mates Alex Palou and Scott Dixon continue their swapping of the lead to continue trying to save fuel.

In a backup car, Colton Herta gets loose and just misses hitting the wall.  After hitting the wall on Friday, Herta’s car ended upside down.

Lap 68, the second round of green flag pit stops begins.

The caution flag comes out on lap 69 when rookie Callum Ilott gets loose and hits the wall sending debris everywhere.  Alex Palou was heading for pit road when the caution flag came out and is now mired at the back of the field.  The crew has to bring Palou down pit road for an emergency stop for fuel.  Once the race goes green, he will have to serve a penalty.

Pato O’Ward is the new leader.

Once pit stops have cycled through, Scott Dixon has the lead once again and brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 78 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 80, home town hero Conor Daly takes the lead to rousing cheers; but the lead is short lived after Scott Dixon retakes the lead.

Lap 86, four time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves has moved up 13 spots since the start of the race on the way to his bid for a fifth win.

Lap 100, halfway, Scott Dixon leads the race with Concor Daly in second; Pato O’Ward, Marcus Ericsson, and Tony Kanaan are the top five drivers.  Two drivers are out of the race with only one car not on the lead lap.

Lap 106, Conor Daly is the first driver to make the third round of green flag pit stops when Roman Grosjean crashes into the wall spreading debris and ending in the grass to bring out the third caution flag of the race.

In a déjà vu all over again scenario, Scott Dixon was ready to come down pit road for fuel when the caution flag came out.  Fortunately for Dixon, pit road opened in time for him to come down pit road nearly out of fuel.  Scott Dixon wins the race off of pit road.

Conor Daly brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 113 but it is Scott Dixon who gets out in front before drivers get four wide and Pato O’Ward takes the lead.

Lap 114, Scott Dixon retakes the lead.

With the race past halfway, the time of patience is over and the drivers are getting aggressive in a battle for position.

The air intake hose on Helio Castroneves has come loose and is flopping around.  The air intake is what provides the driver with some cooler air.  It is a warm day and getting hotter; track temperatures are near 120 degrees.

Scott Dixon has led 75 of the 135 laps so far.  He now becomes the top driver in leading laps at IMS with 645.

Colton Herta is out of the race with a mechanical issue.

Lap 140, drivers  begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Once pit stops have cycled through, Pato O’Ward is the leader with Scott Dixon in second.

The caution flag comes out on lap 152 when Scott McLaughlin slams into the wall twice sending debris everywhere.  McLaughlin’s demolished car is topped along the wall.  He is out of the car and waving to the fans.

Pato O’Ward brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 158; drivers get four and five wide across the track with Scott Dixon in the lead.

Sage Karum gets into the grass but saves the car and the track stays green.

Lap 161, Pato O’Ward takes the lead.

IndyCar features drivers from all over the world but there has never been a Mexican born driver to win the Indianapolis 500.

Scott Dixon retakes the lead with 35 laps to go.  At the end of the season the New Zealand driver has planned a trip home for the first time in three years.

Scott McLaughlin said that he got caught by a gust of wind but other than a bruised ego he is fine.

Ed Carpenter is the first driver to make a final green flag pit stop on lap 169.

Lap 173, more drivers come down pit road for green flag pit stops.

Lap 176, leader Scott Dixon makes his green flag pit stop.  He was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Twenty to go, drivers are in the middle of green flag pit stops with Tony Kanaan leading the field.  After dominating the race, Scott Dixon is caught speeding on pit road and is now back in 26th place.

Fifteen to go, Marco Andretti leads the race but has yet to make his pit stop.  As will second place driver Jimmie Johnson.

Marco Andretti makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Jimmie Johnson who leads his first lap of the Indianapolis 500.

With 12 laps to go Jimmie Johnson makes his pit stop and gives the lead to Marcus Ericsson.

Ten to go, Marcus Ericsson leads the race with Pato O’Ward in second; Tony Kanaan is in third.

With just six laps remaining in the race, Jimmie Johnson brings out the caution flag when he gets loose, crashes into the wall, and gets into the grass.  The front end of Johnson’s car is demolished.  Johnson climbs out of the car.

Race control has red flagged the race with just five laps remaining in the race.  Drivers come down pit road to lineup for the red flag.  The goal of Race Control is to finish the race under green flag conditions.

The cars are covered with tire marbles from rubber left on the track.

After a red flag condition of about seven minutes, Race Control gives the command to start the engines.  The drivers will get just one yellow flag lap around the track before the flag man waves the green flag.

Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson brings the field down for the green flag restart with Mexican Pato O’Ward in second for a two lap shootout to the finigh.  Ericsson is in front but the drivers battle for position.

Marcus Ericsson takes the white flag!

Pato O’Ward battles with Marcus Ericsson for the lead but Ericsson holds him off.  Yellow flag comes out for a Sage Karum crash.  Marcus Ericsson wins the Indianapolis 500!  He is the second Swedish native to win the race.

It has been 10 years since a Chip Ganassi Racing car has won the Indy 500.  Ganassi hops on the car to take the elevator ride to victory lane.

Along with the ivy wreath and the winner’s ring, Marcush Ericsson will also get to take home the pace car home.

Indy 500 results:
Marcus Ericsson
Pato O’Ward
Tony Kanaan
Felix Rosenqvist
Alexander Rossi
Conor Daly
Helio Castroneves
Simon Pagenaud
Alex Palou
Santino Ferrucci
Juan Pablo Montoya
JR Hildebrand
Josef Newgarden
Graham Rahal
Will Power
David Malukas
Kyle Kirkwood
Ed Carpenter
Devlin DeFrancesco
C. Lundgaard
Scott Dixon
Marco Andretti
Save Karum
Jack Harvey
Takuma Sato
Dalton Kellett
Stefan Wilson
Jimmie Johnson
Scott McLaughlin
Colton Herta
Roman Grosjean
Callum Ilott
Rinnus VeeKay


JRM Gets First Charlotte Win

Xfinity Series

Memorial Day weekend is a special time for NASCAR with special pain schemes as they honour Americans fallen in military service.  But it is also a special time for the Xfinity Series with the Drivers Only weekend.  The broadcast crew takes the weekend off and some of the Cup Series drivers take over.  This year Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr will work from the Charlotte Studios; while Tyler Reddick and Austin Cindric will roam the pits and Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney will broadcast the race.

Trevor Bayne is also stepping away from his broadcast duties this week but it isn’t to join the Drivers Only crew, but to hop into the number 18 car to run in the Alsco Uniforms 300.

After setting a record for the most caution flags at a mile and a half track in a 250 mile race at Texas Motor Speedway last week, the Xfinity Series gets their practice session started off with a caution flag when Jeffrey Earnhardt is stopped on the track and Justin Allgaier has a tire issue.

Matt Mills is the first driver on the track for single car qualifying and posts a time of 31.425 seconds.

There are 42 teams at the track vying for 38 starting spots.

Kyle Sieg’s car is in the garage with a mechanical issue and will not be able to qualify.  Jeffrey Earnhardt and Ty Gibbs also failed to make a qualifying run with mechanical issues.  The Gibbs car was taken back to the shop overnight for repairs.  Ronnie Bassett Jr had a mechanical issue coming to the green flag to qualify and did not make a lap.  Riley Herbst gets into the wall coming to the green flag to qualify and has to move to a backup car and start the race from the back of the field.

Ryan Preece, running all three races this weekend, broke the 31 second marks with a time of 30.261 seconds.

Clocking a time of 30.018 seconds, 18 year old Sam Mayer puts his JR Motorsports number one car on the pole for his first career pole.  Team mate Justin Allgaier will start alongside on the front row.

Kyle Sieg, Ronnie Bassett Jr, Mason Massey, and David Starr failed to qualify for the race.

The starting lineup for the Alsco Uniforms 300:
Sam Mayer
Justin Allgiaer
Ryan Preece
Josh Berry
Brandon Jones
Trevor Bayne
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Timmy Hill
Daniel Hemric
Stefan Parsons
Landon Cassill
Austin Dillon
Brett Moffitt
Jeb Burton
JJ Yeley
Ryan Vargas
Sheldon Creed
Brennan Poole
Austin Hill
Kyle Weatherman
Ryan Sieg
Jeremy Clements
Joe Graf Jr
Bayley Currey
Josh Williams
Matt Mills
Shane Lee
Ryan Ellis
Anthony Alfredo
Nicholas Sanchez
Brandon Brown
Myatt Snider
Garrett Smithley
CJ McLaughlan
Ty Gibbs
Riley Herbst
Jeffrey Earnhardt

Joining Jeffrey Earnhardt, Ty Gibbs, and Riley Herbst at the back of the field are Ryan Vargas, Trevor Bayne, Brandon Jones, and Joe Graf Jr after their crews made unapproved adjustments to the cars.

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

Sam Mayer brings the field down for the green flag start of the race on a hot sunny afternoon from the inside lane.  Same Mayer gets out in front for the lead with Ryan Preece ins second.

Lap two, Sam Mayer has the lead with Ryan Preece in second; Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap three Ryan Preece passes Sam Mayer for the lead.

Lap four, Ryan Preece leads the race wit Noah Gragson coming up to battle for the lead.

Lap four Noah Gragson takes the lead with Ryan Preece in second; Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

In previous years, JR Motorsports struggled at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  This year all four drivers start the race in the top five.

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

Brandon Brown has a flat tire but makes it to pit road and the track stays green.

Lap nine, Ty Gibbs has entered the top 20 in 17th place.
Trevor Bayne is also in the top 20.

Lap 15, Brandon Jones brings out the first caution flag of race when he gets loose and spins out with a flat tire.

Lap 20, Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane and jumps out for the lead.  Ryan Preece spins his wheels and backs up the outside lane.

Timmy Hill spins out with a flat tire and brings out the second caution flag.

The JRM cars are 1-2-3-4 with Noah Gragson leading the way.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 25 and jumps out in front for the lead with Josh Berry in second. 

Driving a backup car, Riley Herbst is in the top 20 in 17th place.

Lap 26, Noah Gragson leads the race with Josh Berry in second; Sam Mayer, Justin Allgaier, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track.

Jeb Burton comes down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Lap 29, Noah Gragson has a half second lead on Josh Berry; Justin Allgaier, Ryan Preece, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Lap 31, AJ Allmendinger passes a loose Sam Mayer for fifth.

Moving up over 25 spots, Ty Gibbs has entered the top 10.

Brandon Brown brings out the third caution flag of the race when he gets loose and spins out with another flat tire.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 36 but it is Josh Berry who edges out for the lead.  Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson battle for second with AJ Allmendinger on their bumper.

Lap 37, Josh Berry has pulled out to a one second lead on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 40, Josh Berry has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Noah Gragson reports that he thinks he is losing a cylinder.

The caution flag comes out with four laps remaining in stage one for a crash involving several drivers.  Kyle Weatherman, Jeffrey Earnhardt, and Myatt Snider were all involved.  Ryan Vargas made a run through the grass to avoid the wreck.

Landon Cassill is stopped on the track with no power.  Crew reports a possible fuel pump issue.

Josh Berry wins stage one under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Josh Berry
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Daniel Hemric
Sam Mayer
Ryan Preece
Ty Gibbs
Brandon Jones
Brett Moffitt

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Noah Gragson’s crew lifts the hood to check for possible trouble.  Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road with Josh Berry coming out second.

Landon Cassill takes his car to the garage for repairs.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 50 and gets out in front for the lead.  Josh Berry and Sam Mayer battle for second.

Lap 51, Josh Berry and Justin Allgaier battle for the lead.

Lap 52, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and Brandon Jones.

Lap 54, Justin Allgaier holds the lead but Sam Mayer has moved into second place with Josh Berry in third; AJ Allmendinger and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Kyle Weatherman, Jeffrey Earnhardt, and Timmy Hill are out of the race with Landon Cassill off the track.

Lap 57, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over half a second on Josh Berry; Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 67, the top five continues to be Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and Brandon Jones.  Noah Gragson is back in 32nd place.  There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 70, Justin Allgaier holds on to a half second lead on Josh Berry with Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and Brandon Jones rounding out the top five.

Lap 75, Jeb Burton brings out the caution flag when he spins out.  His car spews some heavy smoke but doesn’t hit anything…or anyone.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 79 from the outside lane.  Allgaier and Josh Berry make contact but Allgaier holds on to take the lead.

Lap 80, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Sam Mayer, Brandon Jones, AJ Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric, and Josh Berry.

Brandon Jones spins out the but saves the car and the track stays green.

Lap 82, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Sam Mayer; Josh Berry, AJ Allmendinger, and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

Lap 85, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly two seconds on Josh Berry; Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

Austin Hill is off the pace.

There are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Making it a JRM stage sweep, Justin Allgaier wins stage two.  That is the tenth straight stage win for JRM.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Justin Allgaier
Josh Berry
Sam Mayer
Trevor Bayne
Ryan Preece
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Gibbs
Sheldon Creed
Daniel Hemric
Brett Moffitt

Drivers come down pit road for service with Josh Berry winning the race off of pit road.  Justin Allgaier loses three spots after having a tire issue on pit road.

Sheldon Creed has an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.  Josh Williams was caught speeding on pit road.  Nicholas Sanchez was charged with leaving pit road with equipment – jack was still attached to the car; and Joe Graf Jr was charged with a safety violation.

Josh Berry brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 100 from the outside lane with Trevor Bayne alongside.  Josh Berry edges out for the lead but Trevor Bayne comes up to battle for the position.

Lap 100 – halfway – Josh Berry leads the race with Ryan Preece in second; Trevor Bayne, Justin Allgaier, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.  Noah Gragson is back in 28th, the last car on the lead lap.

Riley Herbst brings out the caution flag when he hits the wall with a flat ire on lap 107.

Josh Berry brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 108 from the outside lane with Ryan Preece on the inside.  Berry edges out in front for the lead.

Lap 110. The caution flag comes out for a wreck when Austin Dillon has an issue that results in a pile up involving Ryan Sieg, Anthony Alfredo, Joe Graf Jr, and Stefan Parsons.

Noah Gragson is on pit road with the hood up as the crew continues to work on the car and changing wire plugs.

There’s a scene in “Days of Thunder” where the crew chief tells his driver not to come in because they are eating ice cream.  The crew of Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr are in the Charlotte studio eating ice cream.

Austin Dillon said that he had a tire coming down and couldn’t get it whoaed up; adding that he was sorry for the wreck.

Ice cream is the big topic among the reporters.

Ryan Preece brings the field down for the green flag restart with Josh Berry alongside with 81 laps remaining in the race. Ryan Preee and Josh Berry are side by side before Josh Berry edges out for the lead with Justin Allgaier taking second and Sam Mayer in third.

Lap 121, Josh Berry has a lead of nearly half a second on Justin Allgaier; Ryan Preece, Sam Mayer, and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.  Noah Gragson is up to 14th.

Lap 125, Noah Gragson’s crew must have fixed the car, he is moving through the field and is now just outside the top ten in eleventh.  Team mate Josh Berry has a lead of over half a second on another team mate Justin Allgaer.

Lap 129, Josh Berry leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; Ryan Preece, Sam Mayer, and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

Lap 131, AJ Allmendinger has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire.

Noah Gragson has entered the top 10.

Lap 133, Josh Berry has a lead of nearly a second on Justin Allgaier; Ryan Preece, Sam Mayer, and Trevor Bayne round out the top five.

Sam Mayer passes Ryan Preece for third.

Lap 141, Josh Berry has a half second lead on Justin Allgaier; Sam Mayer, Trevor Bayne, and Ryan Preece wound out the top five.  Noah Gragson is in eighth place to put all four of the FRM drivers in the top 10.

Drivers are approaching a pit window for green flag pit stops.

Lap 145, Justin Allgaier has closed the gap on leader Josh Berry to under half a second.

There are only 20 cars on the lead lap with 29 cars still in the race.

Lap 149, Josh Berry has increased his lead on Justin Allgaier to just under a second; Sam Mayer, Trevor Bayne, and Ty Gibbs round out the top five.

Lap 153, Sheldon Creed comes down pit road for service as green flag pit stops begin.

Lap 155, green flag pit stops are in full swing.

Trevor Bayne was caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 158, leader Josh Berry makes his green flag pit stop; giving the lead over the Noah Gragson.

Lap 160, Noah Gragson makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Justin Allgaier as pit stops have cycled through.

Lap 163, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Josh Berry in second; Ryan Preece, Ty Gibbs, and Garrett Smithley round out the top five.

There are 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 172, Justin Allgaier has the lead with Josh Berry I n second; Ryan Preece, Ty Gibbs, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.  There are only eleven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 174, only nine cars on the lead lap.

Just 25 laps remain in the race; Josh Berry passes Justin Allgaier for the lead but Allgaier comes back to get back out in front.

Lap 177, Justin Allgaier and Josh Berry continue to battle for the lead with Justin Allgaier getting into the fence and Josh Berry taking the lead.  Allgaier holds on to second and looking to continue the battle for the lead.

Twenty to go, Josh Berry has a third of a second lead on Justin Allgaier; Ryan Preece is in third place over 15 seconds back with Ty Gibbs and Sam Mayer rounding out the top five.  Noah Gragson is in seventh nearly 20 seconds back.

Lap 183, Ty Gibbs passes Ryan Preece for third.

Josh Berry has some debris on his grille.

Josh Berry passes Sheldon Creed to put him one laps down; there are now just eight cars on the lead lap.

Justin Allgaier gets into the wall and has a flat tire.  The track stays green.

With just 13 laps to go, Josh Berry has a lead of over 16 seconds on Ty Gibbs; Sam Mayer, Ryan Preece, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier returns to the track in 10th place, one lap down.

Ten to go, Josh Berry has a lead of over 16 seconds on Ty Gibbs with just seven cars on the lead lap.

Brandon Jones makes a trip down pit road.

Sam Mayer hits the wall but saves the car and the track stays green.

AJ Allmendinger comes down pit road.  It will end his streak of top 10 finishes.

With seven laps to go, there are only six cars on the lead lap.  Josh Berry has a lead of over 16 seconds on Ty Gibbs; Sam Mayer, Noah Gragson, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Just three laps remain in the race with Josh Berry leading the way over 17 seconds out in front.

Josh Berry takes the white flag.

Josh Berry wins the race for the first JR Motorsports win at Charlotte Motor Sports. 

All four of the JRM drivers finished the race in the top 10.

The unofficial results of the Alsco Uniforms 300:
Josh Berry
Ty Gibbs
Sam Mayer
Noah Gragson
Ryan Preece
Daniel Hemric
Justin Allgaier
Sheldon Creed
Trevor Bayne
Myatt Snider
Brett Moffitt
Jeb Burton
Ryan Elllis
Austin Hill
Bayley Currey
Brandon Jones
Brandon Brown
JJ Yeley
AJ Allmendinger
Matt Mills
Garrett Smithley
Jeremy Clements
CJ McLaughlan
Shane Lee
Riley Herbst
Ryan Vargas
Josh Williams
Nicholas Sanchez
Landon Cassill
Stefan Parsons
Austin Dillon
Ryan Sieg
Anthony Alfredo
Joe Graf Jr
Brennan Poole
Kyle Weatherman
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Timmy Hill

8th Different Winner in Truck Series

Amidst an eight week stretch of races, the Camping World Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.
 
Kyle Busch Motorsports owner Kyle Busch is driving the number 51 truck for his fourth of five races in the Truck Series this year.  Busch has won eight races at Charlotte in the Truck Series and is hoping to increase his number of truck wins to 63.

Cup Series driver Watermelon Man Ross Chastain is also among the field of drivers for the Truck Series race.

Ryan Preece is going to be very busy this weekend; he is scheduled to run all three races that includes 600 miles on Sunday.  If he completes every lap, Preece will have run 1,100 miles by the end of the weekend.

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and throughout the weekend drivers will be displaying patriotic paint schemes to honour the military.

After a 20 minute practice session, 35 drivers will qualify for the race under the lights later tonight.

Even before qualifying began, Hailie Deegan’s crew had to push the car to the garage for a leak.  They are repairing the truck and she will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Mexican driver Max Gutierrez is the first driver on the track to make a qualifying run.  The 19 year old is making his debut in the Truck Series.  He posted a time of 31.98 seconds around the mile and a half track. 

Kyle Busch is the first driver to break the 31 second mark with a time of 30,364 seconds.

Starting outside the top 10, it is the first time in three weeks that John Hunter Nemechek will not sit on the pole.  It has been 15 years since a driver won four poles in a row.

With a qualifying time of 30.284 seconds, Ty Majeski puts his number 66 truck on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag; Zane Smith Starts alongside on the front row with Kyle Busch in third.

The starting lineup for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200:
Ty Majeski
Zane Smith
Kyle Busch
Carson Hocevar
Ross Chastain
Tanner Gray
Chandler Smith
Ryan Preece
Christian Eckes
Matt DiBenedetto
Grant Enfinger
Ben Rhodes
Stewart Friesen
Jesse Little
John Hunter Nemechek
Derek Kraus
Chase Purdy
Matt Crafton
Jack Wood
Colby Howard
Tate Fogleman
Kris Wright
Matt Mills
Dean Thompson
Tyler Ankrum
Austin Wayne Self
Spencer Boyd
Brennan Poole
Blaine Perkins
Timmy Hill
Max Gutierrez
Josh Reaume
Lawless Alan
Keith McGee
Hailie Deegan

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track.  Drivers can run 50 to 55 green flag laps on a single load of fuel.

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

Ty Majeski brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front for the lead.  Drivers quickly get three wide across the track battling for position.

Kyle Busch gets out in front to take the lead from the outside lane.

Lap two, Kyle Busch and Zane Smith battle for the lead.

Lap three, Zane Smith takes the lead with Kyle Busch in second; Ty Majeski, Christian Eckes, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap six, Zane Smith has a quarter of a second lead on Ty Majeski, Kyle Busch, Carson HOcevar, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Prior to the race, Kyle Busch said that his truck was not very good…maybe a tenth place truck.

Lap eight, Zane Smith battles for the lead with Ty Majeski  Smith holds him off.

Lap 10 Zane Smith leads the race with Ty Majeski close behind; Kyle Busch, Carson Hocevar, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Kyle Busch reports that he is having some handling issues with his truck – it’s tight.

Lap 14, Zane Smith, Ty Majeski, Kyle Busch, Carson Hocevar, and Ross Chastain continue to be the top five.

Lap 19, Zane Smith has increased his lead to over half a second on Ty Majeski; Kyle Busch, Carson Hocevar, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 20, Zane Smith and Ty Majeski are over three second in front of the remainder of the field.  There are 33 trucks on the lead lap.

Chandler Smith reports that the truck feels like it is losing power.

Seven laps remain in stage one, Zane Smith leads the race with Ty Majeski just a third of a second behind; Kyle Busch, Ryan Preece, and Carson Hocevar round out the top five.

Lap 25, Ryan Preece passes Kyle Busch for third.

Lap 26, Carson Hocevar passes Kyle Busch for fourth.

Lap 27, Ross Chastain passes Kyle Busch for fifth.

Lap 28, there are 29 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 29, Ryan Preece has closed the gap on leader Zane Smith to under three seconds.

Zane Smith wins stage one for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Zane Smith
Ty Majeski
Ryan Preece
Carson Hocevar
Ross Chastain
Kyle Busch
Christian Eckes
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt Crafton
Grant Enfinger

Hailie Deegan is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Zane Smith winning the race off of pit road.  Several of the drivers reported tight conditions in their trucks.

Stewart Friesen and Brennan Poole were caught speeding on pit road.  Dean Thompson and Kyle Busch were charged with crew members coming over the wall too soon.  Matt Crafton had an issue coming out of his pit stall and had to back up to get out.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 37 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 38, Zane Smith leads the race with Ty Majeski in second; Christian Eckes, Ryan Preece, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap 41, Kyle Busch has moved up to 21st place after having to restart the race from the back of the field; while his drivers Chandler Smith and John Hunter Nemechek have entered the top 10.

Lap 43, Zane Smith has a narrow lead on Ty Majeski; Ryan Preece, Christian Eckes, and Carson Hocevar round out the top five.

Lap 45, Kyle Busch is moving through the field, he is now in 15th place with Zane Smith leading the race.

Lap 47, Zane Smith has dominated the race so far and continues to lead the race, Ty Majeski, Ryan Preece, Carson Hocevar, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Lap 51, Zane Smith has led 48 of the laps so far; Ty Majeski, Ryan Preece, Carson Hocevar, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

The first caution flag for an on track incident comes out on lap 53 when Tate Fogleman gets turned around with a flat tire and is stopped on the track.  Austin Wayne Self is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service short of the end of the stage.  Ryan Preece wins the race off of pit road with Zane Smith coming out in third.

