Nascar Race Richmond Raceway

It’s no secret that nascar has lost a big part of their old fanbase due to their ticket prices increasing throughout the past few years. At richmond International Raceway on Saturday, one could clearly see the stadium was not as packed as it used to be. However, that did not stop the fans who did go from having an incredible experience at the track. The new renovations started to make the facilite a lot nicer than before with new fan entertainment areas. More improvements are to come in the fall.

At the race or not, the sports community was on the edge of their seats to see if one of Nascar’s most hated or loved drivers, Kyle Busch, would take home his third straight first place finish. Busch has always been a stud in Richmond, with four wins going into the race. On the other end of things, the number 8 car would be making a return for the first time since Dale Earnhardt Jr. However, this time Daniel Hemric would be making his major league debut in his first major race ever in the monster energy series.

An early start time would have the pace car lead the drivers around for lap one of four hundred at 6:46 eastern time. The first car out would be Martin Truex Jr. He started off with a lead of over one second in front of the second place car. However, at the end of stage one, Joey Logano was out in front with the 78 car, Truex Jr, back out at 9th.

It was 100 straight laps of racing for the fans in attendance at Richmond International Raceway. No crashes that would cause a yellow up to this point. It seemed like the fans in attendance were more into the race at a faster pace. Right after stage one, Kurt Busch seemed to be in control. He was out in front significantly before Joey Logano overcame and took his second stage win of the night.

After a good pitstop, Martin Truex Jr., the favorite of the night to win, came back into second place with just 108 laps to go. With 47 laps to go, the first collision caused yellow flag came waving down. Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Cole Whitt all collided causing to slow down the fast pace race. The green flag came back down with 22 laps to go and somehow Kyle Busch, who has always been known as one of the best short track racers, was out ahead. With just ten laps to go, Aric Almirola causes a crash with takes himself out. Martin Truex Jr. tries to make some final adjustments on his car but a bad pitstop causes him to fall back to 9th place. After doing everything right, a race with almost no cautions in it completely ended up ruining Truex’s night with some last minute mishaps. This wouldn’t be the last of the yellows with one more happening with four to go. It would not matter however, Kyle Busch decided not to risk it with a pit stop and proceeded to win his third race in a row and his fifth all time at Richmond. Chase Elliot finished with his 8th second place finish.

Eventually, the cheers overcame the boo’s for Kyle Busch as he continues to put his name in the victory books. Unfortunately for Martin Truex Jr., it was not as good of an experience. It will be interesting to see in the fall to see if some of these drivers, who had a top 5 finished ripped away from them, enact their revenge.

In Today’s News

CEO of AARP to speak at VCU Investors Circle reception

AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins is slated to speak alongside dean of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business, Ed Grier, in a discussion on “The Business of Boomers.” The discussion will take place on Wednesday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hotel John Marshall, and is a part of the School of Business Foundation’s Investors Circle held annually every spring.

Kroger to provide more jobs in Virginia locations

Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division will hire 420 new employees across its 122 stores in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. This is part of the chain’s hiring push, which is set to fill a total of 11,000 jobs nationwide. Their site currently lists 35 available positions in Richmond, including both hourly and management positions.

Richmond Police Chief to hold 4 public forums in April

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham will hold four town hall meetings over the next two weeks, according to the department. The meetings, which will occur in each of the four police precincts in the city, were part of Durham’s initial promises to the community when he took over the department three years ago. The meetings will consist of updates on community crime statistics and public comment periods in which any community member can voice their concerns.

CEO of Facebook faces second day of congressional testimony

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, faced even tougher questions in day two of his congressional testimony on Wednesday. Lawmakers on the House side of Capitol Hill questioned Zuckerberg on Facebook’s handling of user data, and were particularly focused on the site’s privacy settings. Over the two days Zuckerberg has spent in testimony, he has faced over 10 hours of hearing and questioning from 100 lawmakers

 

VCU Lacrosse vs. St. Joseph’s

VCU Struggles in A-10 Home Opener

VCU’s tough start to the lacrosse season continued at Cary Street Field on Saturday, where the Rams fell to the St. Joseph’s Hawks, 18-7.  VCU now sits at 2-8 on the season, 0-2 in conference play, while St. Joe’s moves to 5-5, 1-1 in conference play.

