Bleecker Street

Channing Tatum Grand Marshal for Coke 600; 20-minute military ‘spectacular’ before race

Leave a comment

Ahead of the Aug. 18 release of his movie Logan Lucky, actor Channing Tatum has been announced as the grand marshal for the Coca-Cola 600.

Tatum, known for his roles in 21 Jump Street, Magic Mike and Hail, Caesar!, will give the command to start engines for the May 28 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Logan Lucky, directed by Steven Soderbergh, portrays a family that attempts a heist at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coke 600. It also stars Daniel Craig (Skyfall, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

The Coke 600 will also be preceded by a “Salute To America’s Armed Forces” spectacular.

The 20-minute show will be performed by 600 members of the 82nd Airborne division from Fort Bragg with servicemen and women using Humvees, Howitzers, a HIMARS rocket launcher, a M777 Howitzer and a RAZOR combat vehicle.

Three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will buzz the track prior to the National Anthem, performed by the 82nd Airborne Chorus Group. Then the traditional fly over will be conducted by four F-16 fighter jets from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

The Fort Bragg Firing Squad will also engage in a 21-gun salute.

Here’s what else will be included in pre-race ceremonies:

  • “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood
  • “Amazing Grace” by the Charlotte Fire Department Fire Band
  • The State of Freedom Address by U.S. Army MSG Cedric King
  • Presentation of Colors by the U.S. All Army Color Guard
  • “God Bless America” by the USO Show Troupes
  • Invocation by Harold Frank

Below is a video of a military demonstration prior to the 2015 Coke 600.

 and on Facebook

Matt Kenseth: Brickyard 400 restarts ‘kind of ridiculous’

Leave a comment

Matt Kenseth came close to winning Sunday’s Brickyard 400, but ultimately finished fifth.

Kenseth called the race “kind of ridiculous” down the stretch because of the several restarts that brought about further havoc and wrecks.

Kenseth competed in his final Brickyard 400 for Joe Gibbs Racing. With his future uncertain and whether he’ll be able to continue racing in 2018, could Sunday have been the final Brickyard 400 of his career, much like good friend Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is retiring after this season?

Check out the video above for Kenseth’s comments on the race.

Rick Hendrick on Kasey Kahne’s future: ‘Our plans are not set for the No. 5 car’

4 Comments

INDIANAPOLIS – Brickyard 400 winner Kasey Kahne has a contract for 2018 at Hendrick Motorsports but possibly doesn’t have a job next season.

Team owner Rick Hendrick confirmed Sunday night that “our plans are not set for the No. 5 car” after Kahne ended a 102-race winless streak in the Cup Series.

“There’s nothing concrete or done, and that hasn’t changed,” Hendrick said. “We’ll see how things shake out the rest of the year.  There’s a lot of things involved, sponsors and a lot of things we look at.  We’re going to try hard.  But there’s no decisions made at this time.”

Kahne felt the 18th victory of his career helped him make a case for staying in the No. 5 Chevrolet.

“I think this shows I still want to win races,” he said. “It shows I gave it all that I can to get a win and shows that I’m passionate about driving stock cars, and that I can still win races, too.

“I have a deal through 2018 with Hendrick Motorsports. I hear a lot of things, but it’s tough to say exactly what’s going to happen. I don’t know at this point and time. I know me and Mr. H will figure it out. I think this shows that I want to be and still have the drive and passion to do it, so I’m going to keep trying hard I know that.”

During a Sunday morning pre-race news conference to formally introduce Alex Bowman as the replacement next season for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick said he planned to run four cars next season but deflected a question about Kahne’s status (“that’s for another day”).

Xfinity Series rookie William Byron, who is under contract to Hendrick, would be an option for the No. 5 Chevrolet, but Hendrick said “we’re not ready to cross that bridge yet” when asked about Byron’s Cup future.

Kahne is ranked 22nd in the points standings with only four top 10s in 20 races this season.

“When you’ve had a rough road, your confidence gets down,” Hendrick said. “He said, ‘I know I can do it. The harder I try, the more it seems like I have this rough bad luck.’

“Something like this (win) can be really good for any guy to have, the whole team, to have confidence.  … All I can say about Kasey is he shows up, he shows up on time, and he shows up on time with his game face on, and he puts in the effort. Sometimes it just takes a break.  But he’s done everything.  I know in his heart he wants to do it.  He’s trying, so … ”

Ryan Newman on Brickyard 400: ‘That’s not racing, just craziness’

2 Comments

Ryan Newman was in the right place at the right time in Sunday’s Brickyard 400, finishing third.

It was Newman’s second-best finish of 2017 after his win earlier this year at Phoenix.

But Newman, who is never afraid to speak his mind, did just that after Sunday’s race. Even with his strong finish, he echoed the comments of several other drivers that the racing action — particularly restarts — by saying, “That’s not racing, just craziness.”

Check out what Newman had to say in the video above.

Joey Logano’s fourth-place finish is bittersweet as playoff chances dip

Leave a comment

Joey Logano had a bittersweet day in Sunday’s Brickyard 400.

He finished a strong fourth in the incident-filled 24th edition of the Brickyard 400. It was just Logano’s second top-five finish and third top-10 showing in the last 11 races.

But there was also bad news, too.

Kasey Kahne‘s win knocked Logano further back in his bid to rejoin the top-16 drivers eligible for the upcoming NASCAR playoffs. With Clint Bowyer dropping out of the top-16 and Kahne moving into playoff contention, Logano has slipped back to 18th place in the playoff-eligible standings.

As a result, Logano all but has to win one of the next six races to qualify for the playoffs — unless he can point his way in with continued strong top-five finishes.

Logano talked about the situation he faces with NBC Sports after Sunday’s race. Click on the above video to see what he had to say.