Derek Kraus, Ben Rhodes, and Timmy Hill stayed out on the track.

Derek Kraus brings the field down for the green flag restart with just four laps remaining in stage two.  Drivers get jammed up on the restart.  Matt Mills gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag to end stage two under caution.

Ben Rhodes wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:

Ben Rhodes
Christian Eckes
Ryan Preece
Carson Hocevar
Zane Smith
John Hunter Nemechek
Ross Chastain
Matt DiBenedetto
Ty Majeski
Derek Kraus

Blaine Perkins is the “lucky dog”.

Ben Rhodes, Derek Kraus, Timmy Hill, and Spencer Boyd are the only drivers who come down pit road for service.

Derek Kraus was caught speeding on pit road.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 67 but it is Ryan Preece who takes the lead.

Lap 70, Ryan Preece leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Carson Hocevar, Christian Eckes, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top fove.

Kyle Busch is back in the top 10 in eighth place.

Matt Mills is out of the race with Brennan Poole off the track.

With 64 laps to go, Ryan Preece has a quarter of a second lead on Carson Hocevar; John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five with Ross Chastain and Kyle Busch behind them.

Carson Hocevar passes Ryan Preece to take the lead with 63 laps remaining in the race.

Lap 74, Carson Hocevar has a half second lead on Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Fifty-five laps remain in the race, Carson Hocevar has a lead of a second and a half on Ryan Preece; John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap 82, Carson Hocevar has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Ryan Preece; John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.  Drivers are getting three wide in a battle for position.

There are 27 trucks on the lead lap.

With 48 laps to go, Carson Hocevar has pulled out to a lead of over two and a half seconds on Ryan Preece.

Lap 89, Hailie Deegan brings her truck down pit road after getting into the wall. The track stays green.

Lap 92, Carson Hocevar continues to extend his lead and is now over four seconds in front of Ryan Preece; John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, and Ty Majeski round out the top five.

With 40 laps remaining in the race, Chandler Smith is the first driver to come down pit road to make his green flag pit stop.

There are only 21 trucks on the lead lap.  Brennan Poole is out of the race.

Lap 97, Carson Hocevar now has a five second lead on Ryan Preece as more drivers make their green flag pit stop.

Driving it like he stole it, Carson Hocevar gives up a lead of over six seconds to make his green flag pit stop.  Ty Majeski is the new leader.

Lap 101, leader Ty Majeski makes his green flag pit stop.  Matt Crafton is the new leader as pit stops continue to cycle through.

Normally one of the fastest when it comes to making a pit stop, Kyle Busch has had an issue with all three of his pit stops tonight.

With 30 laps to go, Matt Crafton, Jesse Little and Timmy Hill are the only drivers who have not made a pit stop.

Jack Wood was caught speeding on pit road.

Matt Crafton makes his pit stop with 29 laps to go; Carson Hocevar retakes the lead and has a three second lead on Ryan Preece.

There are just 17 trucks – half the field – on the lead lap.

Lap 110, Carson Hocevar continues to increase his lead on Ryan Preece and is now four seconds out in front of Preece; Ross Chastain, John Hunter Nemechek, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Carson Hocevar has a four and a half second lead on Ryan Preece; Ross Chastain, John Hunter Nemechek, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Matt DiBenedetto has a flat tire but makes his way to pit road and the track stays green.

There are just 15 trucks on the lead lap.

Fifteen to go, Carson Hocevar has picked up where he left off before the pit stop and continues to open the gap on Ryan Preece; Hocevar is now over five seconds out in front of Preece; Ross Chastain, John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, and Ty Majeski round out the top five.

Ten to go, Carson Hocevar has pulled out to a six second lead on Ryan Preece.  This would be the first Truck Series win for the 19 year old driver.

Six to go, Carson Hocevar has a lead of over six seconds on Ryan Preece; John Hunter Nemechek is in third 10 seconds back; Ross Chastain and Christian Eckes round out the top five with 15 trucks on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out with just four laps remaining in the race when Jesse Little and Tyler Ankrum make contact and sending Little into the wall.  The race is going into overtime.

A few drivers come down pit road for fresher tires.

Carson Hocevar brings the field down for the overtime shootout from the inside lane and drivers get three wide on the restart.  Carson Hocevar and Ryan Preece make contact.  Hocevar gets turned around and brings out the caution flag.  Hocevar has significant damage to his truck.  Ryan Preece also has a lot of damage to his truck.

Carson Hocevar and Ryan Preece oth have to come down pit road for repairs.

Ross Chastain is the new leader and brings the field down for the second overtime shootout from the outside lane with Christian Eckes on the inside.  Drivers quickly spread out across the track.  Christian Eckes edges out for the lead but Ross Chastain comes up to battle for the position.

Christian Eckes takes the white flag.  John Hunter Nemechek comes up on the outside to take the lead.

Ross Chastain takes the lead and wins the race.  Get ready for the watermelon!  This is Chastain’s fourth truck win.

Chastain said that Carson Hocevar dominated the race and he is so proud of Carson.

And the watermelon arrives…a Georgia watermelon!  Chastain mashes the watermelon on the start/finish line standing on the ground and promptly picks up a piece to eat.

When asked about what happened, a very emotional Carson Hocevar made a dumb move; adding that he is going to eat watermelon in victory lane.

In his interview, Ryan Preece addressed the audience saying that for anyone wanting to race, don’t do it that way; adding race with respect.

The unofficial results of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200:
Ross Chastain
Grant Enfinger
John Hunter Nemechek
Christian Eckes
Zane Smith
Tanner Gray
Kyle Busch
Chandler Smith
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
Ryan Preece
Derek Kraus
Ty Majeski
Colby Howard
Chase Purdy
Carson Hocevar
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt Crafton
Kris Wright
Tyler Ankrum
Timmy Hill
Lawless Alan
Jack Wood
Spencer Boyd
Austin Wayne Self
Max Gutierrez
Hailie Deegan
Dean Thompson
Tate Fogleman
Blaine Perkins
Josh Reaume
Jesse Little
Keith McGee
Matt Mills
Brennan Poole

Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher Dies

The synth pop group Depeche Mode has lost one of its founding members; keyboard player Andy Fletcher died May 26, 2022 at the age of 60. The band reports that Fletcher died of natural causes in his United Kingdom home.

In revealing the news, the band posted on social media saying, “we are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher,” the band’s posts said.  Fletch had a true heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh, or a cold pint.”

Fletcher formed Depeche Mode in 1980 along with Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, and Dave Gahan in his hometown of Basildon, England.

Fletch, as he was known, kept a low profile saying,  “Martin’s the songwriter, Alan’s the good musician, Dave’s the vocalist, and I bum around.”

Fletcher is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; inducted in 2020 along with his band mates form Depeche Mode.

Martin Gore, and Dave Gahan are the only original members of the band who are still alive.

He was born Andrew John Fletcher on July 8, 1961 in Basildon, England.

Along with his two surviving band mates, Fletcher is survived by his wife Gráinne and two children Meghan and Joseph

Trackhouse Chooses Project91 Driver

Earlier this week, Justin Marks and Trackhouse Racing announced a new initiative – Project 91 – where internationally renowned drivers from the world’s top racing series would get the opportunity to drive a NASCAR stock car (Next Gen car) in a sanctioned Cup Series race.

The first driver and race has been chosen – Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen.  Raikkonen spent 20 years in Formula One where he is the all time leader in starts with 349 and is the 2007 F1 champion.  Known to F1 as The Iceman, Raikkonen will drive the number 91 car on the road course a Watkins Glen on August 21.  More races are planned for the 2023 racing season.

Speaking on the choice, Trackhouse Racing’s majority owner Justin Marks said, “I’m really excited to launch this year with Kimi Raikkonen.  Obviously, the 2007 F1 World Champion and the most experienced F1 driver in history, he’ll really kind of help set this program off. I’m looking forward to it. I’m bullish in our ability to be able to track the global stars of motorsport and do something really special under the Trackhouse brand with PROJECT91.”

He added, “I think that he’s going to perform really, really well.  The program is going to be first class. He’s going to have a real opportunity to go out there and compete. This isn’t just a PR stunt. The passion I have is fueled by the vision of someone coming in and winning.”

Kimi Raikkonen spoke on being chosen to drive the 91 car saying, “I wasn’t looking to race again, but Justin came to my home in Switzerland and convinced me how serious he was about putting together a top-notch program  This will be fun, but it’s something I will take very seriously. I know how competitive the NASCAR Cup Series is and it will be a big challenge.”

The Watkins Glen race will not be Raikkonen’s first time in a NASCAR race; he has made a start in the Camping World Truck Series and in the Xfinity Series.

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Adopt a Sonoma Sheep

Long before lawn mowers were created, there were sheep to help keep the grass down.

The officials at Sonoma Raceway – a road course on the NASCAR racing circuit laid out on 1,600 acres of land – have gone “old school” with their grass mowing efforts by employing hundreds of sheep.  During the winter there are some 650 sheep on the property; in summer the number grows to nearly four times that many to 2,500.

Now the grazing sheep of Sonoma Raceway have another purpose – to aid local residents in need with the Adopt-a-Sheep program.

Sonoma Raceway executive vice president and general manager Jill Gregory spoke on the sheep and the program saying, “our sheep herd is one of the most unique and lovable assets at Sonoma Raceway, and now fans can symbolically adopt one of their own. By adopting a sheep, people can make a big impact for children facing hardships in the Sonoma County community. Just one adoption could provide a week of groceries for a family in need or two nights of shelter or even basic essentials for foster children.”

Five hundred sheep can graze five acres of land each day.  Substituting sheep for noisy gas guzzling lawn mowers is not only an eco-friendly way to keep the grounds looking nice; they also provide a way to reduce the danger of fire.

In just a few short weeks, NASCAR will be coming to Sonoma for a double header weekend that will include a return of the Camping World Truck Series for the first time in over 20 years on June 11 and the annual Cup Series road course race through the Napa Valley on June 12.

Anyone interested in adopting a sheep and aid the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities can go to: www.speedwaycharities.org/sheep.

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Fozzy

Rocker Fozzy are out to “Save the World” with their world tour.  The band is out promoting their newest album “Boombox”.

They have just released the dates for the North American leg of the tour and the dates for “Downunder” have already been released with the Sydney date already sold out.

Fozzy’s Chris Jericho spoke on the tour…and the band’s recent success…saying, “2022 has already been the biggest and best year in Fozzy’s career. From ‘Judas’ going GOLD with 500,000 units sold, to ‘I Still Burn’ being the fastest charting song in Fozztory, to the Save The World Tour being our most successful run ever, we decided to extend the celebration and do another HUGE run through North America starting in September!  So come celebrate Boombox, (which critics are calling our best album ever), the power of rock n roll and the magic of Fozzy LIVE with us again this fall! And bring your party hats…you’re gonna need em

Fozzy tour dates:
Sept 8 at The King of Clubs in Columbus, OH
Sept 9 at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY
Sept 10 at the Machine Shop in Flitn, MI
Sept 11 at JErgels in PIttsburgh, PA
Sept 12 at Intersection in Grand Rapids. MI
Sept 15 at the Castle Theatre in Bloomington, IL
Sept 16 at The Art Theater in Hobart, IN
Sept 17 at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI
Sept 18 at Bogarts in Cincinnati, OH
Sept 19 at the Jefferson Theater in Charlotteville, VA
Sept 29 at the Underground in Charlotte, NC
Sept 30 at the Canal Club in Richmond, VA
Oct 1 at the Soundstage in Baltimore, MD
Oct 2 at the Los Horizon in Syracuse, NY
Oct 3 at The Vault in New Beford,MA
Oct 6 at Fourfounes Electriques in Montreal, QC
Oct 7 at the Opera House in Toronto, ON
Oct 8 at the Empire Live in Albany, NY
Oct 9 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Philadelphia, PA
Oct 10 at Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach, VA
Nov 28 at the Powerstation in Auckland, NZ
Nov 30 at The Tivoli in Brisbane, Australia
Dec 2 at Max Watts in Melbourne, Australia
Dec 3 at the Manning Bar in Sydney, Australia
Dec 4 at the Lion Arts Factory in Adelaide, Australia
Feb 2-6 at Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea

Sultans of String

Music and live performances has changed a lot over the past two years, but artists are back on the road and are joyfully performing before live audiences once again.

The World Music band from Canada Sultans of String are offering some on line programs via Zoom they are calling Backstage with Sultans of String; they are also touring around North America.

Sultans of String Backstage Series dates (all shows begin at 12 noon EDT):
May 27 with Marito Marquest
June 3 with Maryem Tollar
June 10 with Naghmeh Farahmand
June 17 with Amely Zhou
June 24 with Waleed Abdulhamid
July 8 with Marc Meriläinen

Sultans of String tour dates:
June 4 at the Acoustic Harvest in Toronto, ON
June 12 at the Our World Festival in Kitchener, ON
July 1 at Canada Day in Fenelon Falls, ON
July 2 at the Small Arms Inspection Building in Mississauga, ON
July 5 at the Gazebo in Wasage Beach, ON
July 9 at the Old Church Theatre in Trenton, ON
July 15 at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, NY
July 17 at the Village Green Concerts in Norwood, NY
Aug 12 at Muskoko Chautauqua in Windermere, ON
Sept 8 in Olney, IL – venue to be announced
Sept 10 in Waukegan, IL – venue to be announced
Sept 11 in Cedar Rapids, IA  – venue to be announced
Sept 13 in Minot, ND  – venue to be announced
Sept 15 in Anoka, MN – venue to be announced
Sept 20 in Harwood, MD – venue to be announced
Sept 21 in Seaford, DE – venue to be announced
Sept 22 in Severna Park, MD – venue to be announced
Oct 22 in Grants Pass, OR – venue to be announced
Oct 25 in Elko, NV – venue to be announced
Nov 15 in Sandersville, GA – venue to be announced
Nov 17 in Morgan City, LA – venue to be announced
Dec 10 & 11 at Partridge Hall in St. Catharines, ON
Dec 15 in Willow Street, PA – venue to be announced
Dec 18 at The McMichael Gallery in Kleinburgh, ON
Dec 19 at the Algonquin Theatre in Ottawa, ON
Dec 20 at Victoria Hall in Cobourg, ON
Dec 21 at the Kingston Road Village Concert Series in Toronto, ON

M&M’s to Sponsor a Race

Last year M&M’s announced that they were ending a relationship with NASCAR that has lasted for over 30 years.

In its last year of sponsorship for the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 car driven by Kyle Busch, M&M’s has  announced that they will be the primary sponsor for the Fan Appreciation 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 24.

As a part of the celebration, M&M’s will be launching a search around the country to find the most passionate M&M’s Racing fans.  These fans will be honoured as VIP guests at the race, ambassadors for the weekend, have the opportunity to meet the drivers, and receive signed merchandise.  One fan will also be selected to be named Grand Marshall for the race.

President of Mars Wrigley North America Anton Vincent spoke on the upcoming celebration saying, “for more than 30 years, Mars has inspired moments of happiness through the colorful fun of the M&M’S brand for NASCAR fans all over the country.  During our final year and, in our backyard race, Mars wants to celebrate one of the best fan bases in the world with a Mars-sized ‘thank you.’ The M&M’S brand has celebrated many NASCAR successes and we are grateful for the NASCAR fans.”

VP of Sponsorships and Sports Marketing at Mars William Clements added, “Mars is committed to using our 2022 season, our final year in the sport, to celebrate those that have made our last 32 years so memorable.  That is why we have partnered with Pocono Raceway to be the title sponsor of the NASCAR Cup Series race on July 24, which has been named the ‘M&M’S Fan Appreciation 400.’ The race weekend will be designed to thank the incredible Mars Associates and NASCAR fan base for making our journey in NASCAR so special. Fans can expect tons of activities in the lead up to and throughout the race weekend, featuring M&M’S Racing legends, past and present. We’re so excited and can’t wait to celebrate with you all.”

Fans who attend the race will also be able to attend a special discussion where M&M’s drivers past and present – David Gilliland, Ken Schrader, and Kyle Busch – will “cruise down memory lane” by sharing stories from their time with M&M’s.

Current driver of the M&M’s car Kyle Busch spoke on the event saying, “the entire Mars organization is incredibly special to me, and we want to commemorate all of our history together with the fan celebrations during the M&M’S Fan Appreciation 400.  From the M&M’S Pocono Raceway festivities to the fans and Mars Associates we’ll be bringing to the track, we couldn’t be more excited to honor those that have made this partnership so fun. I can’t wait to see everyone there!”

Pocono Raceway president Ben May said, “we are honored to celebrate alongside M&M’S after 32 years of supporting NASCAR, by partnering together to show our appreciation for the greatest fan base in sport.  Creating lifelong memories and exciting experiences for Pocono Raceway and NASCAR fans is a passion for our team and to do it alongside one of the worlds iconic brands is a tremendous joy.”

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Trackhouse to Field Special Car

Trackhouse Racing is one of the newest additions to the stable of NASCAR teams.  Last year when majority owner Justin Marks launched the Cup Series team, he signed Mexican driver Daniel Suarez – the only internationally born driver in the Cup Series.

Latin Music icon Pitbull has joined Trackhouse as a minority owner and has even entertained the NASCAR crowd at the track.

This year, Trackhouse added a second team with “watermelon man” Ross Chastain who has brought Trackhouse their first wins.

Now Trackhouse is launching Project 91, an initiative that will bring internationally renowned drivers to NASCAR and the Cup Series.

Later this year, Trackhouse will field the number 91 Chevrolet ZL1 for at least one race.  Trackhouse has plans to expand the program in the future.

Trackhouse notes that the program will bring stars from the other racing formats around the world to NASCAR.

Trackhouse Racing’s Justin Marks spoke on the program saying, “PROJECT91’s mission is to activate the intersection point of NASCAR racing and global motorsport culture.”

Marks added, “I truly believe the Next Gen car represents an opportunity for NASCAR to enter the global professional motorsport conversation. We now have a race vehicle with international technological relevance where world-class drivers from other disciplines can compete at NASCAR’s highest level without the steep learning curve that the previous generation cars required.  Vehicle advancements used in other forms of motorsports, such as diffusers, independent rear suspension, the sequential gearbox, and other more common components, have resulted in a platform much less reliant on intimate proprietary stock car knowledge, which has historically made any transition to NASCAR difficult.

He continued, “with the formation of PROJECT91, Trackhouse has opened the door for global champions while beginning the process of scaling into an internationally recognized racing brand.”

Trackhouse will announce the first driver in the program will be revealed soon.

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NASCAR Issues Texas Penalties

This past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway all three of the NASCAR racing series raced with the Cup Series running the annual All Star Race.

On Tuesday, NASCAR issued a penalty report that included only two minor penalties – one in the Xfinity and one in the Camping World Truck Series.

The Cup Series has moved to a single lug nut hub but the other two series are still using the five lug wheel hubs.

The Kaulig Racing number 16 car driven by points leader AJ Allmendinger had a single lug nut improperly secured during the post race inspection after the SRS Distribution 250.  The number 16 crew chief Bruce Schlicker has been fined $5,000 for the infraction.

The Xfinity Series has run 12 races this season, AJ Allmendinger has finished in the top 10 in all of those races.

In the Camping World Truck Series, the Kyle Busch Motorsports number 18 truck driven by Chandler Smith also had a single lug nut improperly secured after the SpeedyCash.com 220 and crew chief Danny Stockman Jr has been fined $2,500 as a result.

Live Prince Coming

It has been six years since “The Purple One” Prince passed on; but he will never be forgotten.

And while the estate has yet to release anything out of the massive vault that Prince left behind; fans will be able to listen to a concert from 1985 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

“Prince and the Revolution Live” is set for a June 3 release via digital streaming, a three LP vinyl set, a two CD edition, and a concert film on Blu-ray.

For the avid Prince fan there is a boxed featuring three coloured vinyl albums, two CDs, the Blu-ray video, a 44-page book that includes never before seen photos from the ”Purple Rain” tour.

The set list includes “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Delirious,” “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Take Me Home,” “Let’s Pretend We’re Married,” “Computer Blue,” “When Doves Cry”, “I Would Die for U”, and “Purple Rain”.

And on June 9 “Prince: The Immersive Experience” opens in Chicago and features wardrobe, music influences and hits of the iconic rocker.

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2022 Drama League Awards

Award season in Hollywood is over for the year, but award season on Broadway is just beginning.  On May 20 the 88th Annual Drama League Awards were presented.

Denee Benton and Andre De Shields hosted the annual event.

The Drama League Awards were first presented in 1922 and are the oldest theatrical awards in the United States.

Marianne Elliott, Kate Whoriskey, Sutton Foster, Hugh Jackman, “The Lehman Trilogy”, “A Strange Loop”, “Take Me Out”, and “Company” were among the winners.

Winners of the 2022 Drama League Awards:
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater: Hugh Jackman
Founders Award for Excellence in Directing: Lileana Blain-Cruz
Contribution to the Theater Award: Billy Crystal
Gratitude Award: Willette Murphy Klausner
Outstanding Production of a Play: “The Lehman Trilogy”
Outstanding Revival of a Play: “Take Me Out”
Outstanding Production of a Musical: “A Strange Loop”
Outstanding Revival of a Musical: “Company”
Outstanding Direction of a Play: Kate Whoriskey for “Clyde’s”
Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Marianne Elliott for “Company”

NASCAR’s Jim France to Get Honoured

Over 70 years ago Bill France Sr took a fledgling racing series and launched it into a dynasty.  Today the family continues the legacy.

The 77 year old son of Bill France Sr is being presented with Spirit of Le Mans Award for his “longtime impact in motorsports” and for his work with IMSA – the International Motor Sports Association and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.

France will be presented the award on June 10 on the eve of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The ACO calls the Spirit of Le Mans trophy as saluting, “the men and women who uphold the values of enduring racing by their commitment, team spirit and competitive drive.”

The agreement France helped to broker will allow drivers in competing series to run the same prototype cars in IMSA and the ACO.

The chicane on the road course at Daytona International Speedway used to be called “The Bus Stop”; it has been renamed the Le Mans Chicane; conversely, the first chicane of the Le Mans road course has been named the Daytona Chicane.

Jim France spoke on the agreement saying, “I take tremendous pride in the relationship we have built with the ACO over the past decade.  IMSA and the ACO are the caretakers of endurance sports car racing all over the world and together we have developed a platform for an incredibly bright future.”

Speaking on winning the Le Mans trophy France added, “I am deeply humbled and honored to be selected by close friend (ACO President) Pierre Fillon and the ACO Board of Directors to receive the prestigious ‘Spirit of Le Mans’ Trophy this year. Joining the list of so many respected previous recipients is something that I and my family will forever cherish.”

Two time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and Grand Marshall Geranrd Larrousse will also be honoured at the ceremony.

This year TotalEnergies is supplying the fuel for the 62 car field – a 100 percent renewable fuel.  Total Energies President Patrick Pouyanne will serve as the official starter for the race.

NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports joined forces for a venture that would allow a modified version of the Next Gen stock car to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023.

IMSA, Chevrolet, and Goodyear will partner to provide Camaro ZL1 and will occupy garage number 66 – one reserved for non-traditional IMSA/AOC cars.


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NASCAR Point Standings – May 23

It was a busy weekend at Texas Motor Speedway with a triple header weekend filled with firsts.  While the Cup Series drivers ran their annual All Star Race where Ryan Blaney earned $1 million in his first All Star Race win.  The non-points race brought excitement with big crashes and overtime finishes.

In the Xfinity Series, former Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick returned and earned Big Machine Records their first win.

AJ Allmendinger leads the point standings with 500 points.  He is one of seven drivers to have won a race in the Xfinity Series.

Xfinity Series Point Standings:
AJ Allmendinger – 500
Noah Gragson – 456
Ty Gibbs – 448
Justin Allgaier – 423
Josh Berry – 411
Brandon Jones – 377
Sam Mayer – 376
Riley Herbst – 350
Austin Hill – 342
Landon Cassill – 326
Ryan Sieg – 319
Daniel Hemric – 312


In the Camping World Truck Series, Stewart Friesen ended a long drought with his first win of the season on Friday night’s race.  John Hunter Nemechek leads the points standings with 343 points.

Camping World Truck Series Point Standings:
John Hunter Nemechek – 343
Ben Rhodes – 339
Chandler Smith – 325
Stewart Friesen – 322
Zane Smith – 311
Ty Majjeski – 310
Christian Eckes – 298
Carson Hocevar – 284
Grant Enfinger – 262
Matt Crafton – 260

Overtime Finish in All Star Race

IT’s All-Star weekend for the NASCAR Cup Series, but before the drivers can take to the track for the race, they must first qualify and set the field…most of it.

