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Watch this weekend’s Division 1 and 6 Lucas Oil Series events for free on


NHRA fans can watch the Division 1 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event from Numidia Dragway and the Division 6 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series doubleheader event from Woodburn Dragstrip for free starting Friday on powered by National Dragster.

07 Jul 2022

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NHRA fans can watch the Division 1 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event from Numidia Dragway and the Division 6 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series doubleheader event from Woodburn Dragstrip for free starting Friday on powered by National Dragster.

Presenting sponsors of Sportsman coverage from the Numidia event are Total Seal, Summit, Strange, and Micro Strategies.

Presenting sponsors of Sportsman coverage from the Woodburn events are Moser, JEGS, Strange, and Weldon.

Fans are invited to create an account with and will be granted free viewing access to the event.

The broadcast is the first of 30 events to be streamed for free this year. Check out the full schedule here.

Fans may visit to sign up for an account and for a full list of complimentary races.  (Registration walkthrough)

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2022 Chicago Pride Events: What to Know About This Weekend’s Chicago’s Pride Parade, Pride in The Park

2022 Chicago Pride Events: What to Know About This Weekend's Chicago's Pride Parade, Pride in The Park

One of Chicago’s biggest summer weekends is coming up, with the city’s Pride in the Park festival beginning Saturday, and the annual Pride Parade Sunday.

Both are expected to draw large crowds to the city, with music, events and more.

Here’s what to know about each event.

2022 Chicago Pride Parade: When and Where

Chicago’s 51st annual Pride Parade steps off Sunday at noon at Montrose Ave. and Broadway in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and winds through the north side of the city. It ends in Lincoln Park near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road., organizers say.

The busiest portion of the parade route tends to be in North Halsted between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street, according to organizers.

Here’s a map of the route.

“For the liveliest viewing spots, head to the Boystown section of North Halsted Street, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street,” parade organizers say. “If you are seeking a less crowded area to view the parade, look for your viewing spots north of Irving Park Road, along Broadway or further along Broadway between Belmont Avenue and Diversey Parkway.”

Pride Parade Street Closures

Street closures begin as early as 8 a.m. Sunday and include Montrose, Irving Park and Wellington at Broadway and Addison, Grace and Roscoe at Halsted. 

Pride Parade Security

In terms of security Chicago officials say they are prepared, and have no known threats at this time. “We are expecting large crowds for the Pride Parade as we do every year, and I want to encourage everyone attending to safely enjoy the celebration throughout the day,” Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management said Tuesday during a press conference.

“Although there are no known threats at this time, each year Chicago public safety departments along with parade organizers adjust the already robust security plan to ensure the safety of personnel participants, spectators residents and all those in the area.”

During a press conference Wednesday, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said “We’ve added more staffing to this year’s pride than we’ve had in the past. We’ve had more coordination with businesses and other stakeholders in the planning process for Pride Parade than we have in the past.

“We are obviously planning for the worst, hoping for the best,” he continued. “We have extraordinary dedicated resources to this year’s Pride — more than has ever been committed.”

Pride in The Park: When and Where

Pride in The Park, an outdoor music festival and immersive pride experience in Grant Park, also takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday.

Headliners include The Chainsmokers and Alesso, and performances include singer/songwriter Daya, rapper and television personality Saucy Santana, DJ and producer J. Worra, YouTube sensation Rebecca Black, as well as performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race Winners Shea Couleé, Monet x Change and Priyanka.

Here’s the full lineup for each day.

Pride in The Park takes place at Butler Field at Grant Park on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Butler Field at Grant Park in downtown Chicago, at 100 S. Lakeshore Drive.

Single day tickets start at $45, and tickets for both days start at $95. More information can be found here.

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OUTLOOK: Mutton Busting and Easter Egg Hunting: Next weekend’s events are sure to delight – The Vicksburg Post

OUTLOOK: Mutton Busting and Easter Egg Hunting: Next weekend's events are sure to delight - The Vicksburg Post

Whether it’s mutton busting or Easter egg hunting, spring has sprung, and it’s evidenced by the events planned for the upcoming weekend.

