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Denny Hamlin Wins the Hisense 300 at Charlotte

Denny Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing team made a late pit stop for four fresh tires that paid big dividends Saturday as Hamlin charged past Joey Logano after an overtime restart to claim victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While Hamlin’s Number-18 Toyota got new rubber, Logano and Kyle Larson declined to pit on the day’s final caution, choosing to maintain track position at the front of the field. Once the green flag flew for the last time, Hamlin quickly advanced from sixth place to claim his fifteenth career win. The margin of victory was twenty-nine one-hundredths of a second over Austin Dillon. Logano held on for third place, giving Sprint Cup regulars the top three finishing positions. Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier completed the top five with Larson finishing sixth on worn tires. Hamlin led a race-high seventy-six laps in what was his first series start of the season. Rookie pole sitter Erik Jones led fourteen laps early in the race but hit the wall late, which led to the caution that gave Hamlin his opportunity to visit pit road for four fresh tires. Jones finished thirty-first in the forty-car field … With Hamlin’s victory, Sprint Cup Series regulars have now won eight of the year’s first eleven X-FINITY Series races.

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Martin Truex Jr Wins the Coca Cola 600

Martin Truex Junior started from the pole and led all but eight of the four hundred laps run Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, rolling to one of the most lopsided Cup Series wins in NASCAR’s sixty-eight-year history. He darted away from the field at the drop of the green flag and kept the Number-78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota in front throughout the night – beating runner-up Kevin Harvick to the checkered flag by two-and-a-half seconds. At one point with just under a hundred laps remaining, Jimmie Johnson had whittled Truex’s lead down to three-quarters of a second. But Truex quickly reasserted his dominance coming out of a restart less than a hundred miles from the finish, easily motoring on to his fourth career victory and first this season. Johnson finished third with Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski completing the top five … Defending race winner Carl Edwards placed eighteenth in his bid for back-to-back “Six Hundred” victories, slowed by a speeding penalty on pit road … Joey Logano, winner of last weekend’s Sprint All-Star Race, was seeking to become just the eighth driver to win both the All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 in the same season. But he was penalized when his Team Penske pit crew went over the wall too soon on a stop during the second half of the race, though Logano did rally from that adversity to finish ninth … Truex becomes just the second driver in eighteen years to win NASCAR’s longest race from the pole position. The other is Johnson, who did it twice: in 2004 and 2014 … There were just nine lead changes Sunday, thirteen fewer than last year’s race, among four drivers: Truex, Johnson, Logano and Paul Menard.

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Lakeshore News

May Service Excellence Star Award

Tim R.jpgFelician Village announces Tim Reinemann, Quality of Life Supervisor, won the Service Excellence Star Award for the month of May.

Tim’s nomination: “Tim came into work on Mother’s Day to make Belgian waffles for all the ladies. Many comments were made on how wonderful and delicious the waffles tasted. Tim made everyone happy on this special day. Thank you Tim, from the staff and residents.”

About the Service Excellence Star Award
In conjunction with Felician Village’s Service Excellence initiative and Resident Firstsm philosophy, selection is based on the employee’s conduct as it reflects Felician Village values. Service Excellence is a way of consciously living out the mission and core values of Felician Village and fostering an environment that creates exceptional experiences for all.

Co-workers, residents, family members and visitors are encouraged to nominate an employee to be considered for the Service Excellence Star Award. The award subcommittee reviews the completed nomination forms monthly and a winner is selected.

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Recap of Last Year’s Coca Cola 600

