Tying History at Texas in Xfinity Series

Xfinity Series

The Xfinity Series kicks off the last full weekend in September with a doubleheader from Texas Motor Speedway in the first race of the playoffs with the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300.

Thirty-eight teams brought cars to the track; so all of the drivers will make the race.

After having some engine issues, Garrett Smithley and Akinori Ogata did not make a qualifying run and will start the race from the back of the field.



Joining Akinori Ogata at the back of the field are Garrett Smithley after an engine change; and Bayley Currey, David Starr, Tommy Joe Martins, Ty Gibbs, and JJ Yeley after the crews made some unapproved adjustments to the cars.  Bayley Currey will have to serve a pass through penalty once the green flag drops.

After posting a time of 29.069 seconds, Brandon Jones puts his number 19 car on the pole with Noah Gragson starting alongside on the front row.  The pole position is half a second faster than the pole time for the spring race in May.  This is Jones’ third pole in the last four races.

The starting lineup for the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300:
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Daniel Hemric
John Hunter Nemechek
Sam Mayer
Justin Allgaier
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Gibbs
Austin Hill
Jeremy Clements
Riley Herbst
Landon Cassill
Sheldon Creed
Ryan Sieg
Kyle Weatherman
Josh Berry
Jeb Burton
Bayley Currey
Joe Graf Jr
Nicholas Sanchez
Brennan Poole
Brandon Brown
Parker Retzlaff
Stefan Parsons
Anthony Alfredo
Alex Labbe
Jeffrey Earnhardt
JJ Yeley
Tommy Joe Martins
Josh Williams
Myatt Snider
Matt Mills
Mason Massey
David Starr
CJ McLaughlin
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley
Akinori Ogata

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

On a hot Texas Saturday afternoon, Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Brandon Jones getting out in front but spins out after some contact from Daniel Hemric and the track stays green.  With the hottest Texas race in Xfinity Series history, air temperatures are approaching 100 degrees.

Lap three, Noah Gragson has a lead of over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, and Landon Cassill round out the top five.

Lap five, after falling back to 20th place after the spin, Brandon Jones is now in 18th place,

Parker Retzlaff is on pit road.  Bayley Cureey is one lap down after serving a pass through penalty at the start of the race.

Lap seven, John Hunter Nemechek has closed the gap on leader Noah Gragson to under half a second.

Lap eight, TY Gibbs was among several drivers who had to start the race from the back of the field, he has moved up to 27th since race start.

Lap 10, Noah Gragson has just a two tenths of a second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, and Landon Cassill round out the top five.

Lap eleven, John Hunter Nemechek passes Noah Gragson for the lead.

Lap 12, Parker Retzlaff returns to the track eight laps down.

Justin Allgaier reports that the track feels like it has oil all over it.

Lap 14, Brandon Jones has moved up to 14th and Ty Gibbs is in 21st.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 19 when Jeffrey Earnhardt gets into the wall and causes significant damage to both ends of his car.

A few drivers from the back of the field come down pit road for fresh tires.

Lap 25, John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green restart from the inside lane with Noah Gragson on the outside.  Justin Allgaier gives teammate Noah Gragson a push to put him out in front but Nemechek come up to retake the lead.

Landon Cassill falls back in the field after  some contact with Sam Mayer.

Lap 27, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson; Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 31, there are 34 cars on the lead lap with Jeffrey Earnhardt out of the race.

Noah Gragson reports that his car has grip, then no grip…back and forth.

Lap 34, Ty Gibbs enters the top 10 after starting the race form the back of the field.

The second caution flag of the race comes out when CJ McLaughlin spins out.  Bayley Currey is the “lucky dog” and gets his lap back.

Several drivers come down pit road to short pit the end of the stage including Noah Gragson who wins the race off of pit road.

John Hunter Nemechek pitted from the lead but overshot his pit box and had to back up before service could begin. Riley Herbst’s crew was charged with coming over the wall too soon and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

After staying out on the track, Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart with just three laps remaining in stage one.  Hemirc jumps out for the lead with Justin Allgaier in second; AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Daniel Hemric wins stage one for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Daniel Hemric
Justin Allgaier
Austin Hill
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Josh Berry
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Sieg
Ty Gibbs
Kyle Weatherman

Drivers who did not pit during the caution flag come down pit road for service.  Noah Gragson had to make another trip down pit road for loose lug nuts.  He also changed two tires and wins the race off of pit road but will be mired back in the field on restart.

Back out in front, John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 52 from the inside lane and gets out in front for the lead.

John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Gibbs, Nicholas Sanchez, Brandon Jones, and Landon Cassill round out the top five.

Lap 53 Ty Gibbs passes John Hunter Nemechek for the lead with pole sitter Brandon Jones in third.

Noah Gragson reports that he still feels a vibration.

Lap 56, John Hunter Nemechek passes Ty Gibbs to retake the lead; Brandon Jones, Landon Cassill, and Nicholas Sanchez round out the top five.  Noah Gragson has entered the top 10 in eighth place.

Lap 59, John Hunter Nemechek continues to lead the race but is getting a challenge from Ty Gibbs.  Noah Gragson is moving through the field and has entered the top five.

Lap 62, CJ McLaughlin and Parker Retzlaff are the only drivers the only drives on the track not on the lead lap.

Austin Hill is reporting a vibration; Noah Gragson reports that his vibration is continuing and is maybe a little worse.

Lap 68, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of nearly two seconds on Ty Gibbs; Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Landon Cassill round out the top five.

Lap 78, David Starr gets into the wall with a flag tire and brings out the fourth caution flag of the race. 

Lap 79, Jeremy Clements loses power on the track and has to get a push to pit road.

Some of the drivers come down pit road to pit before the end of the stage including the leaders.  Landon Cassill is caught speeding on pit road.  Josh Berry’s crew was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Team owner and broadcaster Brad Daugherty said that he was confused, asking if the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 meant that he was supposed to eat 300 of them or was the race 300 miles.  He said that he was up to “a lot.”

Noah Gragson wins the race off of pit road but several drivers have stayed out on the track.

Brandon Jones had a close call on pit road when a wedge wrench from Alex Labbe’s crew comes out on pit road and Jones runs over it.

Jeremy Clements’ crew pushes his car to the garage for repairs.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 86 from the outside lane with AJ Allmendinger on the inside.  Allmendinger gets out in front for the lead.  Akinori Ogata spins out but the track stays green.

With four laps remaining in stage two, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, and Ryan Sieg round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger wins stage two with a lead of over a second on Noah Gragson for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
AJ Allmendinger
Noah Gragson
John Hunter Nemechek
Daniel Hemric
Ty Gibbs
Austin Hill
Ryan Sieg
Justin Allgaier
Brandon Jones
Sam Mayer

Drivers who did not make a pit stop during the caution now come down pit road for service.  Of the drivers who made a pit stop, AJ Allmendinger wins the race off of pit road.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 97 from the inside lane with John Hunter Nemechek on the outside.  Gragson gets out in front for the lead with Nemechek in second; Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

David Starr is out of the race.

There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 100, half way, Noah Gragson has just a two tenth of a second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, and Justin Allgaier round out the otp five.

Jeremy Clements is out of the race with mechanical issues.

Lap 104, Akinori Ogata spins out again but this time he brings out the sixth caution flag of the race.

Coming to the choose box, Nicholas Sanchez ran over the box and will have to move to the back of the field.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 109.  Gragson gets out in front for the lead with Nemechek in second.  Brandon Brown spins out and starts a wreck involving AJ Allmendinger, Landon Cassill, Ryan Sieg, and Stefan Parsons which brings out the seventh caution flag of the race. 

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service; however, with some 90 laps remaining in the race, the drivers cannot finish the race without making at least one more pit stop.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 117.  Austin Hill comes up to make it a three wide battle and then a four wide battle for the lead when Justin Allgaier sticks his nose going in to turn two; John Hunter Nemechek gets loose and takes out several drivers with a big wreck.  Brennan Poole, Justin Allgaier, Joe Graf Jr, Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, Brandon Jones, Kyle Weatherman, Josh Williams, and Mason Massey were all involved.  Noah Gragson is the leader.

Some drivers come down pit road but they are still outside of their pit window to make it to the end of the race.  Justin Allgaier, John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, and Brandon Jones are out of the race.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Austin Hill alongside on lap 126.  Hill and Gragson go side by side before Gragson gets out in front for the lead.  Garrett Smithley gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag.

With 68 laps remaining in the race, Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart and jumps out in front for the lead.  Ty Gibbs and Austin Hill battle for second; Riley Herbst and Nicholas Sanchez round out the top five.

Lap 136, Noah Gragson leads the race by nearly a second over Ty Gibbs; Austin Hill, Riley Herbst, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 140, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race by three quarters of a second on Ty Gibbs; Austin Hill, Riley Herbst, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 146, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race with Austin Hill in second; Ty Gibbs, Riley Herbst, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

With 53 laps to go, the top six drivers are playoff drivers.

There are only 17 cars on the lead lap.  Tommy Joe Martins is the last car on the lead lap.

Fifty to go,  Noah Gragson is dominating the race as he looks to make it four in a row.  The last driver to win four races in a row in the Xfinity Series was Steve Ard – 39 years ago.

Lap 152, Noah Gragson has a lead of nearly three seconds on Austin Hill; Ty Gibbs, AJ Allmendinger, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 155, Noah Gragson comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop with a lead of over three second on Austin Hill. Austin Hill is the new leader.

Lap 157, Austin Hill makes his pit stop and gives the lead over the AJ Allmendinger.

Noah Gragson returns to the track in 14th place, one lap down.  He is the first car one lap down and will retake the lead once all of the green flag pit stops cycle through.

Lap 167, AJ Allmendinger has a near one second lead on Josh Berry with Sam Mayer, Bayley Currey, and Jeb Burton rounding out the top five as green flag pit stops continue.  Noah Gragson is still one lap down but is now in ninth place.

Thirty to go, AJ Allmendinger continues to lead the race but still has to make his pit stop.

With 27 laps to go, there are only seven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 175, With just five cars on the lead lap, Noah Gragson is in sixth place.

Lap 176, Noah Gragson is in sixth place but is on the bumper of teammate and second place driver Josh Berry; hoping to pass Berry and aim for AJ Allmendinger to unlap himself.

Just 21 laps to go and there are only fur cars on the lead lap with AJ Almendinger over a second in front of Josh Berry; Jeb Burton and Stefan Parsons are also on the lead lap and need to make a pit stop.

With just 18 laps remaining in the race, AJ Allmendinger and Josh Berry come down pit road for fuel; Jeb Burton is the new leader.  Noah Gragson is back on the lead lap in third place.  There are 12 cars on the lead lap.  Allmendinger takes fuel only.

Lap 184, Jeb Burton is the only driver who has not made a pit stop and has a lead of over three seconds on Noah Gragson.  There are only 21 cars still on the track.

Lap 188, Noah Gragson passes Jeb Burton for the lead; Austin Hill, Ty Gibbs, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Ten to go, Jeb Burton finally makes his pit stop.

Eight laps remain, Noah Gragson has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Austin Hill.

Just five laps remain with Noah Gragson over a second and a half out in front of Austin Hill with just nine cars on the lead lap.

Noah Gragson takes the white flag with a lead of nearly a second and a half.

Noah Gragson wins his fourth race in a row and his seventh race this season.  And the car disappears in a cloud of smoke with the burnout.  Noah comes through the roof hatch to exit the car before thanking everyone for coming out to the race and climbing the fence.

After a race, Noah and the crew like to eat at the local Waffle House.  After the Bristol race and a trip to the Waffle House, Noah paid for the dinners of everyone in the restaurant.

Noah Gragson becomes the first driver to secure a spot in the next round of hte playoffs.

The unofficial results of the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300:
Noah Gragson
Austin Hill
Ty Gibbs
AJ Allmendinger
Riley Herbst
Josh Berry
Sheldon Creed
Sam Mayer
Ryan Sieg
CJ McLaughlin
Nicholas Sanchez
Bayley Currey
Stefan Parsons
Tommy Joe Martins
Jeb Burton
Matt Mills
Alex Labbe
Joe Graf Jr
Anthony Alfredo
Myatt Snider
Parker Retzlaff
Kyle Weatherman
Garrett Smithley
Brandon Brown
Joey Gase
Josh Williams
Brandon Jones
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Brennan Poole
Mason Massey
Landon Cassill
JJ Yeley
AKinori Ogata
Jeremy Clements
David Starr
Jeffrey Earnhardt

California Honeydrops Have a ‘Soft Spot’

The California Honeydrops have a new album on the way – “Soft Spot” – due out October 7.

Since their beginning and busking in the subways of Oakland, the California Honeydrops have loved playing together – something that was denied them for over two years.  “Soft Spot” marks a return of the band getting back together and is filled with that love of making music together.

The tracklisting for “Soft Spot”

”Honey and Butter”

“Gonna Be Alright”

”Nothing at All”

“I Miss You Baby, Pt. 1”

“Tumblin’”

“Takin’ My Time”

“The Unicorn”

“Soft Spot”

“In Your Arms”

“Lil Bit of Love”

“Sneakin’ into Heaven”

“I Miss You Baby, Pt. 2”

The band is currently on tour with plenty of dates between now and the end of the year.

California Honeydrops tour dates:
Oct 14 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ
Oct 16 at Yucca North in Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 18 at the Animas City Theatre in Durango, CO
Oct 19 at the Meow Wolf in Sante Fe, NM
Oct 21 at the Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO
Oct 22 at Knuckleheads in Kansas City, MO
Ocy 23 at The Big Top in St. Louis, MO
Oct 25 & 26 at the Turf Club in St. Paul, MN
Oct 27 at Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL
Oct 29 at the Hi-Hi Annex in Indianapolis, IN
Oct 30 at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI
Oct 31 at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI
Nov 2 at Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT
Nov 3 at Aura in Portland, ME
Nov 5 at Sony Hall in New York City, NY
Nov 6 at the Royale in Boston, MA
Nov 8 at the World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA
Nov 9 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Nov 11 at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA
Nov 12 at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
Nov 13 at the Highlands Food and Wine Festival in Highlands, NC
Dec 2 at The Siren in Morro Bay, CA
Dec 3 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA
Jan 5 at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA
Jan 6 & 7 at Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA
Jan 15-22 on the Sandy Beaches Cruise out of Ft Lauderdale, FL

2022 Latin Grammy Award Noms

It’s known has the biggest night in music – the annual Grammy Awards.  On November 17, the Latin Grammy Awards will hold their annual ceremonies from the Mandalay Bay Resort.

On September 20, the nominees for the 23rd Lati Grammy Awards released the nominees for all 53 categories.

The nominees for the 23rd Latin Grammy Awards are:

Record of the Year:
“Pa Mis Muchachas” by Christina Aguilera, Becky G, and Nicki Nicole with Nathy Peluso
“Castillos de Arena” by Pablo Alboran
“Envolver” by Anitta
“Pa’lla Voy” by Marc Anthony
“Ojitos Lindos” by Bad Bunny and Bomba Estereo
“Pegao” by Camilo
“Tocarte” by Jorge Drexler and C. Tangana
“Provenza” by Karol G
“Valelapena” by Juan Luis Guerra
“La Fama” by Rosalia with The Weeknd
“Te Felicito” by Shakira and Rauw Alejandro
“Baloncito Viejo” by Carlos Vives and Camilo

Album of the Year:
“Aguilera” by Christina Aguilera
“Pa’lla Voy” by Marc Anthony
“Un Verano Sin Ti” by Bad Bunny

“Deja” by Bomba Estereo
“Tinta y Tiempo” by Jorge Drexler
“Ya No Somos Los Mismos” by Elsa y Elmar
“Viajante” by Fonseca

Song of the Year (a songwriter’s award):
“A Veces Bien y a Veces Mal” written by Predro Capo, Ignacio Cibrian, Ricky Martin, Pablo Preciado, Julio Ramirez, Mauricio Rengifo, and Andres Torres
“Agua” written by Rauw Alejandro Emmanuel Anene, David Alberto Macias, Nile Rodgers, Juan Salinas, Oscar Salinas, and Daddy Yankee
“Algo Es Mejor” written by Mon Laferte
“Baloncito Viejo” written by Camilo, Jorge Luis Chacin, Andres Leal, Martin Velilla, and Carlos Vives
“Besos en la Frente” written by Fonseca and Julio Reyes Copello
“Encontrarme” written by Carla Morrison, Juan Alejandro Jimenez Perez, and Mario Demian Jimenez Perez
“Hentaj” written by  Larry Gold, Noah Goldstein, Chad Hugo, David Rodriguez, Rosalia, Jacob Sherman, Michael Uzowuru, Pilar Vila Tobella, Dylan Wiggins, and Pharrell Williams
“Indigo” written by Edgar Barrera and Camilo
“Pa Mis Muchachas” written by Christina Aguilera, Jorge Luis Chacin, Kat Dahlia, Becky G, Yoel, Henriquez, Yasmil Marrufo, Nicky Nicole, and Nathy Peluso
“Provenza” written by Kevyn Mauricio Cruz Moreno, Carolina Giraldo Navarro, and Ovy On The Drums
“Tacaones Rojos” written by Juan Jo, Manuel Lara, Manuel Lorente, Pablo, and Sebastian Yatra
“Tocarte” written by Jorge Drexler, Pablo Drexler, Victor Martinez, and C. Tangana

Best New Artist:
Angela Alvarez
Sofia Campos
Cande Y Paulo
Clarissa
Silvana Estrada
Pol Granch
Nabalez
Tiare
Vale
Yahritza y Su Esencia
Zignago

Best Pop Vocal Album:
“Ya No Somos Los Mismos” by Elsa y Elmar
“Amor Que Merecemos” by Kany Garcia
“Cliches” by Jesse & Joy
“El Renacimiento” by Carla Morrison
“Dharma” by Sebastian Yatra

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
“Aguilera” by Christina Aguilera
“ViaJante” by Fonseca
“Filarmonico 20 Anos” by Marta Gomez
“La Vida” by Kurt
“Frecuencia” by Sin Bandera

Best Pop Song (a songwriters award):
“Baloncito Viejo” written by Camilo, Jorge Luis Chacin, Andres Leal, Martin Velilla, and Carlos Vives
“Besos en la Frente” written by Julio Reyes Copello and Fonseca
“Indigo” written by Edgar Barrera and Camilo
“La Guerrilla de la Concordia” written by Jorge Drexler
“Tacones Rojos” written by Pablo Maria Rousselon De Croisoeuil, ManueLara, Manuel Lorente, Juan Joseph Monserrat Riutort, and Sebastian Yatra

Best Urban or Fusion Performance:
“Pa Mis Muchachas” by Christina Aguilera, Becky G, and Nicki Nicole with Nathy Peluso
“Santo” by Christina Aguilera and Ozuna
“Volvi” by Aventura and Bad Bunny
“Titi Me Pregunto” by Bad Bunny
“This is Not America” by Residente with Ibeyi

Best Reggaeton Performance:
“Desesperados” by Rauw Alejandro and Chencho Corleone
“Envolver” by Anitta
“Yonaguni” by Bad Bunny
“Nicky Jam: BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 41” by Bizarrap and Nicky Jam
“Lo Siento BB” by Tainy, Bad Bunny, and Julieta Venegas

Best Urban Music Album:
“Respira” by Akapellah
“Trap Cake Vol. 2” by Rauw Alejandro
“Los Favoritos 2.5” y Arcangel
“Un Verano Sin Ti” by Bad Bunny
“Animal” by Maria Becarra

Best Rap or Hip Hop Song (a songwriters award):
“Amor” written by Akapellah
“Dance Crip” written by Santiago Ruiz, Brian Taylor, and Trueno
“Demuseo” written by Bad Bunny
“Elgranrobo, Pt 2” written by Phanlon Anton Alexander, Geovanny Andrades Andino, Daddy Yankee, and Kito McCassisy
“Freestyle 15” written by Farina

Best Urban Song (a songwriter’s award):
“Desesperados” written by Rauw Alejandro, Chencho Corleone, Jose M. Collazo, Jorge Cedeno Echevarria, Luis Jonuel Gonzalez, Eric Perez Rovira, Jorge E. Pizarro Ruiz, Nino Karlo Segarra
“Lo Siento BB” written by Bad Bunny, Tainy, and Julieta Venegas
“Namiii” written by Luis Miguel Gomez Castano, Becky G, Karol G, Ovy On the Drums, Justin Quiles, Elena Rose, and Daniel Uribe
“Ojos Rojos” written by Samantha M. Camara, Nicky Jam, Vicente Jimeniz, Dallas James Koehike, Manuel Larrad, and Juan Diego Medina Velez
“Titi Me Pregunto” written by Bad Bunny

Best Rock Album:
“Mojigata” by Marilina Bertoldi
“Unas Vacaciones Raras” by El Mato A Un Policia Motorizado
“Cada Vez Cadaver” by Fito y Fitipaldis
“1021” by La Gusana Ciega
“RPDF” by Wiplash

Best Rock Song (a songwriters award):
“Dia Mil” written by Eruca Sativa
“Esperando Una Senal” written by Bunbury
“Finisterre” written by Juan Manuel Latorre
“Lo Mejor De Buestras Vidas” written by Fito Paez
“No Olvidamos” written by Molotov
“Que Se Mejore” written by WOS and Facundo Yalve

Best Pop/Rock Album:
“Trinchera” by Babasonicos
“Monstrous” by Bruses
“La Direction” by Conociendo Rusia
“Los Anos Savajes” by Fito Paez
“Cable a Tierra” by Vetusta Moria

Best Pop or Rock Song (a songwriters award):
“Arran Carmelo” written by WOS and Facunda Yalve
“Babel” written by Fito Paez and Carlos Vives
“Bye Bye” written by Diego Castellan, Adrian Dargelos, and Gustavo Torres
“Disfraz” written by Felicitas Colina and Conociendo Rusia
“Que Voy a Hacer Commigo???” written by Bruses, Elsa y Elmar, and Alan Saucedo

Best Alternative Music Album:
“The Sacred Leaf” by Afro-Andean Funk
“Kick II” by Arca
“Deja” by Bomba Estereo
“Eldisko” by Ca7riel
“Motomami” Digital Album by Rosalia

Best Alternative Song ( a songwriters award):
“Bad Bitch” written by Ca7riel and Tomas Sainz
“00:00” written by Alejandro Perez, Siddhartha, and Rul Velaquez
“Conexion Total” written by Yemi Alade, Carles Campi, Jose Castillo, Jeff Penalva, Liliana Saumet, and Magdelys Savigne
“Culpa” written by Ricardo Mollo, Omar Varela, WOS, and Facundo Yalve
“El Dia Que Estrenaste El Mundo” written by Jorge Drexler
“Hentai” written by Larry Gold, Noah Goldsten, Chad Hugo, Rosalia, David Rodriguez, Jacob Sherman, Michael Uzowuru, Pilar Vila Tobella, Dylan Wiggins, and Pharrell Williams

Best Salsa Album:
“Sera Que Se Acabo” by Alexander Abreu y Havana D’Primera
“Pa’lla Voy” by Marc Anthony
“Luis Figueroa” by Luis Figueroa
“Y Te Lo Dice…” by Luisito Ayala y La Puerto Rican Power
“Lado A Lado B” by Victor Manuelle

Best Cumbia or Vallenato Album:
“Clasicos De Mi Cumbia” by Checo Acosta
“Feliz Aniversario” by Jean Carlos Centeno y Ronal Urbina
“Quiero Verte Feliz” by La Santa Cecilla
“El De Siempre” by Felipe Pelaez
“Yo Soy Coolombia” by Zona 8 R & Rolando Ochoa

