The Major Rager has been going down for five years in Augusta, Georgia, coinciding with the kickoff of the annual Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course every April. The event brings together fans of golf and music, with the goal of eventually having shows coincide with each of golf’s Major Championships each summer. Fresh off their highly successful first event this season, which saw performances by George Clinton & P-Funk and James Brown Band, among others, today, The Major Rager announced two new shows: one on Thursday, June 14th, in the Hamptons with Moon Taxi and Funk You, and the other on Friday, August 10th, in St. Louis with Umphrey’s McGee and Spafford.For their first newly announced show, The Major Rager will host a show in the Hamptons with Moon Taxi and Funk You. Slated for Thursday, June 14th, at Stephen Talkhouse, the performance at the intimate 200-person venue will coincide with the U.S. Open Championship, which will be taking place at the nearby Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Then, later in the summer, on Friday, August 10th, veterans of the event, Umphrey’s McGee, will lead the lineup during a performance at St. Louis’ Chesterfield Amphitheater with Spafford. In 2017, The Major Rager expanded to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Umphrey’s McGee performed a show coinciding with the PGA Championship. Clearly a fan of the format of these special golf-themed shows, for Umphrey’s McGee and Spafford’s joint performance in August, The Major Rager will once again coincide with the PGA Championship, which takes place at St. Louis’ Bellerive Country Club this summer.For more information about the Major Rager with Moon Taxi and Funk You on June 14th, coinciding with the U.S. Open Championship in the Hamptons, head to the event’s Facebook page here. For more information about the Major Rager with Umphrey’s McGee and Spafford on August 10th, coinciding with the PGA Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, head to the event’s Facebook page here. More information about The Major Rager can be found on the series’ website here.
Opening night is April 26 with the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season continuing through Aug. 30. Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events scheduled this season include the midweek $1,000 to win Modified Mania on July 15, the $2,000 to win Ronnie Weedon Memorial on May 24 and Greg Durbin Memorial on Aug. 2, and the $3,000 to win Running of the Bulls Sept. 19 and 20. “We love this track. My grandfather flagged here in the 1960s so we’ve had close ties to it for a long time and we want to see it up to the best of its capabilities,” said Peterson, who raced cruisers and street stocks before ending his racing career in an IMCA Late Model. “We like a lot of things about IMCA, especially the uniform rules,” he continued. “Sanctioning allows our drivers to be part of a bigger organization, and earn national, regional and state points.” The July 5 SportMod Shootout pays $2,000 to win. IMCA Late Models also chase a $3,000 top check at the September special. EAST MOLINE, Ill. – A family that’s cheered, raced and worked at the Bullring at Rock Island County Fairgrounds will promote the quarter-mile clay speedplant beginning this season. Northern SportMods were added in 2015. The Bullring at Rock Island County Fairgrounds becomes the first track in Illinois with IMCA Hobby Stocks on weekly cards. “We wanted to add Hobby Stocks for the drivers who wanted stricter rules and an affordable class of race car,” explained Peterson. “Hopefully they provide an 8-cylinder entry class and can lead to IMCA Stock Cars at our track as well.” Korey Peterson, along with uncles Jeff and Todd, take charge at the East Moline track. Sunday shows under the Peterson Family Promotions banner will feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and, for the first time, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. “The Modified division grows every year so we wanted to reward those drivers with the most specials. Ronnie Weedon and Greg Durbin were synonymous with this track,” Peterson said. “The Running of the Bulls is going to be our pride and joy. Our goal is to have a season-ending hurrah for the drivers who support us.” Sanctioned Late Models and Modifieds both made their first appearances at East Moline 30-plus years ago and began running weekly at the former Quad City Speedway in 2004 and 2010, respectively.
1 Premier League champions Chelsea have completed a season-long loan deal for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.The 29-year-old Colombian international endured a miserable spell on loan at Manchester United, scoring just four goals.But Blues boss Jose Mourinho has handed him another chance to make an impact in the Premier League.“I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and can’t wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe,” he told the club’s official website.Falcao failed to find the net for Colombia as they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the Copa America, has enjoyed success throughout Europe since initially moving to Porto in 2009.He made his Champions League debut against Chelsea and also hit a hat-trick against the Blues in the European Super Cup during a goal-laden spell at Atletico Madrid.Falcao then made his way on to Monaco but his big-money move was less successful as he suffered a serious knee injury in 2014 and missed half the Ligue 1 season and the World Cup.He moved to Manchester United as manager Louis van Gaal looked to assemble a side capable of once again challenging for Premier League success, joining other well-respected names such as Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo in sealing deals at Old Trafford.Despite an injury-hit season for fellow forward Robin van Persie, Falcao could not capitalise on the opportunities presented to him – scoring just four times in 26 Premier League outings for the Red Devils.It took him until October to break his duck with a goal against Everton and he added to that with efforts against Aston Villa, Stoke and Leicester.That was not enough to convince Van Gaal to sign Falcao permanently but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be hoping he can help the forward find the kind of form that turned him into one of the most lethal strikers in the world and add to the goals of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard as the Blues look to build on their Premier League and Capital One Cup success last season.Falcao is now expected to link up with his new team-mates on a pre-season tour of the United States, with his return to Old Trafford pencilled in for December 28. Radamel Falcao