The Westside Theatre Foundation will get the weekend rolling with a live theatre production of “A Devil Inside” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, the play pays homage to Russian literature and has been described as a “gruesome, blood-soaked comedy.” Tickets are $15 and are available online at, at the Highway 61 Coffeehouse at 1101 Washington St. and at the door, 717 Clay St. Showings will also be offered at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 and April 15 and 16.

The second annual Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by Vicksburg Main Street, will be held from 10 until 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9 at Washington Street Park. The event, which is geared for ages 10 and younger, will include an Easter egg hunt, games and prizes. Kim Hopkins, who serves as the executive director for Vicksburg Main Street, said last year 2,000 eggs were hidden for the children to find.

“This year we will have 4,000,” Hopkins said, adding local students and Main Street volunteers are helping stuff the eggs with candy and goodies.

In addition to the Easter egg hunt, the event will offer games and train rides.

“Sports Force is bringing their train out for us, so we will have the train there and of course, the Easter Bunny will be in attendance,” Hopkins said.

So be sure and bring the camera for pictures with the bunny, she said.

Also, as part of the Main Street event, cartoonist Ricky Nobile will be at Crawford Square from noon until 3 p.m. Hopkins said last year, more than 100 people attended the Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt and she said she expects more this year. The event is free, and children are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets. For more information, contact 601-634-5427.

Vicksburg’s monthly Second Saturday event will also be held Saturday, April 9 in downtown Vicksburg. Second Saturdays are designed to support and showcase downtown businesses, Second Saturday volunteer Elizabeth Nelson said.

Events include live music, performing arts, sidewalk sales, games, shopping and dining specials. Also, for those spending $25 or more with any downtown merchant, patrons can take their tickets to Peterson’s and Dontae’s Southern Kitchen to register to win $50 in Downtown Dollars. Second Saturday spotlights two downtown merchants each month, and April’s spotlight will be on these two businesses, Nelson said.

“We felt like it would be exciting to do a rotation and spotlight different businesses every month,” she said.

Nelson said organizers’ hopes are to grow Second Saturday events and invited others in the community to participate in different ways.

“Don’t wait for an initiation, just go for it,” she said, adding that this includes artisans, vendors and volunteers. For those interested in being part of or volunteering with Second Saturdays, Nelson said they could message the Second Saturday page on Facebook.

Musicians performing at April’s Second Saturday are Kevin Lewis and The Chill. Lewis will perform from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Peterson’s, and The Chill will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Gordon’s Alley Stage behind Peterson’s and the Cinnamon Tree.  For more information, follow @VicksburgSecondSaturday on Facebook or email

The Silver Creek Equestrian Club, 5025 Bovina Cutoff Road, is holding a rodeo, which is the third and last of a series, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Events will include calf and steer riding, goat tying and pole and barrel racing.

There will also be goat ribbon-pulling and mutton busting — sheep riding — contests.

“The little kids don’t even have to have a horse,” Clint Thrash said, to compete in some of the events.

Thrash, who helps with the rodeo, said he provides the “stock” for the event.

The competition is open to anyone 18 years old and younger with judging categories comprised of 0-5, 6-9, 10-14 and 15-18-year-olds.

There is a $20 entry fee per event and cash prizes will be awarded.

Highpoint buckles will also be awarded in each age group at the end of the series, Thrash said.

Thrash said more than 75 competitors competed in each of the first two competitions, and he gave credit to farm owner and operator of the equestrian center Laura Leigh Dorman, for the success.

“Miss Laura Leigh has started a good thing. It’s a good thing for kids. It’s something they can come do. It’s a family sport and everybody can come watch and see cowboys and cowgirls riding fast horses and spend the day together,” Thrash said.

Admission for spectators is $5 and a concession stand will be on site. Registration will run until the start of the rodeo. For more information, call 318-669-2249.

On Sunday, from 2 until 5 p.m. on April 10, the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, 1302 Adams St. has scheduled Easter Cooking and Crafts with Lana. The event is for boys and girls ages 4 to 9 years old, SCHF executive director Stacy Mahoney said.