Larry McReynolds joins Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the Texas Motor Speedway broadcast booth for All Star Open and All Star Race qualifying that includes a final round bracket qualifying with a pit stop and a bit of drag racing to set the pole.

First up is a 15 minute practice of the 16 drivers competing in the All Star Open race.  Then there will be a 20 minute practice session for the drivers who have already qualified for the All Star race.  

Finally it is time for the qualifying to begin…

Tyler Reddick
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez
Justin Haley
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chris Buescher
Cole Custer
Corey LaJoie
Ty Dillon
Austin Dillon
Harrison Burton
Cody Ware
Todd Gilliland
Landon Cassill
Garrett Smithley
and BJ McLeod
are all hoping to win a stage in the Open and transfer to the big event on Sunday night.

After winning the Xfinity Series race, Tyler Reddick is the fastest driver in Open practice.

Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
AJ Allmendinger
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
William Byron
Austin Cindric
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Chase Briscoe
Brad Keselowski
Ross Chastain
Michael McDowell
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
Bubba Wallace
Martin Truex Jr
have all qualified for the 2022 All Star race after winning a race in 2021 or 2022.

 The 16 drivers who qualified for the All Star Open will make a single car one lap to qualify for the race with the fastest lap taking the pole.

BJ McLeod is the first driver on the track ad posts a time of 29.927 seconds.  The drivers make their qualifying in reverse order of their point standings. 

Tyler Reddick will sit on the pole for the Open race after a qualifying time of 28,88 seconds.

The starting lineup for the All Star Open race:
Tyler Reddick
Daniel Suarez
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Erik Jones
Chris Buescher
Justin Haley
Austin Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Harrison Burton
Cole Custer
Landon Cassill
Ty Dillon
Cody Ware
Todd Gilliland
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod

After qualifying on the pole, Tyler Reddick announced that the crew had to make some adjustments to the car and he will have to start the race from the back of the field.

For the drivers who have already qualified for the All Star Race, there will be two rounds of qualifying; a single car one lap run with the top eight battling it out for the pole in a unique format.

AJ Allmendinger is the first driver on the track and clocks a time of 28,807 seconds.

Kurt Busch is making his 21st consecutive All Star Race appearance.  He posts a time of 28.62 seconds around the track.

With a time of 28,52, William Byron tops the list of qualifying in round one.

The eight drivers that will compete for the pole in round two are:
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Kyle Larson
Ross Chastain
Martin Truex Jr
Aric Almirola

In round two the drivers will pair up and will have to make a four tire pit stop and then a drag race run – with no speed limit – down pit road and around the track to the start/finish line.

Up first is number one seed William Byron and number eight seed Aric Almirola.  On the inside lane, William Byron gets a jump on Aric Almirola to win the duel.

The next pairing is number three seed Ryan Blaney and number six seed Ross Chastain.  From the outside lane Ryan Blaney gets out first but Ross Chastain is right on his bumper.  Ryan Blaney wins the battle.

Next up are number four seed Kurt Busch and number five seed Kyle Larson.  Kyle Larson gets off of pit road first and wins the battle.

The final battle is number two seed Kyle Busch and number seven seed Martin Truex Jr.  Kyle Busch gets out on to the track first to win the battle.  The jackman on Martin Truex’s team had trouble getting the jack under the car.

The next round will have William Byron, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Larson.

The tire being used for the pit stop are the ones that were used in practice and qualifying.

First up is William Byron and Ryan Blaney with Blaney winning the battle and earning a starting spot on the front row.

Next it’s a battle of the Kyles with Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson.  Kyle Larson had a slow start to the pit box; Kyle Busch jumps out in front to win the battle and a spot on the front row.

The final battle is between Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch to determine who will sit on the pole.  Kyle Busch has chosen the inside lane for all three of his pit stops.  Kyle Busch edges out Ryan Blaney getting out on the track.  Kyle Busch wins the battle soundly and puts his number 18 car on the pole for the fourth time.

The starting lineup for the 20 All Star Race drivers after qualifying:
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Ross Chastain
Martin Truex Jr
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
AJ Allmendinger
Chase Briscoe
Austin Cindric
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Bubba Wallace
Brad Keselowski
Michael McDowell
Alex Bowman

It may be the All Star Race but there’s still NASCAR inspections.  The Team Penske number 12 car driven by Ryan Blaney and the Spire Motorsports number seven car driven by Joey LaJoie both failed the inspection process twice; as a result, they will both run the All Star Race minus the car chief.


All Star Open:
Tyler Reddick’s car had a power steering issue after qualifying.  The issue has been fixed but Reddick will lose his pole position start and have to move to the back of the field for the All Star Open Race.  Justin Haley’s crew also made some unapproved adjustments to the car and has to move to the back of the field.

The Open race has three stage – 20-20-10 – with the winner of each stage advancing to the main race.

Austin Dillon’s car has the same steering issue as Tyler Reddick’s car but chose not to make any repairs to the car.

Daniel Suarez bring the 16 car field down for the start of the All Star Open race and goes side by side with Ricky Stenhouse Jr before Stenhouse gets out in front for the lead.

Lap two, Ricky Stenhouse Jr leads the race with Chris Buescher in second; Daniel Suarez, Austin Dillon, and Erik Jones round out the top five. 

Lap three, Tyler Reddick is just outside the top 10 in eleventh.

Lap four, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has a lead of nearly half a second on Chris Buescher; Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.  Tyler Reddick is in the top 10 in eighth.

Lap seven, Ricky Stenhouse has a quarter of a second lead on Chris Buescher; Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon round out the top five with Tyler Reddcik in seventh.

Lap 10, halfway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has increased his lead ot over half a second on Chris Buescher; Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon round out the top five with Tyler Reddick in sixth.

Austin Dillon passes Erik Jones for fourth.

Lap eleven, Ricky Stenhouse Jr now has a lead of over a second on Chris Buescher; Daniel Suarez, Austin Dillon, and Erik Jones round out the top five.  Tyler Reddick is on Erik Jones’ bumper.

Lap 12, Tyler Reddick passes Erik Jones for fifth.

Lap 13, also having to start from the back of the field, Justin Haley is in seventh place.

Six to go in stage one, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has a lead of nearly a second and half on Chris Buescher; Daniel Suarez, Austin Dillon, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Three to go, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has led every lap so far in dominating fashion.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr wins stage one.  He will take his car to the garage and prepare to run in the All Star Race.

Pit road is open and the drivers can make a normal pit stop.  Taking only two tires, Daniel Suarez wins the race off of pit road.  Landon Cassill also took only two tires.

Corey LaJoie was the only driver to stay out on the track.

Justin Haley was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to start stage two form the back of the field.

Corey LaJoie brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 22, Corey Lajoie leads the race with Daniel Suarez in second; Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick had to check up and to passed by Chris Buescher.

Lap 24, Corey LaJoie is in the lead with Daniel Suarez in second; Chris Buescher, Tyler Reddick, and Erik Jones round out the top five.  Justin Haley enters the top 10.

Lap 26, Daniel Suarez has caught up to leader Corey Lajoie.  

Landon Cassill gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag on lap 27.  Caution laps count in the first two stages.

Corey LaJoie brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 from the inside lane and goes nose to nose with Daniel Suarez in a battle for the lead.  In a three wide battle, Chris Buescher comes form the inside to take the lead with Tyler Reddick behind him.

Lap 32, Chris Buescher leads the race with Daniel Suarez in second; Tyler Reddick, Corey LaJoie and Erik Jones round out the top five.  Landon Cassill is out of the race.

Justin Haley is back up to seventh place.

Lap 35, Chris Buescher has a lead of nearly half a second on Daniel Suarez; Tyler Reddick, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Three to go in stage two, Chris Buescher leads the race with Daniel Suarez in second.

Chris Buescher wins stage two and will take his car to the garage to prepare for the main All Star Race.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Cole Custer had an uncontrolled tire during his pit stop and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane with Tyler Reddick on the outside.  After going side by side, Daniel Suarez gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 42, Daniel Suarez is the leader with Tyler Reddick in second; Erik Jones, Austin Dillon, and Corey LaJoie round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick spins out in front of the field on lap 43 and brings out the caution flag.  Reddick gets loose and backs into the wall.  Harrison Burton got caught up in the crash.  Erik Jones’ grille has a bunch of grass on the car trying to avoid the crash on the track. 

The caution flag laps do not count.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart with eight laps to go in the Open race from the inside lane.  Suarez jumps out in front for the lead with Austin Dillon in second.  NASCAR is reviewing the restart.

NASCAR has said that the restart is good.

Lap 43, Daniel Suarez leads the race with Austin Dillon in second; Justin Haley, Corey LaJoie, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Harrison Burton and Tyler Reddick are out of the race after the crash.

Five to go, Daniel Suarez has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Dillon; Justin Haley, Corey LaJoie, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Three to go, Daniel Suarez has increased his lead to over a second on Austin Dillon.

Daniel Suarez wins the race and has earned a spot in the All Star Race. 

There is one more spot to fill in the All Star Race – the fan vote.  The winner of the fan vote must have a car in drivable shape to compete in the All Star Race.

The winner of the 2022 All Star Fan vote is Erik Jones driving the iconic number 43 car.


All Star Race:

The All Star Race for 2022 has four stages – three of 25 laps each and one with 50 laps – for a total of 125 laps.  The race also includes a mandator four tire stop.

During the break between tihe Open and the main All Star Race, award winning Country music star Blake Shelton entertained the crowd.

The pit crew that makes the fastest pit stop during the mandatory pit stop between stages two and three will win a $100,000 prize as the Pit Crew Champions.

Alex Bowman’s crew made some unapproved adjustments to the car and he will have to tart the race from the back of the field.

After a rousing command from Blake Shelton, the drivers crank the engines and get ready to start rolling down the track for the battle to win $1 million.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane with Ryan Blaney on the outside.  Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead with Ryan Blaney in second.  Team mates Kyle Larson and William Byron battle for third.

Kyle Busch leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second; Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap five, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap six, after winning the All Star Open race, Daniel Suarez has moved up six spots to 18th.

Lap seven, Kyle Busch holds a half second lead on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.  Ross Chastain, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, AJ Allmendinger, and Chase Briscoe round out the top 10.

Lap 12, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with Ryan Blaney in second; Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

With 10 laps remaining in stage one, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney; Kyle Larson, William Byron, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Daniel Suarez has moved up nine spot to 14th; over 12 seconds behind the leader.

Six laps remaining in stage one, Kyle Busch is just under a half second in front of Ryan Blaney; Kyle Larson is in third nearly two seconds back; William Byron and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Kyle Busch wins stage one.  If he finishes stages two and three in the top 15, he will be in one of the top four spots to start stage four.

The top 10 are:
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
William Byron
Kurt Busch
Ross Chastain
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
Chase Elliott

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service, but others stayed out on the track.  Taking just two tires, Kurt Busch wins the stage off of pit road.  Kevin Harvick is on pit road with the hood up.

After leading every lap in stage one, Kyle Busch has now led over 300 All Star Race laps – the most of any driver.

NFL Hall of Famer Drew Pearson joins Mike Joy, Clint Bowyer, and Larry McReynolds in the broadcast booth.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and holds on to the lead after staying out on the track.

After falling back on the track with trouble on the restart, Ryan Blaney ends up in fifth place.

Lap 28, Kyle Busch leads the race with Kyle Larson in second; Ross Chastain, Ryan Blaney, and William Byron round out the top five.  Bubba Wallace makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap 31, trying to make a pass, Ryan Blaney slides up the track barely missing Ross Chastain; but he saves the car and the track stays green.  Blaney falls to sixth place.

Lap 33, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson; Ross Chastain, William Byron, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 36, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead.  Bubba Wallace is one lap down after having to make an unscheduled trip down pit road with a loose tire.

The caution flag comes out on lap 37 when Kyle Larson blows a tire and gets into the turn four wall.  Larson is out of the race.  Larson said that the hit was big but he is fine.

a few drivers from the back of the field came down pit road for service.

Ross Chastain reports that he may have a tire going down.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with just seven laps remaining in stage two.  Ross Chastain and Kyle Busch go side by side but Busch edges out in front for the lead.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, Ross Chastain, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott.

Five laps remain in stage two, Kyle Busch ahs a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric; Ross Chastain, Ryan Blaney, and Daniel Suarez  round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 47 when Kyle Busch gets slowed down with a flat tire.  Ross Chastain comes up fast on the inside and spins Kyle Busch around, nearly flipping his car.  Chastain slides up the track and slams into Chase Elliott, destroying both cars.  All three drivers are out of the race.  Ross Chastain was going 185mph when he hit Kyle Busch.

NASCAR displays the red flag with two laps remaining in stage two.  There is a lot of fluid to be cleaned up on the track.

Austin Cindric is listed as the leader with Ryan Blaney in second; Daniel Suarez, William Byron, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

After a red flag of over 15 minutes, NASCAR displays the yellow flag and the 20 cars on the track get moving once again.

Chase Briscoe is on pit road with the hood up.

After running a couple of laps to clear off the speedy dry, NASCAR will have a green/white/checker run to the end of the stage.

Austin Cindric brings the field down to finish out stage two from the inside lane with Ryan Blaney on the outside.  Austin Cindric gets out in front for the lead but Ryan Blaney comes up on the outside to battle for the position.

Austin Cindric wins stage two and will sit on the pole for stage four if he finishes stage three in the top 15.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Austin Cindric
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Daniel Suarez
Christopher Bell
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chris Buescher
Alex Bowman

All of the drivers must make a four time pit stop.  This is the pit stop challenge – the team with the quickest time from yellow line to yellow line earns the prize. 

William Byron wins the race off of pit road but NASCAR will determine who wins the Pit Crew Challenge. 

Austin Cindric had a slow stop when the air hose got caught.

Joey Logano’s team wins the Pit Crew Challenge…and the $100,000 prize.

Kurt Busch was charged with driving through too many pit boxes coming to his pit box.  He will have to start the race from the back of the field.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane with Ryan Blaney alongside.  William Byron jumps out for the lead.  All 20 cars on the track are on the lead lap.

The top five are William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, and Austin Cindric.

Lap 58, Ryan Blaney passes William Byron for the lead.

Lap 60, Ryan Blaney leads the race with William Byron in second; Christopher Bell, Daniel Suarez,and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 62, Christopher Bell pass William Byron for second.

Lap 63, After starting at the back of the field with a penalty, Kurt Busch is just outside the top 10 in eleventh.  Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on Christopher Bell; William Byron, Daniel Suarez, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 71, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on Christopher Bell; William Byron, Daniel Suarez, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr has a flat tire but makes it to pit road and the track stays green. 

Kurt Busch is back in the top 10 in ninth.

With four laps remaining in stage three, Christopher Bell hits the wall and brings out the caution flag when he gets loose and spins out.  Bell was working to close the gap on leader Ryan Blaney.

The drivers can make it to the end of the race if they make a pit stop now.  Most of the drivers come down pit road for service but leader Ryan Blaney, Austin Cindric, Joey Logano, and Michael McDowell all stayed out on the track.

Once again, Bubba Wallace had a loose wheel and had to back up into his pit box to get it tightened.

Stage three will also end in overtime.  Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag overtime restart from the inside lane.  Ryan Blaney gets out in front for the lead.  Drivers get three wide across the track in a battle for position.

Ryan Blaney wins stage three.

The top 10 at the end of stage three:
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
Michael McDowell
Austin Cindric
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Chris Buescher
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch

With the All Star Race rules, the three Team Penske cars of Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and Austin Cindric will start in the top three.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage four and the final 50 laps of the race.  Cindric and Ryan Blaney go side by sidebefore Ryan Blaney gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, Austin Cindric, Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez, and Denny Hamlin.

Forty-seven laps to go, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric; Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five with all 20 drivers on the lead lap.

With 43 laps to go, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Austin Cindric; Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

There are 39 laps remaining in the race; Ryan Blaney leads the race with team mates Austin Cindric and Joey Logano in second and third; Daniel Suarez and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second on Austin Cindric.

If there is no “natural” caution between laps 15 and 25, NASCAR will throw the yellow flag for a competition caution.

Bubba Wallace makes another unscheduled trip down pit road with 34 laps to go for a flat tire.

With 32 laps to go, Ryan Blaney has a one second lead on Austin Cindric; Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 105 when Erik Jones gets into the wall after getting loose.  Bubba Wallace is the “lucky dog” after going a lap down when he came down pit road with a flat tire.

Once pit road opens, the leaders stay out but the rest of the field comes down pit road for fresh tires.

Lap 112, Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Austin Cindric on the outside.  The top seven drivers stayed out on the track.  Ryan Blaney gets out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric in second; Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

With two fresh tires, Denny Hamlin moves into fifth place and begins his move to toward the front.

With 18 laps to go, Ryan Blaney leads the race with Austin Cindric in second; Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Fifteen to go, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Austin Cindric; Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

With 14 to go, Denny Hamlin passes Austin Cindric for second.

Twelve to go, Ryan Blaney has increased his lead to two second over Denny Hamlin.

Ten to go, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over two seconds on Denny Hamlin.

Nine to go, Ryan Blaney continues to increase his lead and is now two and a half seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin.

Seven to go, Ryan Blaney’s lead is now 2.75 seconds over Denny Hamlin; Austin Cindric, Daniel Suarez, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Five to go, Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly three seconds on Denny Hamlin.

Joey Logano passes Daniel Suarez for fourth.

Two to go, Ryan Blaney has a three second lead on Denny Hamlin.

Ryan Blaney takes the white flag.

The race must end under green flag conditions.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr brought out the caution flag when he gets into the wall.  NASCAR throws the caution flag just before Blaney crosses the finish line.  The race is NOT over!

Ryan Blaney had already pulled down the window net thinking that he had won the race and is now having trouble getting it back up.  Blaney reports that he cannot get the window net back up.

The race goes into overtime.

A few drivers come down pit road before the overtime green flag.

Lap 139 (originally scheduled for 125), Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the overtime shootout from the inside lane with Denny Hamlin on the outside.  Getting a push from team mate Austin Cindric, Ryan Blaney takes the elad as drivers get three wide.

Ryan Blaney holds off the field and takes the white flag.  Austin Cindric and Denny Hamlin battle for second.

Ryan Blaney wins the All Star Race…and the million dollars!

Blaney thanked NASCAR for letting him somewhat fix the window net and not make him come down pit road.

The unofficial results of the All Star race:
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Austin Cindric
Joey Logano
Daniel Suarez
Alex Bowman
AJ Allmendinger
Chris Buescher
Brad Keselowski
Christopher Bell
William Byron
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Kevin Harvick
Chris Buescher
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch
Ross Chastain
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson




Carbon Leaf

The Folk band Carbon Leaf have just released the first dates of their fall tour, with more dates coming soon.

The band also has a few summer dates scheduled but plan to spend a bulk of their time creating some new music in the studio.

Carbon Leaf tour dates:
June 10 & 11 at Sealeaf II in Avon, NC
June 15 at the Oceanfront Concert Series in Virginia Beach, VA
June 22 at the City Winery in Philadelphia, PA
June 23 at The Stone Church in Brattleboro, VT
June 24 at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit, ME
June 26 at TCAN in Natick, MA
July 15 at Music at Maymont in Richmond, VA
July 16 at The Bullpen in Washington, D.C.
Sept 3 at the State Fare in Catonsville, MD
Sept 28 at the Off Broadway Music Venue in St. Louis, MO
Sept 29 at The Shrine in Tulsa, OK
Sept 30 at 3Ten Austin City Limits Live in Austin, TX
Oct 1 at the Deep Ellum Art Company in Dallas, TX
Oct 3 at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ
Oct 4 at Winston’s in San Diego, CA
Oct 5 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA
Oct 6 at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA
Oct 7 at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR
Oct 8 at Madam Lou’s in Seattle, WA
Oct 9 at The Triple Door in Seattle, WA
Oct 10 at the Lucky Lou Lounge in Spokane, WA
Oct 11 at The Olympi9c Venue in Boise, ID
Oct 12 at The State Room in Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 13 at the Moxi Theater in Greeley, CO
Oct 14 at The Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO
Oct 15 at Knuckleheads in Kansas City, MO
Oct 16 at Slowdown in Omaha, NE
Oct 17 at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, MN
Oct 18 at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI
Oct 19 at Space in Evanston, IL
Oct 20 at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, OH
Oct 21 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI
Oct 22 at Hi-FI in Indianapolis, IN
Oct 23 at the Crafthouse Stage & Grill in Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 25 at the Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo, NY
Oct 26 at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY
Oct 27 at the City Winery in New York City, NY

Big Machine Gets First Win

Xfinity Series

On a hot May  Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway the Xfinity Series takes to the track for a 20 minute practice session and qualifying for the SRS Distribution 250 on Saturday May 21.

Thirty-nine teams have brought cars to the track for 38 starting spots in the race.

Jeffrey Earnhardt returns to the track but this time he will be driving the number 26 car.

After crashing during practice, Landon Cassill will have to move to a backup car for the race and will not make a qualifying run.

With his car in the garage for technical issues, AJ Allmendinger will make a qualifying run after not getting make a practice run.

Brennan Poole is the first driver on the track to make a qualifying run and posts a time of 31.277 seconds.

With a time of 29.59 seconds, Tyler Reddick is the first driver to break the 30 second mark while making a qualifying run.

Tyler Reddick had to wait until the very last driver to qualify before he learned that he would be starting on the front row…next to pole sitter Noah Gragson who ran a time of 29. 542 seconds around the mile and a half track.

Brennan Poole failed to qualify for the race but William Byron driving the number 88 car did make the field.
 
The starting lineup for the SRS Distributions 250:
Noah Gragson
Tyler Reddick
Austin Hill
Brandon Jones
Ryan Truex
Justin Allgaier
Ty Gibbs
Josh Berry
Sam Mayer
Riley Herbst
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Sieg
AJ Allmendinger
JJ Yeley
William Byron
Brett Moffitt
Jesse Iwuji
Stefan Parsons
Jeremy Clements
Jeb Burton
Sheldon Creed
Bayley Currey
Brandon Brown
Josh Williams
Mason Massey
Myatt Snider
Joe Graf Jr
Ryan Ellis
David Starr
Patrick Emerling
Ryan Vargas
Alex Labbe
Timmy Hill
Matt Mills
Jeffrey Earnhardt
CJ McLaughlin
Anthony Alfredo
Landon Cassill

Stages one and two of the race are 40 laps each with stage three lasting 87 laps for a total of 167 laps around the mile and a half track.

Bayley Currey, Ryan Vargas, Anthony Alfredo, Stefan Parsons, Ty Gibbs,  Brandon Brown, and David Starr will all have to start from the back of the field after their crews made unapproved adjustments to their cars.   After Jesse Iwuji replaces Kyle Weatherman in the number 34 car, Iwuji will have to start the race from the back of the field.  After crashing his car during practice, Landon Cassill is starting from the back of the field in a backup car.

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

Looking to make it four wins in a row, JR Motorsports has all four of their drivers starting the race in the top 10.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front of Tyler Reddick for the lead.

Lap two, Noah Gragson has already pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Austin Hill; Brandon Jones, Sam Mayer, and Ryan Truex round out the top five.

Lap four, Noah Gragson has increased his lead to a second on Austin Hill; Brandon Jones, Sam Mayer, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap seven, Noah Gragson’s lead is now a second and a half on Austin Hill; Brandon Jones, Sam Mayer, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 10, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a near two second lead on Austin Hill; Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.  Ty Gibbs has entered the top 20 after starting the race from the back of the field.

Lap 18, Noah Gragson leads the race with team mate Justin Allgiaer in second less than a half second behind; Austin Hill, Brandon Jones, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Lap 20, there are 36 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 21, Noah Gragson has just a quarter of a second lead on Justin Allgaier; Brandon Jones, Austin Hill, and Ryan Truex round out the top five.

Amidst slower traffic, Justin Allgaier passes Noah Gragson for the lead on lap 22.

Ryan Vargas brings out the first caution flag of the race with a heavily smoking tail pipe after spinning out.  The car is stopped on the track with safety workers preparing to tow the car off the track.

Joey Logano revealed that none of the drivers in today’s race have won a race at Texas.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 from the outside lane with Noah Gragson on the inside.  Noah Gragson gets out in front for the lead with Justin Allgaier in second.

Daniel Hemric hits the wall but the track stayed green.

