DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN) – America’s largest independent festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents launched the 2021 music festival season this fall with a series of memorable, record-breaking events that will culminate in less than one month at Welcome To Rockville, November 11-14 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL. This massive rock n’ roll finale will feature can’t-miss sets from Metallica (two unique sets over two nights), Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Disturbed, Lynyrd Skynyrd (in their last North Florida performance), A Day To Remember, The Offspring and many more.
Welcome To Rockville continues DWP’s celebration of the return of live music in 2021, following the biggest crowd ever for Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY (160,000) as well as sold-out events for Aftershock (145,000) in Sacramento, CA and Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival (75,000) in Mansfield, OH.
Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience will also feature a main stage performance from the “Battle For The Big Stage: Road To Rockville Edition” winner Whit3 Collr. They beat out thousands of hopeful contenders as part of the virtual competition hosted by “That Space Zebra Show” on DWPresents Twitch channel, where tens of thousands of fans voted for their favorite artists in real time each week.
“When we announced our fall festivals for this year, we could already sense the excitement, we knew how eager bands were to get back on stage, and how long fans had been waiting for something to celebrate. But these festivals have been on another level,” says DWP Founder Danny Wimmer. “Nobody’s taking anything for granted, everyone is giving 110%. There’s something special happening, not just with the bands’ performances, but the energy that the crowds are giving back. The rock n’ roll spirit is bigger than I’ve ever felt it. Welcome To Rockville is the grand finale of our festival season, and as a fan I can’t wait to feel that energy one more time in 2021.”
Fans from around the world can tune in to “That Space Zebra Show” hosted on DWPresents Twitch channel (https://www.twitch.tv/dwpresents) during Welcome To Rockville for select livestreamed performances, exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content. “That Space Zebra Show” on DWPresents Twitch logged over 1 million live views for DWP’s first three festival streams (Inkcarceration, Louder Than Life, Aftershock) leading up to the Welcome To Rockville finale.
In addition, DWP has just announced the Welcome To Rockville Campground Stage with nightly performances for campers-only after the main stage performances wrap each night from Thursday through Saturday, as well as a campground kick-off party on Wednesday. The Campground Stage music lineup will be announced early next week. Festival and camping passes are on sale now at https://welcometorockvillefestival.com/.
Those attending Welcome To Rockville in-person will also be the first to learn the 2022 headliners for WTR as the announces will happen from the festival each night.
The 2022 DWP festival calendar as of now includes:
Welcome To Rockville (https://welcometorockvillefestival.com): May 19-22, 2022
Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival (www.Inkcarceration.com): July 15-17, 2022
Louder Than Life (www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com): September 22-25, 2022
Aftershock (www.AftershockFestival.com): October 6-9, 2022
2022 passes for Inkcarceration, Louder Than Life, Aftershock and Welcome To Rockville are available now for just $10 – $22 down, for a limited time.
Here are some highlights from DWP’s 2021 festivals so far:
Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival set a new record with 75,000 music fans rocking out at the sold-out September 10-12 event on the historic grounds of The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio – a site made famous by the movie The Shawshank Redemption. Inkcarceration featured a massive lineup with some of the biggest names and brightest new stars in rock and metal, including headliners Slipknot, Rob Zombie and Mudvayne (in their first show in over 10 years), as well as A Day To Remember, Mastodon, Halestorm, Chevelle, Killswitch Engage, Beartooth, Motionless In White, Steel Panther, Fever 333, The Hu, Pop Evil and many more. In addition to the diverse music lineup, the festival featured more than 50 tattoo artists, nightly tattoo competitions, and tours of the famous Ohio State Reformatory prison. Said Mansfield News-Journal of the weekend, “Ink [was] flowing, metal roaring again with Inkcarceration at Ohio State Reformatory.”