Carl Edwards managed his fuel mileage to perfection and stretched it all the way to Victory Lane, giving Joe Gibbs Racing a sweep of the track’s May events. Edwards’ win came eight days after teammate Denny Hamlin drove to victory in the Sprint All-Star Race. Edwards led the first two laps of the “Six Hundred” and the last twenty-one in notching his twenty-fourth career win and first at C-M-S. It snapped a thirty-one-race winless streak for Edwards, whose last victory had come in June 2014 at Sonoma, California. In winning at Charlotte, Edwards beat runner-up Greg Biffle to the checkered flag by four-point-seven seconds. Dale Earnhardt Junior finished third with pole sitter Matt Kenseth fourth. Martin Truex Junior led a race-high 131 laps but needed a late pit stop for fuel and finished fifth. Thirty-seven laps from the finish, it looked like Hamlin was on his way to sweeping both Charlotte races on his own. But a loose wheel forced him to pit and give up the lead to Truex, who then surrendered the lead himself with his late fuel stop … Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick finished ninth, which was enough for him to maintain a commanding lead in the standings with the regular season nearing its halfway point. Harvick’s advantage over second-place Truex was forty-one points heading into the next race at Dover, Delaware … Team Penske’s Joey Logano came home in thirteenth place on the same day he celebrated his 25th birthday …Kurt Busch still owns the track qualifying record at Charlotte with a lap of 198.771 miles per hour in securing the Number-1 starting spot for the fall race in 2014 … Busch is the last driver to win both the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 in the same season, doubling up in 2010 … The race record for winning average speed belongs to Kasey Kahne, who covered the six hundred miles at a winning pace of 155.687 miles per hour in 2012

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Country News

Blake Buys Miranda’s Property

After Miranda Lambert announced that she was closing down the Pink Pistol boutique in Tishomingo, Okla., where she and Blake Shelton resided while the two were married, she went and sold the building to her ex-husband.

Blake confirmed the sale of the property, via twitter, in a response to a question asked by a fan.

“As a resident of Tishomingo, I’m very sorry that the Pink Pistol has decided to move its operations out of the area,” Blake said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. “We all, as a community, appreciate everything it has done for our town. As for the actual properties left behind . . . I was offered the opportunity to buy them, and I have a plan brewing.”

“It feels full circle to have everything under one ‘roof’ basically where it all began in my hometown of Lindale,” Miranda said in a statement. “I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all the employees who worked hard to help me bring the store in Tishomingo to life, as well as the patrons who came to experience the Pink Pistol and supported the store. Sometimes you need to close a chapter to build on a new beginning or go back home.”

No word on what Blake’s plans are for the property yet.

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Recap of Last Year’s Xfinity Charlotte Race

For the eighth time in the first eleven races of the year, a Sprint Cup Series driver took home the winner’s trophy in the X-FINITY Series. It was Austin Dillon’s turn on this occasion. He zipped past race leader Denny Hamlin fifteen laps from the finish and kept the Number-33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in front the rest of the way to notch his fourth career win and second of the season. Dillon had the dominant car, leading all but thirty-seven of the two hundred laps. His margin of victory over Hamlin was more than two-and-a-half-seconds. Kasey Kahne finished third with Regan Smith and Darrell Wallace Junior completing the top five … The top four drivers in the X-FINITY Series standings entering the weekend all held their positions. Chris Buescher’s lead now stood at four points over Ty Dillon, who finished seventh in the race – four spots in front of Buescher … Austin Dillon’s first four career X-FINITY Series wins all came from the pole – twice at Kentucky Speedway, then early in the 2015 season at Las Vegas and now in Charlotte. This was Dillon’s first C-M-S victory in five starts … After a four-year dry spell, Chevrolet has now won Charlotte’s spring race the last two seasons – with Kyle Larson in 2014 and Dillon in 2015 … The track qualifying record for the
X-FINITY Series belongs to Jimmie Johnson, who posted a lap of 187.735 miles per hour in October 2005 … Mark Martin – who was voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this week as a member of the Class of 2017 – holds the C-M-S mark for winning average speed … 155.799 miles per hour set in May 1996

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Country News

Featured Artist of the Weekend – Dan & Shay

Hello everyone, and welcome back. We are finally getting back to creating new Featured Artist of the Weekend articles. I had a lot of fun and put a lot of effort into the Military Month project, and I love the way it turned out. I would also like to thank everyone that was involved in helping it come together. I don’t know who all was involved, so I won’t say names, but I will say thank you to Greg Martell, Ran Janson, Joe Wilson, Mark Henish, Jason Church and Dennis Denk for allowing me to interview you. Now that we are back to making new articles, why don’t we give away something new as well? This week, if you answer my question correctly, you will be put in a drawing for a pair of tickets to the Milwaukee Zoo. Now let’s get started shall we?