CJ McLaughlin gets loose and spins out; bringing out the caution flag on lap 33.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart with just four laps remaining in stage one.  From the inside lane, Noah Gragson pulls out in front for the lead.  Ryan Truex is slowed on the track

Lap 38 Noah Gragson leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

CJ McLaughlin spins out again on lap 38 and brings out the third caution flag of the race.  Ty Gibbs gets sideways after some contact from Jeb Burton.

Stage one ends under caution with Noah Gragson winning the stage for his sixth stage win of the season.  This is the seventh stage win in a row for JR Motorsports drivers.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
AJ Allmendinger
Brandon Jones
Austin Hill
Sam Mayer
Sheldon Creed
Anthony Alfredo
JJ Yeley
Myatt Snider

Drivers come down pit road for service with Brandon Jones winning the race off of pit road.

Josh Berry is the new leader after staying out on the track; he leads the field to the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane on lap 47.  Berry jumps out in front for the lead.  Drivers are getting three wide back in the field/

Lap 48, Josh Berry leads the race with Landon Cassill in second driving a backup car; Tyler Reddick, William Byron, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.  Noah Gragson is in 16th place.

Lap 50, Josh Berry has a lead of over half a second on Tyler Reddick; William Byron, Riley Herbst, and Landon Cassill round out the top five.

Ryan Vargas is out of the race.

Lap 53, after starting the stage back in the pack, Justin Allgaier is back in the top five.  Josh Berry has a narrow lead on Tyler Reddick; William Byron, Riley Herbst, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.  Noah Gragson is just outside of the top 10 in eleventh place.

Lap 56, JR Motorsports drivers have led every lap of the race so far.

Lap 57, Sheldon Creed brings out the caution flag when he gets loose and hits the wall before sliding down the track.  Austin Hill and Myatt Snider make some on track contact.

Daniel Hemric was charged with speeding on pit road and had an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Josh Berry brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 63 and jumps out in front for the lead.  David Starr spins out but he saves the car and the track stays green.

Lap 64, Josh Berry leads the race with Tyler Reddick and William Byron battling for second; Justin Allgaier and Ryan Truex round out the top five.  Noah Gragson is back in the top 10 in seventh.

Lap 65, Tyler Reddick challenges Josh Berry for the lead but Berry holds him off.

Lap 66, Josh Berry has a narrow lead on Tyler Reddick; Justin Allgaier, William Byron, and Riley Herbst rounding out the top five.

Lap 69, Tyler Reddick again looks to challenge Josh Berry for the lead but Justin Allgaier gives Reddick a battle and takes second.  Noah Gragson is back in the top five.

Lap 71, the top five are Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, William Byron, Tyler Reddick, and Noah Gragson.

Driving the number 88 car, William Byron is listed as a JR Motorsports driver; putting all five of the JRM cars in the top seven.

Josh Berry continues the sweep with a stage two win for JRM.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Josh Berry
Justin Allgaier
William Byron
Tyler Reddick
Noah Gragson
Ryan Truex
Sam Mayer
Riley Herbst
Austin Hill
Jeb Burton

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

Riley Herbst was charged with equipment interference in his pit stall.  Landon Cassill had an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Josh Berry brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 88 from the inside lane with Justin Allgaier alongside.  Josh Berry gets sideways and brings out the caution flag with a crash that involves several drivers.  Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs, Matt Mills, and Josh Williams were also involved.

Justin Allgaier is the new leader.

Lap 95, Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with William Byron on the inside.  Allgaier jumps out in front for the lead.

With 73 laps to go Justin Allgaier has the lead to continue the JRM dominance of the race; William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Truex, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Matt Mills is out of the race.

Three laps down back in 36th place, Noah Gragson blows a tire and hits the wall; bringing out the seventh caution flag of the race on lap 98.  Gragson takes his car to the garage and is out of the race.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Lap 103, Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with William Byron on the inside lane.  Allgaier jumps out in front for the lead with William Byron taking second.

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

Lap 105, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly half a second on William Byron; Sam Mayer, Ryan Truex, and Jeb Burton round ou t the top five.

Sixty to go, Justin Allgaier leads the race with William Byron in second; Sam Mayer, Ryan Truex, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 112 William Byron passes Justin Allgaier to take the lead; Sam Mayer passes Allgaier for second.

AJ Allmendinger did not get a single lap of practice on Friday afternoon and started the race from the middle of the pack.  He is Now in the top 10 where he has finished every race this season.

Lap 114, Justin Allgaier reports that he has a tire going down.

Fifty to go, William Byron leads the race with Sam Mayer in second; Ryan Truex, Justin Allgaier, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap 118, Justin Allgaier brings out the eighth caution flag of the race with a flat tire. 

Pit road is full of drivers getting fresh tires and fuel to make it to the end of the race.  Taking only two tires, Landon Cassill wins the race off of pit road.

Lap 119, Austin Hill stayed out on the track and becomes the new leader.  This marks the first time in the race that a JRM driver is not the leader.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Brandon Jones alongside with 45 laps remaining in the race.

Austin Hill gets out in front for the lead with Brandon Jones in second; Landon Cassill, Ryan Ellis, and William Byron round out the top five.

The ninth caution flag of the race comes out on lap 123 when David Starr and Joe Graf Jr make contact causing Starr and Ryan Sieg to spin out.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart from te outside lane with 39 laps remaining in the race.  Hill jumps out in front for the lead with Brandon Jones in second; William Byron, Landon Cassill, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.  Landon Cassill slapped the wall on the restart but the track stayed green.

Ryan Sieg brings out the tenth caution flag of the race when he gets loose and hits the wall.

There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Austin Hill brings the filed down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Brandon Jones in a beat up car on the inside with 33 laps remaining in the race.  Brandon Jones edges out to take the lead.

The top five are Brandon Jones, Austin Hill, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, and Landon Cassill.

Tyler Reddick comes from third to pass Austin Hill and Brandon Jones for the lead.

Alex Labbe spins out and brings out the caution flag.  Several drivers get caught up in the melee when he crosses down the track after hitting the wall. JJ Yeley hit the wall hard taking it off of the ground.  Ryan Ellis, Patrick Emerling, Jesse Iwuji, Anthony Alfredo, Timmy Hill, David Starr, and Sheldon Creed were also involved.

Alex Labbe hit the wall hard enough that track officials have to make some repairs to the wall.

Leader Tyler Reddick is reporting a vibration to his car.

Brandon Jones comes down pit road for fresh tires.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane after an extended yellow flag condition with just 22 laps remaining in the race.  Tyler Reddick edges out Austin Hill to take the lead with Austin Hill in second; William Byron, AJ Allmendinger, and  Josh Berry round out the top five. 

Twenty to go, Tyler Reddick has a lead of over a second on William Byron; AJ Allmendinger, Austin Hill, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.  Justin Allgaier restarted the race in 31st place after his flat tire that caused a wreck; he is now in eighth place.

AJ Allmendinger is falling in the field.  He and Justin Allgaier make contact in a three wide battle; the track stays green.

With 15 laps remaining in the race, Tyler Reddick has a lead of nearly a second  and a half on William Byron; Austin Hill, Sam Mayer, and Ryan Truex round out the top five with Justin Allgaier in sixth.

Ten to go, Tyler Reddick holds a lead of nearly a second and a half on William Byron; Austin Hill, Sam Mayer, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Seven to go, Tyler Reddick has a second and a half lead on William Byron; Austin Hill, Sam Mayer, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Six to go, Justin Allgaier passes Austin Hill for fourth and begins to challenge team mate Sam Mayer for third.

Just three laps to go, Tyler Reddick has increased his lead to over a second and a half on William Byron; Sam Mayer, Justin Allgaier, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick takes the white flag.

Earning the first win for Big Machine Records, Tyler Reddick wins the race!

The unofficial results of the SRS Distributions 250:
Tyler Reddick
William Byron
Sam Mayer
Justin Allgaier
Austin Hill
Ryan Truex
Josh Berry
Riely Herbst
AJ Allmendinger
Landon Cassill
Daniel Hemric
Ty Gibbs
Jeb Burton
Brandon Jones
Brandon Brown
Jeremy Clemnets
Stefan Parsons
Mason Massey
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Josh Williams
David Starr
Myatt Snider
Joe Graf Jr
Bayley Currey
CJ McLaughlin
Sheldon Creed
Timmy Hill
Patrick Emerling
Brett Moffitt
Ryan Ellis
JJ Yeley
Anthony Alfredo
Alex Labbe
Jesse Iwuji
Ryan Sieg
Noah Gragson
Matt Mills
Ryan Vargas




Fifth New Winner in Truck Series

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend from Texas Motor Speedway with the SpeedyCash.com 220.

Todd Bodine returns to the Truck Series for his third of six races on his way to 800 starts.  Bodine was the first truck on the track with a time of 30,61 seconds.

After making some unapproved adjustments to the number 25 truck, Matt DiBenedetto will not make a qualifying run and will have to start from the back of the field.  Armani Williams’ team also made some unapproved adjustments to the truck and will not be allowed to make a qualifying run.

After crashing his truck during practice, Chris Hacker does not make a qualifying run.

Thirty-eight teams brought trucks to the track this weekend for 36 starting spots.

Ryan Preece is the first driver to break the 30 second mark with a qualifying time of 29.902 seconds.

Colby Howard crashed during his qualifying run, causing significant damage to the truck; the team will have to move to a backup truck.

With a qualifying time of 29.612 seconds, John Hunter Nemechek put his number four truck on the pole.  Corey Heim makes it an all Kyle Busch Motorsports front row when he starts alongside team mate Nemechek on the front row.  This is the third pole in a row for Nemechek.

Garrett Smithley and Armani Williams failed to qualify for the race.

The starting lineup for the SpeedyCash.com 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Corey Heim
Stewart Friesen
Christian Eckes
Ryan Preece
Hailie Deegan
Chandler Smith
Ben Rhodes
Derek Kraus
Ty Majeski
Grant Enfinger
Tanner Gray
Dean Thompson
Ross Chastain
Zane Smith
Kris Wright
Jack Wood
Tyler Ankrum
Chase Purdy
Carson Hocevar
Matt Crafton
Jess Little
Austin Wayne Self
Todd Bodine
Blaine Perkins
Brennan Poole
Jordan Anderson
Spencer Boyd
Tate Fogleman
Tyler Hill
Bret Holmes
Timmy Hill
Colby Howard
Matt DiBenedetto
Lawless Alan
Chris Hacker

After making a pole sitting qualifying run, John Hunter Nemechek will find himself starting the race from the back of the field after the crew made some unapproved adjustments to the truck – a crew member was seen standing on the splitter.

Grant Enfinger, Chris Hacker, Bret Holmes, Colby Howard, Jordan Anderson, and Austin Wayne Self  will also have to start the race from the back of the field.  Howard is in a backup truck after a crash during practice; the other drivers, the crews made unapproved adjustments to the trucks.

Stages one and two of the race are 35 laps each with stage three lasting 77 laps for a total of 147 laps around the mile and a half track.

There are reports of some weather in the area.  The race will become official once it has reached halfway or at the end of stage two.

Corey Heim and Stewart Friesen bring the field down for the green flag start of the race with Stewart Friesen getting out in front but Corey Heim comes up from the outside to battle for the position as the drivers get three wide across the track.

Corey Heim leads lap one.

Lap two, Stewart Friesen has the lead with Corey Heim in second.

Lap three, Stewart Friesen leads the race with Corey Hiem in second; Ryan Preece, Christian Eckes, and Derek Kraus round out the top five. 

Lap five, John Hunter Nemechek has entered the top 20 after being one of seven drivers to start the race from the back of the field.

Lap seven, Stewart Friesen has a narrow lead on Ryan Preece; Christian Eckes, Corey Heim, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

Chris Hacker spins out on lap nine and brings out the first caution flag of the race.

Lap 12, under caution, John Hunter Nemechek is in 14th place.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 15 from the inside lane.  Stewart Friesen edges out for the lead. 

Ryan Preece comes up from the outside lane to battle for the lead but Friesen holds him off.

Lap 17, Stewart Friesen leads the race with Ryan Preece just two tenths of a second back; Kerek Kraus, Christian Eckes, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.  John Hunter Nemechek is just outside the top 10 in eleventh place.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 20, Ryan Preece passes Stewart Friesen for the lead; Christian Eckes, Ty Majeski, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.  John Hunter Nemechek has entered the top 10.

Lap 23, Ryan Preece has a third of a second lead on Stewart Friesen; Christian Eckes, Ty Majeski, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.  John Hunter Nemechek is in eighth place.

Only eight laps remain in stage one with Ryan Preece leading the way; Stewart Friesen, Ty Majeski, Christian Eckes, and Chandler Smith rounding out the top five.

Zane Smith and Chandler Smith battle back and forth for fifth place; John Hunter Nemechek is in seventh.

Five laps to go in stage one, Stewart Friesen has caught up to leader Ryan  Preece and is looking to take the lead…and the stage win.

Chris Hacker is the only truck on the track one lap down.

With three laps to go in stage one, Zane Smith takes third place.

Ryan Preece wins stage one for his first Truck Series stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ryan Preece
Stewart Friesen
Zane Smith
Christian Eckes
Chandler Smith
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Majeski
Ben Rhodes
Derek Kraus
Corey Heim

Drivers come down pit road for service with Stewart Friesen winning the race off of pit road.

Blaine Perkins and Todd Bodine were caught speeding on pit road.  Chandler Smith had to make a second trip down pit road to tighten lug nuts.  Zane Smith was charged with equipment interference.  Both Smith drivers will restart the race from the back of the field.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 43.  Stewart Friesen and Ryan Preece go side by side for the lead.

Lap 44 Stewart Friesen takes the lead with Ryan Preece in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Christian Eckes gets around John Hunter Nemechek for third.

Lap 47, Zane Smith has moved up to 21st place with Chandler Smith right in front of him in 20th

Lap 48, Stewart Friesen holds on to a quarter of a second lead on Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Lap 57, Stewart Friesen has a near half second lead on Ryan Preece; John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.  There are 32 trucks on the lead lap with all 36 drivers still in the race.

Lap 60, Stewart Friesen has increased his lead on Ryan Preece to nearly a second.

Lap 61, taking advantage of slower traffic, Ryan Preece passes Stewart Friesen for the lead.

With the exception of the first lap, Ryan Preece and Stewart Friesen have led all of the laps.

Lap 69, Ryan Preece has a third of a second lead on Stewart Friesen; John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Ryan Preece sweeps the stages with a stage two win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ryan Preece
Stewart Friesen
John Hunter Nemechek
Ben Rhodes
Christian Eckes
Derek Kraus
Corey Heim
Ty Majeski
Ross Chastain
Tyler Ankrum

Drivers come down pit road for service with John Hunter Nemechek winning the race off of pit road.  Corey Heim spins out on pit road and has some damage to the front of his truck after contact with Tyler Ankrum while trying to avoid Zane Smith.

Corey Heim has to make a second trip down pit road for repairs.

Ben Rhodes is charged with having an uncontrolled tire after one of his tires rolls across pit road and into the grass.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 77 from the outside lane.  Nemechek and Ryan Preece go side by side in a battle for the lead.  Nemechek takes the lead

Lap 78, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Stewart Friesen in second; Christian Eckes, Ryan Preece, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 76, John Hunter Nemechek leads the way with Stewart Friesen in second; Christian Eckes, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

In the first two stages the drivers did not have to make a pit stop for fuel; in stage three the drivers will have to make a pit stop for fuel.

Ty Majeskit gets loose and makes contact with Derek Kraus; bringing out the caution flag on lap 77.

With 61 laps remaining in the race, the drivers cannot make it to the end of the race if they stop for fuel.  The fuel window is 50 to 55 laps.

Leader John Hunter Nemechek is among the hand full of drivers who come down pit road.  Stewart Friesen is the new leader.

John Hunter Nemechek made a second trip down pit road to top off the fuel tank.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 90.  Drivers get three wide across the track.  Stewart Friesen and Christian Eckes battle for the lead.

Lap 91, Christian Eckes takes the lead with Stewart Friesen in second; Chandler Smith, Ross Chastain, and Tyler Akrum round out the top five.

Derek Kraus is the first driver out of the race with 27 trucks on the lead lap.

Fifty to go!  Christian Eckes has a narrow lead on Stewart Friesen; Chandler Smith, Ross Chastain, and Tyler Ankrum round out the top five.    John Hunter Nemechek enters the top 20.

Stewart Friesen passes Christian Eckes for the lead on lap 98.

Lap 105, Kris Wright brings out the fifth caution flag of the race when he has a tire go down.  Drivers can make it to the end of the race if they come down pit road for fuel.

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Chandler Smith came off the jack but believes they got all of the lug nuts tight.

After staying out on the track, Chase Purdy brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Carson Hocevar alongside on the inside.  Austin Wayne Self has to move to the back of the field after running over the ”choose cone”. 

Lap 110, Carson Hocevar takes the lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Ross Chastain battles with Carson Hocevar for the lead.

Lap 111, Carson Hocevar takes the elead with Ross Chastain in second; Christian Eckes, Stewart Friesen, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 112, Christian Eckes takes the lead with Carson Hocevar in second;  Ross Chastain, Stewart Friesen, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Stewart Friesen and Ross Chastain battle for third.

There are 28 trucks on the lead lap.  Kris Wright is out of the race.

Thirty to go, Christian Eckes has a narrow lead on Carson Hocevar; Ross Chastain, Stewart Friesen, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 121, Chandler and Zane Smith make contact in a battle for eighth but the track stays green.  Zane Smith has to make an unscheduled trop down pit road with a flat tire.

Twenty to go, Christian Eckes ahs a third of a second lead on Carson Hocevar; Stewart Friesen, John Hunter Nemechek, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.

Tyle Ankrum gets loose and spins out after some contact with Grant Enfinger and brings out the caution flag.

Carson Hocevar, Matt Crafton, and Ross Chastain are the only drivers with a fresh set of tires in the pits.

None of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 15 laps remaining in the race.  Eckes is in the outside lane with Carson Hocevar on the inside.  Carson Hocevar gets a push and takes the lead initially but the drivers get three and four wide with Christian Eckes taking the lead.

Christian Eckes ahs the lead with Stewart Friesen right behind him; Carson Hocevar, Ryan Preece, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Ross Chastain has an issue with his truck and drops to 16th.

Ten to go, Christian Eckes has a quarter of a second lead on Stewart Friesen; Carson Hocevar, Ryan Preece, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Eight to go, Stewart Friesen challenges Christian Eckes for the lead but so far Eckes holds him off.

Carson Hocevar has gotten around Ryan Preece for third.

John Hunter Nemechek blocks team mate Chandler Smith and nearly sends him into the wall.

Ben Rhodes brings out the seventh caution flag of the race with five laps to go when he makes contact with Tanner Gray and spins out with a flat tire.  Gray and Rhodes are both on pit road for repairs.

The race goes into overtime!

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the two lap overtime shootout from the outside lane with Stewart Friesen on the inside.  Eckes and Friesen go side by side for the lead. 

Christian Eckes takes the whit flag.

Stewart Friesen passes Christian Eckes for the lead.

Stewart Friesen wins the race!!!  This is his first Truck Series win since 2019.

The unofficial results of the SpeedyCash.com 220:
Stewart Friesen
Christian Eckes
Ryan Preece
Carson Hocevar
Ty Majeski
John Hunter Nemechek
Corey Heim
Chandler Smith
Matt Crafton
Matt DiBenedetto
Grant Enfinger
Ross Chastain
Todd Bodine
Jordan Anderson
Bret Holmes
Jack Wood
Hailie Deegan
Austin Wayne Self
Jesse Little
Timmy Hill
Chase Purdy
Tate Fogleman
Brennan Poole
Tanner Gray
Tyler Hill
Blaine Perkins
Ben Rhodes
Spencer Boyd
Dean Thompson
Lawless Alan
Chris Hacker
Zane Smith
Tyler Ankrum
Colby Howard
Kris Wright
Derek Kraus

After the race, Ross Chastain had to be taken to the infield care center in medical distress.

‘Chariots of Fire’ Composer Vangelis Dies

Film composer Vangelis died May 17, 2022 in a French hospital at the age of 79.  The official cause of death was not revealed.

While he has composed music for dozens of productions, he is best known for the award winning soundtrack “Chariots of Fire”.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called it “sad news for the entire world.”

“Chariots of Fire” may have put Vangelis on the map, but his professional music career began nearly two decades earlier with a Greek pop band.

Vangelis was fascinated by space and space exploration and wrote music that reflected that love including for NASA and the European Space Agency.  He loved the stars but never sought stardom of his own; however, there is a micro planet rotating in space somewhere between Mars and Jupiter that bears his name – Vangelis 6354.

He as born Evangelos Odysseus Papthanassiou on March 29, 1943 in Volos, Greece where he began playing the piano when he was just four years old.  Vangelis once noted that while they teach composition and orchestration in music schools; the one thing they don’t teach is creation.

A 20 year old Vangelis joined up with some mates to create the band Forminx but after the band broke up, he turned his hand to composing soundtracks for Greek films.  Next came the Aphrodite’s Child.  After the breakup of Aphrodite’s Child, Vangelis again turned to being a solo artist.  He even joined up with Jon Anderson of Yes for some hit songs.  Then came “Chariots of Fire” in 1981 and launched Vangelis into the stardom he never sought.

He was known for recording his music in a single take; saying “when I compose, I perform the music at the same time, so everything is live, nothing is pre-programmed.”

Calling him a genius, Decca Records spoke on Vangelis saying, “Vangelis created music of extraordinary originality and power, and provided the soundtrack to so many of our lives.  Decca had the pleasure of partnering with Vangelis and his team for his past three albums and we will miss him enormously. His music will live on forever.”

A true artist, Vangelis painted every day and composed music every day.

Vangelis’ music has been heard on some 200 productions including “Death of a Princess”, “Cosmos” with Carl Sagan, “Missing”, “WKRP in Cincinnati”, “Blade Runner”, “Donna Summer: A Hot Summer Night”, “Magnum, P.I.” with Tom Selleck, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “Single White Female”, “The Simpsons”, “Married…with Children”, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Jon Anderson: Tour of the Universe”, “Fringe”, “Stranger Things”, and numerous television episodes that featured a clip from “Chariots of Fire”.

His compositions include the 2002 FIFA World Cup Anthem, “Chariots of Fire”, “1492: Conquest of Paradise”, “Jacques Cousteau: Rediscover the World II”, “Dancing for Oliver”, “Sermon”, and “Beyond the Sermon”.

No list of survivors was given.

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Wynonna Judd

Less than a month before the death of Naomi Judd, The Judds had announced a farewell tour.  Their final performance was a reunion after 20 years at the CMT Awards.

On May 19 it was announced that daughter Wynonna would go on tour with the help of several of Nashville’s female stars – Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Brandi Carlile, Little Big Town, Martina McBride and Ashley McBryde.

In a statement Judd said, “I am humbled, once again, by the loyalty of the fans who have been with us for 38+ years, who continue to show up for me when I need them the most.”

Over the course of their career, The Judds have earned 14 number one songs including the song from their final performance “Love Can Build a Bridge”.  Other hits include “Mama He’s Crazy”, “Why Not Me”, “Turn it Loose”, “Girls Night Out”, “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain”, and “Grandpa”.

Wynonna 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 Falls, SD
Oct 8 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI
Oct 14 at the Infinite Energy 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 Fort Worth, TX
Oct 27 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS
Oct 28 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Oct 29 at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY

A Party at the Palace

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has ruled over Britannia far longer than any other monarch in the history of the Empire.  Next month the United Kingdom will celebrate Her Majesty’s 70th year on the throne with the Platinum Party at the Palace at Buckingham Palace.

Only 10,000 tickets will be available and are on a first come first served basis.  Details are available on the BBC website.  It is not known at this time whether the gala event will be broadcast to royal and music fans in North America.

Set for June 4, the concert will include some musical royalty with Sirs Elton John and Rod Stewart; as well as, Lord Andrew Lloyd Weber.  Sir Rod spoke on the upcoming performance saying, “Queen Elizabeth has given incredible service to the United Kingdom over the last 70 years and I’m delighted to be able to join her in celebrating her Platinum Jubilee with the Party at the Palace.  She has demonstrated to the world what a special person she is and how lucky we are to have her. This will be a momentous occasion.”

Joining them will be Diana Ross, Queen with Adam Lambert, Duran Duran, Elbow, Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hans Zimmer, Sam Ryder, Mabel, George Ezra, Craig David, Sigala & Ella Eyre, Mica Paris, Celeste, Mimi Webb, and the Royal Ballet.