Louder Than Life, America’s Biggest Rock Festival, made its triumphant return in Louisville, Kentucky September 23, 24, 25 & 26 with a record-setting attendance of 160,000 people who enjoyed the expanded four-day weekend. The sixth edition of Louder Than Life featured a massive and eclectic music lineup, with Metallica (two nights / two unique sets), Disturbed and Korn in headlining performances. There were several other important milestones throughout the festival weekend including Judas Priest making a stop on their 50th anniversary tour, Anthrax celebrating 40 years and Machine Gun Kelly playing tracks from his album Tickets To My Downfall on the one-year-to-the-day anniversary of the album’s release. In addition, festivalgoers were able to enjoy award-winning bourbons, whiskey, spirits, craft beer, and the best food Louisville has to offer. Said Courier Journal of the weekend, “It’s back and it’s amazing.” While LEO Weekly contemplated, “How will DWP top this for Louder Than Life 2022? I don’t know, but I’m looking forward to seeing you all there again for it.”
One of the largest events to be held in Sacramento, California in two years, Aftershock returned to Discovery Park October 7-10 with a memorable four-day weekend, welcoming a record-setting attendance of 145,000 fans and retaining its title as the West Coast’s Biggest Rock Festival. Metal giants Metallica continued their partnership with DWP at Aftershock, delivering an incredible two unique sets over two nights including hits from the band’s 40-year catalogue, as well as playing Metallica (The Black Album) in full from back to front in honor of the record’s 30th anniversary. Other memorable moments at the 9th edition of Aftershock included a headlining appearance from The Original Misfits, who helped usher in the Halloween season with a rousing horror-punk performance on Saturday night, as well as a Thursday closing set from Cypress Hill. The diverse Aftershock 2021 lineup also included Anthrax, Rancid, The Offspring, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Volbeat, Machine Gun Kelly, Mastodon, Gojira, Seether, Mudvayne, Testament, Dropkick Murphys, Pennywise, Mammoth WVH and many more.
Sacramento Bee said, “The return of the Aftershock Festival following a 2020 hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the country’s most anticipated hard rock events this year…Aftershock is also music to the ears of civic and tourism officials who are eager for a much needed economic boost.” Elsewhere, East Bay Express and San Jose Mercury News said Aftershock has “become the place to be for headbangers over the years, annually offering up the best that these heavy music genres have to offer.”
Danny Wimmer Presents is one of the largest independent producers of destination music festivals in America with events including Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, Epicenter, Hometown Rising, Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville.
Paasch Makes Another Last-Second, Daring Pass to Win His Second Straight DAYTONA 200
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Daytona International Speedway // TOBC Racing’s Brandon Paasch executed his DAYTONA 200 plan to perfection Saturday, loitering around at the back of a four-rider pack until the time was right to pull the trigger on his Triumph Speed Triple RS.
As it turns out, the 20-year-old had just the right amount of ammo at his disposal. He exited the Le Mans chicane in fourth place, went down low on the banking, and started making moves until delivering the final dagger with a double-draft pass on Cameron Petersen and Sheridan Morais at the finish to win his second successive DAYTONA 200 – this one by just .007 of a second.
Paasch had spent his afternoon at Daytona International Speedway lurking at the back of the lead group – no matter how many riders it consisted of. But when it came down to his final pit stop, the only way he was going to be in a position to battle for victory was to take on just fuel and not tires.
The New Jerseyan got in and out of the pits quickly and found himself just behind the duo of SYNTAINICS Racing’s Morais and Squid Hunter’s Josh Hayes, the pair smartly squabbling over second and all the while pulling themselves to the back of Petersen, the South African alone and helpless as he watched his four-second lead evaporate all too quickly. Suddenly, it was a four-rider race to the finish and the man at the back was the man at the front when he needed to be. At the finish.
Paasch beat Attack Performance Yamaha’s Petersen by the .007 margin with Morais third, another .057 behind, with Hayes fourth and .126 of a second from victory.
Fifth place went to Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Richie Escalante, some 46 seconds behind Paasch, but well clear of four-time Daytona 200 winner Danny Eslick on the second TOBC Racing Triumph.
TSE Racing’s Harry Truelove, who races in the British Superbike Series, was just a tick behind Eslick at the finish and some eight seconds ahead of Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Geoff May. Disrupt Racing’s Hayden Gillim and Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s Josh Herrin rounded out the top 10.