Best Merengue or Bachata Album:
“Este Soy Yo” by Hector Acosta El Torito
“Multitudes “by Elvis Crespo
“Entre Mar y Palmeras “by Juan Luis Guerra
“Resistira” by Milly Quezada
“Tanon Pal’ Combo Es Lo Que Hay” by Olga Tanon

Best Traditional Tropical Album:
”Café Con Carino” by Renesito Avich
“Chabuco Desde El Teatro Colon De Botota by Chabuco
“Gonzalo Rubalcaba y Aymee Numiola Live in Marciac” by Gonzalo Rubalcabo y Aymee Nuviola
“Gran Combo Pa Rato” by Septeto Nacional Ignacio Pineiro
“Canten” by Leoni Torres

Best Contemporary Tropical Album:
“El Mundo Esta Loco” by Jorge Luis Chacin
“De Menor a Mayor” by Gente Do Zona
“All Inclusive” by Marissa Mur
“Tropico” by Pavel Nunez
“Cumbiana II” by Carlos Vives

Best Tropical Song (a songwriters award):

“Aguita Coco” written by Mario Caceres, Jorge Luis Chacin, Kany Garcia, Richi Lopez, and Yasmil Marrufo
“El Malecon Vio El Final” written by Jorge Luis Piloto
“El Parrandero (Masters En Parranda)” written by Juan Botero, Miguel Henao, Alvaro Negret, Santiago Restrepo, Joaquin Rodriguez, Juan Jose Roesel, Sin Animo De Lucro, Jose Nicholas Urdinola, Juan “One” Sebatstian Valencia, and Carlos Vives
“Fiesta Contigo” written by Luis Figeroa and Yoel Henriquez
“Mala” written by Marc Anthony and Alvaro Lenier Mesa

Best Singer-Songwriter Album:
“Malvadisco” by Caloncho
“Tinta y Tiempo” by Jorge Drexler
“Agendas Vencidas” by El David Aguilar
“Marchita” by Silvana Estrada
“En Lo Que Llega La Primavera” by Alex Ferreira
“El Viaje” by Pedro Guerra

Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album:
“Mexicana Enamorada” by Angela Aguilar
“Mi Herencia, Mi Sangre” by Majo Aguilar
“40 Aniversario Embajadores Del Mariachi Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez” by Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez
“Ep #1 Forajido” by Christian Nodal
“Que Ganas De Verte” (Deluxe) by Marco Antonio Solis

Best Banda Album:
“Esta Vida Es Muy Bonita” by Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
“Va De Nuevo” by Banda Fortuna
“Me Siento A Todo Dar” by Banda Los Recoditos
“Sin Miedo Al Exito” (Deluxe) by Banda Los Sebastianes
“Abeja Reina” by Chiquis

Best Tejano Album:
“Despreciado” by El Plan
“Camino Al Progreso” by Grupo Alamo
“Una Ilusion” by Isabel Marie
“Dime Como Se Siente” by Destiny Navaira
“Para Que Baile Mi Pueblo” by Bobby Pulido

Best Norteño Album:
“Bienvenida La Vida” by Bronco
“La Reunion” (Deluxe) by Los Tigres Del Norte
“Corridos Felones (Serie 35)” by Los Tucanes De Tijuana
“Estas Se Acompanan Con Cerveza” by Pesado
“Obsessed” by Yahritza y Su Esencia

Best Regional Song (a songwriters award):
“Ahi Donde Me Ven” written by Gussy Lau
“Cada Quen” written by Edgar Barrera, Eduin Caz, Nathan Galante, Maluma, and  Horacio Palencia
“Chale” written by Eden Munoz
“Como Lo Hice Yo” written by Edgar Barrera, Carin Leon, and Matisse
“Cuando Me De La Gana” written by Christina Aguilera, Rafael Arcaute, Jorge Luis Chacin, Kat Dahlia, Yoel Henriquez, Yasmil Marrufo, and Federico Vindver
“Nunca Te Voy A Olvidar” written by Mireya and Roman Rojas
“Vivo En El 6” written by Edgar Barrera, Eden Munoz, and Christian Nodal

Best Instrumental Album:
“Back to 4” by the C4 Trio
“Gerry Weil Sinfonico” by Gerry Weil & Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar
“Ofrenda” by Grupo Raices De Veneuela
“Maxixe Samba Groove” by Hamlinton De Holanda
“Ella” by Daniela Padron & Glenda Del E

Best Folk Album:
“La Tierra Llora” by Paulina Aguirre
“Quedate En Casa” by Eva Ayllon
“Flor y Raiz” by Pedro Aznar
“Palabras Urgentes” by Susana Baca
“Un Canto Por Mexico – El Musical” by Natalia Lafourcade
“Bendiciones” by Sandra Mihanovich
“Ancestros Sinfonico” by Sintesis, X Alfonso y Eme Alfonso

Best Tango Album:
“Horacio Salgan Piano Transcriptions” by Pablo Estigarribia
“Alma Vieja” by Los Tangueros Del Oeste
“Tango” by Ricardo Montaner
“Milonguero” by Pablo Motta Ensamble with Franco Luciani
“Tango De Nuevos Ayres” by Mariana Qutineros
“Spinettango” by Spinettango

Best Flamenco Album:
“Organica” by Carmen Doora
“Libres” by Las Migas
“Leo” by Estrella Morente
“Elcante” by Kiki Morente
“Ranchera Flamenca” by Maria Toledo

Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album:
“Jobim Forever” by Antonio Adolfo
“#Cubanamerican” by Martin Bejerano
“Chabem” by Chano Dominguez, Rubem DAntas, and Hamilton De Holanda
“Mirrormirror” by Eliane Elias, Chick Corea, and Chucho Valdes

Best Spanish Language Christian Album:
“Ya Llego La Primavera” by Aroddy
“Alfa y Omega” by Athenas
“¿Quien Dijo Miedo?” Live by Gilberto Daza
“¿Como Me Ves?” by Jesus Adrian Romero
“Vivire” by Marcos Witt

Best Portuguese Language Christian Album:
“Antes Da Terapia” by Asaph
“Osambaeoamor” by Antonio Cirilo
“Epifania” by Covis
“Es Tudo” by Bruna Karla
“Laboratorio Do Groove” by Eli Soares

Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album:
“Sim Sim Sim” by Bala Desejo
“Pra Gente Acordar” by Gilsons
“Pirata” by Jao
“De Primeira” by Marina Sena
“Doce 22” by Luisa Sonza

Best Portuguese Language Rock or Alternative Album:
“QVVJFA?” by Baco Exu Do Blues
“O Futuro Pertence A…Jovem Guarda” by Erasmo Carlos
“Sobre Viver” by Criolo
“Memorias (De Onde Eu Nunca Fui)” by Lagum
“Delta Estacio Blues” by Jucara Marcal
Best Samba or Pagode Album:
“Bons Ventos” by Nego Alvaro
“Mistura Homogenea” by Martinho Da Vila
Desengaiola” by Alfredo Del-Penho, Joao Cavalcanti, and Moyseis Marques e Pedro Miranda
“Numanice #2” by Ludmilla
“Ceu Lilas” by Pericles

Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album:
“Pomares” by Chico Chico
“Sintese Do Lance” by Jaoa Donato e Jards Macale
“Indigo Borboleta Anil” by Liniker
“Nu Com A Minha Musica” by Ney Matogrosso
“Portas” by Marisa Monte
“Meu Coco” by Caetano Veloso

Best Sertaneja Music Album:
“Chitaozinho & Xororolegado” by Chitaozinho & Xororo
“Agropoc” by Gabeu
“Expectativaxrealidade” by Matheus & Kauan
“Patroas 35%” by Marilia Mendonca, Maiara, y Maraisa
“Natural” by Lauana Prado

Best Portuguese Language Roots Album:
“Afrocanto Das Nacoes” by Mateus Aleluia
“Naestrada-Aovivo” by Banda Pau E Corda with Quinteto Violado
“Remelexo Bom” by Luiz Caldas
“Belo Chico” by Targino Gondim, Nilton Freittas, y Roberto Malvezzi
“Senhoradas Folhas” by Aurea Martins
“Oriki” by Iara Renno
“Senhora Estrada” by Alceu Valenca

Best Portuguese Language Song (a songwriter’s award):
“Baby 95” written by Liniker, Mahmundi, Tassia Reis, and Tulipa Ruiz
“Idiota” written by Jao Pedro Tofani and Zebu
“Me Corte Na Boca Do Ceu A Morte Nao Pede Perdao” written by Criolo and Tropkillaz
“Meu Coco” written by Caetano Veloso
“Por Supuesto” written by Iuri Rio Branco and Marina Sena
“Vento Sardo” written by Jorge Drexler and Marisa Monte

Best Latin Children’s Album:
“Marakei” by Claraluna
“Danilo and Chapis, Vol 2” by Danilo and Chapis
“Trade de Juegos” by Mi Casa Es Tu Casa”
“La Sinfonia De Los Bichos Raros” by Puerto Candelaria
“A La Fiesta De La Musica Vamos Todos” by Sophia

Best Classical Album:
“Brujos” by Orquesta Sinfonica De Heredia
“El Ruido Del Agua” by Eddie Mora
“Erik Aribeiro – Igor Stravinsky, Sofia Gubaidulina E Hermeto Pascoal” by Erika Ribeiro
“Legado” by Berta Rojas
“Villa-Lobos: Complete Violin Sonatas” by Emmanuele Baldind

Best Classical Contemporary Composition:
“Adagio for Strings, A Mother’s Love” composes by Juan Arboleda
“Anido’s Portrait: I. Chacarera” composed by Sergio Assad
“Aurora” composed by Jimmy Lopez Bellido
“Canaue, for Orchestra” composed by Dimitri Cervo
“Cuatro Haikus” composed by Eddie Mora

Best Arrangement:
“Llevatela” arranged by Rosino Serrano
“Son De La Loma” arranged by Daniel Baron and Henry Villalobos
“Adoro” arranged by Marco Godoy
“Cucurrucucu Paloma” arranged by Paul Rubinstein
“El Plan Maestro” arranged by Fernando Velazquez

Best Recording Package:
“Ancestras” designed by Isaura Angulo, Carlos Dussán, Karen Flores, Manuel Garcia-Orozco, Juliana Jaramillo, Ledania, and Lido Pimienta
“Bailaora-Mis Pies Son Mi Voz” designed by Pedro Fajardo and Siudy Garrido
“Duando Te Muerdes El Labio (Edicion Ceramica)” designed by Boa Mistura
“Feiralivre” designed by Carlos Bauer
“Motomani” (Digital Album) designed by Ferran Echegaray, Viktor Hammarberg, Rosalia, Daniel Sannwald, and Pili Vila

Best Engineered Album:
“Dentro Da Matrix” engineered by Cesar J. De Cisneros Erico Moreira, and Felipe Tichauer
“Indigo Borboleta Anil” engineered by Ze Nigro, Gustavo Ruiz, Joao Milliet, Rodrigo Sanches, and Felipe Tichauer
“Jobim Forever” engineered by Marcelo Saboia, and Andre Dias
“Motomami” (Digital Album) engineered by Chris Gehringer, Jeremie Inhaber, Manny Marroquin, Zach Peraya, and Anthony Vilchis
“Ya No Somos Los Mismos” engineered by Julián Bernal, Nico Cotton, Carlitos González, Alberto Hernández, Michel Kuri, Malay, Felipe Mejía, Jv Olivier, Juan Sebastián Parra, Alejandro García Partida, Alan Saucedo, Mikaelin Bluespruce, Raul Lopez, Lewis Pickett, Harold Sanders, and Dave Kutch

Producer of the Year:
Edgar Barrera
Eduardo Cabra
Nico Cotton
Julio Reyes Copello
Tainy

Best Short Form Music Video:
“Mia” by Cami
“This is Not America” by Residente with Ibeyi, Lisa-Kainde Diaz, and Naomi Diaz
“A Carta Cabal” by Guitarricadelafuente
“Hentai” (Official Video) by Rosalia
“Nadie” by Sin Bandera
“Tocarte” by Jorge Drexler with C. Tangana

Best Long Form Music Video:
“Bailaora – Mis Pies Son Mi Voz” by Siudy Garrido
“Hasta La Raiz: El Documental” by Natalia Lafourcade
“Motomami (Rosalia Tiktok Live Performance)” by Rosalia
“Romeo Santos: King of Bachata (Documentary)” by Romeo Santos
“Matria” by Vetusta Morla

Cooper Alan

Rising Country music star Cooper Alan has recently made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry and has just started a tour with dates already sold out; sometimes in just a few hours.

Having recently signed a management deal with Make Wake, Alan said, “I am really honored and blessed to get the chance to work with some of the hardest working and most talented people in Nashville. Most importantly though, they’re all some of the best and most genuine people I’ve met. It feels like family!”

Taking full advantage of social media, Alan has had his music streamed over 100 million times and has garnered 10 million followers across social media platforms.


Cooper Alan tour dates:
Sept 23 at the Silverados in Black Mountain, NC
Sept 24 at the Coalpit Live in Winston-Salem, NC
Sept 28 at The State Fair in Doswell, VA
Sept 29 at The Mill and Mine in Knoxville, TN
Sept 30 at the Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, KY
Oct 1 at the Farm Bar & Grill in Charleston, WV
Oct 6 at The Outlaw Saloon in West Ogden, UT
Oct 7 at the Nugget Event Center in Sparks, NV
Oct 8 at the Laughlin Events Center in Laughlin, NV
Oct 12 at the Jergels Rhythm Grille in Warrendale, PA
Oct 13 at The Intersection in Grad Rapids, MI
Oct 14 at The Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, OH
Oct 15 at the Bob Evans Farm Fest in Rio Grande, OH
Oct 20 at The Lyric in Oxford, MS
Oct 21 at JJ’s Live in Fayetteville, AR
Oct 22 at the Midnight Rodeo in Springfield, MO
Oct 27 at Peaches in Rome, GA
Oct 28 at the Soul Kitchen in Mobile, AL
Oct 29 at the Wendells Dippin Ranch in Anderson, SC
Nov 3 at The Bluestone in Columbus, OH
Nov 4 at the 8 Second Saloon in Indianapolis, IN
Nov 5 at St Andrews Hall in Detroit, MI
Nov 10 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville, TN
Nov 11 at The Warehouse in Athens, GA
Nov 17 at Kegs Canal Side in Jordan, NY
Nov 18 at the Iron Works in Buffalo, NY
Nov 19 at Bull Ride Mania in Harrisburg, PA
March 10 & 11 at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris, MI
April 29 at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA

Jack Schneider is “On His Way’

It isn’t unusual to see numerous jobs listed on the biography for a new comer to the music business, but it is unusual for a new artist to have a list of Who’s Who in the credits on their debut album.

But Americana music artist Jack Schneider is just such an artist…

On November 11, Schneider will release “Best Be on My Way” with Vince Gill, David Rawlings, Dennis Crouch, and Stuart Duncan among the artists contributing their skills to the album.

Prior to becoming a recording artist in his own right, Schneider was a record producer, songwriter, rhythm guitar player for Vince Gill, and a graduate of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University.

“Best Be on My Way” was recorded live in the studio in Nashville, Tennessee; which means all of the musicians played together at the same time, not individually which is the more common practice today.

The first single from the album Josephine” is out now.

In his native New York City a triple threat is someone who sing, dance, and act; but in his adopted home of Nashville, Jack Schneider is considered a triple threat because he can sing, play guitar, and write songs.  He has been playing the guitar since he was three years old…the rest came along a little later.

The tracklisting for “Best Be on My Way”:
“Josephine”
“Farewell Carolina”
“Marietta”
“Tennessee”
“Best Be On My Way”
“Don’t Look Down”
“Slow Things Down”
“Nothing Left To Show”
“In The Morning”
“Del Rio Blues”

Schneider also has a few concert dates coming up:
Sept 25 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, IL
Sept 26 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL
Sept 27 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL
Oct 27 at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA

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NASCAR Issues Major Penalty

The first cutoff race in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend was a harrowing affair for many of the playoff drivers with several of the drivers having numerous issues from power steering issues to blown engines.

One such drivers was Ryan Blaney who lost a tire on pit road after coming into the pits with a flat tire on lap 93 of the Bass Pro Shops Nigh Race.  A 30th place finish was the least of the Team Penske’s worries.

Teams that lose a wheel on pit road may or may not receive a penalty – it is at the discretion of NASCAR as to whether or not the errant tire is a danger to other teams.  When the tire ended up in the pit box of the number three car, NASCAR deemed it severe enough to asses a penalty for violating the NASCAR rule book.  Crew chief Jonathan Hassler, rear tire changer Zachary Price, and jackman Graham Stoddard have all bee suspended for the next four races.  The suspended crew members may return to the track after the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16.
 

Actor Henry Silva Dies

Actor Henry Silva died September 14, 2022 at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California just one day before his 96th birthday.  Son Scott Silva said that his father died of natural causes.

Silva began his acting career while still in his teens on the stage at the Actor’s Studio. By the time he had retired from acting in 2001, Silva had appeared in over 100 productions beginning in 1950 when television was still a new medium.

One of his early roles was in the original “Ocean’s Eleven” film starring Rat Packers Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin; some 50 years later Silva appeared in the remake with George Clooney.  Silva was the last surviving member of the 1950 “Ocean’s Eleven”.  He and Angie Dickinson were the only two actors to appear in both versions of the film.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 15, 1926.  He left school at the age of 13 and began taking drama classes while supporting himself as a dishwasher.  After being one of just five people selected out of 2,500 applicants, his first production at the Actor’s Studio was in “A Hatful of Rain”.  He also acted in the Broadway production of the play; as well as, in Camino Real”.

After “an offer he couldn’t refuse” Silva spent some time acting in Europe before returning to the United States and Hollywood.

After making his screen debut in 1950 in the television series “Armstrong Circle Theatre”, Silva went on to appear in nearly 150 film and television productions including “A Hatful of Rain”, “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Cinderella”, “The Untouchables”, “The Manchuria Candidate”, “The Outer Limits”, “Wagon Train”, “Mission Impossible”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”, “Cannonball Run II”, “Code of Silence”,  “Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold”, “Above the Law”, and his final role in 2001 in the remake of “Ocean’s Eleven”.

Married and divorced three times, Silva is survived by children Scott, Henry, and Michael.

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‘Phantom’ to Close

With over 13,000 performances “The Phantom of the Opera” is by far the longest running show on Broadway.  The Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber production has spent the past 35 years at the Majestic Theatre; but on February 18, 2023 the production will give it’s final show – number 13,925.

One of the top grossing musicals on Broadway for many years, the production has had difficulty is keeping up with the costs of the production since reopening in October of last year after Broadway was shut down due to the Covid pandemic.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh spoke on the musical via a statement saying, “as a British producer who has been lucky enough to have been producing in New York for over 40 consecutive years, it has been an unparalleled honor to have presented the longest-running musical in Broadway’s history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’.  That this legendary show has thrilled New York for nearly 35 phenomenal years is quite astounding to me. As a producer, you dream that a show will run forever. Indeed, my production of Andrew’s ‘Cats’ proudly declared for decades ‘Now and Forever.’  Yet ‘Phantom’has surpassed that show’s extraordinary Broadway run. But all shows do finally close, and after considerable discussion between The Shuberts, The Really Useful Group, Andrew and myself, we concluded that the right time for ‘Phantom’ was after the show’s 35th birthday on February 18—a double celebration of ‘Phantom’s’ phenomenal success.”

Common Heads to Broadway

Rap star and actor Common is looking to complete the alphabet of awards.  He already owns an Academy Award (Oscar), Grammy Award, and an Emmy Award; all that is missing from the EGOT is the T for Tony.

This fall Common will make his Broadway debut at the Hayes Theater in the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Between Riverside and Crazy” by Stephen Adly Guirgis.

Previews are set to begin on November 30 with the official opening set for December 19.

The play has previously played on Off-Broadway in 2014 with Stephen McKinley Henderson, Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colon, Liza Colon-Zayas, and Michael Rispoli will all be reprising their Off-Broadway roles.

It will be the Broadway debut for Almanzar, Canavan, Colon’Zayas, and Rispoli.

Common will be replacing Ron Cephas-Jones as Junior.

The play follows widowed ex-policeman Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son Junior as they strive to keep their New York City rent controlled apartment.

Common earned his Academy and Grammy Awards for the song “Glory” which he wrote with EGOT winner John Legend.  He earned his Prime Time Emmy Award for the “13th”.

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New Christmas Music from Reba

Country music legend Reba McEntire has released a number of Christmas songs and albums over the years.  She has selected 12 of her favourites for a new album – “The Ultimate Christmas Collection” which is set for an October 14 release.

Reba spoke on the new album saying, “I’m excited to share this newly packaged collection of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. It was so hard to narrow down to just twelve songs, but I hope my fans enjoy this journey through time!”

The tracklisting for “The Ultimate Christmas Collection”:
“Away in a Manager”
“O Holy Night”
“White Christmas”
“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”
“Up on the Housetop”
“I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus”
“Mary, Did You Know?”
“O Come All Ye Faithful”
“Jingle Bell Rock”
“Winter Wonderland”
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
“I Needed Christmas”

Toy Hall of Fame Announces Finalists

The kids are back in school and the amount of daylight is growing shorter, but that only means that playtime moves indoors where children of all ages can enjoy many of the toys that have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame or half to induct a few new ones.

Each year at the end of summer a new list of finalists is announced for consideration into the Toy Hall of Fame.  The finalists for 2022 are Bingo, Breyer Horses, Catan, Lite-Brite, Nerf Toys, Masters of the Universe, the piñata, Phase 10, Pound Puppies, Rack-O, Spirograph, and the top.

In order to even be considered for induction into the Toy Hall of Fame, a toy must have longevity – lasting for generations, help to spark learning and discovery through play, and reach icon status where it is not only recognizable the world over but influences its creation in other forms – films, TV, books, etc.

The new class of inductees will be selected by a panel of experts and revealed on November 10.  Currently the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York features 77 toys  that span the simple cardboard box and sand to board games and coloring books to LEGOS, tinker toys, and video games.

The National Toy Hall of Fame can be found on the second floor of The Strong Museum of Play at Manhattan Square in Rochester, New York.  The Strong is also home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame and hundreds of exhibits on the main floor that include a stoop from “Sesame Street”, a mini Wegman’s grocery store. A post office, numerous dolls and dollhouses, and a display of devices for alternate learning for people with disabilities.

Meet the 2022 finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame:

Popular with many adults, the game of Bingo has been around since the 1500’s.  The game made its way across the pond to America in the 1920’s.  And since that time, it has become a staple at charity and fund raising events; especially among churches.

since the Breyer Molding Company created hand designed realistic horses in 1951, the equestrian toys have sparked the imaginations of children and adorned the shelves of collectors everywhere.

A relative new comer in the annals of historic toys, the board game Catan was originally called The Settlers of Catan upon its release in Germany in 1995.  Players work together to form a settlement on an island by trading, the spending of resources, and rolls of the dice.  Since it’s inception, the game has been translated into over two dozen languages. 

Lite-Brite returns to make a go at lighting up the Hall of Fame.  Players use colored pegs to create colorful designs against a black background that light up once the board in turned on.  The imagination and creativity are limited only by the number of pegs available to the player.

The rubbery characters that make up the Masters of the Universe have done much more than spark the imaginations of children everywhere; the characters have spawned an entire universe of products from comic books to toothbrushes and sleeping bags.

Children around the world have heard a parent tell them that they weren’t allowed to play ball or darts inside.   It thanks to the invention of the Nerf ball  – a foam rubber sphere that is lightweight and soft – children can play ball inside…and stay warm, dry, and safe.