Several years ago Madness performed at a similar event and were the first artist to perform on the roof of Buckingham Palace.

Don McLean

Last year the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the Don McLean song “American Pie” triple platinum. 

This week, the Canadian Music Industry honoured McLean with a multi platinum award for “American Pie” and a platinum award for “Vincent”.

It has been 50 years since McLean released the song that tells the tragic tale of the plane crash that took the life of Richie Valens, The Big Bopper, and Buddy Holley.  He is celebrating the milestone with an anniversary tour.

Don McLean tour dates:
May 19 at the Balance M. Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO
May 20 at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO
May 21 at the Oaklawn Event Center in Hot Springs, AR
June 2 at The Egg in Albany, NY
June 3 at the Boch Center in Boston, MA
June 4 at the Town Hall in New York City, NY
June 10 at the Ruby Amphitheater in Morgantown, WV
June 11 at The Lyric Theatre in Baltimore, MD
June 12 at the Capital One Hall in Tysons, VA
June 17 at the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, MI
June 18 at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, WI
June 19 at Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, WI
June 24 at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX
June 25 at the Cullen Performance Hall in Houston, TX
June 26 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX
July 1 at The Canyon in Beverly Hills, CA
July 2 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA
July 7 at the Paramount Theater in Denver, CO
July 8 at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction, CO
July 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
July 15 at the Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, IA
July 22 at the Victory Theatre in Evansville, IN
July 23 at the UIS Performing Arts Center in Springfield, IL
July 29 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA
July 30 at the Point of the Bluff Vineyards in Hammondsport, NY
Aug 20 at the Martha Vineyard Performing Arts Center in Vineyard Haven, MA
Sept 2 at the Goodyear Theater in Akron, OH
Sept 3 at the Blue Gate Music Hall in Shipshewana, IN
Sept 11 at St. David’s Dewi Sant in Cardiff, UK
Sept 13 at the Ipswich Regent Theatre in Ipswich, UK
Sept 14 at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, UK
Sept 16 at The Forum in Bath, UK
Sept 17 at the Princess Theatre in Torquay, UK
Sept 18 at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth, UK
Sept 20 at the Brighton Dome Concert Hall in Brighton, UK
Sept 21 at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend-on-sea, UK
Sept 23 at the Bridewater Hall in Manchester, UK
Sept 24 at the Sage in Gateshead, UK
Sept 25 at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, UK
Sept 27 at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, UK
Sept 28 at the Barbican in York, UK
Sept 30 at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, UK
Oct 1 at City Hall in Sheffield, UK
Oct 2 at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, UK
Oct 4 at the Palladium in London, UK
Oct 7 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
Oct 9 at the Concertgebouw de Vereeniging in Nijmegen, Netherlands
Oct 14 at Grieghallen in Bergen, Norway
Oct 15 Kuppelhallen in Stavanger, Norway
Oct 16 at Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway
Oct 18 at Lorensbergsteatern in Goteborg, Sweden
Oct 20 at Logomo Oy in Turku, Finland
Oct 21 at the Hall of Culture in Helsinki, Finland
Oct 23 at Gota Lejon in Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 24 at the Palladium in Malmo, Sweden
Oct 25 at Portalen in Greve, Denmark
Oct 27 at Fabrik in Hamburg, Germany
Oct 23 at the Veranstaltungszentrum Kulturkirche in Neuruppin, Germany
Oct 29 at the Admiralspalast in Berlin, Germany
Oct 31 at the Metropol Theater in Bremen, Germany
Nov 1 at deSingel in Antwerp, Belgium
Nov 3 at the Musikteatret in Holstebro, Denmark
Nov 5 at Bayer Erholungshaus in Leverkusen, Germany
Nov 9 at the Steintor Variete in Halle, Germany
Nov 12 at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, Germany
Nov 13 at the Posthof Zeitkultur Am Hafen in Linz, Austria

Voivod

Juno Award winning metal heads Voivod released their 15th studio album “Synchro Anarchy” in February.  They will be spending part of their summer on the road with a North American tour.

The Montreal band has been making music for nearly 40 years and continue to produce original and creative music.  Their newest album debuted at number two on the Billboard Hard Rock Album chart in Canada.  The album is also a top 10 hit in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium, and The Netherlands.

Drummer Michel Langevin noted that the band is very excited to get back out on the road saying, “at last! After more than two years without touring, we are finally hitting the road in June 2022 in North America. We are thrilled to play the Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest, It will also be exciting for us to play songs from Synchro Anarchy for the first time live! We can’t wait to see our old Voïvodian friends again and meet some new ones. See you then!”   

Voivod tour dates:
June 1 at L’Etite in Trois Rivieres QC
June 2 at Bronson Centre Music Theatre in Ottawa, ON
June 3 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
June 4 at The Music Hall in London, ON
June 5 at Small’s in Detroit, MI
June 6 at Reggie’s in Chicago, IL
June 8 at The Loud in Huntington, WV
June 9 at Ace of Cups in Columbus, OH
June 10 at The Decibel Magazine Metal and Beer Festival in Philadelphia, PA
June 11 at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD
June 13 at the Crafthouse in Pittsburgh, PA
June 14 at the Rec Room in Buffalo, NY
June 15 at the Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH
June 17 at the Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY
June 18 at Sharkey’s in Liverpool, NY
June 19 at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA
Aug 12 at the Belgium Alcatraz Festival

Photo credit:Catherine Deslauriers

Toyota Weighs in on Kyle Busch

Even before the 2022 NASCAR season began, M&M’s announced that the 2022 season would be their final season as a major sponsor in NASCAR.  When the season is over it will end a sponsorship partnership of over 25 years.

The exit of M&M’s leaves the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 car currently driven by Two time Cup Series champion Kyle Busch.

Racing fans have also learned that Busch is in his final contract season with Gibbs.

While Kyle Busch’s future is still up in the air as where he will land for next season and future years; Busch himself, while vocal, has been relatively calm about the affair.  However, there is one person who is neither calm nor okay with the current events.

Toyota Racing Development (TRD) President David Wilson is weighing in on the situation stating not only does he want Kyle Busch to remain driving in a Toyota; but feels that it would be best if Busch were to stay on with Joe Gibbs Racing as well.

Currently Kyle Busch has a total of 203 wins while driving a Toyota across all three NASCAR’s racing series; 56 of Busch’s 60 Cup Series wins have been in a Toyota.

While speaking with reporters David Wilson said, “we’ve been very close to Kyle for years and years and years, and some of that relationship, to be candid, has been born through trials that we’ve gone through together and through controversy that we’ve gone through together.  We’ve had some really tough times with Kyle Busch but we also are sitting on two championships and in celebrating recently our 1,500 starts across the three national series.” 

Wilson added, “I’ll pull this up, because I keep the stat handy all the time: One driver has accounted for 36 percent of our total wins across all three series, and you know who that driver is. It’s just amazing. So any scenario that doesn’t have Kyle Busch retiring from Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota would be a monstrous disappointment — for us and for Coach Gibbs and the family.”

Wilson even hinted at the future of the Toyota racing franchise noting that Busch’s seven year old son Brexton “could keep the family connection going one day, starting with the Camping World Truck Series team that his father owns.”

Wilson continued, “put yourself in his shoes. He’s on an out year of his contract. This is so rare, because, of course, what the team, what we try and do is get well ahead of this, particularly with a tier-one driver like Kyle Busch.  The circumstances, unfortunately, have made that challenging. So you know, we’re working on it. This is a conversation I have with Joe every week, and I’m optimistic.  I know, and Kyle wants … you know, he doesn’t want to go anywhere else. He has been very candid. You know, he can’t wait for the day that his little boy, Brexton, races a Toyota Tundra out of the Kyle Busch Motorsports stable. He has that in his sights. And that’s not going to be for another 10-plus years, which means that we’ve got to make sure that we’re still together long after Kyle’s out of the driver’s seat full time.  If nothing else, I can’t envision any other scenario. Any other scenario is just unacceptable.  The last I’ll add is just the point of obvious — it takes both of us to get there, right? It takes Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch to get there. So we can’t control everything, and I’ll leave it at that.”

Appeals Panel Rules on #11 Car

Over the 13 races in the NASCAR Cup Series of the 2022 season so far, there has been a number of issues involving lost wheels on the new Next Gen car.

During the race at the Monster Mile of Dover Speedway Denny Hamlin’s number eleven car lost a wheel.  Hamlin’s team owner Joe Gibbs Racing decided to challenge the penalty and appealed the ruling that would result in the four race suspension of three crew members including the crew chief.

On May 18 the National Motorsports Appeals Panel met to rule on the appeal.  Panel members Kelly Housby, Bill Mullis and Kevin Whitaker ruled that the penalty violating NASCAR Rule book Section 10.5.2.6 will stand.

In stage three of the May 2 race at Dover, Hamlin’s car lost the left front tire while exiting pit road.  When NASCAR issued the penalty meant that crew chief Chris Gabehart, jackman Derrell Edwards and tire changer Blake Houston would all be suspended for the next four Cup Series races.  That penalty was put on hold until after the appeal hearing; but with the ruling that the penalty will stand, the crewmen will have to serve those penalties but will be able to be a part of the All Star Race in Texas this weekend.

JGR has one more opportunity to appeal the case to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer but has not stated yet whether or not he will do so.

When NASCAR introduced the Next Gen car, they also stated that the penalties would be more severe.  Up until last year when the Goodyear tires had five lug nuts, teams were charged $10,000 per loose lug nut; this year under the new rules there are no more fines but if the new single lug nut tire comes off, the penalty is a four race suspension.

2022 Juno Award Winners

Canadian native Justin Bieber has had a bad year when it comes to winning industry award shows, but scored big with The Kid LaRoi at the Billboard Music Awards.  Earlier this year Bieber was nominated eight times at the Grammy Awards and had another five nominations at the Juno Awards (Canada’s version of the Grammys) but came up empty in both cases.

Shawn Mendes and Charlotte Cardin were the big winners at the annual Juno Awards held in Toronto on May 15. The Weeknd was also a multiple award winner.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ring” star Simu Liu hosted the gala event at the outdoor Budweiser Stage along the shore of Lake Ontario.  This marked the first time that the Juno Awards were held live since 2019.

Winners of the 2022 Juno Awards:
Canadian Music Hall of Fame: Deborah Cox
International Achievement Award: Shawn Mendes
MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award: Darren Hamilton
Album of the Year: “The Orchard” by Charlotte Cardin
TikTok Juno Fan Choice Award: Shawn Mendes for “Island Universal”
Group of the Year: Arkells
Rap Album or EP of the Year: “Stock Exchange” by Havia Mighty
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Jessia
Single of the Year: “Meaningless” by Charlotte Cardin
Songwriter of the Year: The Weeknd for “Abel”
Producer of the Year: WondaGurl
Recording Engineer of the Year: Hill Kourkoutis
Music Video of the Year: “Easy on Me” by Xavier Dolan
International Album of the Year: “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo
Breakthrough Group of the Year: Monowhales
Pop Album of the Year: “Phoenix” by Charlotte Cardin
Dance Recording of the Year: “Caution” by Kaytranada
Underground Dance Single of the Year: “Shadows in the Dark” by HNTR with Elliot Moss
Electronic Album of the Year: “Oasis Sky” by TOR
Rock Album of the Year: “Sisters Not Twins (The Professional Lovers Album)” by The Beaches
Metal or Hard Rock Music Album of the Year: “Bleed the Future” by Archspire
Alternative Album of the Year: “When Smoke Rises” by Mustafa Regent
Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year: “Take My Breath” by The Weeknd
Traditional R&B or Soul Recording of the Year: 24hrs” by Savannah Re
Rap Single of the Year: “Bold” by Charmaine”
Country Album of the Year: “What if Life?” by Brett Kissel
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: “The Art of Falling Apart” by Serena Ryder
Adult Alternative Album of the Year: “Inwards & Onwards” by Half Moon Run
Reggae Recording of the Year: “Easy Now” by Kairo McLean
Jazz Album of the Year by a Group: “Worldview” by Avataar
Album Artwork of the Year: “Harmonium Symphonique” by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal
Contemporary Indigenous Artist of the Year: “War Club” by DJ Shub
Jazz Album of the Year by a Solo Artist: “Change of Plans” by Will Bonness
Classical Album of the Year by a Solo Artist: “Energeia” by Emily D’Angelo
Contemporary Christian or Gospel Album of the Year: “No Greater Love” by The Color
Large Ensemble Classical Album of the Year: “Solfeggio” by L’Harmonie des Saisons
Comedy Album of the Year: “Grandma’s Girl” by Andrea Jin
Children’s Album of the Year: “Falling in Africa” by Garth Prince
Instrumental Album of the Year: “That Tall Distance” by David Myles
Classical Composition of the Year: “Arras” by Keiko Devaux
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: “Now Pronouncing: Caity Gyorgy” by Caity Gyorgy
Global Music Album of the Year: “Kalaso” by Afrikana Soul Sister
Album Francophone de L’Annee: “Impossible à aimer” by Coeur de Pirate
Traditional Roots Album of the Year: “Joyful Banner Blazing” by Maria Dunn
Blues Album of the Year: “Open Road” by Colin James
Small Ensemble Classical Album of the Year: “Beethoven: SOnates pour volin et piano Nos. 1,2,3, & 5” by Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year: “Outside Child” by Allison Russell
Traditional Indigenous Artist of the Year: Fawn Wood Buffalo

2022 Billboard Music Award Winners – Complete List

While none of her award wins was presented during the live television broadcast, teen pop singer Olivia Rodrigo topped the list of award winners at the annual event with seven.  Over the past year and a half, Rodrigo has seen her hit song “driver’s license” covered by every singing hopeful auditioning for the latest reality singing competition.

Drake, Ye, Taylor Swift, BTS, Justin Bieber with The Kid LaRoi, and Doja Cat also took home multiple awards.

Winners of the Billboard Music Awards are selected based on record sales, streaming, downloads, and radio airplay.

Winners of the 2022 Billboard Music Awards:
Top Artist: Drake
Top New Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Male Artist: Drake
Top Female Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Duo or Group: BTS
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Song Sales Artist: BTS
Top Radio Songs Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Billboard Global 200 Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Billboard Global Artist Outside of the U.S.: Ed Sheeran
Top Tour: The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour
Top R&B Artist: Doja Cat
Top Male R&B Artist: The Weeknd
Top Female R&B Artist: Doja Cat
Top R&B Tour: Bruno Mars
Top Rap Artist: Drake
Top Male Rap Artist: Drake
Top Female Rap Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Top Rap Tour: Omarion & Bow Wow
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Male Country Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Female Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo or Group Country Artist: Dan + Shay
Top Country Tour: Eric Church
Top Rock Artist: Glass Animals
Top Rock Tour: The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour
Top Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Male Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Female Latin Artist: Kali Uchis
Top Latin Duo or Group: Eslabon Armado
Top Latin Tour: Los Bukis Una Historia Cantada Tour
Top Dance or Electronic Artist: Lady Gaga
Top Christian Artist: Ye
Top Gospel Artist: Ye
Top Billboard 200 Album: “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo
Top Soundtrack: “Encanto”
Top R&B Album: “Planet Her” by Doja Cat
Top Rap Album: “Certified Lover Boy” by Drake
Top Country Album: “Red” by Taylor Swift
Top Rock Album: “Scaled and Icy” by twenty one pilots
Top Latin Album: “KG0516” by Karol G
Top Dance or Electronic Album: “Fallen Embers” by Illenium
Top Christian Album: “Donda” by Ye
Top Gospel Album: “Donda” by Ye
Top Hot 100 Song: “Stay” by The Kid LaRoi and Justin Bieber
Top Singing Song: “Stay” by The Kid LaRoi and Justin Bieber
Top Selling Song: “Butter” by BTS
Top Radio Song: “Levitating” by Dua Lipa
Top Collaboration: “Stay” by The Kid LaRoi and Justin Bieber
Top Billboard Global 200 Song: “Stay” by The Kid LaRoi and Justin Bieber
Top Billboard Global Song Outside the U.S.: “Stay” by The Kid LaRoi and Justin Bieber
Top Viral Song: “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat with SZA
Top R&B Song: “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic
Top Rap Song: “Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow
Top Country Song: “Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes
Top Rock Song: “Beggin’” by Maneskin
Top Latin Song: “telepatia” by Kali Uchis
Top Dance or Electronic Song: “Cold Heart” PNAU Remix by Elton John and Dua Lipa
Top Christian Song: “Hurricane” by Ye
Top Gospel Song: “Hurricane” by Ye

While none of her award wins was presented during the live television broadcast, teen pop singer Olivia Rodrigo topped the list of award winners at the annual event with seven.  Over the past year and a half, Rodrigo has seen her hit song “driver’s license” covered by every singing hopeful auditioning for the latest reality singing competition.

Drake, Ye, Taylor Swift, BTS, Justin Bieber with The Kid LaRoi, and Doja Cat also took home multiple awards.

Winners of the Billboard Music Awards are selected based on record sales, streaming, downloads, and radio airplay.

Winners of the 2022 Billboard Music Awards:
Top Artist: Drake
Top New Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Male Artist: Drake
Top Female Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Duo or Group: BTS
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Song Sales Artist: BTS
Top Radio Songs Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Billboard Global 200 Artist: Olivia Rodrigo
Top Billboard Global Artist Outside of the U.S.: Ed Sheeran
Top Tour: The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour
Top R&B Artist: Doja Cat
Top Male R&B Artist: The Weeknd
Top Female R&B Artist: Doja Cat
Top R&B Tour: Bruno Mars
Top Rap Artist: Drake
Top Male Rap Artist: Drake
Top Female Rap Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Top Rap Tour: Omarion & Bow Wow
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Male Country Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Female Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo or Group Country Artist: Dan + Shay
Top Country Tour: Eric Church
Top Rock Artist: Glass Animals
Top Rock Tour: The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour
Top Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Male Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Female Latin Artist: Kali Uchis
Top Latin Duo or Group: Eslabon Armado
Top Latin Tour: Los Bukis Una Historia Cantada Tour
Top Dance or Electronic Artist: Lady Gaga
Top Christian Artist: Ye
Top Gospel Artist: Ye
Top Billboard 200 Album: “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo
Top Soundtrack: “Encanto”
Top R&B Album: “Planet Her” by Doja Cat
Top Rap Album: “Certified Lover Boy” by Drake
Top Country Album: “Red” by Taylor Swift
Top Rock Album: “Scaled and Icy” by twenty one pilots
Top Latin Album: “KG0516” by Karol G
Top Dance or Electronic Album: “Fallen Embers” by Illenium
Top Christian Album: “Donda” by Ye
Top Gospel Album: “Donda” by Ye
Top Hot 100 Song: “Stay” by The Kid LaRoi and Justin Bieber
Top Singing Song: “Stay” by The Kid LaRoi and Justin Bieber
Top Selling Song: “Butter” by BTS
Top Radio Song: “Levitating” by Dua Lipa
Top Collaboration: “Stay” by The Kid LaRoi and Justin Bieber
Top Billboard Global 200 Song: “Stay” by The Kid LaRoi and Justin Bieber
Top Billboard Global Song Outside the U.S.: “Stay” by The Kid LaRoi and Justin Bieber
Top Viral Song: “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat with SZA
Top R&B Song: “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic
Top Rap Song: “Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow
Top Country Song: “Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes
Top Rock Song: “Beggin’” by Maneskin
Top Latin Song: “telepatia” by Kali Uchis
Top Dance or Electronic Song: “Cold Heart” PNAU Remix by Elton John and Dua Lipa
Top Christian Song: “Hurricane” by Ye
Top Gospel Song: “Hurricane” by Ye

NASCAR Issues Kansas Penalty

Once again last week at Kansas Speedway, team had issues with their tires.

The Kaulig Racing number 31 car driven by Justin Haley had a number of issues during the Advent Health 400, including losing a tire.  As a result, the number 31 team has been charged with violating the NASCAR rulebook and has had three members of the crew suspended for the next four races – crew chief Trent Owens, rear tire changer Jonpatrick Kealey, and jack man Marshall McFadden.

The Joe Gibbs Racing number eleven car driven by Denny Hamlin was charged with violating the rule book when the car lost a wheel during the race at Dover Speedway.  The team has decided to appeal the decision which will be heard by the appeals court on May 18.

2022 Billboard Music Awards

The Grammy Awards are determined by industry officials; while the American Music Awards are a fan voted award, but the Billboard Music Award winners are determined by record sales, radio airplay, and streaming.

The 2022 Billboard Music Awards returns with Diddy serving as host and opens the show with a performance.

From the MGM Grand, Diddy noted that he did not like award shows because they were boring but this year he is the executive producer and plans to make it a fun night…tapping into their inner seven year old.  Saying that he is returning to making music, Diddy called it his coming out party.  Diddy tells everyone that there will be no boring wins tonight but for everyone to tap into their winergy.

The first award of the night went to Doja Cat for Top Rap Artist of the Year.

Silk Sonic take the stage for a performance.

Country artist Laney Wilson presents the award for Top Rap Female Artist of the Year to Megan Thee Stallion who sat for several seconds with a very shocked look on her face before taking the stage.

Raoul Alexander takes the stage for a performance.

The award for Top Rock Artist went to Glass Animals.

Florence + the Machine give a performance.

The award for Top Country Duo or Group went to Dan + Shay.

Elle King and Miranda Lambert pair up for a performance of “Drunk and I Don’t Wanna Go Home”.  They are the first female duo to hit number one on the Billboard Country Chart in 30 years.

Saying they celebrate women who stand up, Diddy presented an award to Tomika Mallory for her work in social justice and freedom.  Noting that while they arrested the person who killed 10 people, they did not arrest the hate.

Platinum selling Rap artist Latto takes the stage to perform.

Top Dance or Electronic Album went to Illenium for “Fallen Embers”.  Ellenium noted that it was the first time he had won an award.

Country artist Morgan Wallen gives a performance.

Megan The Stallion performs.

Dan + Shay give a performance.

Glass Animals was presented with the first ever Pepsi Mic Drop award for their song “Heat Waves” that took 59 weeks from the time it entered the chart to reach the number one spot.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist and multiple Grammy Award winner Janet Jackson took the stage to present the 2022 Billboard Icon Music Award to May J Blige.  Blige has eleven Billboard Awards, nine Grammy Awards, and over 75 million albums sold.  H.E.R., Ellie Mai, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, and Taraji P. Henson were among those who spoke on Blige.  She is the first woman to be nominated for a music and acting award at the Academy Awards.  Blige spent several minutes thanking everyone beginning with God and ending with her fans.

Travis Scott gives a performance.

The Top Country Male Artist award went to Morgan Wallen.

Calling him the Crown Prince of Punk Rock, Diddy introduced Machine Gun Kelly who gave a performance. 

What began as fighting for awareness of a major clean water issue and turned into a major wave of activism, Miss Flint Mari Copeny was presented with the Billboard Change Award.  She is the first female and youngest person to receive the award.

On tour in Belfast, Norther Ireland, Ed Sheeran gives a performance before a packed arena.

The award for Top R&B Album went to Doja Cat for “Planet Her”.

Latin music star Becky G gives a performance.

In a 40th anniversary celebration, Maxwell pays tribute to Michael Jackson and “Thriller” with a performance of “Lady in My Life”.

Burna Boy closes out the night of music with a performance.

NASCAR Point Standings – May 16

Despite having a bad day at the track at Kansas Speedway, Chase Elliott continues to lead the points standings with 124 points.  Kyle and Kurt Busch joined the list of stage winners during the Advent Health 400.  Ryan Blaney sill has the lead with four stage wins.

2022 Stage Point Standings:
Chase Elliott – 124
William Byron – 120
Ryan Blaney – 101
Joey Logano – 98
Martin Truex Jr – 92
Kyle Larson – 91
Ross Chastain – 88
Kyle Busch – 80
Christopher Bell – 74
Alex Bowman – 55
Denny Hamlin – 53
Erik Jones – 48
Tyler Reddick – 48
Chase Briscoe – 43
Aric Almirola – 32
Daniel Suarez – 32

In the Driver Point Standings, Chase Elliott also holds the lead with 475 points – over 50 points ahead of Ryan Blaney.  With his race win at Kansas, Kurt Busch became the eleventh different driver to win a race this season; only William Byron and Ross Chastain have won more than one race.  While he is among the race winner, Denny Hamlin is out the top 16 drivers in points, sitting in 20th place.

