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Bored? Here is a chance to be entertained and do a good deed. And read this or the Dalmatian will be angry with you

OK, no, the Dalmatian will not really be angry. She is just a nice looking dog who takes great photos. We need some of that in these times.

So most of us are on lockdown. We are bored. We are running out of Netflix and Amazon shows to watch. So maybe it is time to read? Sure, you can get a copy of Jesus Just Left Chicago. But we are going to pitch you on something else.

I have written a new, original short story based on Jesse Christian. I have packaged it with some of my long lost short stories, including the first one I ever wrote. I combined them to create Falcon Tales: A Collection of Short Stories.

For a minimum of $10, you can get some great reading material for this lockdown. And help people who need it.

The plan

So the idea is take all the money from the sales of this and create a fund that we can use to help Gow Media employees who need it to pay bills. If we sell a lot, we will help listeners to our station, SportsMap readers, and whoever else we can.

It is simple. If you want a copy, email me at faour975@gmail.com. I will email you a PDF file you can read on your phone or computer or print it out, and I will give you instructions on how to PayPal or Venmo. The $10 is a minimum. If you want to pay more, you can. Your choice.

If you can't afford to donate and want to read it anyway, I will send it free of charge. It will be a personalized version of five short stories, so if I die, maybe it will be worth something.

What you get

A novella, called Land of the Living Skies, which I am making into a full length novel. It is not available anywhere else. You will also get the first short story I ever wrote, a couple that were available on my old blog, and a brand new short story I just completed called The Perfect Game.

The new one features Jesse Christian, the main character from Jesus Just Left Chicago. I wrote it while on Covid-19 lockdown on March 22, 2020. I am well into the sequel to Jesus (spoiler alert: Jesse survives), and the tale may continue beyond that into a trilogy if I can come up with a viable story line. This short story is how I envision the saga ending if we get that far. The odds of that are pretty low, but if it happens, you will be one of the first to know how it ends.

Of the five stories, three can not be found anywhere else. There is also commentary on all of them, so if you are interested in writing, you will get some insight into the thought process.

Please share this with as many friends as possible. If they can help, great. If not and they want something to read, I will send it to them anyway. Feel free to share your own copy with anyone who can't afford to buy it.

Hopefully this all ends soon and we are back to normal. If not? Please do what you can.

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NASCAR: Quaker State 400 preview

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This week, the NASCAR cup series heads to Kentucky Motor Speedway for the Quaker State 400. Built in 2001, this track is a 1.5 mile tri-oval with a dog-leg on the front stretch. The most dangerous part of the track has to be turn three as the corner is flat compared to the other three corners that are banked. This has been a major point of contingency for these drivers as most of the cautions end up being there. Look for turn three to be a hot spot come Sunday. Last year, both the Busch brothers finished 1-2 in one of the most exciting finishes of the season so there will be a lot of hype for this race to live up to.

Last week at Indy, as we all expected the race was a crazy one. Over the course of the race's 160 laps, we saw many horrific accidents including a scary pit road accident involving Corey Lajoe, Ryan Blaney, Justin Allgier, Ryan Preece and others. The wreck started when everyone got stacked up entering the pits and the calamity was on from there. During the wreck Brennan Poole struck Rear Tire Changer Zach Price as he was trying to avoid the wrecking cars in front of him. After the incident fans and media alike all held their breath as they awaited news on his condition. But when the camera panned to him being loaded into the ambulance, there was a huge sigh of relief as he gave everyone a thumbs up signifying he was okay. Another scary moment was both Erik Jones and Alex Bowman's vicious crashes. Both cars had tire failures that sent their cars directly into the wall. Fortunately both drivers were okay but their days were over.

In the end, tire wear would end up claiming one more victim as it took out Denny Hamlin as well. With seven laps to go, the four-time winner this season was in prime position to get his fifth victory until his right front tire blew out, sending him hard into the turn 2 wall. This mishap handed the win to his main rival in the championship, Kevin Harvick, as he went on to claim his third Brickyard 400 victory and fourth win of the year. When it was all over, many questioned why there were so many tire failures and if new owner Roger Penske would make an effort to possibly widen the pit-road after the massive accident on Sunday.

Needless to say, there are a lot of questions on what will be different at Indy in 2021. When I talked to spotter Freddie Kraft on Tuesday, he gave a lot of good insights on both topics. When it came to the tire failures, he talked about how the increasing corner speeds at the racetrack has put a lot of pressure on these Goodyear tires which eventually led to them coming apart. As far as Pit-Road and what they can do to fix that, he talked about how it is difficult to make changes to a track that is so historical. Which makes sense, but he followed this up by saying that maybe it would be wise to give up a little history and move the wall over and make it wider. It will be interesting to see what NASCAR does in the coming months.

On Friday, Associated Press journalist Jenna Fryer revealed a bombshell announcement that 7-time champion and NASCAR's biggest name Jimmie Johnson, had tested positive for coronavirus. As everyone knows, the world is going through the worst pandemic it's ever faced in this lifetime. With the sport coming back and racing again, it was only a matter of time until one of the drivers came down with it. Unfortunately it had to be NASCAR's most recognizable driver. Thankfully, Jimmie made a full recovery and was cleared to return this weekend at Kentucky. This was a big scare for everyone in the NASCAR world, but I have to give a lot of credit to Johnson for being as forthright as he was about his diagnosis with everyone who he works with. It will be good to have Jimmie back on Sunday.

The driver that I have winning this weekend is Kyle Busch. While this season has been a disappointment for the defending champion, Kentucky would be a great place for him to turn it around. Ever since the cup series has started going there, Kyle has always been in contention to win. In fact, he won the first cup series race that was run at this track back in 2011. In his nine starts there, Kyle has finished outside the top ten only once and even then he finished 12th, back in 2016. Last season it appeared that Kyle was on his way to a third victory at this track, but he came up one spot short to his brother Kurt in a fantastic last lap duel. After a late race restart this weekend though, I see Kyle redeeming himself and capturing his first victory of 2020. Look for Kyle to get back on track come Sunday.


All stats and information used in this article are brought to you by the good folks at driveraverages.com and Racing-Reference.com, the best websites for all NASCAR stats.

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