 

 

 

Last week I wrote a blog that highlighted upcoming album releases, and a duo was on the list that I hadn’t listened to before, Dan + Shay. So I went on YouTube, and listened to them. They remind me a lot of Rascal Flatts. Not only do they sound very good together, but a lot of the little vocal inflections they do, and the lines the do mimic Rascal Flatts, but definitely aren’t a rip off. It turns out I had heard one of their songs before, but I thought it was Rascal Flatts. Now I’m not bashing on them for sounding like Rascal Flatts, on the contrary, I’m using it as a compliment. Let’s go back as see what brought Dan Smyers and James Shay Mooney together.

There isn’t a lot of information out there about these two other that their professional careers, but here is what I found. Dan Smyers was born on August 16th, 1987, and was raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania. He attended North Allegheny Senior High School, and Carnegie Mellon University where He studied finance. Before joining up with Shay, Dan was a member of a group that called themselves Bonaventure, and a band called Transition.

James Shay Mooney was born on December 27th, 1991, and was raised in Natural Dam, Arkansas. He attended Union Christian Academy in Fort Smith, Arkansas. After high school, he spent some time at Valley Forge Christian College before pursuing a career in music. During his relationship with country singer Veronica Ballestrini (2011-2013), they would post covers and original songs on YouTube. They duo reached around 150,000 views, which for those of you that aren’t familiar with YouTube is pretty good for a singer just starting up. Shay also contributed to Bellestrini’s professional career, writing a song for her sophomore album, “Flip Side” entitled “Lonely Alone”. Shay did have a short stint as a solo artist as a part of rapper T-Pain’s label, Nappy Boy Entertainment.

On December 7th, 2012, Dan and Shay met for the first time. The immediately clicked, and began writing songs that day. Remember how I said they sounded like Rascal Flatts, well the first song they wrote together was given to Rascal Flatts. Within two months, the duo signed with Warner/Chappell Music. Less than a year later on October 14th, 2013, the duo released their first single, “19 You + Me”. The critics loved it. Taste of Country praised the track’s “warm details” and “emotion”. The track also reached number seven on the US Country chart. Their debut album “Where It All Began” was released in April 2014, and reached number one on the Top Country Albums chart, and number six on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was home to two more singles entitled “Nothin Like You” and “Show You Off”. “Nothin Like You” breached the top five in three categories. It reached number five on the US Country chart, number four on the Canadian Country chart, and number one on the US Airplay chart. “Show You Off” wasn’t quite as successful, but for being part of a debut album, it still did pretty well. It reached number 29 on the US Country chart and number 21 on the US Country Airplay chart.

2014 was a big year for the duo. They released their debut album, they performed on The Ellen Show, they made their Grand Ole Opry debut, and they were nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. They also opened for Hunter Hayes on his “We’re Not Invisible Tour” in March 2014, Blake Shelton on a leg of his “Ten Times Crazier Tour”, and finally headlined their own tour. The “Where It All Began Tour” started on October 9th, 2014 in Minneapolis MN, and concluded on October 26th, 2014 in Columbus Ohio. They didn’t stay off the road long though. The immediately rejoined Hunter Hayes on his “Tattoo (Your Name) Tour”.

A couple months ago, the duo released the first taste of their new album with the single “From the Ground Up”. The track has (at the time of writing this article) reached number 19 on the US Country chart, and number 21 on the US Country Airplay Chart.Their new album is set to be released on June 3rd, 2016.

The last couple of years has been filled with excitement for Dan + Shay. I believe they have a very good chance at becoming very very big. Now I haven’t listened to every song on the album, but the 4 or 5 I did listen to were all mellow. There is nothing wrong with mellow, but if they want to get even bigger, they will have to show their range. Ask any song writer and they will tell you that love songs are the easiest to write. Yes they get the girls attention, but if you want to make it in the music business, you need to have range. So look for that in upcoming Dan + Shay albums.

 

 

 

Ready to answer the question? Who did I compare Dan + Shay too, in regards to their sound? To answer, email me at theguyontheradio51@gmail.com. You will have until Sunday night at 11:59 pm to answer. On Monday, I will randomly select a winner out of everyone that gets the answer correct. Make sure the subject line says “Featured artist question of the week” so I can easily spot it. In the email also include your name and a phone number. Good luck!

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