Driver Point Standings:
Chase Elliott – 475
Ryan Blaney – 423
Kyle Busch – 417
William Byron – 415
Ross Chastain – 407
Martin Truex Jr – 400
Joey Logano – 396
Alex Bowman – 386
Kyle Larson – 376
Christopher Bell – 359
Kevin Harvick – 335
Aric Almirola – 322
Austin Dillon – 311
Chase Briscoe – 300
Tyler Reddick – 300
Austin Cindric – 291


In the Playoff Standings, once again Chase Elliott leads the way with 2,022 points. 

Playoff Point Standings:
Chase Elliott – 2,022
William Byron – 2,020
Ross Chastain – 2,018
Kyle Busch – 2,014
Ryan Blaney – 2,014
Joey Logano – 2,010
Alex Bowman – 2,009
Kyle Larson – 2,008
Martin Truex Jr, – 2,008
Denny Hamlin – 2,007
Kurt Busch – 2,006
Chris Briscoe – 2,006
Austin Cindric – 2,005
Christopher Bell – 2,001
Kevin Harvick – 2,000
Aric Almirola – 2,000

In the Camping World Truck Series, Ben Rhodes leads the points race with 319, but it is two time race winner Zane Smith who leads the playoff points with 2,027.

Camping World Truck Series Point Standings:
Ben Rhodes – 319
John Hunter Nemechek – 299
Zane Smith – 298
Chandler Smith – 290
Ty Majeski – 271
Stewart Friesen – 264
Carson Hocevar – 251
Christian Eckes – 250
Grant Enfinger – 236
Matt Crafton – 232

NASCAR Readies for All Star Race

This coming weekend the NASCAR Cup Series takes a break from points racing for the annual All Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway where they will race for $1 million.

In the final week of voting for the driver fans want to see in the race, four names have risen to the top – Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie, Tyler Reddick, and Daniel Suarez.

Fans have until Friday to cast their vote for their favourite driver.  Fans can vote once each day at http://www.nascar.com/fanvote.

Other drivers eligible for the fan vote are:
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
Harrison Burton
Justin Haley
Todd Gilliland
Cole Custer
Ty Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Cody Ware
Landon Cassill
and BJ McLeod

Like the format to begin the season with the Daytona 500, the annual All Star race has a format all its own that includes heat races, open races, and a main race.

For drivers who have already secured a spot in the race, there will be two qualifying rounds.  The drivers will make a single car qualifying run in reverse order of current point standings.  For the second round, the top eight drivers will compete in a head to head elimination round.

Instead of another trip around the track, the drivers will begin on pit road with a four tire change.  Once the jack drops after the pit stop the drivers will race down pit road with no speed limit.  The first driver to reach the start/finish line wins the round.  The drivers who lose in the head to head round will start the main event from fifth to eighth; while the winners will occupy the pole and positions two, three, and four.  The drivers will get a practice round of 15 to 20 minutes prior to qualifying.

Once the lineup of drivers for the Open race has been determined, they will make a single car qualifying run in reverse order of current point standings.

The 50 lap Open Race will consist of two 20 laps stages and one 10 lap stage with only the green flag laps counting for the 10 lap stage.  The winner of each stage will advance to the feature event; as will the winner of the fan vote.  The fan vote winner must have a drivable car for the main race in order to get the position.

The main event is a 125 lap race with four stages – three 25 lap stages and one 50 lap stage.  But then things get a little complicated…the winner of stage one will sit on the pole for stage four as long as he finishes no further back than 15th in stage two and three.  The winner of stage two will start stage four on the front row as long as he finishes no worst than 15th in stage three.  The stage three winner will start stage four in third place.

At the end of stage two there will be a break where all of the teams must make a four tire pit stop.  The crew with the shortest pit time – form pit in to pit out – will be awarded the Pit Crew Award.  The driver will start stage four in the fourth position…as long as he finishes stage three no worst than 15th.

In no caution for an on track incident occurs between laps 15 and 25, NASCAR will throw a competition caution.

Circle Jerks

Like many artists The Circle Jerks have been forced to cancel and postpone concert dates as a result of the pandemic and the coronavirus.

Those concert dates have now been rescheduled. 

Negative Approach, Adolescents, and 7Seconds will all e joining the tour.  This will be the first time in over five years that 7Seconds will be performing together.

Circle Jerks tour dates:
June 22 at the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, NM
June 24 at the Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
June 25 at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ
July 1 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
July 2 at the Showbox in Seattle, WA
July 3 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
July 7 & 8 at Irving Plaza in New York City, NY
July 9 at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA
July 11 at The Broadberry in Richmond, VA
July 12 at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C.
July 13 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ
July 15 at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA
July 16 at the House of Blues in Boston, MA
July 17 at Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT
July 20 at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
July 21 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville, TN
July 22 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
July 24 at Tipitina’s Uptown in New Orleans, LA
Aug 20 at PID & Fiddler’s Green in Greenwood Willage, CO
Aug 25 & 26 at the UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA
Aug 27 at This Ain’s No Picnic in Pasadena, CA
Sept 1 at the Granada Theater in Dallas, TX
Sept 2 at the Paper Tiger in San Antonio, TX
Sept 3 at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
Sept 5 & 6 at Mohawk in Austin, TX

Horslips to Release Anniversary Set

The Celtic rock band Horslips are celebrating 50 years of making music with a massive boxed set.   “More than You Can Chew” is a 35 disc set due out July 29.

Along with 33 CD’s the set will include two DVD’s, two books, five vintage photos, a poster, and memorabilia.

The 33 CD’s include a whopping 506 songs – over half of which, 252, have never been released.

The two DVD’s feature 59 videos plus two documentaries.  Most of the videos – 42 – are previously unreleased.

One of the two books is a history of the founders Celtic rock; with the second book one of “Lyricography”.

The five vintage photos are 8 X 10’s that have all been signed by all five of the band members.

The set will also include a poster and a folder of facsimiles from the 70’s.

11th New Winner in Cup Series at Kansas

The Advent Health 400 at Kansas Speedway marks the hallway point of the regular season for the Cup Series drivers.  So far there have been 10 different drivers this season.

After winning the race last week in Darlington in a somewhat controversial manner, Joey Logano finds himself starting the race in Kansas from the back of the field after some issues during practice.  Logano was just one of several drivers that had tire issues during practice that sent Logano and Chris Buescher to backup cars.  Denny Hamlin will also find himself at the back of the field after the crew had to make repairs to the rear diffuser when Hamlin was one of the drivers with tire issues during practice.

Joey Logano’s number 22 team and the number 31 car driven by Justin Haley had trouble making it through the inspection process that results in both crews losing a crew member and their pit stall choices after failing inspection twice.

Austin Dillon and the number three car will also have a crew change after crew chief Justin Alexander will be missing from the pit box this weekend due to Covid-19 protocols.

After their on track issues; Joey Logano, Chris Buescher, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr will not be making a qualifying run. 

Noah Gragson is the first driver on the track for single car qualifying.  He posts a time of 31.45 seconds around the one and half mile track.

With a qualifying run of 30.071 seconds, Christopher Bell puts his number 20 car on the pole for his third pole of the season.  Tyler Reddick will start alongside on the front row.

Jamie McMurray makes a road trip from the Charlotte studio to join Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the broadcast booth for this week.

The starting lineup for the Advent Health 400:
Christopher Bell
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Larson
Austin Cindric
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Ross Chastain
Chase Briscoe
William Byron
Chase Elliott
Justin Haley
Cole Custer
Ty Dillon
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Suarez
Corey LaJoie
Austin Dillon
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Harrison Burton
JJ Yeley
Noah Gragson
Cody Ware
Brad Keselowski
Todd Gilliland
BJ McLeod
Josh Bilicki
Joey Logano
Chris Buescher
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Stages one of the race is 80 laps, stage two is 85 laps, with stage three lasting 102 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track.  Drivers can run around 60 laps on a single load of fuel.

A Sunday morning shower has cooled off temperatures and wiped all of the rubber off of the track.  NASCAR has called for a competition caution to allow teams to check the tire wear.

After a rousing command to start the engines, Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of the race Tyler Reddick initially edges out for the lead before Christopher Bell comes from the outside to take the lead.

Lap two, Christopher Bell leads the race with Tyler Reddick in second; Kyle Larson, Austin Cindric, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap four, Joey Logano has moved up to 28th place.

Lap five, Christopher Bell holds on to the lead with Tyler Reddick in second; Kyle Larson, Austin Cindric, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe brings out the first caution of the race when he spins out and makes a run through the grass.  Briscoe had reported a very loose condition.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap nine.  Drivers get three wide across the track.  Tyler Reddick takes the lead after some help from Kyle Busch.

Lap eleven, Tyler Reddick leads the race with Kyle Larson in second; Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Cole Custer slaps the wall but the track stays green.

In an attempt to go high, Christopher Bell reports that he got loose.

After starting the race from the back of the field, Denny Hamlin is in the top 10 in 18th.

Lap 15, Tyler Reddick has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kyle Larson; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.  Daniel Suarez is just outside the top five in sixth with Ross Chastain in seventh.

Joey Logano continues to report some handling issues with his car.

Lap 17, Tyler Reddick holds a lead of over a second on Kyle Larson; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 26, Tyler Reddick has a lead of a second on Kyle Larson; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Cody Ware and BJ McLeod are a lap down.

Lap 28, Bubba Wallace is just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Lap 30, Kyle Larson has closed the gap on leader Tyler Reddick to under a second; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 32, Tyler Reddick reports a vibration.

Kyle Larson has caught leader Tyler Reddick and is beginning to challenge for the lead.  The leaders have encountered slower traffic.

Lap 34, Kyle Larson passes Tyler Reddick for the lead.

BJ McLeod spins out and brings out the second caution flag of the race.  Joey Logano was in danger of going a lap down when the caution flag came out.  The roof hatch on McLeod’s car has come off.

Several members of the Kansas City Chiefs are in attendance at the race including head coach Andy Reid who is sporting number 18 colours.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Christopher Bell winning the race off of pit road.  Justin Haley lost a tire coming out of his pit stall and was on fire.  Denny Hamlin had to back up several times and was charged with an equipment interference penalty.  Austin Dillon was charged with leaving pit road with equipment when he pulled out of his pit stall with the gas can.  JJ Yeley was caught speeding on pit road.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 41 and jumps out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 42, Christopher Bell leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Daniel Suarez, Ross Chastain, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 46, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Kyle Busch; Ross Chastain, Daniel Suarez, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.  BJ McLeod is off the track.

Lap 48, Christopher Bell has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch.  Bubba Wallace has entered the top 10 in eighth place.  Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin are in the top 20 at 18 and 19.

Lap 57, Christopher Bell has led 29 laps so far.  Kyle Busch is a half of a second behind Bell; Ross Chastain, Daniel Suarez, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 60, the top five drivers are separated by five seconds.

Daniel Suarez brings out the caution flag when he spins out with a flat tire.  Leader Christopher Bell also has a flat tire.

Aric Almirola comes down pit road while it was still closed.

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Kyle Busch reports that his engine has a harsh harmonic. 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Corey LaJoie, and Austin Dillon all stayed out on the track.  Erik Jones wins the race off of pit road after taking only two tires.

Justin Haley’s crew is pushing the car to the garage.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 68.  Ddrivers geth three wide across the track with Kyle Busch passing on the inside to take the lead.

Lap 69, Kyle Busch leads the race with Ross Chastain in second; Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 70, Kyle Busch ahs a near half second lead on Ross Chastain as drivers get spread out three and four wide across the track; Chase Elliott, Tyler Reddick and William Byron round out the top five.  The drivers who did not make a pit stop are falling through the field.

BJ McLeod is out of the race with Justin Haley off of the track.  There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 74, Kyle Larson is mired back in the field after an extended pit stop for repairs.

Lap 75, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Ross Chastain; Chase Elliott, Tyler Reddick, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 78, Kyle Busch now has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Ross Chastain. 

With a lead of over two and a half seconds, Kyle Busch wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Ross Chastain
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Elliott winning the race off of pit road. Kyle Busch has a slow pit stop after he pitted too close to the wall.

Kevin Harvick and Erik Jones made a second trip down pit road.

Lap 85, Erik Jones pits for a third time for a lug nut issue with Aric Almirola and Chris Buescher making a second trip down pit road.

Chase Elliott was charged with leaving pit road with equipment.  Denny Hamlin had a second equipment interference penalty.  Bubba Wallace was charged with having his crew come over the wall too soon and Daniel Suarez was charged with too many crew members over the wall to make crash repairs.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 88 with Martin Truex Jr alongside.  Chastain and Truex go side by side when William Byron comes from the inside to pass them both for the lead.

Lap 90, William Byron leads the race with Ross Chastain in second; Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five with the Busch brothers battling it out for sixth.

Kyle Larson slaps the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 92, Tyler Reddick passes Ross Chastain for second.  Kyle Busch passes Ryan Blaney for fifth before big brother Kurt comes up and takes fifth.

Lap 94, William Byron has a half second lead on Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 97, William Byron has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Ross Chastain; Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.  Joey Logano is in 15th place.

Lap 102, William Byron leads the race with Ross Chastain in second; Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

Lap 105, William Byron now has a lead of over two seconds on Ross Chastain; Tyler Reddick, Kurt Busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Justin Haley is out of the race.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 107, Kurt Busch passes Tyler Reddick for third.

Lap 108, William Byron continues to extend his lead and is now 2.75 seconds in front of Ross Chastain; Kurt Busch, Tyler Reddick and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five. Kyle Busch challenges team mate Martin Truex Jr for fifth place.

Lap 112, Kurt Busch passes Ross Chastain for second; William Byron’s lead is approaching three seconds. 

Tyler Reddick has a lot of debris on his grille.  He hits the wall hard but the track stays green.

Lap 113, William Byron has a flat tire and is slowed on the track as he works his way to pit road.  Kurt Busch is the new leader.  The tire went flat just after Byron passed the entrance to pit road.

Tyler Reddick gets into the wall again and works his way to pit road as the track stays green.

Lap 118, Kurt Busch has a two and a half second lead on Ross Chastain; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 124, drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Aric Almirola reports that he may have dropped a cylinder.

Kyle Busch is reporting a very tight condition.

Lap 126, leader Kurt Busch makes his green flag pit stop. 

Kevin Harvick spins out coming off of pit road and brings out the caution flag on lap 127 – in the middle of green flag pit stops.

Chase Elliott is the leader at the time of the caution.

Kurt Busch is reporting a vibration.

Alex Bowman has some debris on his grille.

The crew is still having trouble getting the lug nut off on the right rear tire of Erik Jones’ car. 

Lap 129, the top five are Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Cole Custer, Michael McDowell, and Ty Dillon.  Kurt Busch is in ninth place.  There are currently 16 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 131, crews are still trying to get the lug nut off on Erik Jones’ car.  They have tried numerous pieces of equipment and hope that they don’t mess up the threads once they do get it off.  Pit road remains closed.

Alex Bowman is the “lucky dog”.

Loose wheels and lug nuts have been a big issue this season, but this is the first time that a crew has been unable to get the lug nut off.  Crews are going to cut the tire off to get to the lug nut.

Lap 133, now that NASCAR officials have sorted out the timing and scoring, pit road is open and drivers can come down pit road for service.

The 43 crew has finally gotten the lug nut off and the tire changed!  Jones is seven laps down but back in the race.

Ten drivers have taken the wave around and are back on the lead lap.

Kurt Busch is listed as the leader and brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 137 with Ryan Blaney alongside.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track as Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney battle for the lead.

Lap 139, Kurt Busch takes the lead with brother Kyle in second; Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

The Busch brothers began the race side by side and have been close to each other on the track all race.  On lap 143 Kurt has the lead with Kyle right behind him in second.

Denny Hamlin and Harrison Burton battle back and forth for 14th place.

Lap 146, Kurt Busch has a half second lead on brother Kyle; Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Lap 153, Kurt Busch continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch in second nearly a second back; Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.  Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin have entered the top 10 in ninth and tenth.

After starting the race from the back of the field, Denny Hamlin has moved back and forth through the field today and has passed over 60 cars.

Lap 160, Kurt Busch has a second and a half lead on brother Kyle; Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.

Kurt Busch as led 39 laps so far – the most of any driver today.

Lap 163, Kurt Busch has increased his lead to over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Martin Truex Jr has a flat tire but choses to stay out on the track.

It’s a Busch stage sweep with Kurt Busch winning stage two for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Austin Cindric
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Ross Chastain
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Bubba Wallace

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Ryan Blaney is reporting issues like “plowing”.  Kurt Busch wins the race off of pit road with Ryan Blaney off second and Kyle Busch out third.  Kevin Harvick had an extended stop on pit road.

Kyle Busch had a slow stop after the car dropped on the air hose and then was caught speeding on pit road.  Ross Chastain had an issue on pit road with the rear tires.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 174.  Busch and Ryan Blaney go side by side for the lead with the drivers three wide through the field.

Kurt Busc edges out for the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Austin Cindric round out the top five. 

Lap 179, Kyle Larson passes Ryan Blaney for second.  Kyle Busch enters the top 20.

Martin Truex Jr ended up one lap down after his flat tire at the end of stage two.

Bubba Wallace is in the top 10 in eighth place.

Austin Cindric hits the wall hard but continues on and the track stays green.

Lap 182, Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson battle for the lead and with 86 laps to go Larson takes the lead briefly before Busch gets back out in front after Kyle Larson gets loose and touches the wall with his right rear.

Lap 188, Kurt Busch has a half second lead on Deny Hamlin; Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

With 76 laps to go, Kyle Busch has passed 13 cars since the race restart and is in eleventh place.

With 74 laps remaining in the race, Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly three seconds on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is in eleventh place.

Lap 195, Chase Elliott blows a tire and spins out into the grass minus the tire and brings out the caution flag.  Elliott is the fifth driver to have an issue with their left rear tire this race.  Martin Truex Jr is the “lucky dog”.

With 70 laps remaining in the race the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and service.  They cannot make it to the end of the race from here.

A tire is loose on pit road and gets hit by Alex Bowman, sending it bouncing several pit stalls down pit road.  The tire was from Bubba Wallace’s car and he is charged with a loose tire penalty.  Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr were caught speeding on pit road.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 201 and battles with Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney for the lead.  After battling back and forth for three laps, Kyle Larson slaps the wall and Kurt Busch takes the lead.

Lap 104, Kurt Busch leads the race with Kyle Larson in second; Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Kyle Busch is on a mission and has now passes team mate Denny Hamlin for fourth.

Christopher Bell passes Kyle Larson for second.

Lap 107, Kurt Busch has a one second lead on Christopher Bell after Kyle Larson hits the wall again.

Lap 214, Kurt Busch has pulled out to a two second lead on Christopher Bell; Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Kyle Busch ahs finally passed Kyle Larson for third.

Lap 221, Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly three seconds on little brother Kyle; Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 223, Kyle Busch is slowly closing the gap on brother Kurt who has a two and a half second lead.  Kurt Busch has led 100 laps so far.

Lap 229, NASCAR throws the yellow flag for fluid on the track.  Driver come down pit road for that last set of sticker tires.  Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Larson out second and Kurt Busch out third.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 235 with Kyle Larson alongside on the inside lane.  Kurt Busch lines up behind brother Kyle.  Kurt pushes Kyle for the lead but Kyle Larson comes up on the inside and takes the lead.

with 32 laps remaining in th race, Kyle Larson leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Christopher Bell, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Kyle Larson is the only car in the top five that is not a Toyota.

Tyler Reddick makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

With 27 laps to go, Kyle Larson leads the race but is not pulling away from the Busch brothers in second and third.

Ryan Blaney gets loose but saves the car and the track stays green.

Twenty to go, Kyle Larson leads the race with Kurt Busch in second; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Sixteen to go, Kyle Larson holds a narrow lead on Kurt Busch; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

With 13 laps to go, Kurt Busch stays within half a second of leader Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch is over a second and a half back in third.

Lap 259, Kurt Busch passes Kyle Larson for the lead.  Larson slaps the wall again but the trac stays green.

Six to go, Kurt Busch as a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.  Bubba Wallace has entered the top 10.

Three to go, Kurt Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kyle Larson.

Kurt Busch takes the white flag.

Kurt Busch wins the race to become the eleventh different winner this season.  Michael McDowell spins out on the final lap.

The new team of 23XI Racing gets their first race win with Kurt Busch and Bubba Wallace finishes the race in tenth place.

Kurt Busch has won a race with his fourth manufacturer, fifth team, 18th track, and 19th year.  This is his first win at Kansas Speedway.

Asked how he did it, Busch said that he doesn’t do it along, it’s a team effort.  He also gave some credit to little brother Kyle.  He adds that it’s all about family.

Denny Hamlin interrupted an interview to congratulate his driver Kurt Busch.

The unofficial results of the Advent Health 400:
Kurt Busch
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Christopher Bell
Martin Truex Jr
Ross Chastain
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Bubba Wallace
Austin Cindric
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Joey Logano
Noah Gragson
Corey LaJoie
Ty Dillon
Harrison Burton
Cole Custer
Michael McDowell
Chase Briscoe
Todd Gilliland
Aric Almirola
Chris Buescher
Josh Bilicki
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
JJ Yeley
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez
Cody Ware
Justin Haley
BJ McLeod

Three-peat in Truck Series at Kansas Speedway

NASCAR travels to Kansas for this weekend with the Camping World Truck Series and the Cup Series running this weekend.

Stewart Friesen is having some major travel issues thanks to Mother Nature.  The 52 team has tapped Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace to fill in until Friesen can get to the track.  As practice began prior to qualifying for the Heart of America 200, Friesen was stuck in Chicago waiting for a flight.

With 35 teams bringing trucks to Kansas Speedway, all of the drivers will get to run in the race.

After single lap single truck qualifying, it’s an all Kyle Busch Motorsports front row with John Hunter Nemechek sitting on the pole after a time of 30,57 seconds around the mile and a half track.  This is Nemechek’s third pole this season.

The starting lineup for the Heart of America 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Corey Heim
TY Majeski
Zane Smith
Stewart Friesen
Chandler Smith
Riley Herbst
Derek Kraus
Tanner Gray
Matt Crafton
Colby Howard
Matt DiBenedetto
Jack Wood
Chase Purdy
Ben Rhodes
Carson Hocevar
Christian Eckes
Hailie Deegan
Dean Thompson
Tyler Ankrum
Grant Enfinger
Jesse Little
Austin Wayne Self
Kris Wright
Lawless Alan
Timmy Hill
Blaine Perkins
Matt Mills
Josh Reaume
Spencer Boyd
Ryan Huff
Trey Hutchens III
Tyler Hill
Jesse Iwuji
Tate Fogleman

Bubba Wallace qualified the truck in fifth position for Stewart Friesen; as a result, Friesen will have to start the race from the back of the field due to a driver change.  Tate Fogleman and Matt DiBenedetto will also have to start the race from the back of the field after their crews made some unapproved adjustments to their trucks.

Matt Crafton is the only driver in the field who has won a race at Kansas Speedway; a feat he has done three times.

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

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track.

The second week in a stretch of eight consecutive races, the Camping World Truck Series reaches the halfway point in the regular season with tonight’s race.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane.  Drivers quickly get three and four wide across the track with John Hunter Nemechek getting out in front for the lead.

Lap two, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Zane Smith in second; Corey Heim, Ty Majeski, and Chandler Smith round out the top five. 

Lap three Zane Smith edges out John Hunter Nemechek for the lead

Lap four, John Hunter Nemechek retakes the lead briefly before Zane Smith reclaims the top spot.

Lap five, Stewart Friesen has already moved up 13 spots to 22nd.

Lap six, Zane Smith leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Corey Heim, Ty Majeski, and Chandler Smith round out the top five. 

Lap seven, Stewart Friesen has entered the top 20.

Blaine Perkins spins out but the track stays green.

Lap 15 Zane Smith has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Corey Heim; Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.  Stewart Friesen is in 16th place over 17 seconds behind the leader.

Lap 17, Zane Smith’s lead is down to under a second on Corey Heim.

The race started under a bright blue sky but will end under the lights.

Lap 20, Zane Smith’s lead is now down to under half a second over Corey Heim; Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

Lap 24, Corey Heim takes the lead with Zane Smith in second; Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.

With four laps remaining in stage one, Corey Heim has pulled out to a two second lead on Zane Smith; Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith, and John Hunter Nemechek over eight seconds bac round out the top five.

Corey Heim wins stage one with a big lead for his first ever stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Corey Heim
Ty Majeksi
Zane Smith
Chandler Smith
John Hunter Nemechek
Derek Kraus
Ben Rhodes
Matt Crafton
Tanner Gray
Carson Hocevar

The drivers should be able to run 50 to 55 laps on a single load of fuel, but Chandler Smith had to make an unscheduled pit stop before pit road was open because he was out of fuel.  Smith is now one lap down.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Corey Heim winning the race off of pit road.