The Piñata has long been a part of celebrating as far back as the 1300’s in China.  Brightly coloured papier Mache objects are filled with toys, candy, etc and blindfolded party goers attempt to bust open the pinata and shower party goers with goodies.  Most recently the pinata became the focus of a different type of celebration when Mexican born NASCAR driver Daniel Suarez busted a taco shaped pinata as a part of his post race celebration when he won a race.

In 1982, Ken Johnson invented the car game Phase 10, similar to Rummy the game has taken on a life of its own and is second only to Toy Hall of Fame inductee Uno in sales.

Another 80’s creation, the Pound Puppies allowed millions of children to have the favoured household pet without all the expensive veterinarian bills and hassle of cleaning up after the dog.  After over two million puppies were “adopted” in the first year in 1985, the plush pets launched its own animated series.

Milton Bradley has released numerous games over the years, in 1956, they launched the card game Rack-O – a game where players have to create a sequential numeric pattern with their cards.  Not only is it a way to wile away the hours on a cold or rainy night, it can help the youngest members of the family learn their numbers.

Spirograph is much more than a drawing game; it can also help with pattern learning and even some math.  The drawing toy is also disguised as an educational tool and for over 50 years has been thrilling children and adults alike.

And finally a toy as old as time itself – the spinning top.  The toy can be found in many forms including an eight sided top, round, and even a four sided top known as a dreidel that is also a game.

NASCAR Playoff Standings – Sept 19

The races at Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend had playoff implications for all three series. In the Camping World Truck Series it was the beginning of a new round in the playoffs, for the Xfinity Series it was the end of the regular season, and for the Cup Series it marked the end of the first round of playoffs and the first eliminations.

 

After winning the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Ty Majeski has secured himself a spot in the final four at Phoenix in November.

 

Currently Ty Majeski, Chandler Smith, Zane Smith, and Stewart Friesen are above the cut line; while John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, Grant Enfinger, and Ben Rhodes are below the cut line and are in danger of elimination.

 

 

During the Food City 300 on Friday night, AJ Allmendinger earned enough points to win the regular season championship in the Xfinity Series.

 

Noah Gragson earned his sixth race win of the season…and his record setting third in a row to become the first driver at JR Motorsports to win three races in a row.

 

With Noah Gragson leading the way with 2,051 point; Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, Austin Hill, Brandon Jones, Jeremy Clements, Sam Mayer, Daniel Hemric, Riley Herbst, and Ryan Sieg have all earned spots in the playoffs.

 

 

After a tumultuous race on Saturday night that saw numerous mechanical issues in the cars and another blown engine for Kyle Busch, the first four drivers have been eliminated from the playoffs – Cup Series champions Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, and Tyler Reddick.

 

For the first time since the advent of the playoff system, round one of 2022 was the first time that a non-playoff driver won every race in the round with Erik Jones, Bubba Wallace, and Chris Buescher all getting their first win of the season.

 

The points have been reset and Chase Elliott continues to lead with 3,040 – the same 40 points he has held for several weeks.

 

Cup Series Playoff Standings:

Chase Elliott – 3,040

Joey Logano – 3,025

Ross Chastain – 3,020

Kyle Larson – 3,019

William Byron – 3,015

Denny Hamlin – 3,015

Christopher Bell – 3,013

Ryan Blaney – 3,013

Chase Briscoe – 3,009

Alex Bowman – 3,007

Daniel Suarez – 3,007

Austin Cindric – 3,006

Mechanical Issues/ Flat Tires Dominate Bristol Night Race

NASCAR Cup Series

The Cup Series caps off the weekend of racing from all three NASCAR series with the first cut off race in round one of the playoffs with the Bass Pro Shops Night Race. 

Currently, Christopher Bell is the only driver that has secured a spot in the next round of the playoffs.  Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Chase Briscoe, and Kevin Harvick are all below the cut line and in danger of being eliminated from the playoffs.

During the practice session, some of the drivers were complaining of steering issues.

Kyle Busch spun out but managed to save the car and avoid hitting anything or anybody.

The first driver on the track to make a qualifying run is Landon Cassill who posted a time of 15.684 seconds.

Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Christopher Bell will all move on to round two of Qualifying from Group A.

Chase Briscoe was the first driver to break the 15 second mark with a time of 14.944 seconds.

In Group B; Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric
Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick will be moving on to round two of qualifying.

With a time or 14.946 seconds, Aric Almirola puts his number 10 car on the pole.

The lineup for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race:
Aric Almirola
Chase Briscoe
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Christopher Bell
Austin Cindric
Brad Keselowski
Cole Custer
Ross Chastain
AJ Allmendinger
Bubba Wallace
Joey Logano
William Byron
Tyler Reddick
Michael McDowell
Justin Haley
Chris Buescher
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Erik Jones
Ty Gibbs
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Harrison Burton
Austin Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Todd Gilliland
Corey LaJoie
Cody Ware
BJ McLeod
Ty Dillon
Landon Cassill
JJ Yeley

This race will be Joey Logano’s 500th Cup Series start.

Stages one and two of the race are 125 laps each with stage three lasting 250 laps for a total of 500 laps around the half mile track.  Drivers can run 150 to 160 laps on a single load of fuel.   They will be able to complete the first two stages on a single load of fuel but will have to make at least one pit stop during stage three.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane with Chase Briscoe on the inside.  Almirola edges out in front for the lead with Denny Hmlin taking second.

Lap two, the top five are Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Chase Briscoe,, Ryan Blaney, and Christopher Bell.

Lap five, Ryan Blaney comes up on the outside to pass Chase Briscoe for third.

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

The drivers have already started moving up the track and by the end of the night, they will be riding along the wall.

Lap 13, Ryan Blaney challenges Denny Hmlin for second; but so far Hamlin holds on to second place; just under half a second behind leader Aric Almirola.

Lap 18, two points below the cutline at the start of the race, Kyle Busch is tied with Tyler Reddick for twelfth place and a spot in the next round.

Lap 21, Aric Almirola has a near half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Ryan Blaney, Chase Briscoe, and Christopher Bell rounds out the top five.

Lap 25, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Aric Almirola to just two tenths of a second.

Lap 28, Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin battle for second.  Leaders have encountered slower traffic and have begun lapping cars.

Kyle Busch has now moved himself into the last spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Lap 31, Aric Almirola has a third of a second lead on Ryan Blaney; Denny Hamlin, Chase Briscoe, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 34, Kyle Busch has entered the top 20; Aric Almirola continues to lead the race.

Lap 36, Ryan Blaney passes Aric Almirola for the lead.

Lap 42, the caution flag comes out for JJ Yeley and Harrison Burton who both have flat tires.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Chase Briscoe, and Christopher Bell.

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Kevin Harvick reports that his brakes are “wobbling”.  Denny Hamlin barely beats out Ryan Blaney in the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart with Bubba Wallace alongside on lap 50.  Keselowski jumps out in front for the lead with Chris Buescher in second; Bubba Wallace, Tyler Reddick and Corey LaJoie round out the otp five.  There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Daniel Suarez is reporting a very tight condition and the car is bouncing.

Chase Briscoe reports that it is very difficult to turn the wheel; saying that it feels like the power steering has gone out.

Lap 60, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on teammated Chris Buescher; Bubba Wallace, Tyler Reddick, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 65, Brad Keselowski has a one second lead on Chris Buescher; Bubba Wallace, Denny Hamlin, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 69 the drivers have moved further up the race track toward the wall.

There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Aric Almirola is also reporting a possible steering issue; saying it’s like the car is trying to pull it out of his hands.

Lap 84, Austin Cindric gets into the wall with a flat tire and is trying to work his way to pit road.  The track stays green as he makes it to his pit box.

Lap 87, Brad Keselowski has a one second lead on Chris Buescher; Bubba Wallace, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.  After starting the race back in the field, Kyle Busch is just outside the top 10 in twelfth place.

Ryan Blaney brings out the caution flag on lap 93 when Ryan Blaney gets a flat tire and Aric Almirola gets into the wall.  Ryan Blaney is stuck on pit road with a lost wheel; it rolled into the number three pit box.

Some drivers come down pit road for service and fresh tires.  Aric Almirola is on pit road with the hood up.

Joey Logano had to make a second trip down pit road for a loose tire.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 100 with Tyler Reddick alongside.  Kyle Busch comes form sixth to take third place.

Lap 101, Brad Keselowski leads the race with Christopher Bell in second; Kyle Busch, Chase Briscoe, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

There are sparks coming from the back of Ryan Blaney’s car.

Lap 106, Brad Keselowski has a third of a second lead on Christopher Bell; Kyle Busch, Chase Briscoe, and Kyle Larson round out the top five with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Ryan Blaney reports that it feels like something is dragging and broken. With 13 laps remaining in stage one, Blaney brings his car down pit road to raise the car to keep it from dragging.

Ten laps remain in stage one, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over half a second on Christopher Bell; Kyle Busch, Chase Briscoe, and Kyle Larson rounds out the top five.

NASCAR has posted Ryan Blaney for not making minimum speed.  The quick fix did not work and the car continued to drag.  He comes back down pit road with a flat tire.

Three laps to go in stage one; Christopher Bell is less than a half second behind leader Brad Keselowski.

Brad Keselowski wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brad Keselowski
Christopher Bell
Kyle Busch
Chase Briscoe
Kyle Larson
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Tyler Reddick
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr

Drivers come down pit road for service and fresh tires with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road.  Joey Logano took only two tires and gained 13 spots.

Chris Buescher brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Kevin Harvick alongside on lap 134 and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 135, the top five are Chris Buescher, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace, and Ross Chastain.

Lap 138, Chris Buescher has pulled out to a half second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Harrison Burton brings out the fourth caution flag of the race on lap 140 when he spins out after contact with Austin Cindric; who was tapped by Aric Almirola.

With 31 cars on the lead lap, there are no drivers just one lap down.

Chris Buescher brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 148 with Kevin Harvick on the inside.  Buescher gets out in front for the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Denny Hamlin, Cole Custer, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Lap 154, Chris Buescher has a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace,a nd Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 159, Chris Buescher now has a one second lead on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace, and Ross Chastain round out the top five. 

Kyle Busch is reporting a very tight condition in his car.

Martin Truex Jr is reporting intermittent steering issues; adding he has something in his eye.

With eight race wins at Bristol, Kyle Busch has the most wins of any active Cup Series driver.

Lap 170, Daniel Suarez is very loose, Ryan Blaney’s number 12 car is still on pit road getting repairs.

Lap 171, Chris Buescher has a very narrow lead on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

On lap 178, Bubba Wallace’s car is smoking and he reports that he cannot turn the car.  He brings the car down pit road.  There is fluid on the tires when the crew changes them. 

Lap 182, Ryan Blaney is currently 70 laps down as the crew continues to work on the car.

Lap 185, Ty Gibbs brings his number 23 car down pit road and the crew lifts the hood; also with power steering issues.

Lap 188, Ryan Blaney takes his car to the garage for more repairs..

Lap 101, Chris Buescher and Kevin Harvick battle for the lead. 

Lap 194, Chris Buescher has pulled out to a lead of over half a second.

The fifth caution of the race comes out when Harrison Burton gets into the wall with a flat tire.  Erik Jones spins out and is stopped on the track after some contact with teammate Ty Dillon.

Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick were in danger of going a lap down when the caution flag came out.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Busch saying that he is still too tight.  Several drivers are reporting issues with their cars.  Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr takes his car to the garage with power steering issues and is out of the race.

Alex Bowman is now reporting possible power steering issues.

Chris Buescher brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kevin Harvick on the inside lane.  Buescher jumps out in front for the lead with Kevin Harvick taking second.

Lap 208, the top five are Chris Buescher, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Cole Custer, and Ross Chastain.

Lap 210, even in second place, Kevin Harvick is still 14 points below the cut line.

Lap 215, Chris Buescher has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Denny Hamlin, Cole Custer, and Ross Chastain round out the top five with 24 cars on the lead lap.  Ty Gibbs, Bubba Wallace, Martin Truex Jr, and Ryan Blaney are all off the track with mechanical issues.

Lap 220, at the moment Tyler Reddick, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Cindric are all below the cut line.

Lap 223, leader Chris Buescher has a clear field in front of him; he has a lead of just two tenths of a second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Denny Hamlin gets into the wall on lap 233 and brings out the caution flag with a flat tire.

Drivers come down pit road for service with 14 laps remaining in stage two.  Drivers can make it to the end of the race on one more pit stop from here.

After leader Chris Buescher makes a pit stop, Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 10 laps remaining in stage two.

Christopher Bell has the lead with Ross Chastain in second; Chase Briscoe, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

The 10 crew of Martin Truex Jr loads his car on the hauler and is the first car officially out of the race.  While the 45 car of Bubba Wallace is having the same issues, the 45 car is currently in the running for the owner’s championship and the crew is working diligently to repair the car.

Christopher Bell wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Christopher Bell
Ross Chastain
Chase Briscoe
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Austin Dillon
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick

Drivers who did not pit during the last caution come down pit road for service.  Austin Dillon reports that his steering is a little catchy.  Alex Bowman is also reporting steering issues and shaking brakes.

William Byron, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Alex Bowman have all earned enough points to lock in a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 260 with Chase Elliott alongside.

Christopher Bell has a quarter of a second lead on William Byron; Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick rund out the top five.

Ryan Blaney returns to the track 152 laps down.

Kyle Larson passes teammate William Byron for second

Lap 265, Christopher Bell has a one second lead on Kyle Larson; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 271, Kyle Busch brings out the caution flag after he gets into the wall with a blown engine and is out of the race.  The smoking car was spewing a mixture of oil and water.

Should the two time champion be eliminated, it will be the first time he has ever been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart but the caution flag comes out with a big crash.  Tyler Reddick, Daniel Suarez, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Todd Gilliland, Alex Bowman, and Austin Dillon were all involved.

Kyle Busch said that he feels sorry for his guys; adding that they don’t deserve to be in this position.  He is currently just above the cut line.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 287 with Bell getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 288, the top five are Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick.

Tyler Reddick returns to the track and has three laps to make minimum speed before he will be out of the race.

Alex Bowman is out of the race after losing power steering.

Lap 294, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; Brad Keselowski, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick has made minimum speed and is 13 laps down.  After coming back on the track he had to serve a pass through penalty after leaving pit road with equipment.

Bubba Wallace is back on the track after repairs 90 laps down.

Austin Dillon’s crew could not get the car repaired during the 10 minute “crash clock” and he is out of the race.

Lapa 303, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; Brad Keselowski, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 307, Christopher Bell has increased his lead out over half a second on Kyle Larson; Brad Keselowski is in third over a second back with William Byron and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

On lap 313, Tyler Reddick, Austin Cindric, Austin Dillon, and Kevin Harvick are all below the cut line.  Kyle Busch is five points above the cut line and would be the final driver in round two of  the playoffs.

Ty Gibbs returns to the track 132 laps down.

Lap 329, Christopher Bell has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Kyle Larson; Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Chris Buescher round out the top five with 17 cars on the lead lap.  Slow drivers Aric Almirola and Tyler Reddick are holding up the traffic.

Lap 344, Christopher Bell has a one second lead on Kyle Larson; Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.  Drivers still need to make a pit stop for fuel.

Lap 350, Kyle Larson continues to close the gap on leader Christopher Bell and is now just half a second back.

Erik Jones brings out the tenth caution flag on lap 352 with a flat tire.  The field will take the opportunity to come down pit road for fuel.  There are only 14 cars on the lead lap.

Austin Cindric also had a flat tire and comes down pit road early.

Kevin Harvick reports an issue with grip.

Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Ross Chastain have all secured spots in the next round of the playoffs.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 361 and gets out in front of Christopher Bell to take the lead. 

Lap 363, the top five are Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick, and Chris Buescher.

Tyler Reddick returns to the track from pit road and nearly causes a crash with the leaders.  Reddick is 29 laps down.

Lap 373, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on Brad Keselowski; Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

Lap 386, Kyle Larson has just a two tenths of a second lead on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 388, Brad Keselowski passes Kyle Larson for the lead and has a quarter of a second lead on Larson; Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick, and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

With 109 laps remaining in the race, there are 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 397, Joey Logano makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire.  He had an extended stop after the lug fell out of the gun.

Ty Gibbs comes down pit road and the crew lifts the hood.

Just 95 laps remain in the race, Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly two seconds on Christopher Bell with Kyle Larson in third; Kevin Harvick and Chris Buescher round out the top five.

The 23 car of Ty Gibbs is behind the wall again with the hood up.

Brad Keselowski gets into the wall with a flat tire.  He makes it to pit road and the track stays green.  Christopher Bell is the new leader with Kyle Larson in second; Kevin Harvick, Chris Buescher, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney had to make another trip down pit road with a flat tire.  He is 158 laps down.

Just 80 laps remain in the race, Christopher Bell has a one second lead on Kyle Larson with Kevin Harvick in third; Chris Buescher and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Aric Almirola comes down pit road with steering issues and takes the car behind the wall.

Seventy-four laps remain in the race, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Chris Buescher, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 436 when leader Christopher Bell has a flat tire. 

With 63 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch and Austin Cindric are separated by just one point.

Lead lap drivers come down pit road for service.  Kevin Harvick has a slow stop after the tire comes off of the car.

Denny Hamlin had to back up back into his pit stall with a loose wheel.  The crew had trouble getting the tire back on the car.

Chris Buescher won the race off of pit road after taking only two tires.

Twelve of the 16 playoff drivers have had some sort of an issue during the race.

Chris Buescher brings the field down for the green flag restart with 57 laps to go and gets out in front of William Byron for the lead.

Joey Logano is back on pit road.

With 54 laps to go, Chris Buescher leads the race with Chase Elliott in second; William Byron, Kyle Larson, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Austin Cindric is now tied with Kyle Busch in points and would be the final driver in the playoffs as it stands now.

Chris Buescher has a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Larson, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

There are 44 laps to go, Chris Buescher has a lead of nearly a second on Chase Elliott

Ty Dillon comes down pit road after getting into the wall; the track stays green.

Forty to go, Chris Buescher has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Larson, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.


Kyle Larson gets into the wall after some contact with Christopher Bell but the track stays green.

With 35 laps to go, there are just 12 cars on the lead lap with Chris Buescher over a half a second aheard.  Leaders encounter slower traffic.

Thirty to go, Chris Buescher has a lead under half a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Joey Logano is behind the wall, multiple laps down.

With 26 laps to go, Chris Buescher has a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.  It has been five years since a Roush Racing car has been to victory lane.

Twenty to go!  Chris Buescher holds a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott with William Byon in third with Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson rounding out the top five.

Fifteen to go, Chris Buescher has a lead of nearly a second on Chase Elliott.

Just eleven laps to go, Chris Buescher holds onto the lead of nearly a second on Chase Elliott.

Five to go and Chris Buescher continues to lead the race with Chase Elliott in second.

This is Chris Buescher’s 250th race start.

Chris Buescher takes the whiteflag with a half second lead on Chase Elliott.

Chris Buescher wins the race to give Roush Fenway Keselowski their first win and the 19th different winner in the 2022 season to tie the all time record.

This is the first time in the playoff era that all of the winners were not playoff drivers.  Buescher thanked the 100,000 fans gathered at the track.

And with that Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon have been eliminated from the playoffs.

The unofficial results of the Bass Pro Shops Nigh Race:
Chris Buescher
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Christopher Bell
Kyle Larson
Ross Chastain
AJ Allmendinger
Cole Custer
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Michael McDowell
Justin Haley
Brad Keselowski
Chase Briscoe
Corey LaJoie
Harrison Burton
Cody Ware
Todd Gilliland
Daniel Suarez
Austin Cindric
Erik Jones
Landon Cassill
JJ Yeley
BJ McLeod
Tyler Reddick
Ty Dillon
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Blaney
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kyle Busch
Ty Gibbs
Martin Truex Jr



The 12 playoff drivers moving on the next round are:
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Ross Chastain
Kyle Larson
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Christopher Bell
Ryan Blaney
Chase Briscoe
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
Austin Cindric

Xfinity Series Sets Playoff Field at Bristol

Xfinity Series

It is a huge weekend for all three of the NASCAR Series this weekend with playoff implications in all of the races.  For the Xfinity Series it is the final race of the regular season and all but two of the 12 playoff spots have been secured.

Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Austin Hill, and Brandon Jones have all earned a spot in the first round of the playoffs after winning at least one race.  After his penalty was overturned in an appeal, Jeremy Clements earns a spot in the playoffs for eight race winners.

After the race at Kansas last week Sam Mayer and Riley Herbst have earn a spot in the first round of the playoffs on points.

Defending Xfinity Series champion Daniel Hemric, Landon Cassill, Ryan Sieg, and Sheldon Creed are all in a battle for the final two spots in the playoffs.  Of the four Hemric is currently in the best position to move on, 37 points above the cut line.

Currently AJ Allmendinger tops the standings and can clinch the regular season championship with its 15 bonus playoff points if he can score 23 points in tonight’s race.

A total of 41 teams brought car to Thunder Valley to fill 38 starting spots.  Chad Finchum, Dawson Cram, and Brennan Poole failed to qualify for the race.

With a qualifying time of 15.653 seconds, Ty Gibbs puts his number 54 car on the pole with Josh Berry starting alongside on the front row.  This is Gibbs fifth career pole and fourth for this season.

The starting lineup for the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway:
Ty Gibbs
Josh Berry
Justin Allgaier
AJ Allmendinger
Sam Mayer
Sammy Smith
Jeb Burton
Daniel Hemric
Noah Gragson
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Jones
Riley Herbst
Brandon Brown
Stefan Parsons
Austin Hill
Landon Cassill
Mason Massey
Jeremy Clements
Anthony Alfredo
Bayley Currey
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Sheldon Creed
Patrick Emerling
Nicholas Sanchez
Alex Labbe
JJ Yeley
David Starr
Ryan Ellis
BJ McLeod
Josh Williams
Ronnie Bassett Jr
Sage Karam
Kyle Weatherman
Kris Wright
CJ McLaughlin
Myatt Snider
Joe Graf Jr
Bobby McCarty

Stages one and two are 85 laps each with stage three lasting 130 laps each around the half mile track for a total of 300 laps.  The drivers can run 140 to 150 laps on a single load of fuel.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane with Josh Berry alongside.  Ty Gibbs gets out in front for the lead with Josh Berry and Justin Allgaier battling for second.  AJ Allmendinger has some issue with his car.

Lap four, Ty Gibbs leads the race with Joshy Berry one second back in second; Justin Allgaier, Sammy Smith, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

First caution flag comes out on lap six when Nicholas Sanchez has a flat tire and brushes the wall.

What he thought was a transmission issue on the 16 car, AJ Allmendinger missed a shift on the race start.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eleven from the outside lane with Justin Allgaier alongside.  Gibbs edges out in front of Allgaier to hold on to the lead.

Lap 12, Ty Gibbs leads the race with Justin Allgaier in second; Josh Berry, Sam Mayer, and Sammy Smith round out the top five.

Riley Herbst gets loose and brings out the second caution flag of the race on lap 14.

Sheldon Creed has a “doughnut” on the driver’s side of his car.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart with Justin Allgaier alongside on lap 19 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 20, Ty Gibbs has a near half second lead on Justina Allgaier; Josh Berry, Sammy Smith, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Lap 24, Noah Gragson and Jeb Burton continue their battle for sixth place.

Lap 27, Ty Gibbs has a one second lead on Justin Allgaier; Josh Berry, Sam Mayer, and Sammy Smith round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger is concerned whether the car will make it to the end of the race after he over revved the engine.

Lap 33, Brandon Jones reports that his window net is coming down and he is driving one handed while trying to hold the window net in place.