The game was close initially, with Claire Murphy evening the score at 1-1 within the first four minutes of the game.  St. Joe’s then went on a six goal run, one of a handful of four or more goal runs that the Hawks had during the game, which gave them a lead that they would not give up.  One bright spot for the Rams was Sky Hyatt, who scored twice during the game, a team high. The Rams trailed 10-3 at the half, before St. Joe’s opened the second half with another six goal run to put the game completely out of reach.  Ria Peralta made six saves in the game for the Rams, who did not give up despite the deficit as Hyatt and Ayana Gordon added two of the four second half goals that VCU scored.

VCU’s next game is on the road against Duquesne on April 6th, while their next home contest is set for April 13th at Cary Street Field against George Washigton.

Interview With David Loving of Solace Sovay

 

This past November, Richmond indie rock Collective, Solace Sovay, released their newest full-length album entitled “It Doesn’t Matter What it is, Just What it Seems <3.” The band has played several shows, both on the stage and in the basement, in support of the album. 

Solace Sovay was formed in Northern Virginia in 2010 and has since based itself in Richmond, Virginia. Apart from being active in the local music scene, they have also toured in other parts of the country as well as Canada.

I recently sat down with longtime friend and Solace Sovay lead singer, David Loving, who shared with WVCW the band’s history as well as his philosophy on local music.  

How long have you been involved in the local music scene in Richmond?

David: I’m from Northern Virginia. [Went] to community college there, and I was looking for studios to record at. In about 2010, [Solace Sovay] had our first official release, Magicfly City, and we recorded at a local studio here in Richmond for a week. It was a mind-blowing experience for some of us who had grown up on the side of a mountain in the foothills of the Blue Ridge where there was no high-speed internet or cell service. I’m sitting there at 20 years old in Richmond, recording at a professional studio, hearing the sounds and living in the city for a week. So pretty much after we recorded that, I went home and was like “I’m transferring to VCU.”

VCU played a big part in you getting started?

David: Absolutely. Going to VCU was cool because I was always in the city and I knew I wanted to study music, writing or English. So pretty much I was taking lots of English and literature classes to become a better writer, lyrically, for my band. [VCU] really helped open the doors for us, especially in the house show scene, and playing venues like The Camel and Strange Matter.

How did you manage to expand out of Richmond?

David: Over the summer we planned a tour, took what we had finished recording with us on the road, booked seven straight shows, went up to Canada, and just played every night. We had never done that before as a band. Everything we’re doing right now is out of our own pocket. No-one is going to take a chance on you until they’ve seen that you’re taking as much of a chance on yourself. We pretty much poured everything we had, went on the road, gave out the CD and made some money playing some weird shows. It was fun though.

What are some of your favorite house show venues?

David: The Yerb, which was changed to OUR House, that was the coolest venue. When I first came to Richmond in 2010, I managed to get some shows there for [Solace Sovay.] It was a legit place run by legit people. They take down walls and build stages, collect money and check I.D.s. When OUR House shut down, that was the end of a really cool era.

What kinds of benefits do you see with playing house shows?

David: They’re great in the sense that you’re guaranteed that every person who shows up to one of these house shows is there to focus on your music and your band. That’s why they’re there, for the music, and in those small areas it’s hard to put on a good show. When we do play at venues like Gallery 5, these kids come from the house shows and buy the $5 ticket because they saw us in the basement and thought it was awesome. You get so much more genuine response. When you’re playing at bars, you gotta be down with letting people just eat and talk over you all the time. It’s not my thing. I’d rather play in the basement, play all my own songs for these kids and then hear what they think.

If you were to get bigger, would you still derive that same kind of enjoyment?

David: I think some artists would say it’s almost tougher to figure out how to pull it off inside a basement. When I go up on the stage, it’s really not much different then putting on the guitar strap and just standing on the floor in a basement. If anything, it’s almost a little bit more comforting because I have a stage and space between me and the audience. In those house shows, people are right on top of you, staring at you. You’re trying to create your art and they’re literally sweating on you. It’s a totally different atmosphere, I can see how it’d be easier for somebody who is used to being on the big stage crack under pressure trying to do that. You can’t fake anything at those house shows.

What are some of the bigger venues you’ve played?