“Lana Hand has done some classes like this before. She is awesome with the kids, and they have so much fun,” Mahoney said.

Activities for the event will include making pancake bunny skewers, decorating cookies and Easter peep houses, and making Easter slime. Registration is $45 and reservations are required by April 6. For more information or to register, call 601-631-2997 or email

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World Wide Technology Raceway partners with Lundy’s Special Events for concessions and corporate hospitality for NASCAR, INDYCAR, NHRA weekends

World Wide Technology Raceway partners with Lundy’s Special Events for concessions and corporate hospitality for NASCAR, INDYCAR, NHRA weekends

World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, has partnered with Lundy’s Special Events for corporate hospitality and concessions for its NASCAR Cup Series, NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series weekends.

Lundy’s Special Events has been involved in achieving winning VIP experiences at some of the most important racing and sporting events in the nation. Celebrating over 51 years in business, Lundy’s began as a family-owned catering firm to the thoroughbred industry. Today, under close supervision of the founding family members, Lundy’s has embarked with the third generation, becoming a powerhouse of special event companies offering services that provide solutions to events of every size in locations that span from racetracks, stadiums, empty fields and incredible ballrooms.

“We conducted an extensive search for the right fit for catering and concessions as it pertains to our major event weekends here at WWTR,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. “We wanted to make sure we found the company that could represent our family-friendly atmosphere and offered quality food at reasonable prices. After seeing Lundy’s in action at the St. Pete Grand Prix, as well as having attended events they’ve serviced for more than 30 years, we knew they would be a great fit. Just like the ownership of WWTR, the ownership team at Lundy’s is on site, working hard, and making sure the customer is having a great experience.

‘We also know the team at Lundy’s can deliver a great selection of national and local food selections that will appeal to everyone. Having watched them for many years, we know they can quickly streamline the ordering and payment operations so that fans can grab a meal and return quickly to their seats without missing any of the on-track action. Unlike many of the vendors that service major events, Lundy’s is working closely with the track to ensure that affordability is key. We want fans to know they can spend a day at the races and enjoy a wide range of items at prices everyone can afford.”

“We are excited and thrilled to partner with World Wide Technology Raceway for the 2022 racing season,” said Alissa Tibe, President of the Sports and Hospitality Division of LSE. “The ambitious vision that WWTR owner Curtis Francois has created is palpable and we look forward to being part of this amazing team. As a family-owned business, we take great pride in working within a new community, we look forward to developing lasting friendships and developing a wining food and beverage experience for all of our guests.”

WWTR concession stands and vendors will accept both cash and credit cards during the major event weekends.

WWTR will host its inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race – the Enjoy Illinois 300 Presented By TicketSmarter – on Sunday, June 5. Leading up to the Cup Series race, WWTR’s festive NASCAR Weekend will include a downtown NASCAR hauler parade, a fan fest at Ballpark Village, the inaugural #CupTimeSTL Short Track Classic at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota 200. For tickets and additional information, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit Follow WWTR on social media (@wwtraceway) for additional information. WWTR is the only track in the world that offers NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing at one facility.


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USAC Cancels Weekend’s Cali Events – SPEED SPORT

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series schedule has been announced. (Steve Himelstein Photo)
The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series schedule has been announced. (Steve Himelstein Photo)

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series schedule has been announced. (Steve Himelstein Photo)

TULARE, Calif. — With an impending forecast of rain during the weekend, USAC, along with officials from Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare and Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, have cancelled the weekend’s scheduled events.  

Tulare’s Thunderbowl was scheduled to host fourth point race for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, and the season openers for the USAC Western States and BRCA Midgets. The winged Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars were also on the card. Keller Auto Speedway was slated to host the same classes on March 5.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will be back in action on March 26 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway for the “So Cal Showdown” with the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and PAS Senior Sprint Cars.

The USAC Western States Midgets will open their season, along with BCRA, at Placerville Speedway’s “Spring Fever Frenzy” on March 26. The winged Sprint Car Challenge Tour will also be featured that night.

USAC officials are looking into options for rescheduling the events.