Lap 36, Ty Gibbs leads is down to under a second on Justin Allgaier.

Lap 37, Nicholas Sanchez spins out and brings out the caution flag.  Sanchez reports some on track contact before spinning out.

Brandon Jones comes down pit road to get the window net repaired and service the car.  Several other drivers come down pit road for service.  Any driver who makes a pit stop now can make it to the end of stage one on a single load of fuel.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 42 and gets out in front of Justin Allgaier for the lead.

Lap 43, the top five are Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Noah Gragson, and Sam Mayer.

Lap 45, Brandon Brown gets loose, spins out, and hits the wall; bringing out the fourth caution flag of the race.  There is significant damage to Brown’s car.

Lap 51, Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Justin Allgaier on the inside.  But this time Allgaier goes side by side with Gibbs until Gibbs gets out in front going into turn four.

The top five are Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Josh Berry, and Sam Mayer.

Lap 56, there are 34 cars on the lead lap.  Brandon Brown is on pit road for damage repairs.

Lap 58, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over half a second on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Josh Berry, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Lap 62, Brandon Brown is out of the race.

Lap 69, Ty Gibbs has led every lap so far with Justin Allgaier in second; Noah Gragson, Josh Berry, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

After an earlier tangle on the track, Riley Herbst and Sheldon Creed have once again found each other and do a little door banging.

Lap 75, leader Ty Gibbs has encountered slower traffic; Justin Allgaier closes the gap ot the lead to less than a tenth of a second.

Lap 80, Ty Gibbs has a quarter of a second lead on Justin Allgaier; Noah Gragson, Sam Mayer, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Ty Gibbs leads every lap and wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, Jeb Burton, Daniel Hemric, Landon Cassill, and Ryan Sieg.

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

After staying out on the track, Sheldon Creed and Jeffrey Earnhardt bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 95.  Sheldon Creed takes the lead with Justin Allgaier in second and Ty Gibbs in third; Sam Mayer and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 98, Justin Allgaier battles Sheldon Creed for the lead.  Going side by side, the two make contact with each other.  Lap 103, Creed gets Allgaier loose and holds on to the lead.

Lap 104, Justin Allgaier holds on to second with Ty Gibbs in third; Sam Mayer comes up on the outside to try and pass Ty Gibbs but fails to do so.

Lap 108, Landon Cassill makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire.  The brakes are on fire on the right front of Landon Cassill’s car after he returns to the track.

Lapa 113, Sheldon Creed has a tenth of a second lead on Justin Allgaier; Ty Gibbs, Sam Mayer, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 115, Landon Cassill is on pit road again, this time to address the car issue.

Landon Cassill is out of the race.

Lap 119, Sheldon Creed holds on to the lead by one tenth of a second on Justin Allgaier; Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Lap 123, Justin Allgaier continues to challenge Sheldon Creed for the lead.  He gets side by side but so far has been unable to take the lead.  One lap 125, Justin Allgaier passes Sheldon Creed to take the lead.; Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, and Sam Mayer round out the top five.

Lap 129, Sheldon Creed and Ty Gibbs battle for second when Gibbs makes contact with Creed and sends him into the wall after Noah Gragson makes contact with Ty Gibbs.

Sheldon Creed becomes the third driver out of the race.

Ty Gibbs is on pit road for crash damage.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 139 with Noah Gragson alongside.  Allgaier gets out in front for the lead with teammate Noah Gragson in second; Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.  There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 144, Josh Berry gets high and brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 151, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly a second on Noah Gragson; Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.  There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 160, Justin Allgaier has a one second lead on Naoh Gragson; Sam Mayer, AJ Allmendinger, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 163, Sam Mayer passes Noah Gragson for second.

With six laps remaining in stage two, there are 23 cars on the lead lap with four driver out of the race.

The seventh caution flag comes out after a three way battle between Sam Mayer, JJ Yeley, and CJ McLaughlin causes Mayer and JJ Yeley spin out.  Stage two ends under caution with Justin Allgaier winning the stage.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Brandon Jones
Riley Herbst
Austin Hill
Jeb Burton
Daniel Hemric
Sammy Smith
Josh Berry

Drivers come down pit road but Bayley Currey and Joe Graf Jr stay out on the track.  Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road.

AJ Allmendinger has secured the Xfinity Series regular season championship!

Bayley Currey brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 180; third place driver Justin Allgaier is the first car with fresh tires.  Justin Allgaier quicky moves to take the lead with Brandon Jones coming up to take second; Bayley Currey, Austin Hill, and riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 186, Justin Allgaier has just a tenth of a second lead on Brandon Jones; Bayley Currey, Austin Hill, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Sam Mayer narrowly misses hitting the wall when he gets loose back in 15th place but save the car and the track stays green.

Lap 187, Justin Allgaier holds on to a narrow lead on Brandon Jones; Bayley Currey, Austin Hill, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap 203, there are now less than 100 laps remaining in the race, Justin Allgaier has a third of a second lead on Brandon Jones; Austin Hill, Noah Gragson, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 214, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Brandon Jones; Austin Hill, Noah Gragson, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.  There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 220, Landon Cassill returns to the track 112 laps down.

Lap 225, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones; Austin Hill, Noah Gragson, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Seventy to go, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones with just 16 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 237, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson Austin Hill, and AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 243, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with a three second lead on Noah Gragson; Brandon Jones, Austin Hill, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

With 52 laps to go, Justin Allgaier has lapped all but 14 cars and is nearly two and a half seconds in front of teammate Noah Gragson.

Lap 256, there are only 13 cars on the lead lap with Justin Allgaier over a second in front of Noah Gragson.

With 38 laps remaining in the race, Noah Gragson has closed the gap on leader Justin Allgaier to under a second.

Lap 266, Noah Gragson begins to challenge leader Justi Allgaier.

Lap 271, in a three wide battle between leader Justin Allgaier, JJ Yeley, and Alex Labbe, JJ Yeley gets loose and gets turned around; hitting the inside wall.

Some of the drivers, including leader Justin Allgaier, come down pit road for fresh tires.  Allgaier and Jeffrey Earnhardt were caught speeding on pit road.  Both drivers will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

After staying out on the track, Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 281.  Getting a big push from Austin Hill, Noah Gragson takes the lead with Brandon Jones in second; Austin Hill, AJ Allmednger, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Seventeen to go, AJ Allmendinger gets loose but saves the car and keeps it off the wall.

Fifteen to go, Noah Gragson has a one second lead on Brandon Jones; Austin Hill, Riley Herbst, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 288, Justin Allgaier has entered the top 10.

Ten to go, Noah Gragson has a lead of over half a second on Brandon Jones; Austin Hill, Riley Herbst, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

With seven laps to go, Brandon Jones has caught up to leader Noah Gragson and challenges for the lead.  Earlies this week it was announced that Brandon Jones will be taking over the driving duties for the number nine car when Noah Gragson moves on to the Cup Series to driver the Petty GMS number 42 car.

Noah Gragson takes the white flag and the battle for the lead continues.

Noah Gragson wins the race for the third week in a row and his sixth race win of the season.  After a rain shortened win at Kansas that dampened celebrating the win; Noah Gragson can have a proper celebration this week.  The number nine car disappears in the smoke with the burnout that had Gragson hitting the wall.  And then comes the climbing of the fence with the crew.

This is the first time in the history of JR Motorsports that a driver has won three races in a row.

Daniel Hemric and Ryan Sieg earn enough points to fill out the 12 driver player offs.

The unofficial results of the Food City 300:
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Austin Hill
Sam Mayer
Riley Herbst
AJ Allmendinger
Josh Berry
Stefan Parsons
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Sieg
Bayley Currey
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Anthony Alfredo
Sammy Smith
Jeb Burton
Jeremy Clements
Kyle Weatherman
Sage Karam
Ryan Ellis
Daniel Hemric
Josh Williams
Myatt Snider
Joe Graf Jr
CJ McLaughlin
Kris Wright
Alex Labbe
Patrick Emerling
Ronnie Bassett Jr
Nicholas Sanchez
David Starr
Bobby McCarty
Mason Massey
JJ Yeley
BJ McLeod
Landon Cassill
Ty Gibbs
Sheldon Creed
Brandon Brown


The 12 drivers in the Xfinity Series playoffs:
Noah Gragson
Ty Gibbs
Justin Allgaier
AJ Allnendinger
Josh Berry
Austin Hill
Brandon Jones
Jeremy Clements
Sam Mayer
Daniel Hemric
Riley Herbst
Ryan Sieg


Rapids Theatre Rocks in Night of Music

Niagara Falls is known for millions of visitors each year coming from around the world to visit the majestic Falls.  On September 14 an international group of musicians gathered at the historic Rapids Theatre with Lions Gate, Uncured, Butcher Babies, and Lacuna Coil; while fans from both sides of the border cheered them on.

The audience started out rather small and grew as the night went on as the standing room only crowd packed the floor in front of the stage cheering on the musicians who were whipping their hair – some while they continued to play.

The long night of music began promptly at 7pm with the five piece band Lions at the Gate.  The band came out on stage ready to rock the stage…and the crowd.


When the music began the large stage that a century ago was filled with vaudeville performers was crowded with equipment and gear; but as the night went on and each band took the stage, there was more room to dance and jump around…and they did.

Next up was the Jersey band Uncured in a set that featured whipping hair and a blindfolded guitar player.

Then came the five piece band Butcher Babies that included two female singers. And while all of the musicians moved freely about the stage – except the drummers – the girls in Butcher Babies could give a Mexican jumping bean a run for its money. Nor did they let the audience stand still as they engaged them in some audience participation and encouraged jumping up and down.

Shortly before 10pm, it was finally time for the main attraction – Italian rockers Lacuna Coil with female lead singer Christina Scabbia.

In “Black Anima” the band notes that the night has an energy of its own; but so does the stage of a darkened theatre when Lacuna Coil takes the stage in full costume and ambient lighting with plenty of strobe lights.

Celebrating 20 years since the release of their album “Comalies” the band’s set list included songs from the original album and the remade edition set for an October 14 release including “Swamped XX”.

After leaving the stage the crowd cheered and yelled for one more song for several minutes before the bad returned to the stage to perform a three song encore to end the night of music.

And fans got an extra treat when many of the artists throughout the night greeted them at the merch tables after performing.

The Rapids Theatre originally opened as an upscale venue for vaudeville in 1921; over the years it has seen numerous incarnations; but the latest renovation has restored much of the original beauty which lends itself well to the atmosphere of the modern concert lineup of metal and goth artists.

Reportedly the theatre even comes with its own ghost which was the object of a “Ghost Hunters” episode in 2011.

First Time Winner in Truck Race at Bristol

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend and round two of their playoffs with the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

FOX Sports broadcasters revealed that driver Jesse Little is retiring from driving after tonight’s race and will be working for NASCAR.

Thirty-seven teams brought trucks to Bristol to fill 36 starting spots.  After the drivers were divided into two groups for a 15 minute practice session, the drivers will do single truck qualifying with a two lap run.

John Hunter Nemechek blows a tire and hit the wall during his practice session and causes some significant damage to the truck.  Nemechek said that he blew a tire and will start the race in a backup truck.

Zane Smith also had an issue in practice, he was dropping fluid and will not make a qualifying run.  As a result he will have to start from the back of the field.

Justin Carroll is the first driver on the track to make a qualifying run.  If he makes the race, it will be his first time driving the truck in a race.  He clocked a time of 16.14 seconds around the half mile track.

Chris Hacker got loose during his qualifying run and tapped the inside wall.

Leland Honeyman Jr got loose during his qualifying run but managed not to hit anything.

Kaden Honeycutt tapped the wall during his qualifying run but saved the truck and will make the race.

With a qualifying time of 15.276 seconds, Derek Kraus put his number 19 truck on the pole with defending race winner Chandler Smith alongside on the front row.

Justin Carroll failed to make the race.

The starting lineup for the UNOH 200:
Derek Kraus
Chandler Smith
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
Corey Heim
Ty Majeski
Christian Eckes
Bayley Currey
Matt DiBenedetto
Carson Hocevar
Ben Rhodes
Tyler Ankrum
Dean Thompson
Rajah Caruth
Jake Garcia
Matt Crafton
Taylor Gray
Hailie Deegan
Colby Howard
Jack Wood
Connor Mosack
Blaine Perkins
Lawless Alan
Chase Purdy
Jesse Little
Tanner Gray
Kaden Honeycutt
Parker Kligerman
Timmy Hill
Chris Hacker
Leland Honeyman
Austin Wayne Self
Spencer Boyd
Josh Reaume
Zane Smith
John Hunter Nemechek

Playoff drivers Zane Smith and John Hunter Nemechek are currently above the cut line but no driver further back than 17th has won a race at Bristol.

Stages one and two are 55 laps each with stage three lasting 90 laps for a total of 200 laps around the half mile track.  The drivers can run 120 to 130 laps on a single load of fuel.

Blaine Perkins, Chris Hacker, and Josh Reaume also start the race from the back of the field after crews made unapproved adjustments to the trucks.

Derek Kraus brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane with Chandler Smith on the inside.  Kraus edges out Smith for the lead.  Stewart Friesen gets sideways but doesn’t wreck and the track stays green.

Lap three, Derek Kraus has a  quarter of a second lead on Chandler Smith; Grant Enfinger, TY Majeski, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Lap five, Zane Smith and John Hunter have enter the top 30 after starting the race from the last two spots after difficulties during practice and could not make a qualifying run.

Lap eight, Derek Kraus ahs pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Chandler Smith; Grant Enfinger, Ty Majeski, and Stewart Friesen round out the top five.

Lap eleven, John Hunter Nemechek and Zane Smith are in 27th and 28th.

Lap 13, Derek Kraus is just under a second ahead of Chandler Smith and is approaching slower traffic.

Lap 26, Chandler Smith has caught up to leader Derek Kraus and is challenging for the lead.

The number 12 of Spencer Boyd got into the wall as sparks were coming out from the truck.  He gets down to pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 26, Chandler Smith passes Derek Kraus for the lead.  Zane Smith has moved up to 24th and John Hunter Nemechek is in 26th.  There are 30 trucks on the lead lap with Spencer Boyd out of the race.

Lap 34, there are now 29 trucks on the lead lap.  Chandler Smith leads the race by nearly half a second on Derek Kraus.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 37 when Josh Reaume is stopped on the track after hitting the wall.  Trying to avoid the contact, Rajah Caruth also gets into Reaume.

Lap 41, the top five are Chandler Smith, Derek Kraus, Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, and Ty Majeski.

Currently in 23rd and 24th, the caution flag was a break for Zane Smith and John Hunter Nemechek who were in danger of going a lap down.

Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart with just nine laps remaining in stage one.  Smith jumps out in front from the outside lane with Stewart Friesen taking second form Derek Kraus.

Lap 50, Chandler Smith leads the race with Stewart Friesen in second; Derek Kraus, Matt DiBenedetto, and Grant Enfinger ouund out the top five.

Chandler Smith wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chandler Smith
Stewart Friesen
Derek Kraus
Matt DiBenedetto
Grant Enfinger
Ty Majeski
Christian Eckes
Corey Heim
Bayley Currey
Matt Crafton

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service; while other stay out on the track.  The drivers could complete stages one and two on a single load of fuel is they chose to do so.

After staying out on the track, Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 66 with Chandler Smith getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 67, the top five are Chandler Smith, DerekKraus, Stewart Friesen, TY Majeski, and Christian Eckes.

Rajah Caruth and Josh Reaume join Spencer Boyd out of the race.

John Hunter Nemechek is just outside the top 10 in eleventh with Zane Smith in 14th.

Lap 73, Chandler Smith has a lead of nearly half a second on Derek Kraus.  John Hunter Nemechek enters the top 10.

There are 30 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 78, Chandler Smith has a half second lead on Derek Kraus; Stewart Friesen, Ty Majeski, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 85 when Connor Mosack gets into the wall after a three wide battle and is stopped on the track.  He gets moving again after the caution flag comes out.

Drivers who make a pit stop during this caution, can make it to the end of the race with 113 laps to go in the race.

Chandler Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 91 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 93, Chandler Smith has a lead of over half a second on Stewart Friesen; Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, and Taylor Gray round out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek and Zane Smith are both in the top 10.

There are 29 trucks on the lead lap.

With 13 laps remaining in stage two, Chandler Smith holds a lead of over half a second on Stewart Friesen; Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, and Taylor Gray round out the top five.

Four laps remain in stage two, Chandler Smith is less than half a second in front of Stewart Friesen with Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, and Taylor Gray rounding out the top five.

Chandler Smith wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chandler Smith
Stewart Friesen
Christian Eckes
Ben Rhodes
Taylor Gray
Chase Purdy
Tanner Gray
John Hunter Nemechek
Kaden Honeycutt
Zane Smith

Drivers come down pit road for service including the leaders who have yet to make a pit stop.  Chandler Smith wins the race off of pit road.

Zane Smith is the new leader and brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 122 and edges out Parker Kligerman for the lead from the inside lane.

The top five are Zane Smith, TY Majeski, Parker Kligerman, Derek Kraus, and Grant Enfinger.

Grant Enfinger passes Derek Kraus and Parker Kligerman to take third.  Zane Smith has a lead of over half a second on Ty Majeski.

After his stage one crash, Josh Reaume has been take n to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Lap 129, Zane Smith has a near half second lead on Ty Majeski; Grant Enfinger, Parker Kilgerman, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

Chandler Smith is just outside the top 10 in eleventh after pitting at the end of stage two.

Lap 135, Ty Majeski is closing the gap on leader Zane Smith with Smith just a third of a second out in front.

Lap 143, Zane Smith holds on to the lead with Ty Majeski in second; Grant Enfinger, Parker Kligerman, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.  Approaching slower traffic, Ty Majeski has caught up to leader Smith.

Fifty to go, and Chris Hacker brings out the caution flag when he spins out after some on track contact with Christian Eckes.

Zane Smith is very close on fuel, every caution lap aids in his fuel conservation.

Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with 44 laps remaining in the race with Ty Majeski on the outside.  Ty Majeski gets out in front for the lead with Zane Smith in second; Parker Kligerman, Grant Enfinger, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

With 40 laps to go, Ben Rhodes in 16th is the lowest of the playoff drivers.

Lap 162, Ty Majeski has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Zane Smith; Parker Kligerman, Grant Enfinger, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.  After leading 88 laps, Chandler Smith is back in eighth place.

With 33 laps to go, there are 28 trucks on the lead lap with three drivers out of the race.

Lap 169, Ty Majeski has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds in Zane Smith; part time driver and NBC pit reporter Parker Kligerman, Grant Enfinger, and Derek Kraus round out the top five.

Twenty-five to go, Ty Majeski has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Zane Smith; Parker Kligerman, Grant Enfinger, and Derek Kraus round out the top five with 27 trucks on the lead lap. 

Dean Thompson spins out after a block and gets into the wall with 21 laps remaining in the race.

Ty Majeski brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with just 12 laps remaining in the race.  Majeski jumps out in front for the lead with Zane Smith and Parker Kligerman in a battle for second.

Ten to go, Ty Majeski has a half second lead on Zane Smith; Parker Kligerman, Grant Enfinger, and Matt Crafton round out the top five.

Tyler Ankrum’s truck is smoking but the track stays green.

Ty Majeski takes the white flag.

Ty Majeski gets his first career win and is the first driver to secure a spot in the final four and a chance to make a run for the championship.

The unofficial results of the UNOH 200:
Ty Majeski
Zane Smith
Parker Kligerman
Grant Enfinger
Matt Crafton
Derek Kraus
Stewart Friesen
Christian Eckes
Chandler Smith
Corey Heim
Tyler Ankrum
John Hunter Nemechek
Kaden Honeycutt
Hailie Deegan
Bayley Currey
Taylor Gray
Tanner Gray
Ben Rhodes
Carson Hocevar
Austin Wayne Self
Jack Wood
Jake Garcia
Lawless Alan
Colby Howard
Jesse Little
Timmy Hill
Matt DiBenedetto
Blaine Perkins
Leland Honeyman Jr
Chase Purdy
Connor Mosack
Dean Thompson
Chris Hacker
Rajah Caruth
Josh Reaume
Spencer Boyd

NASCAR Releases 2023 Schedule

As the 2022 season begins to wind down, NASCAR has released the schedule for the 2023 reason which features a return to dirt, racing on the streets, a final race at a historic track, and a return to an old historic track.

The Cup Series gets the season started on FebrUary 5 with the annual Clash which will make a return to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after its fun filled debut this year.

The. Things kick off in earnest with Speedweeks in Daytona with all three series running to kick off the regular racing season; culminating with the Daytona 500.  The 2023 season also marks 75 years of NASCAR.  NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Development and Strategy Ben Kennedy spoke on the historic upcoming season saying, “as we prepare to celebrate our 75th anniversary season, we are committed to delivering a schedule that acknowledges the deep history and tradition of our sport while establishing a bold future that brings the best racing in the world to new markets and new fans.”

Earlier this year it was revealed that street racing in NASCAR was moving past the iRacing simulator and becoming a reality.  But with the release of the schedule, racing fans have discovered that the street race in Chicago is not a stand alone event but the Xfinity Series

drivers will also be running the streets of Chicago.  It will mark the first time a stock car has raced on the streets of any city in a sanctioned NASCAR event.

NASCAR has not raced on the short track in North Wilkesboro since 1996.  But they will be making a return to the historic track in May with the Truck Series and the annual All Star race in the Cup Series.

Armed with a new name – rather the return of an old name –  when Craftsman takes over sponsorship, the Truck Series makes a return to the Milwaukee Mile late in August in a stand along event and will serve as one of the races in the first round of the playoffs.

This year it was the Truck Series that joined the Cup Series on the road course in the Napa Valley at Sonoma, next year the Xfinity Series will join the Cup drivers in wine country.

There are no changes in the 2023 season for the playoff races for the Cup Series, it will again begin at Darlington and end in Phoenix.