Corey Heim brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane on lap 36 and goes side by side with Zane Smith.  Zane Smith gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 38, Zane Smith leads the race with Corey Heim in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.  Stewart Friesen has entered the top 10  and is in seventh plac.e

Jesse Iwuji is off the track with 21 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 41, Zane Smith has a lead of a second on Corey Heim; John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Tanner Gray round out the top five.

Timmy Hill and Matt Mills had uncontrolled tires during their pit stops and had to restart the race from the back of the field.

Lap 50, Zane Smith had a near two second lead on Corey Heim; John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Ty Majeski round out the top five.

Lap 53, Zane Smith has increased his lead to two and a half seconds on Corey Heim.

Jesse Iwuji is the first driver out of the race.

Lap 56, Zane Smith is out in front with a lead of over two and a half seconds; Corey Heim, John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Majeski, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

One lap down, Chandler Smith is reporting some fuel pressure issues.

Zane Smith wins stage two for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Zane Smith
Corey Heim
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Majeski
Ben Rhodes
Carson Hocevar
Tanner Gray
Derek Kraus
Colby Howard
Stewart Friesen

Chandler Smith was the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ben Rhodes winning the race off of pit road.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 67 with Zane Smith alongside.  Drivers get three and four wide across the track as Zane Smith takes the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 68, Zane Smith leads the race with Ben Rhodes in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Corey Heim, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Drivers are four…and even five….wide in a battle for position.

Lap 71, Zane Smith has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Ben Rhodes.  Corey Heim passes John Hunter Nemechek for third.

Lap 73, Zane Smith now has a lead of over a second and a half on Corey Heim.  Heim has passed Ben Rhodes for second.

Lap 75, Zane Smith’s lead is now over two seconds on Corey Heim.

Lap 79, Zane Smith is pulling away from the field; he has a lead of three and a half seconds on Corey Heim; John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Majeski, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Zane Smith has led 52 of the 82 laps run so far.

With 50 laps remaining in the race, Zane Smith has a four second lead on Corey Heim.

Matt Mills is off the track.

With 45 laps remaining in the race, Zane Smith has a lead of over five seconds on Corey Heim.

The first caution flag for a n on track incident comes out on lap 91 when Kris Wright gets into the wall.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and fuel.  Corey Heim wins the race off of pit road with Zane Smith in second.  Carson Hocevar was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.  Chase Purdy was charged with pitting outside of his pit box.  Both drivers will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Corey Heim brings the field down for the green flag restart with 39 laps remaining in the race.  Zane Smith jumps out in front for the lead from the inside lane.  Drivers are four wide across the track in a battle for position.

Lap 95, Zane Smith leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Christian Eckes, Stewart Friesen, and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

Due to travel issues, Stewart Friesen was not able to qualify his truck.  After Bubba Wallace qualified the truck, Friesen had to start the race from the back of the field; he is now in the top five in fourth place.

Lap 100, Zane Smith has a lead of over a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Christian Eckes, Ty Majeski, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Corey Hein brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 107, Corey Heim brings his truck down pit road after hitting the wall.  He has had a number of engine issues during the race.

With 26 laps remaining in the race, Zane Smith hada  lead of over three seconds on John Hunter Nemechek; Ty Majeski is in third over six seconds back; Chandler Smith and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Lap 110, Zane Smith now has a lead of over four seconds on John Hunter Nemechek.

Twenty to go!  Zane Smith leads the race by over four seconds on John Hunter Nemechek; Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

Just 14 laps remain in the race, Zane Smith has a lead of four and a half seconds on John Hunter Nemechek when Dean Thompson spins out and brings out the caution flag.

Leaders stay out on the track but some of the drivers back in the field come down pit road for fresher tires.

Hailie Deegan in 19th place is the “lucky dog”.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart with just nine laps remaining in the race from the inside lane with John Hunter Nemechek on the outside.  Zane Smith jumps out in front for the lead as drivers get three and four wide behind him.

Seven to go, Zane Smith has a lead of nearly half a second on Ty Majeski; Grant Enfinger, Christian Eckes, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek gets loose but saves the truck and the track stages green.

Five to go, Zane Smith continues to increase his lead on Ty Majeski with 19 trucks on the lead lap.

Two to go, Zane Smith has a one second lead.

Zane Smith takes the white flag.

Zane Smith becomes the first driver in the Truck Series to win three races this season.  He led 108 of the 134 laps in the race.

Smith apologized for not doing a burnout; saying that the truck was stuck in fourth.

The unofficial results of the Heart of America 200:
Zane Smith
Ty Majeski
Grand Enfinger
Chandler Smith
Christian Eckes
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt DiBenedetto
Derek Kraus
Matt Crafton
Ben Rhodes
Colby Howard
Riley Herbst
Chase Purdy
Stewart Friesen
Carson Hocevar
Tyler Ankrum
Hailie Deegan
Tanner Gray
Lawless Alan
Tate Fogleman
Tyler Hill
Dean Thompson
Austin Wayne Self
Jesse Little
Kris Wright
Jack Wood
Timmy Hill
Ryan Huff
Trey Hutchins III
Josh Reaume
Spencer Boyd
Blaine Perkins
Corey Heim
Matt Mills
Jesse Iwuji

The Cult

British rockers The Cult have announced a tour in the United States this summer with a couple of stops in Ontario, but first they will be joining Alice Cooper for a tour around their homeland of the United Kingdom.  Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Zola Jesus will be joining the tour on some of the American dates.

The Cult tour dates:
May 23 at the Swansea Arena in Swansea, UK
May 25 at The O2 in London, UK
May 27 at the AO Arena in Manchester, UK
May 28 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, UK
May 30 at the Resorts Word Arena in Birmingham, UK
June 1 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, UK
July 8 at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN
July 9 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
July 10 at The Factory in Chesterfield, MO
July 12 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
July 14 at the PNC at Riverbend in Cincinnati, OH
July 15 at the Rose Music Center in Dayton, OH
July 16 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
July 19 at The Anthem in Washington, D.C.
July 20 at Pier 17 in New York City, NY
July 22 at the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, PA
July 23 at the Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
July 24 at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT
July 26 at the Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse, NY
July 27 at the Meadowbrook Amphitheatre in Detroit, MI
July 29 at Seacliff Park in Leamington, ON
July 30 at Casino Rama in Rama, ON

Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins will be smashing their way through North America this fall and they are bringing Jane’s Addiction along for their Spirits on Fire tour.  The tour is set to begin on October 2 and run into the middle of November.

Poppy will be the opening act for most of the shows with Meg Myers taking the opening duties in Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

Smashing Pumpkins Spirit on Fire tour dates:
Oct 2 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Oct 3 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Oct 5 at the Moody Center in Austin, TX
Oct 7 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Oct 8 at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL
Oct 10 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Oct 11 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
Oct 13 at the Mogegan Sun in Uncasville, CT
Oct 14 at the UBS Arena in Belmont Park, NY
Oct 16 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA
Oct 18 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Oct 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Oct 21 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Oct 22 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 24 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Oct 26 at the Belle Centre in Montreal, QC
Oct 27 at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, QC
Oct 29 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, OH
Oct 30 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Nov 1 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO
Nov 2  at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Nov 4 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
Nov 5 at the United Center in Chicago, IL
Nov 7 at the Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Nov 9 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA
Nov 11 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Nov 12 at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, WA
Nov 13 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Nov 15 at the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
Nov 16 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Nov 18 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
Nov 19 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA

Everham to Auction Cars

Ray Everham is best known as the crew chief for Jeff Gordon’s number 24 Hendrick Motorsports car. But Everham has also been a race team owner, a broadcaster, and is co-owner of SRX Racing with Tony Stewart.

Over the years, Everham has amassed quite a collection of cars and has restored them. He is now offering up 32 cars from that collection for auction at an upcoming Mecum Action event beginning May 13 and running through May 21.

The collection includes seven NASCAR racing cars, four Indy Cars, and some short track cars.

The upcoming event will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The auction will include a total of 3,000 vehicles.

Mecum Auction events bring some of the biggest collectors in the world to their events. The cars in the Everham collection are being presented with no reserve; ensuring all of the cars will be sold to the highest bidders.

The cars included in the Everham collection that are up for auction are:
1965 Brewner Hawk IndyCar driven by Mario Andretti
1969 Eagle Westlake IndyCar driven by Dan Gurney
1969 NASCAR Dodge Hemi Daytona driven by Buddy Baker – first car to reach 200mph at Talladega
1984 84C Cosworth IndyCar driven by George Snider
1968 NASCAR Ford Torino driven by David Parson
1956 Snowberger Offenhause IndyCar driven by Tony Bettenhausen
2001 NASCAR Dodge Intrepid driven by Bill Elliott

1970 Plymouth Superbird – a pace car at the Bristol Dragstrip

1958 Lesovsky Offenhause ChamCar driven by Jud Larson
2016 Porsche Dayman GT4 – a limited production car
1974 NASCAR Mercury Montego driven y Dick Trickle
1969 Mercury Cyclone – a limited edition Cale Yarborough car
1969 Mercury Cyclone – a limited edition Dan Gurney car
1974 NASCAR Dodge Charger “Greased Lightening” car
1924 Ford Woody Lee T Roadster
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget
1934 Ford Chicken Coupe
1967 Edmonds Chevrolet Sprint Car
1975 Kenny Weld Dirt Modified driven by Kenny Weld
1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Dave Marcis
1940 Ford Standard Coupe
1979 Jeep J10 Pickup – a personal vehicle of Everham
1936 Bob Pickell Modified Chevrolet Sedan Replica – opens like a NHRA funny car
1976 Don Maxwell Sprint Car
1970 Edmunds Midget driven by Pancho Carter
1981 Edmunds Midget
1964 NASCAR Chevrolet Chevelle
1972 NASCAR Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Jack Ingram
1923 Ford Model T Track Roadster
1974 USAC Sprint Car
1937 Jerry Cook Chevrolet Modified – replica

feature photo credit: Mecum Auctions FAcebook page


Crafton Reinstated

After the Camping World Truck Series race last weekend at Darlington Speedway, the Thor Sport number 88 truck driven by Matt Crafton was disqualified from the race after tHe post race inspection for a violation of the front body height. NASCAR stated that the fright of the front end of the truck was too low.

Thor Sport has appealed the ruling.

On May 12 a three member panel of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel overturned the disqualification and has restored Crafton’s finishing position in the top five.

When Crafton’s finish was disqualified, he was placed at the back of the field in 36th place of the 36 truck field. He can now reclaim his original fifth place finish.

Crafton brings many years of racing experience to the track this weekend when the CWTS travels to Kansas Speedway for some Saturday night racing.

NEDY

Inspirational pop artist NEDY is preparing to embark on her “You Matter Tour”.  The tour will include her newest single Made to Be”; as well as, other uplifting music with the message of encouragement.

NEDY spoke on the upcoming tour saying, “my heart and mission is to reach the world with the message of hope and value.  I want every single person that hears my music to know that they matter and that they were created on purpose, with a purpose.”

In addition to her tour, NEDY is preparing to launch her own television show on anti bullying called In with the Outcasts”.  The series is set to debut later this year on Christian Television Network.

“You Matter” tour dates:
May 14 at the Hanahan Amphitheater in Charleston, SC
May 21 in Ashtabula, OH
My 27 in Adrian, MI
May 28 at the Central Community Church in Transfer, PA
June 4 at the Lake Bailee Recreational Park in Hamilton, OH
June 11 at the Farmer’s Market in St. Helen, MI
June 12 at the Lake St. Helen Baptist Church in St. Helen, MI
June 18 at the Kings Settlement Family Camp in Alpena, MI
June 24 at the Community Bible Church in SunRiver, OR
Aug 12 in Holland, MI
Aug 26 at the Visible Music College in Memphis, TN
Sept 17 at Level Up Arcade and Billiards in East Ridge, TN

Feature photo credit: Jeremy Westby and 2911 Media

Niagara Falls Up Close

For over 150 years visitors to Niagara Falls have taken the boat ride to get a close up view of the three majestic waterfalls – the American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe – that make up Niagara Falls.

Over the years the boats have gone steam powered to diesel motors; but they always been called the Maid of the Mist; named for a maiden who jumped over the Falls to her death.

Last year the Maid of the Mist christened a new boat – an electric boat. The quieter motor allows visitors to experience the full power of the Falls. A longer boat, the Maid of the Mist boat on the American side now has a capacity of 600 poncho clad visitors for the ride that lasts about 30 minutes.

The view is spectacular and the trip is the ride of a lifetime!

The Maid of the Mist is a part of the attractions at Niagara Falls State Park – the oldest state park in the United States.

Hard Rock Cafe Partners with Playing for Change

The Hard Rock Café has been supporting musicians and artists for many years including the Hard Rock Calling that brought new, up and coming, and local talent to the spotlight.

Now the HRC has partnered with the Playing for Change Foundation for Undiscovered to focus on local talent from artists around the world.

Playing for Change has been created to unify the world through music.  PFC has brought together youth in diverse communities with programs in 13 different countries.

Beginning May 12, the HRC will feature undiscovered talent over the next 50 days to close out a year long celebration of the Hard Rock Café’s 50th anniversary.

Hard Rock Café 50 Days of Music with Playing for Change:
May 12  Don Vito in Barcelona, Spain
May 12 Ethan & Joey in Cincinnati, OH
May 13 Gracie Grace and All the Good Boy in Boston, MA
May 14 Ferro Miami in Miami, FL
May 14 Ceci Leon in Miami, FL
May 14 The Sully Band in Hollywood, CA
May 18 Two Sparks in Paris, France
May 20 Bikram Sambat in Kathmandu, Nepal
May 20 Lucia M. Flores, Abigail Neilson, Lady A N Roz, Billy Brandt, and Aline & Wes in Seattle, WA
May 20 Aftyn in Philadelphia, PA
May 21 Remyz in Miami, FL
May 24 James Walsh in London, UK
May 26 Malavida in Barcelona, Spain
May 26 The Matt Farley Project, Joanna Yaegaer, and Carl Wockner in Nashville, TN
May 26 Partick Kennison and Nikki Stringfield in Hollywood, CA
May 27 Retro Fit and the Playing for Change Band in Hollywood, CA
May 28 Terrasana in San Francisco, CA
May 28 the Claudiu Mirea Band in Bucharest, Romania
May 31 Jamie Lynn Vessels in New Orleans, LA
June 1 Ike Kanakanui, Just George, and Brian Roberts in Key West, FL
June 2 Retro Live in Prague, Czech Republic
June 3 Laela Giovanna in Philadelphia, PA
June 3 Matilda in Bali
June 4 Holy Alpha in Johannesburg, South Africa
June 6 Brandon Lewis in Memphis, TN
June 8 The Now in London, UK
June 9 Dardan in Cologne, Germany
June 10 The Complements in San Francisco, CA
June 10 Camille K in Philadelphia, PA
June 11 Andi & Band in Bucharest, Romania
June 13 Kato in Memphis, TN
June 14 the Adam Pearce Trio in New Orleans, LA
June 14 Kaiki in Tokyo, Japan
June 15 Eyal in Paris, France
June 16 CC & the Boys, The Memberberries, and Midnight Jack in New York City, NY
June 17 Modjordio in Bali
June 18 Rusted Soul, Misty Eyed, and Ashes to Omens in Atlanta, GA
June 20 Jessica Ray in Memphis, TN
June 24 the Giuseppe Scarpato Hillside Power Trio in Florence, Italy
June 28 Four Way Stop in New Orleans, LA
June 30 Los Pinguos in Hollywood, CA
June 30 Trace Repeat in San Francisco, CA

MLB to Expand Games

This year the NFL is expanding their market into other countries. Next year Major League Baseball will be following suit when they make a return to trip to London for the beginning of a new partnership.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London have come together for a partnership that will last for at least the next five years and will include games in 2023, 24, and 26; as well as, other events.

MLB was last in London in 2019, the year before the Covid pandemic, for a two game series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox that brought some 60,000 fans per game to London Stadium.

Commissioner Manfred spoke on the new partnership via a statement saying, “all aspects of the inaugural MLB games in London were an overwhelming success. It was clear that sports fans in London had a great appetite for baseball and that passion was shared by Mayor Khan as well as the business and media community. We are confident in making a long-term commitment to London and are looking forward to returning to the city with more MLB games, special fan events, and other opportunities to play and watch the game.”


Mayor Sadiq Khan added, “today is an historic day for London and baseball. … This long-term partnership with Major League Baseball is ambitious and includes regular-season games as well as a legacy program designed to grow the number of Londoners watching and playing baseball at a grassroots level in London.”

As a complement to the new partnership, MLB Europe will have fan engagement events in London and expand current baseball participation programs to help grow the interest in baseball in London and the UK.

As a part of the annual All Star Games, some of the players participate in a Home Run Derby. On July 9 at the Crystal Palace Park in London there will be a Home Run Derby X competition that will feature the historic MLB franchise teams the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Chicago Cubs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Each team will consist of a Legend, a female Superstar, a local Rookie, and a Wild Card.

There will be a Home Run Derby X competition on September 17 in Seoul, Korea and on October 15 in Mexico City.

Joe Bonamassa

Even before he heads out on the road for his summer tour, Blues man Joe Bonamassa has planned a tour for this fall.

Joe Bonamassa tour dates:
Aug 2 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Aug 3 at the Fraze Pavilion in Ketterfing, OH
Aug 5 at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, NE
Aug 7 & 8 at the Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Aug 11 & 12 at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH
Aug 13 at the Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
Aug 16 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT
Aug 18 at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME
Aug 19 at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, NY
Aug 23-28 for the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea
Nov 1 at the Juantia K Hammons Hall in Springfield, MO
Nov 3 at the UIS Performing Arts Center in Springfield, IL
Nov 4 & 5 at The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
Nov 8 at the Weidner Center in Green Bay, WI
Nov 9 at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, IA
Nov 11 & 12 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
Nov 13 at the Des Moines CivicCenter in Des Moines, IA
Nov 15 at the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, KS
Nov 16 at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center in Midland, TX
Nov 18 at the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Nov 19 at the Tucson Music Hall in Tucson, AZ
Nov 20 at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, CA
Nov 22 at The Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA
Nov 23 at the Safe Credit Union Performing Arts Center in Sacramento, CA
Nov 25 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR
Nov 26 at the Grand Theatre in Reno, NV
Nov 28 at the Morrison Center in Boise, ID
Nov 30 & Dec 1 at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA
Dec 2 at the First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane, WA

All Star Race Fan Vote Update

With less than two weeks remaining before the annual All Star Race, fans still have time to cast their votes – voting ends May 20.

NASCAR has revealed the top 10 vote getters but in alphabetical not vote counting order:
Chris Buescher
Harrison Burton
Cole Custer
Austin Dillon
Justin Haley
Erik Jones
Corey LaJoie
Tyler Reddick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
and Daniel Suarez

Fans may cast their votes daily – once per email address. Fans who share their vote on Facebook and/or Twitter will have that vote count as a bonus entry.

Eligibility for the 2022 All Star Race fan vote was based on who made a qualifying attempt at the Daytona 500 to start the season. Any eligible driver who won a race during the season through the upcoming race at Kansas Speedway are automatically entered into the All Star Race and is removed from the fan vote.

If the driver who wins the Open race is a fan vote eligible driver, that driver will automatically be entered into the All Star Race and withdrawn from the fan vote. In order for a fan vote driver to be considered eligible for the fan vote win on race day, he must finish the open race with his car in suitable drivable condition – backup cars will not be allowed.


Drivers who are currently locked into the All Star Race are:
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott

Ryan Blaney
Austin Cindric
Denny Hamlin
AJ Allmendinger
Kevin Harvick
Ross Chastain
William Byron
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell,
Bubba Wallace
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Chase Briscoe
Aric Almirola
and Michael McDowell

Fans can go to nascar.com/fanvote to cast their votes for their choice to make it into the All Star Race:
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 Cassill
BJ McLeod
Daniel Suarez

2022 Tony Award Nominations

On May 9 the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League announced the nominees for the 75th annual Tony Awards. 

Returning to it usual summer awards presentation, this year the Tony Awards will be held at Radio City Music Hall on June 12.

With Broadway opening last summer and returning to a semblance of normalcy, nearly two dozen productions have earned nominations with “A Strange Loop” getting the most nominations with eleven.  “MJ: The Musical” and “Paradise Square” came in second with 10 nominations each.  “Company”, “The Lehman Trilogy”, “SIX: The Musical”, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf”, “Girl from the North Country”, “The Music Man”, “The Skin of Our Teeth”, “Clyd’s”, “Hangmen”, “Mr. Saturday Night”, “American Buffalo”, “Flying Over Sunset”, “Take Me Out”, “Trouble in Mind”, “Caroline, or Change”, “Dana H.”, “How I Learned to Drive”, “Macbeth”, “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”, and “Skeleton Crew” have all garnered multiple nominations.

“A Strange Loop”, written by Michael R Jackson, tells the tale of a gay man of colour who is writing a show about a gay man of colour has earned Broadway newcomer Jaquel Spivey his first Tony nomination.  While L. Morgan Lee is not the first openly transgender to perform on the Broadway stage, Lee is the first such actor to earn a Tony nomination. 

“Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams also earned a Tony nod in a debut Broadway role; as did Alfie Allen for his role in “Hangmen”.

The nominees for the 2022 Tony Awards are:
Best Play:
“Clyde’s” by Lynn Nottage
“Hangmen” by Martin McDonagh
“The Lehman Trilogy” by Stefano Massini and Ben Power
“The Minutes” by Tracy Letts
“Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morisseau

Best Musical:
“Girls from the North Country”
“MJ: The Musical”
“Mr. Saturday Night”
“Paradise Square”
“SIX: The Musical”
“A Strange Loop”


Best Revival of a Play:
“American Buffalo”
“for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf”
“How I Learned to Drive”
“Take Me Out”
“Trouble in Mind”

Best Revival of a Musical:
“Caroline, or Change”
“Company”
“The Music Man”

Best Leading Actor Performance in a Musical:
Billy Crystal in “Mr. Saturday Night”
“Myles Frost” in “MJ: The Musical”
Hugh Jackman in “The Music Man”
Rob McClure in “Mrs Doubtfire”
Jaquel Spivey in “A Strange Loop”

Best Leading Actress Performance in a Musical:
Sharon D. Clarke in “Caroline, or Change”
“Carmen Cusack in “Flying Over Sunset”
Sutton Foster in “The Music Man

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sharon D Clarke, Caroline, or Change
Carmen Cusack, Flying Over Sunset
Sutton Foster, The Music Man
Joaquina Kalukangoin “Paradise Square”
Mare Winningham in “Girl from the North Country”

Best Featured Actor Performance in a Musical:
Matt Doyle in “Company”
Sidney DuPont in “Paradise Square”
Jared Grimes in “Funny Girl”
John-Andrew Morrison in “A Strange Loop”
A.J. Shively in “Paradise Square”

Best Featured Actress Performance in a Musical:
Jeannette Bayardelle in “Girl from the North Country”
Shoshana Bean in “Mr. Saturday Night”
Jayne Houdyshell in “The Music Man”
L. Morgan Lee in “A Strange Loop”
Patti LuPone in “Company”
Jennifer Simard in “Company”

Best Leading Actor Performance in a Play:
Simon Russell Beale in “The Lehman Trilogy”
Adam Godley in “The Lehman Trilogy”
Adrian Lester in “The Lehman Trilogy”
David Morse in “How I Learned to Drive”
Sam Rockwell in “American Buffalo”
Ruben Santiago-Hudson in “Lackawanna Blues”
David Threlfall in “Hangmen”

Best Leading Actress Performance in a Play:
Gabby Beans in “The Sking of Our Teeth”
LaChanze in “Trouble in Mind”
Ruth Negga in “Macbeth”
Deidre O’Connell in “Dana H.”
Mary-Louise Parker in “How I Learned to Drive”

Best Featured Actor in a Play:
Alfie Allen in “Hangmen”
Chuck Cooper in “Trouble in Mind”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson in “Take Me Out”
Ron Cephas Jones in “Clyde’s”
Michael Oberholtzer in “Take Me Out”
Jesse Williams in “Take Me Out”

Best Featured Actress in a Play:
Uzo Aduba in “Clyde’s”
Rachel Dratch in “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”
Kenita R. Miller in “for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf”
Phylcia Rashad in “Skeleton Crew”
Julie White in “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”

Best Book of a Musical:
“Girl from the North Country” by Conor McPherson
“MJ: The Musical” by Lynn Nottage
“Mr. Saturday Night” by Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel
“Paradise Square” by Christina Anderson, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan
“A Strange Loop” by Michael R Jackson

Best Original Score written for the Theatre:
“Flying Over Sunset” by Tom Kitt and Michael Korie
“Mr. Saturday Night” by Jason Robert Brown and Amanda Green
“Paradise Square” by Jason Howland, Nathan Tysen, and Masi Asare
“SIX: The Musical” by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
“A Strange Loop” by Michael R. Jackson

Best Scenic Design of a Play:
“Beowulf Boritt for “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”
Michael Carnahan and Nicholas Hussong for “Skeleton Crew”
Es Devlin for “The Lehman Trilogy”
Anna Fleischle for “Hangmen”
Scott Pask for “American Buffalo”
Adam Rigg for “The Skin of Our Teeth”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Beowulf Boritt and 59 Productions for “Flying Over Sunset”
Bunny Christie in “Company”
Arnulfo Maldonado for “A Strange Loop”
Derek McLane and Peter Nigrini for “MJ: The Musical”
Allen Moyer for “Paradise Square”

Best Costume Design of a Play:
Montana Levi Blanco for “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Sarafina Bush for “for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf”
Emilio Sosa for “Trouble in Mind”
Jane Greenwood for Neil Simon’s “ Plaza Suite”
Jennifer Moeller for “Clyde’s”

Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Fly Davis for “Caroline, or Change”
Toni-Leslie James for “Paradise Square”
William Ivey Long for “Diana: The Musical”
Santo Loquasto for “The Music Man”
Gabriella Slade for “SIX: The Musical”
Paul Tazewell for “MJ: The Musical”

Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Joshua Carr for “Hangmen”
Jiyoun Chang for “for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf”
Jon Clark for “The Lehman Trilogy”
Jane Cox for “Macbeth”
Y Zhao for “The Skin of Our Teeth”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Neil Austin for “Company”
Tim Deiling for “SIX: The Musical”
Donald Holder in “Paradise Square”
Natasha Katz for “MJ: The Musical”
Bradley King for “Flying Over Sunset”
Jen Schriever for “A Strange Loop”

Best Sound Design of a Play:
Justin Ellington for “for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf”
Mikhail Fiksel for “Dana H.”
Palmer Hefferan for “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Nick Powell and Dominic Bilkey for “The Lehman Trilogy
Mikhail Sulaiman for “Macbeth”

Best Sound Design of a Musical:
Simon Baker for “Girl from the North Country”
Paul Gatehouse for “SIX: The Musical”
Ian Dickinson for “Company”
Drew Levy for “A Strange Loop”
Gareth Owen for “MJ: The Musical”

Best Direction of a Play:
Lileana Blain-Cruz for “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Camille A. Brown for “for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf”
Sam Mendes for “The Lehman Trilogy”
Neil Pepe for “American Buffalo”
Let Waters for “Dana H.”