David: We played Untitled Music Festival every year for about five straight years. That was in mountains outside Roanoke, Virginia. That was great because that was a three to four day long festival, tons of bands, and we would always get great time slots. There’s 300 people out there, listening to your music at night time in the middle of nowhere. Those are definitely a lot of fun. When we end up playing in front of the most amount of people are at those festivals.

How do you think smaller venues help the local music scene?

David: They help tremendously. I envy what these kids do when they’re able to live in these houses and let people come in and play. I have no interest in living in a house where tons of bands come through all the time, but some of my friends are so passionate about wanting to help a scene that they deal with it. They’re gonna have to have some tough skin, they’re gonna have to deal with different types of people, they have to make sure people there understand that you’re in somebody’s house. A lot of people around here respect that.

Solace Sovay are:

David Loving – Guitar & Vocals
Linda Maharidge – Bass
James Loving – Drums

For more information on Solace Sovay, visit their Facebook Page

The new album can be heard here and here

The full, unedited interview can be heard here

In Today’s News

Tissue Drive Held Today for Cancer Patients

Sisters and Stethoscopes is holding a tissue drive entitled ‘Kleenex of Kindness’ for Massey Cancer Center today at 7 p.m. at West Grace Street Student Housing South in room 1004H.

Richmond Shelters Become Scarce as Homeless Population Increases

Available shelters are becoming scarce in Richmond as the homeless population increases. Abandoned buildings such as a courthouse have become a haven for homeless residents.

City Council Vote on Meal Tax Today

The Richmond City Council moves to vote today at 6 p.m. on the meal tax increase. The proposed increase would change the meal tax at restaurants from 6 percent to 7.5 percent.

White House Considers Moving International Space Station into Private Sector

The Trump Administration is considering turning the International Space Station into a privately run program. It plans to stop funding the program after 2024.

Jamie Anderson wins Gold in slopestyle snowboarding

Jamie Anderson brought home the gold for team U.S.A in slopestyle snowboarding at the winter olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The day of the competition, weather was brutal, raising concerns about safety and limiting what competitors could do.

Staff Picks of 2017

As the year wraps up, we checked in with some of our staff to see what they were listening to this year!

Evie King, Production Director

  • Birds of a Feather, We Rock Together – Mr. Finish Line – Vulfpeck (ft. Antwaun Stanley)

Laura Bryant, Promotions Director

  • Slack Jaw – What Now – Sylvan Esso
  • Slow Mover (single) –  Angie McMahon
  • Palace – The Thrill of it All – Sam Smith
  • Creature Comfort – Everything Now – Arcade Fire
  • It’s Getting Old – Sixteen – Cottonwood Firing Squad

Hayden Molchan, DJ

  • Peak Magnetic – Death Peak – Clark
  •  Leitmotiv – Theory of Colours – Dauwd
  •  Andromeda (Bonobo Remix) – Single – Gorillaz (feat. D.R.A.M.)
  •  Piano Boy – 1987 – Amtrac
  •  Show You The Way – Drunk – Thundercat

Corey Lightner, Volunteer

  • Reddi Whip – Heart Break On A Full Moon – Chris Brown
  •  Droptop In The Rain – Beach House 3 – Ty Dolla $ign
  •  Crew – At What Cost – Goldlink
  •  Everybody Knows – Heart Break On A Full Moon – Chris Brown
  •  Take You Home – No Album – Angel

Sean Pritchard, DJ

  • Alterlife – RINA – Rina Sawayama
  • Legendary Iron Hood – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream – Open Mike Eagle
  • SWEET – SATURATION II – BROCKHAMPTON
  • Mythological Beauty – Capacity – Big Thief
  • LAND OF THE FREE – ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ – Joey Bada$$

Anh Nguyen, DJ

  • June – spin – Tigers Jaw
  • Sunshine Type – Good Nature – Turnover
  • 24 Hours – Paradise – Knox Fortune
  • Sand People – Little World – Zack Villere
  • Only in the West – Sebastian – Yeek

Kiara Walker, Programming Director

  • The Weekend – Ctrl – SZA
  • Tailwhip (single) – Men I Trust
  • Road Head – Soft Sounds from Another Planet- Japanese Breakfast
  • Running- An Open Letter – Nicotine’s Famous Honey
  • Loving is Easy (single) – Rex Orange County