2023 NASCAR Cup Series schedule:
Feb 5 – Clash at the LA Memorial Coliseum
Feb 16 – Duel Races at Daytona
Feb 19 – Daytona 500
Feb 26 – Auto Club Speedway
March 5 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 12 – Phoenix Raceway
March 19 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 26 – COTA
April 2 – Richmond Raceway
April 9 – Dirt Race at Bristol
April 16 – Martinsville Speedway
April 23 – Talladega Superspeedway
April 30 – Dover Speedway
May 7 – Kansas Speedway
May 14 – Darlington Raceway
May 21 – All Star Race at North Wilkesboro
May 28 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 4 – World Wide Technology Raceway
June 11 – Sonoma Raceway
June 25 – Nashville Superspeedway
July 2 – street race in Chicago
July 9 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
July 16 – New Hampshire Speedway
July 23 – Pocono Raceway
July 30 – Richmond Raceway
Aug 6 – Michigan Speedway
Aug 13 – Indianapolis Road Course
Aug 20 – the road race at Watkins Glen
Aug 26 – Daytona to end the regular season
Sept 2 – Darlington Raceway to begin the playoffs
Sept 10 – Kansas Speedway
Sept 16 – Bristol Motor Speedway
Sept 24 – Texas Motor Speedway
Oct 1 – Talladega Superspeedway
Oct 8 – The roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct 15 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Oct 22 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
Oct 29 – Martinsville Speedway
Nov 5 – Phoenix Raceway – Championship race


Xfinity Series 2023 schedule:
Feb 18 – Daytona Superspeedway
Feb 25 – Auto Club Speedway
March 4 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 11 – Phoenix Raceway
March 18 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 25 – COTA
April 1 – Richmond Raceway
April 15 – Martins fille Speedway
April 22 – Talladega Superspeedway
April 29 – Dover Speedway
May 13 – Darlington Speedway

May 27 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 3 – Portland road course race
June 10 – Sonoma Speedway
June 24 – Nashville Superspeedway
July 1 – street race in Chicago
July 8 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
July 15 – New Hampshire Speedway
July 22 – Pocono Raceway
July 29 – Road America
Aug 5 – Michigan Speedway
Aug 12 – Indianapolis Road Course
Aug 19 – Watkins Glen
Aug 25 – Daytona Superspeedway
Sept 2 – Darlington Raceway
Sept 9 – Kansas Speedway to end the regular season
Sept 15 – Bristol – first race of the playoffs
Sept 23 – Texas Motor Speedway
Oct 7 – the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct 14 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Oct 21 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
Oct 28 – Martinsville Speedway
Nov 4 – Phoenix Raceway – championship race


2023 Craftsman Truck Series schedule:
Feb 17 – Daytona
March 3 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 18 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 25 – COTA
April 1 – Texas Motor Speedway
April 8 – on the dirt at Bristol
April 14 – Martinsville Speedway
May 6 – Kansas Speedway
May 12 – Darlington Raceway
May 20 – North Wilkesboro
May 26 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 3 – World Wide Technology Raceway
June 23 – Nashville Superspeedway
July 8 – Mid-Ohio
July 22 – Pocono Raceway
July 29 – Richmond Raceway to end the regular season
Aug 11 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park
Aug 27 – Milwaukee Mile
Sept 8 – Kansas Speedway
Sept 14 – Bristol Speedway
Sept 30 – Talladega Superspeedway
Oct 21 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
Nov 3 – Phoenix Raceway – championship race

JR Picks #9 Replacement

The next episode of “As the Wheel Turns” of the NASCAR Silly season has JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr naming the replacement for a driver in the number nine car after Noah Gragson was tapped to take over the driving duties for the Petty GMS number 42 car next season.

 

Instead of promoting one of his late model drivers to the Xfinity Series like in the past, JR has chosen Brandon Jones to take over the driving duties of the number nine next season.

 

Currently Jones drives the number 19 Xfinity Series car for Joe Gibbs Racing.

 

Speaking on Brandon Jones, JRM co-owner and general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller said, “Brandon’s been a tough competitor over the years, and he’s a talented addition to JR Motorsports.  He’s a series veteran that brings a lot of experience, and we’re going to see big things from Brandon and the nine team in 2023.”

 

Currently one of the drivers set to participate in the Xfinity Series playoffs; Jones has one win, five top fives, and nine top 10’s this season.

 

Jones himself also spoke on his move to JRM saying, “to watch how competitive JRM has been over the years is really impressive.  They’re a threat to win every week, and one of the premier teams in our series. I’m so thankful.”         

 

JRM drivers have racked up a total of 10 race wins this season and over a dozen stage wins between the four drivers – Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, and Sam Mayer. Mayer is the only driver yet to take the checkered flag.

Rowdy Decides…18 Becomes 8

There has been a great deal of speculation all season long where Joe Gibbs Racing driver would be for the 2023 season.  Would he return to JGR and the number 18 car with a new sponsor or would he move to a new team and car number.

 All of those questions were answered in a press conference on September 13 held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 Coining a phrase from LeBron James, Busch said, “I’ll be taking my talents to Welcome, North Carolina to drive the number eight car starting in 2023.”

 Such thanked car owner for his patience adding, “you guys took a chance at a kid 15 years ago to let me drive a race car, and we hit the ground running; who allowed me to be a kid and grow into a man, most days.”

Car owner Joe Gibbs issued a statement saying, “Kyle has been a major part of our history and success here at Joe Gibbs Racing. We are thankful for all his contributions to our organization over the years.  When you look at all that he has accomplished already, it is truly remarkable, and we know someday we will be celebrating his Hall of Fame induction.”

Speaking on new car owner Kyle Busch said, “RCR has an impressive history in NASCAR and I’m honoured that Richard is putTing his trust in me to come in and continue to build on tHat legacy.  Growing up in a family of passionate racers myself, I feel like the culture that the Childress family has built within their organization will be an ideal fit for me.  As I  begin the next chapter of my career, I’m looking forward to driving for RCR and working with everyone there to add more wins and. Hampionships to both our resumes.”

Even before the season began, Busch’s primary sponsor Mars Wrigley announced that they would end their sponsorship of the number 18 car which frequently carried the comical M&M characters once the 2022 season was over.  So the search began for a new sponsor.  A search that is ongoing.

In the meantime, it was revealed that the driver of the number 18 car, Kyle Busch, was in the final year of his contract.  As the season progressed, negotiations dragged on until Busch finally admitted that he was in contact with other car owners.  Over the weekend rumors began to fly that Busch had made his decision.  On Tuesday morning, wearing his two championship rings – both won while driving for JGR – , Kyle Busch revealed that he would be moving to Richard Childress Racing after spending 15 years at JGR.

Tyler Reddick is the current driver of the number eight car but announced in July that beginning with the 2024 season he would be moving on to 23XI Racing. 

After telling Reddick that Busch would be taking over the driving duties for the number eight car just one hour before the press conference, Richard Childress said that Reddick would remain with RCR for the 2023 season where he will field a third RCR car.  Reddick is among the current list of 16 playoff drivers in eleventh place; as is teammate Austin Dillon, who is in 14th place.  RCR last won a championship in 1994 when Dale Earnhardt Sr won his seventh and final championship.

New car owner Richard Childress joined. Busch at the press conference where he presented Busch with a watch and seven year old son Brexton with an option to sign a contract with RCR. And Childress has given Busch permission to run in the Indianapolis 500 if he wants to do so in the future.

The watch stems from an altercation between Childress and Busch in 2011 where Childress removed his watch and handing it to someone saying, “hold my watch” before putting Busch in a headlock.  The two have long since resolved their differences and it was instrumental in Childress being able to land Busch as a new driver on the time.

Childress noted that the atmosphere in his race shop has been electric since the rumors began; adding that when he looks into Kyle Busch’s eyes, he sees the same fire for competition that he once saw in Dale Earnhardt Sr.  Speaking on Busch, Childress said, “the addition of Kyle Busch to the Richard Childress Racing lineup is significant, not only for our organization, but for the sport as a whole.  Kyle is a proven contender at the highest levels of the sport, and I believe that his experience and dedication to motorsports will elevate our race program across the board. I’ve always admired Kyle’s driving style and his ability to win and race for championships ever since he entered the sport. Who wouldn’t want a proven NASCAR Cup Series champion driving their car?”

In fact, it was Childress’ grandson, Austin Dillon, who approached his Grandfather and broached the subject of driving for RCR.

Along with driver Kyle Busch, comes Truck Series owner Kyle Busch who has fielded a three truck team in the Camping World Truck Series using Toyota trucks.  Beginning next season, KBM will switch to Chevrolets but it is not known at this time whether Busch will continue with a three truck team.

Parting manufacturer Toyota also issued a statement on Busch and his leaving the team saying, “we’re disappointed and saddened that his future won’t continue to be with Team Toyota.  Kyle has been an ambassador for Toyota since joining the program in 2008. He’s gone on to accumulate some of the most prestigious milestones possible for the Toyota brand. He will undoubtedly hold the record for the most wins in a Toyota across all three Championship Series for decades to come.”  Busch has 56 Cup wins driving a Toyota; as well as, numerous Xfinity and Truck Series wins.

President of Toyota Development David Wilson frequently noted that having Busch anywhere but with Toyota was unacceptable; adding that he didn’t want to face a pissed off Kyle Busch on the track.

“But more than that, Kyle has been a friend, part of our family and has played a key role in the development of many of our drivers through his ownership of Kyle Busch Motorsports. We wish nothing but the best for Kyle and his entire family as he moves into the next chapter of his Hall of Fame career. We’re thankful to have been along for the ride,” they added.

Kyle Busch began his Cup Series career with Rick Hendrick at the age of 19, but was let go after three years to make way for Dale Earnhardt Jr.  since that time he has racked up a total of 60 Cup Series races, 60 Truck Series Races, and 102 Xfinity Series races to top the list of total race wins.  He currently has a streak of at least one race win in each of the past 18 seasons.

As a Truck Series team owner he has 98 wins and two championships with Erik Jones and Christopher Bell.  This season KBM full time drivers Chandler Smith and John Hunter Nemechek are currently in the top four of the eight remaining playoff drivers.

Panel Rules on Clements Appeal

After winning the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway last month, NASCAR assessed a L2 penalty against Jeremy Clements when officials found an issue with the intake manifold on the number 51 car. 

 As a result, Clements was allowed to keep the win but had his bid to be a part of the playoffs taken away.  Crew chief Mark Setzer was fined $60,000, the team owner and Clements were docked 75 points, and Clements would be docked 10 playoff points should he make the playoffs  The team appealed the penalty.

 On September 13 the National Appeals Panel ruled in favourites of Jeremy Clements Racing.  The penalty has been erased and Clements regains his lost points and playoff spot. While listed in 16th place in the point standings with 435 points, he is listed eighth in the playoffs with 2005 points, tied with Sam Mayer.  Clements becomes the eighth race winner to make the playoffs in the Xfinity Series this season with one more race remaining in the regular season. 

The Xfinity Series concludes the regular season on Friday with Friday night at Bristol Motor Seedsay.

74th Annual Emmy Awards

The annual Emmy Award presentations is a massive undertaking that requires two complete ceremonies – one for the creative arts and one for the actors and productions.

On September 12, the Prime Time Emmy Awards ceremonies were presented in a gala event with Keenan Thompson serving as host.

The night of celebration begins with host Keenan Thompson presenting a monologue while walking through the audience and then a dance to routine to TV theme show theme songs that included “Friends”,“The Brady Bunch”, “SVU”, and “Game of Thrones”. 

The winners of the Emmy Awards are chosen by their peers.

Oprah Winfrey presented the first award of the night Michael Keaton in “Dopesick” for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie.

The award for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Murray Bartlett for “The White Lotus”.

Keenan noted that they are celebrating the hundreds and hundreds of television shows and give awards to about five of them.

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series went to Matthew Macfadyen in “Succession”.

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series went to Julia Garner in “Ozark”.

The award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series went to SherylLee Ralph in “Abbott Elementary”.  After standing silently for several moments, SherylLee began singing and received a standing ovation from the crowd.  She said that this is what believing looks like.  After her speech, Keenan Thompson kept saying “oh, my goodness.”

Lizzo presented that award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series to Brett Goldstein in “Ted Lasso”. 

The award for Best Variety Sketch Series went to “Saturday Night Live”.  Host Keenan Thompson joined the cast on the stage to accept the award.

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

The award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Jennifer Coolidge in “The White Lotus”.

The award for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Amanda Seyfried in “The Dropout”.

The award for Best Reality Competition Program went to Lizzo for her “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls”.  An emotional Lizzo said that when she was a little girl, she dreamed of seeing someone like her in the media.

This year’s Governor’s Award went to actress Geena Davis and her Institute on Gender in Media whose motto is “If she can see it, she can be it.”

The award for Outstanding Direction in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Mike White for “The White Lotus”.

The award for Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Mike White for “The White Lotus”.

The award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Series went to Jerrod Carmichael for “Jerrod Carmichael Rothaniel”.

Anthony Anderson presented the In Memoriam segment.  John Legend performed as the video of artists lost over the past year aired.

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

The award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series went to Quinta Brunson for “Abbott Elementary”.

The award for Best Direction in a Drama Series went to Hwang Dong-hyuk for “Squid Game”.  He noted that he hoped “Squid Game” would not be the last non-English program at the Emmys.

The Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series went to Zendaya in “Euphoria”. 

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

The award for Best Direction of a Comedy Series went to MJ Delaney for “Ted Lasso”.

The award for Best Writing in a Drama Series went to Jesse Armstrong for “Succession”.

The award for Leading Actor in a Drama Series went to Lee Jung-dae in “Squid Game”.

The award for Outstanding Limited Series or TV Movie went to “The White Lotus”. 

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

The final award of the night was for Outstanding Drama Series and went to “Succession”.

NASCAR Playoff Standings – Sept 12

It was a busy weekend for NASCAR at Kansas Speedway the brought an end to the first of the playoffs in the Truck Series, a rain shortened race for the Xfinity Series, and the 18th different race winner in the Cup Series.

Despite having a couple of bad weeks on the track,Chase Elliott continues to lead the field with 2,040 points.  Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the field in stage wins with seven.  Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Ross Chastain all have dive stage wins exactly.

Cup Series Stage Point Standings:

Chase Elliott – 240

Joey Logano – 213

Ryan Blaney – 208

Martin Truex Jr – 198

Kyle Larson – 191

William. Udon – 189

Ross Chastain – 178

Kyle. Busch – 177

Christopher Bell – 170

Denny Hamlin – 147

Erik Jones – 103

Tyler Reddick – 102

Chase Briscoe – 96

Alex Bowman – 94

Daniel Suarez –  92

Bubba Wallace – 88

Kevin Harvick – 85

Kurt Busch – 77 (still out due to a head injury)

Aric Almirola – 66

Ricky Stenhouse Jr – 55

Brad Keselowski – 47

Austin Cindric – 45

Harrison Burton – 41

Chris Buescher – 34

Austin Dillon – 33

Cole Custer – 33

Ty Dillon – 33

Todd Gilliland – 31

Michael McDowell – 21

Justin Haley – 19

Joey Hand – 14

Corey LaJoie – 8

Cody Ware – 2

After the race in Kansas that brought the 18th different winner of the season when Bubba Wallace took the number 45 car to victory lane for the 23XI Racing sweep, it secured the 45 car would continue in the race for the owner’s championship and move on to the next round in fifth place.  It was the second week in a row that the race winner is a non-playoff driver.  As a result, the only driver to have secured a spot in the next round going into Bristol for the final race in the round is Christopher Bell.

Currently Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Chase Briscoe, and Kevin Harvick are below the cut line and at a risk of being eliminated from the playoffs.  After two playoff races with a DNF, Harvick will have to win the race in Bristol to assure he can advance to the next round.

Cup Series Playoff Standings:

Christopher Bell – 2,108

William Byron – 2,098

Denny Hamlin – 2,097

Joey Logano – 2,090

Ryan Blaney – 2,086

Alex Bowman – 2,080

Chase Elliott – 2,078

Kyle Larson – 2,077

Ross Chastain – 2,076

Daniel Suarez – 2,056

Tyler Reddick – 2,052

Austin Cindric – 2,052

Kyle Busch – 2,050

Austin Dillon – 2,049

Chase Briscoe – 2,043

Kevin Harvick – 2,017

In the Xfinity Series, it was the next to the last race in the regular season.  Drivers managed to complete stage two before the rains came and washed out the remainder of the race.  Noah Gragson notched his fifths win of the season to tie with Ty Gibbs for race wins.  That makes a total of 10 race wins for JR Motorsports drivers this season.

After his win on Saturday afternoon, Noah Gragson took over the lead with 2,045 points; five in front of Ty Gibbs.

Xfinity Series Playoff Standings:

Noah Gragson – 2,045

Ty Gibbs – 2,040

AJ Allmendinger – 2,032

Justin Allgaier – 2,030

Josh Berry – 2,022

Austin Hill – 2,016

Brandon Jones – 2,010

Sam Mayer – 2,005

Daniel Hemric – 2,003

Riley Herbst – 2,002

Ryan Sieg – 2,001

Landon Cassio – 2,000

In the Camping World Truck Series the Friday night race brought an end to the first round of the playoffs and the elimination of two drivers.

Camping World Truck Series Playoff Standings;

Zane Smith – 3,037

Chandler Smith – 3,028

John Hunter Nemechek – 3,024

Ben Rhodes – 3,017

Stewart Friesen – 3,013

Ty Majeski – 3,008

Grant Enfinger – 3,007

Christian Eckes – 3,007

Carson Hocevar – 2,099

Matt Crafton – 2,092

Carson Hocevar and Matt Crafton are the first drivers to eliminated from the playoffs.

DWTS Announces Season 31 Cast

Even before the “celebrity” dancers for season 31 of “Dancing with the Stars” it promised to be a historic season with the show moving from the ABC network to the streaming service Disney+.

After numerous complaints by fans over host Tyra Banks, producers added a second host with DWTS Mirrorball champion Alfonso Ribiero.

Original judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and head judge Len Goodman will be returning for another season.  And former pro dancer Derek Hough returns to the judge’s table this season.

Season 31 features more actors and artists than in recent years; along with fewer social media “stars”.  Season 31 will also include a third dancer who is deaf and for the very first time a Drag Queen joins the show.

Originally DWTS paired celebrities with previous dance experience with professional ballroom dancers for a competition of who could learn the dances and show the most improvement.  In recent seasons, the show has disregarded the “no dance experience” mandate and included dancers of all levels from novice to pro as a part of the cast.

Let’s meet the season 31 “Dancing with the Stars” cast…

Charli D’Amelio is a social media “Star” who posts her dance videos online.

DWTS has seen spouses compete against each other and even siblings, but there has never been a mother/daughter pairing until now when. Charli’s mom Heidi D’Amelio also joins the cast for the new season.

WABC and “Good Morning America” Emmy and Peabody Award winning weatherman Sam Champion joins the cast.

“American Idol” season six winner Jordan Sparks.  Hubby Dana and her four year old son will certainly be cheering her on.

Following in the footsteps of Marlee Matin and DWTS winner Nyle DiMarco, Daniel Durant – an actor who is deaf and most recently starred alongside Marlin in the award winning film “CODA” – is the third person with a hearing disability to join the cast of DWTS.

Not wishing to play off of his famous father’s name, Joseph Baena is an actor, bodybuilder, and real estate man who also happens to be the son of actor, body builder, and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Country music singer Jesse James Decker is more than just a pretty face.  Along with singing, she is a songwriter, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and reality star.

This season’s “The Bachelor” franchise contribution is Gabby Windey who is an intensive care nurse that has appeared on both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”.

Model and actor Jason Lewis is best known for his role as Smth Jerrod in the “Sex and the City” franchise who played the love interest of Samantha played by Kim Cattrall.

While Trevor Donovan has appeared in a number of productions, he is best known for his appearance in the drama “90210” as Teddy Montgomery.

He was born DJ Pierce, but to the world he has become known as the drag queen and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Shangela.  Shangela was also a part of the remake of “A Star is Born” starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

Emmy Award winning entertainer Wayne Brady is a comedian, actor, and singer who has also hosted talk and game shows.

Actor Cheryl Ladd is best known for her role on the police/detective series “Charlie’s Angels” starring alongside Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith.  Ladd replaced Farrah Fawcett when she left the series after the first season.  The oldest celebrity in the show this season, the 71 year old Ladd admits that she has been asked a number of times to be a part of the show; adding that now was “just the perfect time”.

“Jersey Shore” alum Vinny Guadagnino has also appeared in the spin off shows “Jersey Shore Family Vacations” and “Seaside Heights, New Jersey”.

Teresa Guidice is known for her role on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ where she has appeared in all 13 season; but may be even more well known for spending time in jail for fraud.

An actor who has appeared in a number of movies including “Legally Blonde” and “Hellboy”, Selma Blair also appeared in the first season of “American Crime Story”.  She was diagnosed with MS – multiple sclerosis – in 2018 but says that she is currently in remission.


DWTS Por and celebrity pairings:
Jason Lewis and two time Mirrorball champion Peta Murgatroyd
Jordin Sparks and Brandon Armstrong
Heidi D’Amelio and Mirrorball champion Artem Chigvintsev
Shangela and Gleb Savchenko
Trevor Donovan and Mirrorball champion Emma Slater
Joseph Baena and reigning Mirrorball champion Daniella Karagach
Teresa Guidice and Pasha Kovalev
Gabby Windey and two time Mirrorball champion Val Chmerkovskiy
Wayne Brady and Mirrorball champion Witney Carson
Daniel Durant and Britt Stewart
Jessie James Decker and MIrrorball champion Alan Bersten
Vinny Guadagnino and new DWTS pro Koko Iwasaki
Cheryl Ladd and a returning Louis van Amstel
Charli D’Amelio and two time Mirrorball champion Mark Ballas
Selma Blair and Sasha Farber
Sam Champion and two time Mirrorball champion Cheryl Burke

Rough Day for Playoff Drivers in Kansas

NASCAR Cup Series

The Cup Series drivers finish out a triple header weekend at Kansas Speedway that saw the end of round one in the playoff for the Truck Series and a rain shortened race for the Xfinity Series with the Hollywood Casino 400.

None of the teams had issues during the inspection process this week.

After tire issues early in the season, Goodyear has brought a new tire combination to Kansas with a new left side tire.

After the fire in Kevin Harvick’s car at Darlington last week, NASCAR has made some adjustments and issued new rules in an effort to alleviate the collection of rubber in the undercarriage.

JJ Yeley is the first driver on the track to make a qualifying run and posted a time of 31.064 seconds around the mile and a half track.

After hitting the wall during practice, Ricky Stenhouse Jr used he qualifying lap to test out the car’s repairs and will start the race near the back of the field.

Group A drivers Austin Cindric, Bubba Wallace, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, and Chris Buescher will all be moving on to the second round of qualifying.

After some engine issues, Aric Almirola did not make a qualifying run and will start at the back of the field.

Ross Chastain was the first driver to break the 30 second mark with a time of 29.870 seconds.

Tyler Reddick, Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman, William Byon, and Joey Logano will move on to round two of qualifying from Group B.

After leading Group B practice, Tyler Reddick put his number eight car on the pole with a time of 29.899 seconds and will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Hollywood Casino 400:
Tyler Reddick
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
Ross Chastain
Bubba Wallace
Kyle Larson
Austin Cindric
William Byron
Chris Buescher
Austin Dillon
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Briscoe
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Suarez
Ty Gibbs
Ryan Blaney
Harrison Burton
Corey LaJoie
Kyle Busch
Ty Dillon
Chase Elliott
Michael McDowell
Erik Jones
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Justin Haley
Noah Gragson
Cole Custer
Cody Ware
Landon Cassill
Todd Gilliland
JJ Yeley
BJ McLeod
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Aric Almirola

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

Stages one is 80 laps long with stage two lasting 85 laps with stage three lasting 102 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag start of the second race in round one of the playoffs from the outside lane with Joey Logano alongside.  Joey Logano edges out for the lead from the inside lane.

Lap two, Joey Logano leads the race with Alex Bowman in second; Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Alex Bowman battles with Joey Logano for the lead and passes for the lead on the outside. 

Lap three, Tyler Reddick passes Joey Logano for second.

Lap four, Alex Bowman leads the race with Tyler Reddick in second; Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, and Ross Chastain rounding out the top five.

After starting in 20th place, Kyle Busch has fallen to 26th place.  Chase Elliott has also lost several spots since the race start.

Lap seven, Alex Bowman has a half second lead on Tyler Reddick; Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Moving in the opposite direction, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has advanced 13 spots since the race start after having to start at the back of the field due to unapproved adjustments to the car.

Lap 10, Alex Bowman has increased his lead to over half a second on Tyler Reddick; Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

After unloading a very loose car, Denny Hamlin’s crew has been trying to tighten the car all weekend; now Hamlin reports that the car is way tight.

Lap 15, Alex Bowman has a lead of nearly a second on Tyler Reddick; Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Lap 21, Alex Bowman has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Tyler Reddick; Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

After falling back in the field, Kyle Busch has begun moving up and is now in 17th place.

William Byron reports that he is plowing tight.

Lap 25, leader Alex Bowman has begun lapping slower traffic; there are now 34 cars on the lead lap.