Best Direction of a Musical:

Stephen Brackett for “A Strange Loop”
Marianne Elliott for “Company”
Conor McPherson for “Girl from the North Country”
Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage for “SIX: The Musical”
Christopher Wheeldon for “MJ: The Musical”

Best Choreography:
Camille A. Brown for “for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf”
Warren Carlyle for “The Music Man”
Carrie-Ann Ingrouille for “SIX: The Musical”
Bill T. Jones for “Paradise Square”
Christopher Wheeldon for MJ: The Musical”

Best Orchestrations:
David Cullen for “Company”
Tom Curran for “SIX: The Musical”
Simon Hale for “Girl form the North Country”
Jason Michael Webb and Daivd Holcenberg for “MJ: The Musical”
Charlie Rosen for “A Strange Loop”

Special Tony Awards will be presented to:

 James C. Nicola – Artistic Director of the New York Theatre Workshop

The Isabelle Stevenson Award – Robert E. Wankel

WWT Raceway Plans Festival for Race Weekend

While racing fans seldom get a chance to see all of the things that are going on during weekend from the comfort of their sofas, race weekends are frequently a major event that includes bounce houses, vendors, lots of food, and a general feel of a carnival.  It is not uncommon for fans at the track to be treated to a concert while at the track.

World Wide Technology Raceway has taken that atmosphere to the next level and beyond by joining forces with Confluence Festival: Crossroads of Concert & Community for an entire weekend of events that begin on June 2 and continues on through June 5 that will include over a dozen musical performances.

World Wide Technology Raceway expects some 80,000 fans to come for the weekend and the Enjoy Illinois 300 on Sunday.

Owner and CEO of World Wide Technology Raceway Curtis Francois spoke on the festival saying, “we promised our fans a world-class event, and this festival will deliver on a whole new level.  Collectively, with our incredible partners World Wide Technology, we have developed a phenomenal lineup of entertainment and engagement opportunities that show the world how excited the St. Louis region is about hosting this race.”

RaceAR – race simulations, robotics, karting, and an e-sports tournament will all be a part of the festivities.

Founder and Chairman of World Wide Technology David L. Steward also spoke on the weekend’s events saying, “St. Louis is making history with the Enjoy Illinois 300 NASCAR Cup Series race weekend – a spectacular, must-see four-day celebration for our region.  When not cheering for the world’s best drivers, fans will enjoy several genres of live music and activities that showcase technology and innovation, reflecting our goal of making World Wide Technology Raceway the most tech‑forward track, entertainment and education venue in racing.”

While more acts are expected to be announced; Old Dominion, Nelly, Cole Swindell, Jimmie Allen, Kameron Marlowe, Dee Jay Silver, Alexandra Kay, Tim Dugger, River Kittens, The Steve Ewing Band, Zhivegas, Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys, Marquise Knox, Saint Boogie Brass Band, DJ Mahf, Red and Black Brass Band, Lamar Harris, Michael B. Whit, Malena Smith, and FanFame (a WWT employee band) are all scheduled to be a part of the festivities.

The weekend begins with a hauler parade through downtown St. Louis and a Ballpark Village Fan Fest beginning at 4pm local time.

Fans who purchase tickets for the race will get to walk the track prior to the race and have access to driver appearances.

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NASCAR Point Standings – May 9

The throwback weekend race this past weekend at Darlington Speedway marked the one-third point of the NASCAR Cup Series season.

William Byron may have just missed becoming the first driver of the season to win three races, but he does lead the standings in stage points with three stage wins and 114 points.  However, Ryan Blaney leads the way in stage point wins with four.  William Byron, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, Chase Briscoe, Tyler Reddick, Daniel Suarez, and Bubba Wallace have all won at least one stage win this season.

In the Cup Series point standings, Chase Elliott leads the way with 453 points.  After his win at Darlington in the Goodyear 400, Joey Logano moves into fourth place with 374 points.  While he has won a race, Denny Hamlin is mired back in 22nd place with 231 points.  After being slapped with a massive penalty that cost him 100 driver points, Brad Keselowski has fallen to 31st place with 153 points.

NASCAR Cup Series Point Standings – May 9:
Chase Elliott – 453
William Byron – 388
Ryan Blaney – 388
Joey Logano – 374
Ross Chastain – 364
Kyle Busch – 364
Martin Truex Jr – 364
Alex Bowman – 357
Kyle Larson – 336
Christopher Bell – 327
Kevin Harvick – 313
Aric Almirola – 311
Chase Briscoe – 287
Austin Dillon – 287
Tyler Reddick – 286
Erik Jones – 282

William Byron also leads in the Playoff points with 2,023; Chase Elliott is second with 2,022.

Cup Series Playoff Standings:
William Byron – 2,023
Chase Elliott – 2,022
Ross Chastain – 2,018
Joey Logano – 2,013
Ryan Blaney – 2,012
Kyle Busch – 2,010
Alex Bowman – 2,008
Kyle Larson – 2,007
Denny Hamlin – 2,007
Martin Truex Jr – 2,007
Chase Briscoe – 2,006
Austin Cindric – 2,005
Christopher Bell – 2,001
Austin Dillon – 2,000
Kevin Harvick – 2,000
Aric Almirola – 2,000



After the triple header weekend in Darlington, AJ Allmendinger leads the points standings in the Xfinity Series with 464 points; with Ty Gibbs leading in the Playoff standings with 2,025 points.

Xfinity Series Point Standings:
AJ Allmendinger – 464
Noah Gragson – 439
Ty Gibbs – 423
Justin Allgaier – 372
Josh Berry – 371
Brandon Jones – 347
Sam Mayer – 333
Riley Herbst – 318
Ryan Sieg – 317
Austin Hill – 302
Landon Cassill – 299
Daniel Hemric – 286

Xfinity Series Playoff Standings:
Ty Gibbs – 2,025
Noah Gragson – 2,025
AJ Allmendinger – 2,022
Justin Allgaier – 2,014
Josh Berry – 2,013
Brandon Jones – 2,011
Austin Hill – 2,006
Sam Mayer – 2,006
Riley Herbst – 2,003
Daniel Hemric – 2,002
Ryan Sieg – 2,002
Landon Cassill – 2,000


In the Camping World Truck Series, Ben Rhodes leads with 284 points; he is also one of four race winners for this season.

Camping World Truck Series Point Standings:
Ben Rhodes – 284
John Hunter Nemechek – 254
Chandler Smith – 252
Stewart Friesen – 242
Zane Smith – 241
Carson Hocevar – 223
Ty Majeski – 221
Christian Eckes – 219
Grant Enfinger – 218
Tanner Gray – 188

Ben Rhodes also leads in the Playoff Points with 2,025.

Camping World Truck Series Playoff Point Standings:
Ben Rhodes – 2,025
Zane Smith – 2,019
John Hunter Nemechek – 2,018
Chandler Smith – 2,013
Stewart Friesen – 2,008
Carson Hocevar – 2,006
Ty Majeski – 2,004
Christian Eceks – 2,003
Grant Enfinger – 2,002
Tanner Gray – 2,001

Another Driver Adds to Winners List at Darlington

Known as the track too tough to tame and the Lady in Black, Darlington Speedway is one of the oldest paved tracks on the NASCAR circuit.  Built in 1950, there have thousands of drivers who have battled to tame The Lady. 

A very abrasive track, Darlington is tough on tires and will have the drivers screaming for fresh tires every time the yellow caution flag flies.

A throwback weekend, the drivers are all sporting paint schemes from drivers of the past.  And not to be outdone, FOX has invited three Hall of Fame racing legends to join them in the broadcast booth for the race.  During stage one The King himself Richard Petty will join Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer.  In stage two Bobby Labonte comes to the broadcast booth and Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, Bill Elliott takes over for stage three.

During practice before qualifying, Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott both suffered damage to their cars after a flat tire.

Currently on baby watch, Trevor Bayne has been called in to drive in case Samantha and Kyle Busch’s new baby arrives. 

While rain washed out some of the on track events at Darlington on Friday, NASCAR opened the garage for the inspection process.  Four teams failed inspection twice – the Stewart-Haas number four car driven by Kevin Harvick, the Front Row Motorsports number 34 car driven by Michael McDowell, and the Hendrick Motorsports number five car driven by Kyle Larson and the number 48 driven by Alex Bowman.  As a result, the teams will each lose a crew member and their pit selection choice; however, they will be allowed to start the race in the position in which they qualified.

As a result of his crash from a flat tire, Chase Elliott’s team has to move to a backup car – the only backup car HMS has brought to the track.

 Landon Cassill is the first driver on the track to begin qualifying and clocks a time of 30.367 seconds around the mile and a third track. 

With a time of 28,80 seconds, Joey Logano puts his number 22 Team Penske car on the pole.  Kyle Larson will start alongside on the front row after posting a time of 28,88 seconds.

The starting lineup for the Goodyear 400:
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Christopher Bell
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Ross Chastain
William Byron
Tyler Reddick
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola
Chase Briscoe
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Chris Buescher
Austin Cindric
Daniel Suarez
Ty Dillon
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Daniel Hemric
Harrison Burton
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Todd Gilliland
Cole Custer
Justin Haley
Corey LaJoie
Cody Ware
JJ Yeley
Landon Cassill
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
BJ McLeod

Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott gave the command to start the engines.

Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, and BJ McLeod start the race from the back of the field after not making a qualifying run.  Denny Hamlin will also have to start the race from the back of the field after his crew made unapproved adjustments to the car.

Stages one of the race is 90 laps, stage two is 95 laps, and stage three is 108 laps for a total of 293 laps around the mile and third track.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race which was waved by Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty. Logano and Kyle Larson go side by side before Kyle Larson gets out in front for the lead.

Kyle Larson leads lap one.

Brad Keselowski brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap four after spinning out on the track from some on track contact.

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

Lap five, Kyle Larson leads the race with Joey Logano in second; Martin Treux Jr, Christopher Bell, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap eight.  This time it was Joey Logano on the inside lane and that edges out in front before Kyle Larson takes the lead.

Lap nine, Kyle Larson leads the race with Joey Logano in second; Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Kurt Busch round out the top five. 

Brad Keselowski is one lap down.  Kevin Harvick has moved up three spots since race start.

Lap 14, Kyle Larson has a second and half lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.  Larson reports that he is bottoming out in turn two.  Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott have advanced five spots.

Darlington Speedway has an egg shape to it because when it was built, they had to comply with some property limits.

Lap 25, Kyle Larson has pulled out toa a lead of over three seconds on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, and Kurt Busch round out the top five. 

Lap 28, Kyle Larson continues to expand his lead and is now three and a half seconds out in front of Joey Logano.

Kyle Busch in seventh place reports that he is “super tight”; adding that it was a 10 out of 10 and he has no front tires.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 31, after the rains on Saturday night NASCAR has called for a competition caution. 

Drivers come down pit road for service with Joey Logano winning the race off of pit road.  Kurt Busch’s crew is having issues on pit road.  The rear tire fell off but the crew caught the car before it left pit road and saved a major penalty.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 36 from the outside lane.  This time around, Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead.  Drivers are spread out three wide across the track.

Lap 37, Joey Logano leads the race with Key Larson in second; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. 

Lap 49, Joey Logano has a narrow lead on Kyle Larson with Kyle Busch in third; Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.  The top three drivers are separated by less than one second.

Lap 45, Ross Chastain passes Ryan Blaney for fifth place.

Lap 46, Kyle Busch passes Kyle Larson for second.

Lap 48, Joey Logano has a lead of just under half a second on Kyle Busch; Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Ross Chastain round out the top five. 

JJ Yeley gets into the wall but the track stays green.  Yeley makes it top it road.

Lap 50, Austin Dillon makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap 51, Joey Logano leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Kyle Larson brings out the caution flag on lap 54 after battling with Kyle Busch for position and spins out.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires with Joey Logano inning the race off of pit road.

Brad Keselowski is the “lucky dog”.

Kyle Larson will restart the race in 34th place.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart  on lap 60 from the outside lane with Kyle Busch on the inside.  After going side by side in a battle for the lead for two laps, Kyle Busch finally takes the lead. 

Lap 63, the top five are Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell, and Ryan Blaney.  Denny Hamlin enters the top 10.  Kevin Harvick is in 16th and Chase Elliott is in 17th

Lap 66, Kyle Busch has  a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano. 

Lap 67, Kyle Larson have moved up to 24th after restarting the race in 34th place.

There are 35 cars on the lead lap; only JJ Yeley is one lap down.

Lap 75, Joey Logano is closing the gap on leader Kyle Busch; he is now less than half a second back.

Lap 79, Kyle Busch has just a quarter of a second lead on Joey Logano with Ross Chastain in third half a second back; Christopher Bell and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 80, Joey Logano passes Kyle Busch for the lead.

Ross Chastain passes Kyle Busch for second and is on Joey Logano’s bumper.

Lap 82, Kyle Larson has entered the top 20.

Chris Buescher “kisses” the wall but the track stays green.

Four laps remain in stage one, Ross Chastain is on leader Joey Logano’s bumper and challenging for the lead.

Christopher Bell passes Kyle Busch for third.

Lap 88, Kyle Larson is in the top 15.

Joey Logano wins stage one by just two tenths of a second for his first stage win of the season and his first stage win at Darlington.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Ross Chastain
Christopher Bell
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Bubba Wallace

The field comes down pit road for fresh tires and service with Joey Logano winning the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch right behind him.  After a very tight condition, Kyle Busch’s car was very loose when he came into pit road.

With the start of stage two, it is a changing of the racing legend with Bobby Labonte taking over the Richard Petty.

Austin Dillon was caught speeding on pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 97 with Kyle Busch alongside.  Logano jumps out in front for the lead with Ross Chastain jumping up to second; nearly spinning out Kyle Busch.

Lap 98, the top five are Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Erik Jones.

Lap 100, Kyle Larson is just outside the top 10 in eleventh.

Lap 103, Joey Logano has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 109, Kyle Larson is not back in the top 10.

Joey Logano has led 57 laps so far.

Lap 111, Kyle Larson makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.  The crew has the hood up on the car and he cannot get it started once again.  Larson reported that he thought he was blowing up.  He becomes the first car out of the race.

Lap 117, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with Ross Chastain in second; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 120, Ryan Blaney is reporting a vibration.  Earlier Martin Truex Jr had reported a vibration that was a brake issue.

Lap 124, Joey Logano has a half second lead on Ross Chastain; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Lap 125, Austin Cindric comes down pit road.

Lap 129, Joey Logano continues to lead the race but has pulled out to a lead over a second on Ross Chastain; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 133, Tyler Reddick comes down pit road for fresh tires.  Ryan Blaney was also on pit road.

Lap 134, Martin Truex Jr passes Ross Chastain for second with Kyle Busch in fourth.

More drivers come down pit road for green flag pit stops as tires wear out.

With Darlington only a mile and a third, drivers are losing a lap making their green flag pit stops.

Lap 137, Joey Logano makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over the Kyle Busch.

Lap 138, Kyle Busch comes down pit road and gives the lead over the Erik Jones.

Lap 139, Erik Jones comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Kevin Harvick.

Kevin Harvick makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Cole Custer.

Cole Custer makes his pit stop and give the lead over to Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 140, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 142, Ross Chastain passes Joey Logano for third.

Lap 144, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Tyler Reddick; Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is in sixth place.

Lap 148, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on Tyler Reddick.

Lap 154, Corey LaJoie hits the wall and makes an unscheduled trip down pit road; the track stays green.

Lap 158, Martin Truex Jr has a three quarters of a second lead on Tyler Reddick; Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick reports a vibration in his car.  He makes an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Ross Chastain is now in second place.

Lap 162, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of less than half a second on Ross Chastain; Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

With 20 laps remaining in stage two, Ross Chastain passes Martin Truex Jr for the lead..

Brad Keselowski brings out the fifth caution flag of the race on lap 168 when he gets into the wall and then hits the number 18 of Kyle Busch.  Kyle Busch’s car has stopped on pit road at the entrance to the garage and is out of the race.

There are only 15 laps remaining in stage two, but the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.  Ross Chastain wins the race off of pit road.

Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 175 from the outside lane with Martin Truex Jr on the inside.  Chastain edges out in front for the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second.

Lap 176, Ross Chastain leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 179, Ross Chastain has a lead of nearly half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, and William Byron round out the top five.

There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

With a lead of nearly one second, Ross Chastain wins stage two for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ross Chastain
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
DennyHamlin
William Byron
Erik Jones
Christopher Bell
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Daniel Suarez

BJ McLeod brings a flaming car down pit road.  Pit road remains closed while officials clean up pit road after the fire is doused.

At the end of stage two, Bobby Labonte hands over the guest spot in the broadcast booth to Hall of Famer Bill Elliott.

Lap 191, pit road is finally open and the drivers come down for service.  Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road with Ross Chastain in second.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with 99 laps remaining in the race.

Ross Chastain gets loose in a battle for the lead with Denny Hamlin and hits the wall hard head on and brings out the caution flag.

With 28 cars on the lead lap, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with 94 laps to go. Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 200, Joey Logano leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second; William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Daniel Suarez passes Aric Almirola for fifth.

Austin Dillon brushes the wall.

With 88 laps to go, Joey Logano has the lead with Denny Hamlin in second; William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Crew chief Larry McReynolds speculates that the teams have three sets of tires remaining in the pits.

With 84 laps to go, Denny Hamlin passes Joey Logano for the lead; William Byron is on Logano’s bumper.

With 77 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin has a third of a second lead on Joey Logano; William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Christopher Bell finally gets around Daniel Suarez for fifth; Chase Elliott comes up from seventh to take fifith.

When the race started, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick all started the race from the back of the field; they are all now in the top 10 with Denny Hamlin leading the race.

Lap 233, Denny Hamlin has a narrow lead on Joey Logano; William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

A few drivers have come down pit road for a scheduled pit stop after dividing the stage into thirds.

With 56 laps to go more drivers come down pit road for scheduled pit stops.

Chase Briscoe slaps the wall but gets going again and the track stays green.

William Byron and Chase Elliott are reporting shakes in their cars.

With 51 laps to go, Matin Truex Jr passes Denny Hamlin for the lead; Christopher Bell takes second.  Denny Hamlin brings his car down pit road for service.

Christopher Bell takes the lead when Martin Truex Jr comes down pit road for service.

Christopher Bell comes down pit road for service and gives the lead over to Austin Cindric.

Daniel Suarez has a slow stop when the crew has trouble with a tire.

Austin Cindric comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Tyler Reddick…who made an early pit stop.

With 45 laps to go, Tyler Reddick leads the race with Joey Logano in second; William Byron, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Forty to go, Tyler Reddick leads the rac with Joey Logano in second; William Byron, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out with 39 laps remaining in the race when Alex Bowman gets into the wall.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.  Joey Logano barely edges out Tyler Reddick in the race off of pit road.

Alex Bowman’s car is smoking.  He brings the car down pit road with flames coming out from under the car.

Denny Hamlin had issues with his pit stop and comes out in 18th place.

Austin Dillon was caught speeding on pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 33 laps remaining in the race.  There are 25 cars on the lead lap.  Joey Logano and William Byron go side by side with drivers getting three wide across the track.

The caution flag comes out for a big wreck when Martin Truex Jr gets loose and collects a bunch of drivers.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Briscoe, Martin Truex Jr, Bubba Wallace, Cole Custer, Erik Jones, and Kurt Busch were all involved.  Kurt Busch hit the wall head on and Bubba Wallace came to rest with the driver’s side against the wall.

Harrison Burton is shown as the lead of the race.

Even though they were just on pit road, some drivers make another trip down pit road with many of the drivers on the “crash clock”.

Noting it was another disappointing result, Bubba Wallace wants to know what he did to “piss off” the racing gods.

Joey Logano is the leader and brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just 26 laps to go.  He battle with William Byron for the lead.

William Byron gets out in front for the lead with Joey Logano in second and Tyler Reddick in third; Justin Haley and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Martin Truex takes his car to the garage and is out of the race.

Twenty to go, William Byron has a half second lead on Joey Logano; Tyler Reddick Justin Haley, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

William Byron raced on a short track in Nashville on Saturday night…and won.

Kurt Busch reports that he is fine but his feet feel numb.

Fifteen to go, William Byron has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Tyler Reddick, Justin Haley, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.  Chase Elliott is in sixth place.

Lap 280, William Byron has increased his lead to a second on Joey Logano.

There are 13 cars already in the garage earning a DNF for today’s race.

Ten to go!  William Byron has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano with Tyler Reddick right behind; Justin Haley and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Five to go, William Byron’s lead is down to just over half a second on Joey Logano; Tyler Reddick, Justin Haley, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Four to go and Joey Logano is just four lengths behind leader William Byron.

Two to go, Joey Logano has caught up to leader William Byron.

Joey Logano hits William Byron from behind and sends him against the wall as the white flag comes out.

Joey Logano takes the checkered flag to win the race after winning the pole.  Logano wins his first race of the season to become the tenth different winner this season.

The unofficial results of the Goodyear 400:
Joey Logano
Tyler Reddick
Justin Haley
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Michael McDowell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Austin Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Aric Almirola
Ty Dillon
William Byron
Harrison Burton
Todd Gilliland
Chris Buescher
Ryan Blaney
Austin Cindric
Cody Ware
Chase Briscoe
Denny Hamlin
Landon Cassill
JJ Yeley
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Cole Custer
Bubba Wallace
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Ross Chastain
Daniel Hemric
BJ McLeod
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Corey LaJoie
Kyle Larson

Hair Band Rocks the Falls

Western New York rockers That 80’s Hair Band made a return visit to the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York after a long absence due to the pandemic. Lead singer Rob bantered back and forth with friends and audience members between songs.

Playing before a full house, the band performed two sets of music that included Guns ‘N’ Roses, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, and even a little “Purple Rain”.