“It’s so cool to come here to Pensacola and win. This is a track with so much prestige.”—Ben Kennedy Ben Kennedy captured his first career win in dominant fashion — leading the NAPA Auto Parts 150 wire-to-wire as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East made its inaugural visit to Five Flags Speedway on Saturday. ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. Kennedy grabs first career K&N Pro Series East win in home state of Florida Earlier in the day, Kennedy established himself as the one to beat at the half-mile track in his home state — topping the speed chart in practice and winning the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying.The 21-year-old from Daytona Beach held off multiple challenges throughout the 150-lap event and maintained command even after his sizeable lead was erased by a late-race caution.”It’s so cool to come here to Pensacola and win,” said Kennedy. “This is a track with so much prestige, and this is phenomenal.”Fifteen-year-old series rookie Gray Gaulding had to settle for second, with John Van Doorn third. Brett Moffitt came home fourth, followed by Kenzie Ruston. Bryon Ortiz, Dylan Kwasniewski, Sergio Pena, Ryan Gifford and Brandon Gdovic completed the top 10.Kennedy, the great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., got his first NASCAR win last year in the Euro-Racecar Series in Tours, France. This was his first win in the U.S. and came in his 30th NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start. His previous best finish was third (twice).Kennedy was one of five drivers in the field with previous experience at the Pensacola track. He has twice competed in Super Late Models at Five Flags.The NAPA Auto Parts 150 will be televised on SPEED on May 2 at 3 p.m. ET.The next event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule is the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on April 25.For more results, audio, photos and information, go to hometracks.nascar.com.
Pitchfork Music Festival will return to Union Park in Chicago, IL for the weekend of July 19th-21st this summer. On Wednesday, organizers of the multi-day music festival announced the lineup of performers for this year’s event, which is lead by HAIM and Mavis Staples on Friday, The Isley Brothers and Belle & Sebastian on Saturday, and Robyn and Charli XCX set to close the event out on Sunday.Other artists included on the lineup poster for the summer 2019 event include Khruangbin, Earl Sweatshirt, Soccer Mommy, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, Snail Mail, Amen Dunes, JPEGMAFIA, and Clairo, just to name a few. The lineup’s announcement on Wednesday also made sure to clarify that The Isley Brothers’ appearance on night two of the this year’s event will see/hear the group celebrating the 60th anniversary of their 1959 debut album, Shout!Related: Newport Folk Announces “Mavis & Friends” Concerts To Celebrate Mavis Staples’ 80th BirthdaySince beginning in 2006, Pitchfork Fest remains one of the steadier independently-run music events in what has become a grossly oversaturated festival market here in North America. According to the event website, the mid-summer event annually welcomes up to 60,000 attendees from 45 U.S. states and 26 countries, mostly thanks to the impressive mix of artists recruited to perform each year.Single-day and three-day passes for this year’s event are now on sale for the reasonable price of $75, and $175, respectively.
(REUTERS) – India batsman Prithvi Shaw has been handed a back-dated eight-month suspension for a doping violation after ingesting a prohibited substance Terbutaline, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said yesterday.The BCCI said Shaw, who made his Test debut last year, admitted to the Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) but the 19-year-old asserted that it was ‘inadvertent’, ingesting the substance when he had used an over-the-counter cough syrup.“Prithvi Shaw, registered with Mumbai Cricket Association, has been suspended for doping violation,” BCCI said in a statement here. “Mr Shaw had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.“Mr Shaw had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing programme during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on February 22, 2019 in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline.“The BCCI is satisfied with Mr Shaw’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat a respiratory tract infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug.”The suspension has been backdated because Shaw admitted to taking the banned substance, in line with BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2, with the ban deemed to have started on March 16 and ending on November 15.Shaw released a statement later yesterday saying he accepted the punishment and hoped this example would deter other athletes from neglecting protocol when it came to taking medicines.“I accept my fate with all sincerity,” Shaw said on Twitter. “I have to take this in my stride and hope it inspires others in our sports fraternity too in India.“We, as athletes, need to be extremely careful in taking any medicine for the smallest of medical ailments even if the medicine is available over the counter.”Shaw last played for India in a Test match against West Indies in October last year and has not been picked in the squad for their tour of the Caribbean next month.However, Shaw will be allowed to resume training with his state team after midnight on September 15.The BCCI also said that two other domestic cricketers – Akshay Dullarwar (Vidarbha) and Divya Gajraj (Rajasthan) – were suspended for eight and six months, respectively, for similar inadvertent doping offences.