NASCAR throws the yellow flag on lap 26 for the competition caution.  Drivers can make it to the end of the stage from here if they make a pit stop.

Drivers come down pit road for service with drivers going four wide in the race off of pit road.  Tyler Reddick wins the race off of pit road.

Chase Briscoe, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr were all caught speeding on pit road.  Denny Hamlin has to restart from the back of the field after an equipment interference issue – tire interfered with the gas man for the number eight car – during his pit stop.  This was the 34th pit road penalty for Denny Hamlin THIS season!

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 32 from the outside lane.  Drivers get four wide for third.  Tyler Reddick and Alex Bowman go side by side in a battle for the lead.

Lap 33, Kevin Harvick gets hard into the wall on the right side and brings out the caution flag.  Ross Chastain and Bubba Wallace are in a battle for position when they get in front of Harvick and Harvick gets loose and hits the wall hard.  This is the second week in a row that Kevin Harvick has had a major issue during the race that has put him out of the race and cost him a lot of points.  He is currently below the cut line and in danger of elimination of being eliminated from the playoffs.

One more time Tyler Reddick and Alex Bowman bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 39, but this time Tyler Reddick gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 40, Tyler Reddick has the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Alex Bowman, Ross Chastain, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Drivers are getting three and four wide as they battle for position.  In a four wide battle, Martin Truex Jr, slaps the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 44, Tyler Reddick has the lead but is getting a challenge from Ryan Blaney; Alex Bowman, Ross Chastain, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 48, Tyler Reddick pulls out to a lead of nearly a second on Ryan Blaney; Alex Bowman, Ross Chastain, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.  Joey Logano has fallen to seventh place after not being able to complet passes.

Kyle Busch’s crew reports a “fire off” issue and looses several spots on starts and restarts.

Lap 59, Tyler Reddick has the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Alex Bowman, Christopher Bell, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.  After starting near the back of the field, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has entered the top 10.

Chris Buescher hits the wall and brings his car down pit road; saying that the “car is bent”.

Lap 65, Tyler Reddick has a near one second lead on Ryan Blaney. 

Leader Tyler Reddick gets into the wall with a flat tire and brings out the caution flag on lap 67.  Reddick reports to the crew that it feels like the right front is broken.

Reporting that something is still wrong, Tyler Reddick brings his car down pit road for a second time.

Austin Dillon wins the race off of pit road after taking only two tires.

Alex Bowman also took only two tires but got blocked coming out of his pit box when Chase Briscoe was pulling into his pit box.

Tyler Reddick’s car is too damaged to repair in time and joins Kevin Harvick out of the race.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart with nine laps remaining in stage one but it is Christopher Bell who gets out in front for the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Jr, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr rounding out the top five.

Five laps remain in stage one, Kyle Busch has entered the top 10.

Lap 75, Christopher Bell leads the race but is getting a challenge from Ryan Blaney.

There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

The two drivers that took only two tires during the pit stop are falling through the field.

 Christopher Bell wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Christopher Bell
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
 Bubba Wallace
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Ross Chastain
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Bubba Wallace reports that he still has a tight condition in his car. Michael McDowell wins the race off of pit road after taking only two tires.

Aric Almirola stayed out on the track.

Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace had to make a second trip down pit road for a loose wheel.

Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87; drivers quickly get three wide.  Chase Elliott has to check up to avoid a wreck.

Lap 88, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in second; Michael McDowell; Christopher Bell, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 90, Ty Gibbs gets into the wall and loses a tire after some on track contact with Corey LaJoie to bring out the caution flag.  Both of the right side tires on Gibbs car are flat; causing some damage to the car.

Ty Gibbs becomes the third driver out of the race.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 96 with Ricky Stenhouse Jr alongside.  After a side by side battle Ricky Stenhouse Jr edges out for the lead but Martin Truex Jr continues to battle for the lead and takes the top spot on lap 97.  Drivers are three wide through the field.

Lap 98, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in second; Christopher Bell, William Byron, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Chris Buescher is the only driver on the track not on the lead lap with three drivers out of the race.

Lap 104, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly half a second on Ricky Stenhouse Jr; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 109, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Ricky Stenhouse Jr; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and William Byron round out the top five.

Stenhouse brings out the caution flag with a flat tire on lap 110.  Stenhouse had a similar issue during practice.

Drivers are within their fuel window to make it to the end of the stage.  Drivers come down pit road for service with Martin Truex Jr winning the race off of pit road.

Leader Martin Truex Jr had to make a second trip down pit road for a loose wheel.

Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, and Daniel Suarez were all charged with equipment interference penalties and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 115.  Big crash going into turn one.  Corey LaJoie, Harrison Burton, Erik Jones, and Aric Almirola were all involved.  Drivers were four wide in a battle for position.  Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski made some contact that started it all.

Already at the back of the field, Kyle Busch complains that the car is “numb” and brings it down pit road for adjustments.  He was charged for a second equipment interference penalty.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 121 with Alex Bowman alongside.  Drivers quicky fan out three and four wide going into turn one.  Alex Bowman takes the lead with William Byron in second; Chase Brisoce, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe has a loose hood pin.

Lap 124, Alex Bowman leads the race with William Byron nearly a half second back; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric, and Kyle Larson are in a three wide battle.

Lap 127, after two equipment interference penalties, Kyle Busch has moved up to 16th place.

Five laps down, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is the only car on the track not on the lead lap.

Lap 130, Alex Bowman has a near one second lead on Joey Logano; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Austin Cindric reports that his car is “stupid tight”.

The caution flag comes out on lap 137 when Kyle Busch takes a spin through the grass with a flat tire.  He reports that he doesn’t have lateral right now.

Drivers are coming down pit road for service with Alex Bowman winning the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch is back on the track but is one lap down in 30th place.  He is the only car one lap down.

The teams had only eight sets of tires when the race started – seven stickers and one set of scuffs.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 144 with Bowman edging out William Byron after a push from Christopher Bell.

Drivers are three and four wide through the field.

Lap 146, Alex Bowman has a near half second lead on William Byron; Christopher Bell, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 149, Alex Bowman has a third of a second lead on William Byron; Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano round out the top five with Bubba Wallace in a battle with Logano for fifth.

Lap 152, Bubba Wallace takes fifth form Joey Logano after a little help from boss Denny Hamlin.

Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson are eighth and ninth, battling back and forth for position.

With seven laps remaining in stage two, Alex Bowman has a quarter of a second lead on Christopher Bell; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Alex Bowman wins stage two for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Alex Bowman
Christopher Bell
William Byron
Bubba Wallace
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Ross Chastain

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

Drivers come down pit road for service with a three wide battle for the win off of pit road.  Alex Bowman wins the lead off of pit road.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 172 with Bubba Wallace alongside.  Drivers get three and four wide through the field.

Alex Bowman takes the lead with Bubba Wallace in second; William Byron, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Bubba Wallace and William Byron battle for second.

After restarting in 30th, Kyle Busch is up to 23rd.

Lap 175, Alex Bowman has a half second lead on William Byron; Bubba Wallace, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski had to make an unscheduled trip down pit road and is now one lap down.

Lap 177, Alex Bowman has a lead of over half a second on William Byron; Kyle Larson, Bubba Wallace, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

With less than 100 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are battling for position as if only 10 laps remained in the race.

Lap 180, Alex Bowman has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Bubba Wallace; William Byron, Kyle Larson, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 183, Alex Bowman has a second and a half lead on Bubba Wallace; William Byron, Kyle Larson, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 190, Alex Bowman holds a second and a half lead on Bubba Wallace; William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

With 74 laps remaining in the race, Bubba Wallace has closed the gap on leader Alex Bowman to just over a half a second; William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Kyle Larson hit against the wall but the track stays green; he also reports a loose condition in the car.

Bubba Wallace is running some of the fastest laps on the track.  The 45 car piloted by Kurt Busch won the spring race at Kansas.

Lap 197, Bubba Wallace is just a quarter of a second behind Alex Bowman.

Lap 200, Bubba Wallace begins to challenge Alex Bowman for the lead.  Bubba Wallace blows by Alex Bowman for the lead and is beginning to pull away.

Lap 202, Bubba Wallace has a second lead on Alex Bowman; William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 207, Bubba Wallace has a lead of over a second and a half on Alex Bowman; Christopher Bell, William Byron, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 210, Christopher Bell passes Alex Bowman for second.

With 56 laps remaining in the race, Bubba Wallace has a two and a half second lead on Christopher Bell; Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 213, Martin Truex Jr begins the parade of green flag pit stops.

Leader Bubba Wallace comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Alex Bowman.

With 51 laps to go, Alex Bowman comes down pit road for his green flag pit sotp and gives the lead over to Daniel Suarez.

As green flag pit stops continue to cycle through, there are only eleven cars on the lead lap.

With 45 laps to go, Daniel Suarez leads the race but has yet to make his pit stop.

Daniel Suarez gives up the lead to make his green flag pit stop with Joey Logano taking the lead.  Once Logano makes his pit stop, Bubba Wallace will retake the lead.

With 43 to go, Joey Logano completes the cycle of green flag pit stops.  Bubba Wallace retakes the lead with a three and a half second lead over Christopher Bell.

There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 230, Bubba Wallace has a three second lead on Christopher Bell; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Christopher Bell is slowly closing the gap on leader Bubba Wallace.

With 32 laps to go, Christopher Bell has closed the gap on Bubba Wallace to just two seconds; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.  With traffic all around, Bubba Wallace has just a two second lead on Christopher Bell.  There are just f18 cars on the lead lap.

One lap down in 19th, Joey Logano is in a battle with Bubba Wallace to unlap himself. 

Just 20 laps to go, Bubba Wallace has a lead of nearly two second on Christopher Bell; Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.  There are just 16 cars on the lead lap.

Christopher Bell continues to slowly close the gap on leader Bubba Wallace; the lead is just under two seconds.

With 17 to go, Denny Hamlin battles with Christopher Bell for second.  Hamlin passes Bell  for second with Bubba Wallace over two seconds in front.

Thirteen to go, Bubba Wallace has a two second lead on boss man Denny Hamlin.

Denny Hamlin passes Joey Logano with 10 to go.  Bubba Wallace has a two second lead on Denny Hamlin.

A win for Denny Hamlin would ensure a spot in the next round of the playoffs; however, if Bubba Wallace wins the race in the number 45 car, it would greatly help 23XI Racing in their bid for an owners championship.

Seven to go, Bubba Wallace has just a second and a half lead on Denny Hamlin.

Four to go, still mired in slower traffic, Bubba Wallace’s lead is down to less than a second and a half in front of Denny Hamlin; Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin reports that his car is loose.

Bubba Wallace takes the white flag.

Leading by 1.1 seconds Bubba Wallace wins the race in the number 45 car – the same car that won the spring race with Kurt Busch – to become winner number 18 for the 2022 season.  This is the second week in a row that a non-playoff driver wins the race.

Bubba Wallace exits the car to rousing cheers from the crowd.  Bubba said that he was so proud of the team; adding that he appreciates everyone at 23XI.  He said that it was cool to beat the boss.  He also thanked the fans and hopes he has finally shut up the doubters.

The unofficial results of the Hollywood Casino 400:
Bubba Wallace
Denny Hamlin
Christopher Bell
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
William Byron
Ross Chastain
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Suarez
Chase Elliott
Austin Cindric
Chase Briscoe
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
Michael McDowell
Joey Logano
Noah Gragson
Justin Haley
Ty Dillon
Aric Almirola
Cole Custer
Todd Gilliland
Landon Cassill
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Cody Ware
JJ Yeley
Erik Jones
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
BJ McLeod
Harrison Burton
Corey LaJoie
Ty Gibbs
Tyler Reddick
Kevin Harvick

No playoff driver has won a race to secure a spot into the next round but Christopher Bell has secured a spot in the round of 12 on points.  After today’s race Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Chase Briscoe, and Kevin Harvick are below the cut line and in danger of elimination.





MLB Makes Rule Changes

A gentleman’s game, Abner Doubleday created baseball as a sedately game with no time limits; to be played at a leisurely pace.   But over the past few years Major League Baseball has thrown out a number of ideas designed to “speed up the game”.

A few of those ideas will become a part of the game next season that include limiting the time a pitcher may take between pitches and how the players on the field may defend the field of play.  The new rule changes were tested over some 8,000 games in the minor leagues before implementing them in the majors.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said that the new rules would, “bring back the best form of baseball.”  He added, “number one, fans want games with better pace. “Two, fans want more action, more balls in play. And three, fans want to see more of the athleticism of our great players.”

Not happy with all of the new rule changes, the MLB Players Association issued a statement saying, “Players live the game — day in and day out. On-field rules and regulations impact their preparation, performance, and ultimately, the integrity of the game itself.  Major League Baseball was unwilling to meaningfully address the areas of concern that players raised.”



While the distances from home plate to the outfield wall vary from ballpark to ballpark, two things have been constant throughout the history of baseball…the distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate – 60 feet six inches – and the distance between bases – 90 feet.

One of the new rules will change those dimensions when MLB will begin using larger bases next year.  The new bases will shorten the distance from 90 feet to 85.5 inches with an increase from 15 square inches to 18 square inches.  The new larger bases are also expected to cut down on injuries to players.

Pitchers will be “on the clock” beginning next season.  They will have a maximum of 15 seconds between pitches when the bases are empty and 20 seconds when there are runners on base.  Pitchers are not the only players who have found  relative ways to “stall” the game, catchers and batters have also been known to take their time in getting set.  As a part of the pitch clock, a catcher must be in position and ready to receive the ball with no less than nine seconds remaining on the clock.  If he fails to do so, the batter will be awarded a ball.  Conversely, a batter must be ready to accept the pitch with no less than eight seconds remaining on the clock.  If he fails to do so, he will receive a strike.

Over the years there have been pitchers who have thrown nearly as many balls to first base in an attempt to pick off a runner.  Beginning next season, a pitcher is limited to just two such throws per batter.  Should a pitcher make a third “pick off” throw, a balk will be called.  Should a runner advance during a single at bat, then the number for “pick off throws” – what the MLB calls a disengagement – will be reset to zero.

Batters will be allowed one time out per at bat.  Any further time outs will be at the umpire’s discretion.

In recent years managers have taken to moving players around or “shifting” in order to defend against certain batters placement when they put the ball in play.  Beginning next season, the second baseman must be on either side of the base with all infielders within the infield; however, a five man infield will still be allowed.

Stat keepers have noted a significant increase in shifts over the past few seasons.

If a team has used all five of their mound visits by the eighth inning, they may receive one more visit for the ninth inning.

Sultans of String

The award winning world music group from Canada, Sultans of String have embarked on a very ambitious but important project for their ninth studio album.  They are collaborating with musicians from the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit all across Turtle Island (Canada) as a part of a larger project to bring people from Native and non-native nations together for a better world.

Sultans of String are crowdfunding the project and are over halfway to reaching their goal.  To learn more about the album, the project, or to help out; go to:

https://igg.me/at/sultansCD

The band has some tour dates remaining for this month and have just announced a fall tour of North America with some shows that are sure to have you clapping your hands, tapping your feet, and dancing in your seat.

Sultan of String tour dates:
Sept 11 at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, IA
Sept 13 at Minot State University in Minot, ND
Sept 15 at the Anika Senior High School in Anoka MN
Sept 17 in Orilla, ON
Sept 20 at Southern High School in Harwood, MD
Sept 21 at the Madden Auditorium in Seaford, DE
Sept 22 at Serverna Park High School in Severn’s Park, MD
Sept 24 at Roxbury community College in Boston, MA
Sept 25 Extended Play Sessions in Boston, MA
Oct 18 at the Flato Markham Theatre in Markham, ON
Nov 4 in Toronto, ON – details to follow
Nov 12 at the Wood House Concerts in Deep Gap, NC
Nov 13 at the White Horse Black Mointain in Black Mountain, NC
Nov 15 in Sandersville, GA
Nov 17 at the Morgan City Auditorium in Morgan City, LA
Nov 26 at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound, ON
Nov 27 at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, ON
Dec 4 at the Gravenhurst Opera House in Gravenhurst ON
Dec 10 & 11 at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, ON
Dec 15 at the Willow Street Cultural Center in Willow Valley, PA
Dec 17 at Brookside Music in Midland, ON
Dec 18 at The McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, ON
Dec 19 at Harmony Concerts in Ottawa, ON
Dec 20 at Victoria Hall in Cobourg, ON
Dec 21 at the Kingston Road Village Concert Series in Toronto, ON
Jan 19 at the SRSS Theatre in Steinbach, MB
Jan 20 at the Pinawa Community Centre in Pinawa, MB
Jan 21 at the William Glesby Centre in Portage la Prairie, MB

Rain Shortens Xfinity Race in Kansas

Xfinity Series

Just two races remain in the regular season for the Xfinity Series drivers. So far, seven drivers have locked in spots in the playoffs with at least one race win. Five spots remain open for drivers to work their way into the playoffs.

During the 20 minute practice session, Stefan Parsons spun out but kept the car off the wall. Justin Allgaier reported numerous issues with his car including a stuck tachometer and sof brakes.

Thirty-nine teams brought cars to Kansas Speedway for 38 starting spots.

The first car on the track to make a qualifying run is Brennan Poole who posted a time of 32.457 seconds around the mile and a half track.

Several of the drivers were fighting a loose condition in their cars while making a qualifying run and had to fight to save the car from wrecking.

Matt Mills is under the weather this week and Garrett Smithley is taking over the driving duties in the number five car.

Jesse Iwuji and Kyle Weatherman continue to share the driving duties in the number 34 car; this week Kyle Weatherman practiced and qualfied the car but Jesse Iwuji is driving the car in the race.

Brandon Brown was the first driver to break the 32 second mark with a time of 31.898 seconds.

Kris Wright spins out during his qualifying run and barely backs into the wall. He did not complete his qualifying run.

Ryan Vargas spun out and hit the wall hard causing significant damage to the right side of his number six car during his qualifying run. He will have to make a mandatory trip to the infield care center and will have to start the race from the back of the field in a backup car.

Posting a time of 30.911 seconds, Brandon Jones puts his number 19 car on the pole. He is the first driver to break the 31 second mark. After topping lap times in practice, Ty Gibbs will start alongside of Jones on the front row with a time of 30.942 seconds.

Part time drivers Akinori Ogata is the lone driver who failed to make the race.

The starting lineup for the Kansas Lottery 300:
Brandon Jones
Ty Gibbs
Sheldon Creed
AJ Allmendinger
Noah Gragson
Austin Hill
Daniel Hemric
Sam Mayer
Justin Allgaier
Josh Berry
Sammy Smith
Riley Herbst
Ryan Sieg
Landon Cassill
Ross Chastain
Brett Moffitt
Jeremy Clements
Kyle Weatherman
Jeb Burton
Brandon Brown
Myatt Snider
Anthony Alfredo
Bayley Currey
Mason Massey
Howie Disavino III
Dillon Bassett
Rajah Caruth
JJ Yeley
Josh Williams
Brennan Poole
David Starr
CJ McLaughlin
Garrett Smithley
Stefan Parsons
Derek Griffith
Joey Gase
Kris Wright
Ryan Vargas

Joey Gase, Josh Williams, CJ McLaughlin, Brennan Poole, JJ Yeley, Kris Wright, Stefan Parsons, and Brandon Brown will all be moved the back of the field after their crews made unapproved adjustments to the cars. Jesse Iwuji in the number 34 car not only had some unapproved adjustments made, there is a driver change form Kyle Weatherman to Iwuji.

This is the first trip to Kansas Speedway for the Xfinity Series drivers and the first time many of the drivers will race on the track.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps for 200 laps around the mile and a half track. Drivers can run 55 to 60 laps on a single load of fuel. The teams were given just four sets of tires for today’s race.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and goes sided by side with Ty Gibbs before Jones gets out in front for the lead. Drivers quickly get three wide across the track already looking to advance their positions.

Lap two, Brandon Jones leads the race with Ty Gibbs in second; Sheldon Creed, AJ Allmendinger, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Las three Ty Gibbs battles with Brandon Jones for the lead. After nearly losing the lead, Jones holds on to stay out front.

Lap four, Brandon Jones has the lead with Ty Gibbs in second; AJ Allmendinger, Sheldon Creed, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap five, Ty Gibbs again comes up to battle with Brandon Jones for the lead and this time, Gibbs passes Jones to take the lead.

Lap seven, Ty Gibbs has pulled out to a third of a second lead on Brandon Jones; AJ Allmendinger, Sheldon Creed, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap eight, Noah Gragson passes Sheldon Creed for fourth and is in danger of losing fifith to Justin Allgaier.

Lap nine, Justin Allgaier passes Sheldon Creed for fifth.

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

Lap 19, Ty Gibbs has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger is reporting some issues with his car.

Lap 20 Justin Allgaier challenges AJ Allmendinger for fifth.

Daniel Hemric is reporting some tight issues in his car.

Lap 22, Josh Berry reports that he is very very loose.

Lap 23, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over a second and a half on Brandon Jones; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Sammy Smith round out the top five.

There are 29 cars on the lead lap on lap 25 with all 38 drivers on the track.

Lap 26, Brandon Jones has closed the gap on leader Ty Gibbs to under a second and a half.

Lap 27, Ty Gibbs continues to lap cars and there are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 28, Ty Gibbs has a lead of nearly two seconds on Brandon Jones; Noah Gragson, Smmy Smith, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Continuing to battle issues with his car, Sheldon Creed has dropped out of the top 10 and is currently in 12th ater starting the race in third place.

Ten laps remain in stage one, Ty Gibbs continues to lead the race with a lead of over two and a half seconds; Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, Sammy Smith, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five with just 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 38, Brandon Jonesn and Noah Gragson battle for second.

With six laps remaining in stage one, Noah Gragson takes second; over three and a half seconds behind leader Ty Gibbs.

With four laps remaining in stage one, teammates Sam Mayer and Josh Berry battle for 10th with Josh Berry taking the spot. Josh Berry reports that the car is almost undrivable. He reports to the crew that he doesn’t care how long they have to sit on pit road, he wants the car fixed.

Ty Gibbs wins stage one by over two seconds over Noah Gragson.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ty Gibbs
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Sammy Smith
Justin Allgaier
Brett Moffitt
Austin Hill
AJ Allmendinger
Josh Berry
Riley Herbst

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ty Gibbs edging out Noah Gragson to win the race of off pit road.

NBC broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr reports that there is rain in the area.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane with Noah Gragson alongside on lap 52. Gibbs gets out in front for the lead and pulls away from the field.

The top five are Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, Noah Gragsn, Justin Allgaier, and AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 54, Ty Gibbs has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson; Austin Hill, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Brett Moffit brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 58, Ty Gibbs has a one second lead on Noah Gragson; Justin Allgaier, Austin Hill, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Noah Gragson’s crew chief reports that rain is about 35 minutes away.

Lap 61, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over a second on Noah Gragson; Justin Allgaier, Austin Hill, and Brandon Jones round out the top five. Josh Berry has moved up to seventh place after restarting the race in 13th place.

Lap 63, Myatt Snider is the last car on the lead lap in 19th place.

Josh Berry has moved up to sixth place after the crew made some adjustments during the stage break.

After making qualifying runs with temperatures in the 90’s, temperatures are much cooler; causing a change in car conditions.

Jeremy Clemnets looses control heading for pit road and brings out the caution flag on lap 71.

Several of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires including the leaders; while others stay out on the track to gain track position.

After staying out on the track, Austin Hill is the new leader. Brett Moffitt and Ryan Sieg also stayed out on the track.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Brett Moffitt alongside. Drivers fan out o as many as six wide going into turn one. Austin Hill is the leader but Noah Gragson comes up to pass Hill and take the lead.

