Nashville IndyCar Driver Josef newgarden, who is coming off his first win of the season and heading to the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, will be the guest speaker on July 13 at the Nashville Sports Council’s monthly luncheon.
Tickets for the 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. event at Nissan Stadium are available at bit.ly/3ywDjbd. Doors open at 11 a.m.
Newgarden earned his 19th career victory on July 4 at the Honda Indy 200 in Mid-Ohio. It ended a nine-game losing streak for Newgarden and Team Penske, the most successful team in IndyCar series history.
Because the next race – Honda Indy Toronto – on the schedule has been canceled for the second year in a row due to COVID-19, the August 8 Music City Grand Prix on the streets of downtown is next on the schedule.
âWe have some confidence with this win so I think we can make anything happen,â Newgarden told Autoweek. âI still believe, I told these guys, I believe we can win any race that we participate in. Nashville would be a dream to have a good result.
Chase mccabe from The Game 102.5-FM will lead the discussion.
âThe timing couldn’t be better for Josef to speak in his hometown after such a dominant Mid-Ohio win,â McCabe said. “You can tell the team is confident right now. I can tell you already that they will use that momentum of victory in addition to the fact that Josef is looking for a victory on his home track.”
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Newgarden has been appointed by Music City Grand Prix officials as brand ambassador and spokesperson for the race.
âAnytime you host an inaugural event and have someone of the stature and importance of Josef in the sport here, I definitely think it adds a big piece to the event,â said the President and CEO of the Nashville Sports Council. Scott ramsey mentionned. âI think for all the fans who are going to attend the event, especially those from Middle Tennessee, it would be great to see the hometown guy come up front.â
Those who have registered as volunteers for the Music City Grand Prix will receive free entry to the lunch.
Music City Grand Prix day tickets on sale
Speaking of the Music City Grand Prix, one-day tickets for the three-day event (August 6-8) went on sale to the general public on Tuesday.
Tickets are available by visiting musiccitygp.com/tickets, ticketmaster.com or by calling the Tennessee Titans box office at 615-565-4650. Prices are $ 35 on August 6, $ 65 on August 7, and $ 85 on August 8.
As most of the reserved stands are sold out (including stands 1, 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10), a limited number of reserved tickets for a day in the stands and general admission will be available in stands 7 and 8 and the last forum added 11.
Sterling Marlin Writing Book
Double Daytona 500 champion Sterling marlin writes an autobiography.
It will go back to his childhood on a farm in Colombia, as a star quarterback for the Spring Hill football team, and how he got into racing at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
Marlin, who celebrated his 64th birthday on June 30, said he should be done with the book in a few months.
In 1995, retired columnist from Tennessee Larry woody wrote “Pure Sterling: The Sterling Marlin Story”, which focused on Marlin’s racing career.
Marlin retired from the NASCAR Cup Series in 2009 and returned to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway where he raced in the Pro Late Model Series until 2019.
Belmont’s Egekeze signs another pro contract
Former Belmont basketball star Amanze Egekeze recently signed a pro contract with Donar Groningen in Holland.
The 6-foot-8 forward from Lake in the Hills, Ill. Averaged 10.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for Gries Oberhoffen in France last season.
Egekeze was a selection at the 2018 All-Ohio Valley Conference at Belmont. He helped lead the Bruins to a total of 89 wins and three conference championships.
Former Tennessean sports editor Larry Taft, five more enter Sports Writers Hall of Fame
Six people will be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Thursday.
Three are from the class of 2021 – Maurice Patton, Larry Taft and Georges starr – and three are from the 2020 class – Tommy Bryan, Teresa Walker and Marc Wiedmer.
The 2020 induction has been canceled due to COVID-19.
Patton worked at the Review Appeal in Franklin, The Tennessean, and the Columbia Daily Herald before launching his own website.
Taft worked at the Knoxville News-Sentinel and the Democrat-Union in Lawrenceburg before joining The Tennessean. He became the sports editor of Tennessean in 2007. He was also the director of media relations for the TSSAA.