Lap 77, the top five are Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones, Ty Gibbs, and Justin Allgaier.

Lap 78, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier; Brandon Jones, Ty Gibbs, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

With 10 laps remaining in stage two, Noah Gragson has increased his lead to a second and a half on Justin Allgaier; Ty Gibbs, Brandon Jones, and Sammy Smith round out the top five.

Lap 82, Noah Gragson continues to pull away with a lead of over s second and a half on Justin Allgaier when the caution flag comes out for rain.

Since the big pile up in Daytona due to rain on the track, NASCAR has been quick to throw the caution flag when just a few raindrops hit the track.

The drivers are making laps under caution speeds with seven laps remaining in stage two.

Drivers who stayed out on the track during the last caution flag come down pit road for fresh tires.

NASCAR is looking to finish the stage under the green flag. Noah Gragson brings the field down for a two lap shootout to end stage two as the rain drops begin to fall. The caution lights come back on and the green flag is waved off.

NASCAR again tries to end the stage under the green flag with a two lap shootout to end the stage. Noah Gragson brings the field down from the outside lane with teammate Justin Allgaier alongside. Gragson and Allgaier go side by side with Gragson getting out in front as drivers spread out across the track.

Noah Gragson has the lead but Ty Gibbs comes up from the outside to challenge Gragson.

Noah Gragson holds on to win stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Ty Gibbs
Brandon Jones
Ross Chastain
AJ Allmendinger
Josh Berry
Sammy Smith
Sam Mayer
Brett Moffitt

Justin Allgaier and Ty Gibbs make some heavy contact coming to the green and white checkered flag.

Winds have picked up and there are some misting sprinkles around the track as inclement weather leads a cold front coming through the area.

Lap 94, NASCAR brings the cars down pit road and park them as they display the red flag.

Drivers are out of the cars and crews cover the cars as the rain begins to pick up.

In a short time the track is soak and has been “lost” as it begins to pour down rain.

Kansas Speedway is the only track that Noah Gragson has failed to finish in the top 10.

At 4:37pmEDT, NASCAR has called the race; which gives Noah Gragson the win for his 10th career win.

NASCAR would not allow a burnout but he and the crew did climb the fence in celebration.

The unofficial results of the rain shortened Kansas Lottery 300:
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Ty Gibbs
Brandon Jones
Ross Chastain
AJ Allmendinger
Josh Berry
Sammy Smith
Sam Mayer
Brett Moffitt
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Landon Cassill
Ryan Sieg
Daniel Hemric
Riley Herbst
Brandon Brown
Anthony Alfredo
Myatt Snider
Kris Wright
Jeremy Clements
JJ Yeley
David Starr
Josh Williams
Rajah Caruth
Stefan Parsons
Derek Griffith
Howie Disavino III
Dillon Bassett
Joey Gase
Mason Massey
Garrett Smithley
Ryan Vargas
CJ McLaughlin
Bayley Currey
Jesse Iwuji
Brennan Poole
Jeb Burton



Kansas Cut Off Race in Truck Series

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend with the Kansas Lottery 200.  This is the final race in round one of the playoffs for the Truck Series.  At the end of the night the bottom two drivers in points will be eliminated.  Currently, Carson Hocevar and Christen Eckes are on the bubble and facing elimination.

The 10 Camping World Truck Series playoff drivers are:

Chandler Smith with 2,111 points and a race winn

Grant Enfinger with 2,104 points and a race win

Zane Smith with 2,109 points

John Hunter Nemechek with 2,106 points

Ty Majeski with 2,099 points

Stewart a Friesen with 2,094 points

Ben Rhodes with 2,084 points

Matt Crafton with 2,066 points

Carson Hocevar with 2,063 points

Christian Eckes with 2,060 points.

John Hunter Nemechek put his number four Kyle. Such Motorsports truck and the pole and will bring the field to green with Ty Majeski starting alongside on the front row.

A total of 38 teams brought trucks to the track for 36 starting spots.  Tate Fogleman and Trey Hutchins failed to make the race.

The starting lineup for the Kansas Lottery 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Majeski
Corey Heim
Christian Eckes
Chandler Smith
Ben Rhodes
Ryan Preece
Matt Crafton
Zane Smith
Tanner Gray
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
Derek Kraus
Matt DiBenedetto
Carson Hocevar
Bayley Currey
Hailie Deegan
Colby Howard
Tyler Ankrum
Brett Moffitt
Kaden Honeycutt
Chase Purdue
Dean Thompson
Parker Kligerman
Timmy Hill
Bret Holmes
Jack Wood
Lawless Alan
Blaine Perkins
Kaz Grala
Brennan Poole
Tyler Hill
Jesse Little
Spencer Boyd
Armani Williams
Mason Maggio

Brett Moffitt joins Brennan Poole, Armani Williams, and Mason Maggio at the back of the field after the crews made some unapproved adjustments to trucks.

Stages one and two of the race are just 30 laps in length with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 137 laps around the mile and a half track.  The drivers will have to make at least one pit stop in stage three for fuel.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane.  Nemechek edges out Ty Majeski for the lead after a push from teammate Corey Heim.

Lap two, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Corey Heim in second; Ty Majeski, Christian Eckes, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Lap four, leader John Hunter Nemechek has already moved his truck to the top lane near the outside wall; Ty Majeski, Christian Eckes, Corey Heim, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

All 10 of the playoff drivers are in the top 15.

Lap six. John Hunter Nemechek holds a lead of just a quarter of a second on Ty Majeski; Christian Eckes, Corey Heim, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Lap eight, Ty Majeski battle with John Hunter Nemechek for the lead and takes the top spot.

Lap 10, Ty Majeski has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Christian Eckes, Corey Heim, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Carson Hocevar is reporting a very loose condition in his truck.

Lap 12, Ty Majeski now has a one second lead on John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap 16, Ty Majeski continues to lead the race by over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Christian Eckes, Corey Heim, and Zane Smith round out the top five.  There are 33 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 19, on the bubble and in danger of being eliminated from the playoffs, Carson Hocevar has not been able to move higher than his 15th place starting spot.

Lap 20, John Hunter Nemechek passes Ty Majeski to retake the lead with 31 trucks on the lead lap.  All 36 trucks are on the track.

Lap 27, John Hunter Nemechek has a one second lead on Ty Majeski; Christian Eckes, Corey Heim, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek wins stage one for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Majeski
Christian Eckes
Corey Heim
Zane Smith
Ryan Preece
Derek Kraus
Chandler Smith
Matt Crafton
Tanner Gray

After their stage one finishes, John Hunter Nemechek and Zane Smith have locked in their spots in the next round of the playoffs; joining race winners Grant Enfinger and Chandler Smith.

The drivers head for pit road with multiple complaints of a loose truck.  John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road with Christian Eckes on his bumper.

Spencer Boyd, Bayley Currey, and Brennan Poole were all charged with crews coming over the wall too soon.  Tyler Hill was caught speeding on pit road.

Chandler Smith had a slow pit stop and restarts the race in 23rd place.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 38 from the inside lane.  Nemechek gets out in front to hold on to the lead.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Majeski, Christian Eckes, Ryan Preece, and Corey Heim.

John Hunter Nemechek is reporting a left rear tire vibration.

Lap 40, John Hunter Nemechek has a third of a second lead on Christian Eckes; Ty Majeski, Ryan Preece, and Zane Smith round out the top five.  There are 27 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 43, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over half a second on Christian Eckes; Zane Smith, Ryan Preece, and Ty Majeski round out the top five.

Lap 47, Stewart Friesen has dropped nine spots since the race restart.

Just nine laps remain in stage two, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of nearly two seconds on Zane Smith; Christian Eckes, Ryan Preece, and Corey Heim round out the top five.

After falling to 23rd, Stewart Friesen is reporting a very loose condition and says that the truck is junk.

Lap 35, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Zane Smith.

Lap 36, Bayley Currey brings out the caution flag when he got loose and spins out but keeps it off the wall.

Stage two ends under caution with John Hunter Nemechek taking the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
John Hunter Nemechek
Zane Smith
Ryan Preece
Christian Eckes
Corey Heim
Ty Majeski
Tyler Ankrum
Derek Kraus
Matt Crafton
Carson Hocevar

Drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments as the track cools with the sunset.  John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road.

Ty Majeski has clinched a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 65 with Ryan Preece alongside.  Nemechek gets out in front for the lead.

The caution flag comes out after Kaden Honeycutt spins out.  He heads for pit road with flat tires.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 70.  He has led 53 laps so far.  Nemechek gets a push form Corey Heim and holds on to the lead.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Zane Smith, Corey Heim, Ryan Preece, and Grant Enfinger.

Drivers are three wide in a battle for position with a few slapping the wall; the track stays green.

With 62 laps to go, John Hunter Nemechek has a half second lead on Zane Smith; Ryan Preece Corey Heim, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Brett Moffitt’s truck is on fire and brings out the caution flag on lap 73.

Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, and Zane Smith are the only drivers in the field who have won a race at Kansas.

Several drivers get loose as they hit the fluid left on the track by Brett Moffitt’s truck.

A few drivers come down pit road for adjustments including Carson Hocevar who is in danger of being eliminated from the playoffs.  Hocevar and Matt Crafton are currently below the cut line to make it the next round.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart with 53 laps remaining in the race.  Nemechek gets out in front for the lead once again with Corey Heim in second.

With 52 to go, John Hunter Nemechek has a half second lead on Corey Heim; Zane Smith, Christian Eckes, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.  There are 28 trucks on the lead lap with Brett Moffitt the only driver out of the race.

Lap 86, John Hunter Nemechek has a one second lead on Zane Smith; Ryan Preece, Corey Heim, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

There are 21 trucks on the lead lap with John Hunter Nemechek out in front.

Forty laps remain in the race, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over a second on Zane Smith; Ryan Preece, Corey Heim, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 97, all five of the drivers moving on to the next round of the playoffs are in the top 10.

Lap 100, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Zane Smith; Ryan Preece, Corey Heim, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Spencer Boyd is off the rtrack.

Carson Hocevar’s crew reports that he is good on fuel to make it to the end of the race.

Lap 103, leader John Hunter Nemechek makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Zane Smith.  Drivers begin to make their green flag pit stops.

Zane Smith makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Grant Enfinger.

Christian Eckes is the new leader with Carson Hocevar in second.

Christian Eckes makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead to Carson Hocevar; Bayley, Colby Howard, Hailie Deegan, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Chase Purdy was caught speeding on pit road during his pit stop.

Armani Williams is off the track.

There are 25 laps remaining in the race and Carson Hocevar leads the race.  If he can hold on, he would not only earn his first truck series win; but secure himself a spot in the playoffs.

Twenty to go, Carson Hocevar has a lead of over seven seconds in front of Bayley Currey; Colby Howard, Matt DiBenedetto, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.  Nemechek passes DiBenedetto for fourth.  There are only 15 trucks on the lead lap.

Fifteen to go, Carson Hocevar continues to lead the race and is now over eight seconds in front of John Hunter Nemechek; Bayley Currey, Zane Smith, and Colby Howard round out the top five.

Ten to go, Ben Rhodes has unlapped himself and is now back on the lead lap in 16th place.  Carson Hocevar’s lead is down to under five seconds on John Hunter Nemechek; Zane Smith, Ryan Preece, and Bayley Currey roud out the top five.

Armani Williams is out of the race.

Seven to go, Carson Hocevar’s lead is down to two and a half seconds on John Hunter Nemechek.  Hocevar is the youngest driver in the playoffs at age 19.

Five to go, John Hunter Nemechek has closed the gap to just under two seconds behind Carson Hocevar.

Three to go, Carson Hocevar’s lead is down to just one second on John Hunter Nemechek.

Two to go, Carson Hocevar’s lead is down to just half a second on John Hunter Nemechek.

Carson Hocevar takes the white flag with John Hunter Nemechek on his bumper.  Nemechek passes Hocevar for the lead.  Hocevar is out of gas but holds on to take seconds with John Hunter Nemechek winning the race for his second win of the season.  This is the first time in his career that John Hunter Nemechek swept both stages and won the race.  He was also the pole sitter for the race.

The unofficial results of the Kansas Lottery 200:
John Hunter Nemechek

Carson Hocevar
Ryan Preece
Zane Smith
Grant Enfinger
Chandler Smith
Corey Heim
Ty Majeski
Colby Howard
Christian Eckes
Parker Kligerman
Matt DiBenedetto
Ben Rhodes
Tyler Ankrum
Matt Crafton
Tanner Gray
Bret Holmes
Kaz Grala
Timmy Hill
Stewart Friesen
Derek Kraus
Hailie Deegan
Dean Thompson
Kaden Honeycutt
Chase Purdy
Jack Wood
Bayley Currey
Jesse Little
Tyler Hill
Blaine Perkins
Lawless Alan
Mason Maggio
Spencer Boyd
Brennan Poole
Armani Williams
Brett Moffitt

Three time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton and despite a valiant effort and a second place finish Carson Hocevar have been eliminated from the playoffs.  Hocevar missed the playoffs by three points.

More Surprises from NASCAR

For many years, NASCAR Cup Series drivers could count on a two week stint at home in the Charlotte area for the annual All Star race before running the longest race of the year with the Coke 600.

But over the past few years, NASCAR has been shaking things up by holding the All Star game at various tracks.  On Thursday, September 8 NASCAR announced that the 2023 All Star race will be held at the iconic and recently renovated North Wilksboro Speedway.

The 2023 racing season marks 75 years of NASCAR and as a part of the celebration, they will be making a return to one of the original tracks.

NASCAR officials, members of Speedway Motorsports, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, and Hall of Fame driver and NBC broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina at the North Carolina Museum of History to make the historic announcement.  Festivities will feature a three day event from May 19-21 with a list of events coming at a later date.

Earnhardt who ran a Late Model race at North Wilksboro last month spoke on the track saying, “there’s something about it, it’s just got a special place in our history.  And I’m so excited to see what can happen beyond this. The All-Star Race is a great thing, but going forward, but North Wilkesboro can continue to contribute to our lives and to our family’s lives.”

A historian of NASCAR and its tracks, Earnhardt was instrumental in the track’s renovation.  He place third in the inaugural race after the renovation late last month with one of his own JR Motorsports cars bringing home the trophy.

At .625 miles, the oval at North Wilkesboro is just over a half mile.  The first race – a Modified Division race – was held on 1948 with the first Cup Series race – then known as Strictly Stock – in 1949.  In 1951, the track saw two Cup Series races each year until it closed in 1996.
And I’m so excited to see what can happen beyond this. The All-Star Race is a great thing, but going forward, but North Wilkesboro can continue to contribute to our lives and to our family’s lives.”


Thanks to some grassroots efforts from Earnhardt and an $18 million allocation of federal funds, Nort Wilkesboro has a new life.  An additional $4 million grant is earmarked to further renovations including restrooms, concessions, safer barriers, permanent lighting, and scoring for the Cup Series All Star Race.

In 2019, Wilkesboro was cleaned in order for it to be scanned for an inclusion in the iRacing simulator.  Earnhardt was one of those who helped to clean up the track.

After plans to turn the asphalt track to dirt were scrapped, Earnhardt noted, “North Wilkesboro is going to remain historic, and it will remain authentic, but it will also be modern, and that will be a great thing to see. “So I’m excited to see the progress, all the things that will be happening there over the next couple of months. The rebuilding and so forth is going to be a lot of fun to watch, and then to finally go there in May, just can’t get here fast enough.”

Returning to its history is not the only big change coming to NASCAR…

As a part of its NASCAR Experience pay service, NASCAR offers a limited number of in car cameras for the fans that includes numerous views.

Beginning this weekend at Kansas Speedway, fans can access the NASCAR Drive inside cockpit views for every one of the cars in the field…free of charge.  Am ad supported offering will be available via the NASCAR mobile app; along with real time stats and information. 

NASCAR senior vice president and chief digital officer Tim Clark spoke on the increased in-car camera viewing saying, “our goal is to deliver an immersive experience for the most passionate fans in all of sports, no matter where they are.  We know the significant role second screens play in the overall viewing experience, so to provide live video from inside every car and alongside leaderboards, performance data, pit stats, live betting odds, and more is something we’re excited about.”

Fans will be able to see up to four live streams at one time.

NASCAR vice president of operations and technical production Steve Stum also spoke on the new video offering saying, “we’re fortunate to have tremendous people and partners who enable us to deliver this next-gen video experience to NASCAR fans all over the world.  It’s no small feat to introduce something as ambitious as 40 live-streaming cameras inside these cars as they race side by side at speeds upward of 200 miles per hour.”

As a part of the Next Gen car’s design and construction is the ability to accommodate a standard camera mount.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Dies

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II recently concluded a celebration marking 70 years on the throne as the Queen of the British Empire.  On September 8, 2022 Her Majesty died at the age of 96 in Balmoral Castle in Scotland surrounded by her family. 

More than just the monarch, the Queen was also the head of the Church of England.

With her death, the British Empire end its second Elizabethan era.  Her 70 year rule is the longest ever by a British monarch.  She ranks second behind France’s Louis XIV as ruling a country the longest.  Louis XIV became the King of France when he was only four years old.

As the official period of mourning begins, sporting events were cancelled and brought politics to a halt after the announcement of her death.

Her oldest son His Royal Highness Prince Charles will succeed her and will be known as His Majesty King Charles III and becomes the oldest person to become monarch of the British Empire at 73.  While she cannot be officially known as a Queen, King Charles’ wife Camilla can be known as the Queen consort; something Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth had expressed a desire as such.

No matter what the occasion or what protocol demanded, King Charles would always address the Queen as “mummy”.

During her reign, beginning with Winston Churchill a total of 15 different Prime Ministers have led the United Kingdom; the newest of which Liz Truss spoke on the Queen saying she was, “the rock on which modern Britain was built.  We are now a modern, thriving, dynamic nation.  Through thick and thin, Queen Elizabeth II provided us with the stability and the strength that we needed.

She added, “she was the very spirit of Great Britain – and that spirit will endure.  God save the king.

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “this is our country’s saddest day.”  For many British citizens, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is the only monarch they have ever known.

When she became Queen on February 6, 1952, at the age of 26, after the death of her father King George, the United Kingdom was still recovering from the Second World War.   Things like mobile phones, the internet, and space travel were still a part of the fertile imaginations of science fiction writers and filmmakers.

Even before she took the crown she promised British citizens that how ever long her life would be, it would be dedicated to the service of her country.

She was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor on April 21, 1926 to the Duke and Duchess of York.  Originally not destined to be Queen, the abdication of her Uncle Edward so that he could marry the twice divorced American Wallis Simpson; leaving her father George to become King George VI.

The first glimpse of how the future Queen would one day rule the realm, a 14 year old Elizabeth made her first public appearance via a radio broadcast  during World War II saying, we children at home are full of cheerfulness and courage.  We are trying to do all we can to help out gallant soldiers, sailors and airmen. And we are trying, too, to bear our own share of the danger and sadness of war. We know, every one of us, that in the end all will be well.”  And help she did as a Second Subaltern where she learned to drive and service heavy vehicles.

And on May 8, 1945; she and sister Princess Margaret danced in the streets of London in celebration unnoticed.

She married Royal Naval officer Phillip Mountbatten on November 20 of 1947 and for a time was a Navy wife and mother.  But while on a trip to Kenya, her father King George VI died at the age of 56, leaving a young Elizabeth to follow in his footsteps at the age of 26.

During her time as Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher was known as the “Iron Lady” but, seeing the Royal family through a variety of trials, tribulations, scandals, and tragedy; Queen Elizabeth’s stoicism was truly that of an “Iron Lady”.

While the world seldom saw any emotional or lighter side to the Queen, she showed that she did know how to have a little fun when she appeared to parachute into the stadium as a part of the opening ceremonies for the London Olympics and most recently having a spot of tea with Paddington Bear where she revealed she kept some marmalade sandwiches in her ever present purse.

Predeceased. By her husband of over 70 years, Prince Philip, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is survived by her children – King Charles, Princess Ann, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew; eight grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Jeffrey Mays Goes Solo

It’s as much a part of the holiday season as Christmas parades and Santa Claus.  The Charles Dickens production of “A Christmas Carol” will play in a limited run on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre.

Tony Award winning actor Jefferson Mays will present a one man show where he will play all of the characters.  Tony nominee Michael Arden, Susan Lyons, and Mays adapted the story for the show.

Previews for the production begin November 8 with the official opening November 21 and running through January 1.

Currently Mays is a cast member in the revival of the musical “The Music Man”.  His final appearance in the show is October 23.

“A Christmas Carol” will not be the first one man production.  Previously, he won a Tony Award in 2004 when he played over three dozen characters in “I Am My Own Wife”.  He also portrayed several characters in “A Guide to Love and Murder”

NASCAR Makes Rule Changes

In the wake of the fire in Kevin Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing number four car during stage three of the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR has made some rule changes for the Cup Series cars going into Kansas this weekend.  JJ Yeley also had an issue with fire in his number 15 Rick Ware Racing car.  NASCAR has seen a few issues involving flames under the cars this season.  The fire in Harvick’s where flames were coming into the cockpit via the dash has been the worst so far.  Thankfully there have been no injuries due to those fires.

Teams are now allowed to add an intumescent coating to the underside of the lower crush panels, inside the the exhaust cover panels, on the upper surface of the rocker box, and to the right side stop panel.

An intumescent coating is one that aids in the fire protection of steel components.

Other changes include a lateral seal or dam be installed between the back of the front clip weight box and the top of the splitter panel to aid in the reduction of tire debris migrating from the splitter panel area.

NASCAR also issued instructions on trimming the stop panel and suggested that the crews maximize the clearance between the exhaust and the rocker box.

NASCAR will continue to study the matter and issue further updates and adjustments as needed.

Despised Icon Celebrate 20 Years

As every musician knows, “making it” and becoming successful is a tough job.  As Australian rocker AC/DC say in their song “It’s a Long Way to the Top if You Want to Rock and Roll”.  Thus, an anniversary for longevity is worth celebrating.

Despised Icon are celebrating 20 years of making music with a rarities release.  The EP “Deterre” is set for an October 28 release.

Band member Alex Erian spoke on the band and their beginnings saying, “2004 was a definitive year for Despised Icon. After switching from drums to vocals and recruiting Alex Grind behind the kit, we started experimenting more and more, blending various elements of Death Metal and Hardcore together. Eager to get our name out, we played every show we could jump on and quickly recorded demo versions of ‘Bulletproof Scales’ and ‘Warm Blooded’.”

He added, “after uploading both tracks to Myspace and mailing a few hand-assembled CD-R promo copies to labels, people were finally starting to notice. The next thing we knew, we were booked on our first US tour with DEICIDE and were in the studio working simultaneously on a split CD for Relapse Records and on our sophomore album The Healing Process for Century Media.”

He concluded, “unearthed after 17 years and available on tape and 10″ vinyl formats for the very first time, the five demo tracks on ‘Déterré’ capture the energy and excitement of that era. We hope you enjoy this limited edition EP and look forward to sharing new music with you in 2023.”

The tracklisting for “Deterre”
“Warm Blooded”
“Bulletproof Scales”
“One Last Martini”
“Oval Shaped Incissions”
“Sever the Ties”

New Sir Elton Hardcover Book Coming

In his autobiography Sir Elton John speaks of his life and career with a series of stories that at times is more of a stream of consciousness of thoughts.

But in the new book “Elton John @ 75”, the story of his life and career are told via 75 accomplishments in the career of this musical icon and legend.

Along with 200 pages in the hardcover book filled with some 300 photos is an envelope containing an 8X10 photo of Sir Elton and a foldout poster.

Life began for Reginal Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947; but after deciding that the name was too mundane, especially for a flamboyant piano player; the world was introduced to Elton Hercules John in 1967.  He took the names from two of his then band mates.

“Elton John @ 75” begins with his birth and tracks the icon’s musical career with those early bands, meeting longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, the music, life events, and the making of the legend.

Along with the stories and hundreds of photos is a fold out with the timeline of Sir Elton and one with a montage of Sir Elton through the years.

A knight of the British Empire and a Hall of Fame artist, Sir Elton has a trophy case filled with Grammy, Tony, Oscar, and Ivor Novella Awards but has also seen fit to give back.  He has raised and donated millions of dollars over the years to AIDS awareness, research, and assistance for those who has the disease.

After a break due to the COVID pandemic, the original “Rocket Man” is winding down his touring career but will certainly not be hiding in the shadows.

“Elton John @ 75” is set for a November 1 release and is surely a must have for any Sir Elton fan.  The hardcover book comes in a case and is priced at $75 in the U.S.  The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Phillip Sanders Plays Texas Country

In NASCAR it is not uncommon for sons to follow fathers on to the track to become generational racing families.  So too it is in music with children following parents down the musical staff for multiple generations.

One such artist is Phillip Sanders who is a fourth generation singer/songwriter.  At one time his grandfather shared a rooming house with Hank Williams Sr.  And no doubt a jam session or two.

Working the oil fields in Texas, in 2016 Sanders decided that the time was right to pursue a lifetime dream and follow in his father’s musical footsteps.  The first single Sanders’ penned – “Never Thought I Could Change” – was a collaboration with father Charles’ collaborator Curt Ryle. 

Since that first release “With You I’am”, whether it be a solo writing, a collaboration, or a reworking of a remake; Sanders has scored every song on the European Country music charts.  Most recently, he has broken into the top 10 of the iTunes charts in the United Kingdom.

While he never collaborated on writing a song with his father, Phillip did finish writing a song his father had urged him to write – a Christmas song – before his father died.

An in October, Sanders will travel to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry for the Josie Awards – independent music awards – where he has three nominations.

When it comes to songwriting and recording, Sanders says that he focuses on creating the best music he can.  His musical style is the traditional Country music like in the days of Hank Williams Sr.

The husband and father continues to work the oil fields while he works on fulfilling his dream.  Sanders notes that he has enough original songs to create a full album but is not in a hurry to record one.


Other Phillip Sanders songs:
“We Do that in the Country”
“What I Didn’t Do”
“Drink You Down”
“Lay You Down and Love You”
“I Don’t Think I Will”
“With Her I’am”
“Over a Beer”
“IF I Didn’t Love You Girl”
“Another You”

feature photo credit: Land Goodman

NASCAR Point Standings – Sept 5

It was a tough weekend for the Cup Series drivers in the playoffs with Chase Elliott becoming the first driver out of the race as the result of a crash in stage one, Kevin Harvick’s car caught on fire, and Kyle Busch blew an engine.  Kyle Larson finished the race on the lead lap but not after going laps down with a potential engine issue and Daniel Suarez started the race a lap down after inspection issues required a pass through penalty on race start and finished on the lead lap in the top 20.

In the end, non-playoff driver Erik Jones took home the trophy for winning the Southern 500 and earned victory number 200 for the number 43 car.  It had been 55 years to the day since the 43 car landed in victory lane at Darlington Raceway.

Even with the shake up, Chase Elliott holds up to the lead in the stage points with 229; nearly 20 points in front of Joey Logano who takes over the points lead with 2,065.

Cup Series stage points as of September 5:
Chase Elliott – 229
Joey Logano – 208
Ryan Blaney – 197
Martin Truex Jr – 190
Kyle Larson – 187
William Byron – 181
Ross Chastain – 174
Kyle Busch – 173
Christopher Bell – 151
Denny Hamlin – 142
Erik Jones – 103
Tyler Reddick – 102
Chase Briscoe – 96
Daniel Suarez – 92
Kevin Harvick – 85
Alex Bowman – 84
Kurt Busch – 77
Bubba Wallace – 75
Aric Almirola – 66
Ricky Stenhouse Jr – 48
Brad Keselowski – 47
Austin Cindric – 45
Harrison Burton – 41
Chris Buescher – 34
Cole Custer – 33
Ty Dillon – 33
Austin Dillon – 32
Todd Gilliland – 31
Michael McDowell – 21
Justin Haley – 19
Joey Hand – 14
Corey LaJoie – 8
Cody Ware – 2

After his early exit from the race in Darlington, Chase Elliott falls in the point standings to ninth place.

Cup Series Playoff Standings:
Joey Logano – 2,065
William Byron – 2,059
Denny Hamlin – 2,057
Christopher Bell – 2,055
Tyler Reddick – 2,050
Ryan Blaney – 2,047
Kyle Larson – 2,044
Ross Chastain – 2,042
Chase Elliott – 2,041
Alex Bowman – 2,037
Kyle Busch – 2,035
Daniel Suarez – 2,029
Austin Cindric – 2,027
Austin Dillon – 2,025
Chase Briscoe – 2,019
Kevin Harvick – 2,016

Normally the ownership points are largely ignored except for teams among the racing paddock, but last week 23XI Racing caused some controversy among racing fans when it was announced that they were making some changes to preserve owner points for the number 45 car.  Teams may change drivers as often as they wish in a single car and still collect owner’s points for the car no matter who is behind the wheel.

Currently Team Penske’s number 22 car driven by Joey Logano leads the owner points with  2065.

Car Ownership Points Standings:
Team Penske #22 car – 2,065
Hendrick Motorsports #24 car – 2.059
Joe Gibbs Racing #11 car – 2,055
Joe Gibbs Racing #20 car – 2,050
Richard Childress Racing #8 car – 2,047
Hendrick Motorsports #5 car – 2.044
Trackhouse Racing #1 car – 2,042
Hendrick Motorsports #9 car – 2,041
Hendrick Motorsports #48 car – 2,037
23XI Racing #45 car – 2,036 (Bubba Wallace taking over for Kurt Busch)
Joe Gibbs Racing #18 car – 2,035
Trackhouse Racing #99 car – 2,029
Team Penske #2 car – 2,027
Richard Childress Racing #3 car – 2,025
Stewart-Haas Racing #14 car – 2,019
Stewart-Haas Racing #4 car – 2,016


The Xfinity Series also raced at Darlington Raceway over the weekend with Noah Gragson getting another win.  Gragson and Justin Allgaier helped to extend the impressive string of stage wins for JR Motorsports.

Ty Gibbs continues to lead the points race with his five wins during the season.

Xfinity Series Point Standings:
Ty Gibbs – 2,039
Noah Gragson – 2,039
AJ Allmendinger – 2,032
Justin Allgaier – 2,030
Josh Berry – 2,022
Austin Hill – 2,016
Brandon Jones – 2,010
Sam Mayer – 2,004
Riley Herbst – 2,003
Daniel Hemric – 2,003
Ryan Sieg – 2,001
Landon Cassill – 2,000

Rough Night for Playoff Drivers with 17th Winner

NASCAR Cup Series

It’s a big weekend for the Cup Series drivers as the Playoffs begin and the drivers try to avoid the infamous “Darlington stripe” in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Darlington Raceway is one of the oldest tracks on the NASCAR circuit; holding its first race in 1950.  In that first race the drivers were running speeds of just 73mph; today they are running speeds of 173mph.  The track is also known as “The Lady in Black” and “the track too tough to tame”.

During the pre-race inspection process the number 99 Trackhouse Racing car driven by Daniel Suarez had some inspection issues and failed the process three times.  As a result the playoff driver was not able to make a qualifying run and will have to serve a pass through penalty – a drive down pit road at pit road speed – once the green flag drops.  The number 99 crew has also lost their pit box selection and will lose a crew member for the weekend.  Not being able to qualify for the race, Suarez will start the race from the back of the field.

BJ McLeod’s number 78 car also failed the inspection process twice and has lost a crew member and his pit stall selection but will get to qualify the car and start the race where he qualified.

Brad Keselowski was the first driver on the track to qualify for the race and posted a time of 29.660 seconds around the 1,3 mile track.

After Group A completed their qualifying run; Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Bubba Wallace, Austin Cindric, and Ryan Blaney will move on to round two of qualifying.

And in Group B; Christopher Bell, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Michael McDowell, and Tyler Reddick will move on to round two of qualifying.

Posting a time of 29.181 seconds, Joey Logano put his number 22 car on the pole with Christopher Bell starting alongside on the front row.

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

Stages one and two are 115 laps each with stage three lasting 137 for a total of 367 laps around the l.3 mile track.  Drivers can go 70 to 75 laps on a single load of fuel but it is the tires that are more important since the abrasive Darlington track is very tough on tires.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25 after some rain earlier in the day.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane before a sell out crowd to kick off the playoffs.  Christopher Bell goes side by side with Logano in a battle for the lead.

Daniel Suarez comes down pit road for his pass through penalty.  He is now a lap down.

Lap three, Joey Logano finally gets out in front for the lead with Christopher Bell in second; William Byron, Tyler Reddick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap six for rain.  Daniel Suarez gets his lap back and is now on the lead lap.

After a back qualifying run that put him back in the pack; Chase Elliott has lost five spots since the race start.

Kevin Harvick is reporting that the cooling system in his helmet is not working properly.

Lap eleven, pit road is open but few drivers take advantage.


With only a light rain, the cars are still on the track and making laps under the caution flag.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 17 and once again goes side by side with Christopher Bell before getting out in front for the lead.

NASCAR has moved the competition caution to lap 35.

Lap 18, the top five are Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick.

Lap 20, Joey Logano has a near half second lead on Christopher Bell; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five with Bubba Wallace in sixth.  While Wallace failed to make the playoffs as a driver, 23XI Racing has switched the drivers; putting Wallace in the 45 car to give the team a better chance to win the owner’s championship.

Lap 23, Joey Logano has increased his lead to over half a second on Christopher Bell; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.  Daniel Suarez is up the 30th place after getting back on the lead lap.

Austin Dillon is another driver who is going the wrong way and is falling back in the field.

Lap 28 Joey Logano has a lead of over half a second on Christopher Bell; William, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Driving a very tight car, Austin Dillon reports that his car is like dog poop.

Chase Briscoe also reports a very tight car and has lost several spots in the field.

Lap 34, Joey Loagno continues to hold a three quarter of a second lead on Christopher Bell; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Kyle Busch battles with William Byron for third; so far, Byron has held him off.

The yellow flag comes out on lap 36 for the competition caution.

Drivers come down pit road for service; especially fresh tires.  Joey Logano barely edges out William Byron for the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick had a slow pit stop after a left front tire issue.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with William Byron on the inside.  Logano gets out in front going into turn one with William Byron in second; Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Lap 42, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on William Byron; Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.  Kyle Busch restarted the race in ninth place and has moved up to seventh.

Lap 46, Joey Logano has a lead of over a second on William Byron; Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Lap 50, Joey Logano’s lead on William Byron is down to just under a second; Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

In 31st place, Chase Briscoe is the lowest placing driver in the playoffs.

Lap 59. Joey Logano has a one second lead on William Byron; Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, and Deny Hamlin round out the top five with Kyle Busch in sixth and Bubba Wallace in seventh.

Kyle Larson reports no front or rear grip in his car.

Chase Elliott is slowly working his way up in the field.

Lap 64, Denny Hamlin passes Tyler Reddick for fourth.

Kyle Busch passes Tyler Reddick for fifth.

Lap 65, William Byron is closing the gap on leader Joey Logano and is now just a tenth of a second back.

Lap 66, William Byron passes Joey Logano for the lead as the leaders approach slower traffic.  All of the cars are on the lead lap with several in danger of going a lap down.

Lap 74, drivers begin making green flag pit stops.  Kyle Busch reports that he has no rear grip.

Lap 75, William Byron makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Bubba Wallace.

Joey Logano’s crew had a tire issue on pit road; causing a slow stop.

Lap 76, Bubba Wallace makes his green flag pit stop; William Byron retakes the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 77, the top five are William Byron, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, and Martin Truex Jr with 31 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson has no power and makes an unscheduled trip down pit road. 

Erik Jones gets loose  and moves up the track but saves the car; barely missing Ryan Blaney.

Kyle Larson is moving again; the crew reports that they will run it while they can.

Lap 83, William Byron has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Now three laps down, Kyle Larson is seven points below the cut line.

Lap 91, William Byron has a one second lead on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Kyle Larson’s crew reports that at the moment, there is no sign of an issue with the engine.

Lap 95, Kyle Busch is slowly eating into, William Byron’s lead; he is now just over half a second back.

Lap 99, William Byron’s lead is now just a third of a second on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Lap 103, Martin Truex Jr passes Ross Chastain for fifth.

Lap 106, William Byron has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch with Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, and Martin Truex Jr rounding out the top five.

Teammates Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano make contact in a battle for position but the cars are fine and the track stays green.

Ty Gibbs is the last car on the lead lap in 21st place.

Lap 111 William Byron passes Ty Gibbs to put him one lap down; Daniel Suarez in 20th place is the last car on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out with just two laps remaining in stage one when Chase Elliott and Chase Briscoe get into a crash that sees Elliott backing into the wall.

Last week NASCAR expanded the “crash clock” to 10 minutes so that the teams have a little more time to make repairs to the cars.

William Byron wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season under caution. 

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Christopher Bell
Martin Truex Jr
Ross Chastain
Tyler Reddick
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Bubba Wallace

Drives come down pit road for service with Kyle Busch winning the race off of pit road with Denny Hamlin in second.

Making a return to the broadcast booth are an Earnhardt, a Jarrett, and a Petty with Dale Earnhardt Jr, Dale Jarrett, and Kyle Petty calling the race for stage two.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 122,  Busch gets out in front for the lead with Denny Hamlin in second; William Byron, Ross Chastain, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

The ”crash clock” has expired on Chase Elliott’s car and he is out of the race.

Lap 125, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; William Byron, Ross Chastain, and Erik Jones round out the top 10.

Lap 128, there are only 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 131, after having to start the race from the back of the field, serving a pass through penalty, and going a lap down Daniel Suarez is back on the lead lap and in 15th place.

Lap 133, Kyle Busch as a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin; William Byron, Ross Chastain, and Erik Jones round out the top five.  Driving to keep the number 45 car in the owner’s championship, Bubba Wallace is in the top 10 in eighth place.

Lap 140, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with Denny Hamlin a half a second back;  William Byron, Ross Chastain, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

William Byron is reporting some “strange noises” in his car; adding that it is loud inside the car.

Lap 143, Ross Chastain passes William Byron for third.

Lap 147, the lights have taken full effect on the track with Kyle Busch leading the race with Denny Hamlin in second.

Lap 150, Kyle Busch leads the race with teammate Denny Hamlin right behind him; Ross Chastain, William Byron, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 151, Daniel Suarez is the first driver to come down pit road for a green flag pit stop.

Lap 153, leader Kyle Busch comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop; handing the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Lap 155, Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop as several more drivers come down for service; Bubba Wallace is the new leader.

Leader Bubba Wallace makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Lap 160, Ross Chastain had to make a second trip down pit road for a potential loose wheel; it was not the case and he continues to have an issue with his car.

Kyle Larson reports continued issues with his car.

Lap 165, Brad Keselowski has yet to make his green flag pit stop and is losing time quicky to Kyle Busch who is on fresher tires.

There are only 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 169, Brad Keselowski has finally made his pit stop and Kyle Busch has retaken the lead.

Ross Chastain brings his car down pit road so the crew can attempt to find the issue with his car.  Chastain is the third playoff driver to have an issue with his car.

Lap 171, Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second and a half on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Christopher Bell rund out the top five.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr slaps the wall hard but the track stays green.

Alex Bowman is the last car on the lead lap in 17th place.

Lap 175, Kyle Busch ahs a lead of a second and a half on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr William Byron, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

The number one crew reports that the issue with the car has been repaired and driver Ross Chastain said that the car does feel better.  There was a drive pin issue.

Lap 178, Denny Hamlin is very slowly eating into Kyle Busch’s lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 179 when Todd Gilliland gets loose and spins out, barely missing the wall.

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

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 186 from the outside lane with Denny Hamlin on the inside.  Busch and Hamlin go side by side as drivers are getting three wide behind the leaders.  Kyle Busch takes the lead with Denny Hamlin in second; William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 190, Kyle  Busch has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.  Daniel Suarez is in 10th place with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson brings out the caution flag on lap 192 when he hits the wall with the back of his car after getting lose.

Despite having made pit stops fairly recently, the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires with Kyle Busch winning the race off of pit road and William Byron coming out second.

Tyler Reddick’s cool suit has stopped working.

After staying out on the track, Corey LaJoie brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 198 with Kyle Busch alongside.  LaJoie and Busch go side by side before Kyle Busch gets out in sfront for the lead.

Lap 200, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Corey LaJoie; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.  Daniel Suarez bumps the wall but the track stays green.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr is out of the race with JJ Yeley off the track.

Lap 205, Kyle Busch has a lead of just under a second on Martin Truex Jr; William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.  Corey LaJoie has dropped to eighth place.  There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 209, Kyle Busch gives up the lead to Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 216, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch; William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five with Daniel Suarez in sixth place.

Cody Ware brings out the sixth caution flag of the night when he spins out on lap 219.  The only car one lap down, Aric Almirola is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Busch winning the race off of pit road.  Busch saved his sticker tires and put scuffs on the car for the eleven laps remaining in stage two.

Several drivers including Kyle Larson took the wave around to get one of their laps back.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with Martin Truex Jr on the inside lane with just seven laps remaining in stage two.  Busch and Truex go side by side before Kyle Busch edges out for the lead with six laps remaining in the stage.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, and Joey Logano as drivers are muscling their way through for positon and precious stage points.

Three laps to go in stage two, Kyle Busch leads the race but Martin Truex Jr is on his bumper and challenging for the lead.

Kyle Busch wins stage two for his third stage win of the year.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
William Byron
Christopher Bell
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
Erik Jones
Michael McDowell

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

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Busch winning the race off of pit road and Joey Logano coming out second.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 238 and holds on to the lead with Joey Logano in second and Martin Truex Jr in third; Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

JJ Yeley has returned to the track 42 laps down.

With 125 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Daniel Suarez, and William Byron round out the top five.

After all the wave arounds, there are 23 cars on the lead laps and only two cars out of the race – Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 250, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr Daniel Suarez, and William Byron round out the top five.

There are 115 laps remaining in the race; all of the drivers will have to make at least one pit stop for fuel.

Lap 251, Ross Chastain makes a green flag pit stop.

Lap 253, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Daniel Suarez, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 261, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race by over a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Daniel Suarez, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 265, Kyle Busch has led 116 laps so far.

Daniel Suarez reports that he has hit the wall once again.

Some drivers are beginning to make green flag pi stops.

One hundred laps to go, Kyle Busch ahs a second and a half lead on Joey Logano.

Lap 270, Martin Truex Jr has gotten around Joey Logano to take second place but is a second behind leader Kyle Busch.

Corey LaJoie reports that there may be some fuel pump issues.

More drivers come down pit road for service.

William Byron comes down pit road reporting a very loose condition.

Kevin Harvick’s car is in flames.  He has pulled off the track into the grass and is out of the car.  The caution flag comes out on lap 275.  He was in ninth place at the time of the caution flag.

The drivers who have not made a pit stop take advantage of the caution and make their pit stops.  Once again Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick noted that the fire was coming in through the dash.  He is unhappy but fine.

Several drivers take the wave around.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with 84 laps remaining in the race.  Busch battle with Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr for the lead.  Busch holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Denny Hamlin in third; Erik Jones and Michael McDowell round out the top five.  There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 287, Martin Truex Jr is just a tenth of a second behind leader Kyle Busch and is challenging for the spot.

Lap 289, Kyle Busch is slowly pulling away from Martin Truex Jr and is now a half second out in front of Martin Truex Jr.

After getting back on the lead lap, Kyle Larson has moved up to 16th place.

Lap 294, Martin Truex Jr has come up to battle Kyle Busch for the lead and is the new leader.

JJ Yeley is off the track once again.  Kevin Harvick is out of the race.

Kyle Busch has led 142 laps of the race.  Speaking on his teammate and leader Martin Truex Jr, Busch said whatever the 19 has – “holey moley!”

Lapa 303 – 65 to go – Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

Sixty to go, Martin Truex Jr ahs a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch who is very slowly eating into the lead; Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

Drivers are expected to make one more pit stop for fresh tires.

Lap 311, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead on Kyle Busch ot over a second on the half.

Fifty-five to go, Martin Truex Jr leads the race by over a second on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 316, there are 17 cars on the lead lap with Martin Truex Jr leading the race.

Fifty to go, Austin Cindric is the first driver to come down pit road for fresh tires to begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 320, leader Martin Truex Jr makes his green flag pit stop and hands the lead over to Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch makes his pit stop and hand the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Denny Hamlin is the only driver yet to make his green flag pit stop.  Martin Truex Jr is also on the lead lap after unlapping himself.

Lap 326, Denny Hamlin finally makes his pit stop; Martin Truex Jr is the leader.

With 16 cars on the lead lap Martin Truex Jr has a five second lead on Kyle Busch; Tyler Reddick, Erik Jones, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Cody Ware slaps the wall but the track stays green.

With 34 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr reports that he has lost power steering and the gap back to Kyle Busch is closing quickly.

Kyle Busch passes Martin Truex Jr for the lead.

Martin Truex Jr makes his way to his pit box.

Thirty to go, Kyle Busch has a near four second lead on Tyler Reddick; Erik Jones, Christopher Bell, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  Bubba Wallace is back in the top 10 in eighth place.

The ninth caution flag of the race comes out with 28 laps to go when Cody Ware slams into the wall and is stopped on the track.

Crews are pushing Martin Truex Jr’s car to the garage and is out of the race.

Drivers come down pit road for that one last set of sticker tires.  Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Erik Jones coming out second.

Kyle Busch’s car is smoking badly and is blowing up.

Erik Jones is the new leader!

Derik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Tyler Reddick on the inside with 20 laps remaining in the race. Jones jumps out in front for he lead with Tyler Reddick and Denny Hamlin battling for second; Joey Logano and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Eighteen to go, Erik Jones has a third of a second lead on Denny Hamlin; Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Fifteen to go there are only 19 cars on the lead lap.  Erik Jones has pulled out to a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Ten to go, Erik Jones holds a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

With eight laps to go, leader Erik Jones encounters slower traffic.  It has been 55 years since the number 43 has been to victory lane at Darlington.  The 43 car last won a race in 2014 with Aric Almirola behind the wheel.

Five to go, Erik Jones holds a half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Tyler Reddick in third; Joey Logano and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Two to go and Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Erik Jones.

Denny Hamlin is just one tenth of a second behind leader Erik Jones as Jones takes the white flag.

Erik Jones wins the Southern 500 for the 200th win for the 43 car.  Jones becomes the 17th different driver to win a race this season.

Jones rightfully does an impressive burnout that includes lots of smoke to celebrate the win – this third career win.

The unofficial results of the Southern 500:
Erik Jones
Denny Hamlin
Tyler Reddick
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
Michael McDowell
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Bubba Wallace
Alex Bowman
Aric Almirola
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Cole Custer
Ty Gibbs
Austin Cindric
Austin Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Justin Haley
Ross Chastain
Harrison Burton
Ty Dillon
Daniel Hemric
Corey LaJoie
Landon Cassill
Chris Buescher
Chase Briscoe
Todd Gilliland
BJ McLeod
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Cody Ware
Kevin Harvick
JJ Yeley
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chase Elliott