Bryan started out as a sports journalist for Democratic Lebanon in 1977 and from 1981 to 2003 was the owner and editor of Wilson World.
Walker began her career in 1987 and has been the Nashville-based Associated Press sports writer since 1992.
Former TSU star Devin Wilson named Arena League Player of the Week
Former Pope John Paul II and Receiver for the State of Tennessee Devin Wilson was named the National Arena League Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Wilson, who plays for the Jacksonville Sharks, had nine catches for 138 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-41 loss to the Orlando Predators.
Wilson is Jacksonville’s leading receiver this season with 27 catches for 254 yards and five touchdowns.
DuPont names 2021 Hall of Fame class
Former DuPont athletics star John flatt and her daughter Traci, a star of three sports, is in the 2021 DuPont All-Sports Hall of Fame class with the former basketball star James ray pugh and former football star Pete bush, who became a trainer at school.
John Flatt, who died in 1997, set the Midstate pole vault record with a mark of 11 feet 5Â½ inches. He broke the record the following spring at 12-1.
Traci Flatt was a star in volleyball, basketball and softball (1983-85).
Pugh was a starter on the 1953 State Championship basketball team. He tallied 23 points and 13 rebounds in the title game and went on to play Belmont.
Bush was one of the best tight ends in Nashville (1957-59). After an exceptional career at Austin, Peay Bush began his coaching career at Goodlettsville before returning to DuPont in 1974 where he remained until the school closed in 1986.
Margie Stoll inducted into Senior Olympics Hall of Fame
Margie Stoll of Nashville was inducted into the Tennessee State Senior Olympics Hall of Fame on June 29.
Stoll has spent the past 20 years participating in the annual event. This year, she set an 80-85 age group record for the Tennessee Senior Olympics in each of the six events she competed in.
Stoll is also part of the USATF Masters Hall of Fame.
Others in the 2021 Tennessee Senior Olympics Hall of Fame class: Joe Sykes (Clarksville), Wayne matthews (Crossville) and Joyce Manis (Kingsport).
Nashville parks and recreation are poorly rated
July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and Nashville has not performed well in Wallethub’s âBest and Worst Recreation Cities of 2021â.
The City of Music was 81st out of 100 cities in the ranking, which was based on 48 metrics related to the benefits of recreation.
The cost of living, the quality of the parks, the accessibility of entertainment and leisure facilities and the weather were taken into account.
Memphis was 90th.
The top five cities: Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas; San Diego; Cincinnati; Tampa, Florida.
The last five: Fort Wayne, Indiana; Chula Vista, California; Garland, Texas; Durham, North Carolina; Oakland, California.
Crigger promoted to full-time position at Austin Peay
Austin Peay graduate Casey crigger was recently appointed deputy director of sports communications.
The Johnson City native started out as a manager of the baseball team and has spent the past four years on the sports communications staff as a college student and graduate student.
He will remain the department’s primary sports communication contact for women’s soccer and women’s basketball and will take a secondary role for the Austin Peay football program.
The Harold Eller Pro-Am registration deadline is approaching
The deadline to register for the Tennessee Golf Association Harold Eller Pro-Am tournament is July 21 at 5 p.m.
The tournament will take place July 26-27 at the Old Hickory Country Club. Register at bit.ly/3wqKHn3.
Pro Tracy wilkins with underwire Gary Slayden, Kenny Wilson and Eric Emery pro tied Chase harris and frames Buzz Fly, Scotty Hudson and Matt Cooper for the 2020 Under-26 Championship.
Registration opens July 14 for Bass Pro Shops US Qualifier
Registration for the largest amateur fishing tournament ever on Old Hickory Lake opens July 14 for 24 hours only.
Registration for the September 11 Bass Pro Shops US Open Qualifier will be available at basspro.com/usopen.
The tournament with a guaranteed purse of $ 4.3 million is one of eight national qualifying events.
The top 40 from the Old Hickory qualifier will be eligible to fish for the National Championship in November at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake in Missouri.
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