Pole-sitter Herrin was in the lead group when he ran out of fuel on his way to the first pit stop, coasting to pit lane and losing gobs of time in the process; and 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Jake Gagne, who qualified third-fastest, lasted only a few laps in the 200 before pulling out due to back pain from his crash in the morning warm-up session.
Paasch averaged 113.162 mph in winning the race and he also set the fastest lap of the race, a 1:49.959, en route to snagging his second Rolex watch.
Paasch, who gave Yamaha its 27th victory in the 2021 Daytona 200, brought Triumph its fourth victory in the 200 and the first since Eslick won on a TOBC Triumph in 2014.
The race was red-flagged on the seventh lap when Jose Lloreda crashed exiting the chicane, leaving debris on the racetrack.
DAYTONA 200 Top-10 Finishers
- Brandon Paasch (Triumph)
- Cameron Petersen (Yamaha)
- Sheridan Morais (Yamaha)
- Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
- Richie Escalante (Suzuki)
- Danny Eslick (Triumph)
- Harry Truelove (Yamaha)
- Geoff May (Suzuki)
- Hayden Gillim (Suzuki)
- Josh Herrin (Ducati)
Mission King Of The Baggers
It seems that no matter what kind of motorcycle you race at Daytona International Speedway, strategy and timing are so important on the run to the checkered flag.
In Saturday’s Mission King Of The Baggers race two, Ulsterman Jeremy McWilliams made a perfect pass, at the perfect time, to take the victory. The Mission Foods/S&S Cycle Indian Challenger racer has competed on all kinds of motorcycles, and in road races all over the world (including Daytona nearly 20 years ago), and he put his experience and racecraft to good use when he rocketed past Roland Sands Design Indian rider Bobby Fong, who was in the lead on the final lap. With the finish line in sight, McWilliams’ teammate Tyler O’Hara also drafted past Fong to take second place, relegating Fong to third. It was an all-Indian podium in the Harley-Davidson versus Indian Big Twin racing series.
The final event of the day was in Twins Cup, and their second race of the weekend was, once again, action-packed. Fluid on the track caused multiple riders to crash on the opening lap, and the race was red-flagged and restarted with a five-lap sprint to the checkers. Eight riders were at the front and in it to win as the laps wound down. At the checkered flag, Cycle Tech Yamaha rider Hayden Schultz got the win, which was the first of his MotoAmerica career. Veloce Racing Aprilia’s Jody Barry finished second, just .241 of a second behind Schultz, and Italian expatriate Tommaso Marcon, .256 of a second behind Barry, rounded out the podium in third in a wild-card ride for Robem Engineering Aprilia.
Tomac Wins Again to Become All-Time Winner of DAYTONA Supercross
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Daytona International Speedway // Daytona International Speedway is known for dramatic, late-race passes for the lead and win. Saturday night was no exception, and it happened in historic fashion with Eli Tomac grabbing his record sixth DAYTONA Supercross triumph in Round 9 of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, the kickoff to Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy.
In front of a huge, energetic crowd, and with just 45 seconds left on the clock, Tomac slipped past Cooper Webb, who had led much of the race, to take the top sport for the first time. To incredibly loud cheers that filled the iconic venue, Tomac pulled away on his No. 3 Yamaha for his historic sixth DAYTONA Supercross, and in the process, pull out of a tie from the GOAT – Ricky Carmichael – to become the track’s all-time win leader of DAYTONA Supercross.
“It is so very cool….I don’t know what it is about this place,” said an excited Tomac, who captured his fourth win of the season and stretched his points lead to 18. “Tonight, I had a lot of doubts and knew I had my work cut out for me, but when the lights came on…..man, six is just crazy. It’s the biggest crowd I’ve seen here and the best energy we have had…not even close. I just don’t know what to say about this place.”
After leading most of the race, Cooper Webb went home matching his best finish of 2022 with a second-place spot. Chase Sexton, from Clermont, FL, ran up front with a steady ride that earned him the final podium position. In Round 3 of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class, Jett Lawrence, from Wesley Chapel (near Tampa), FL, dominated the field, taking home the win at his first Daytona Supercross appearance and breaking the points tie to become the sole red plate holder in the class.
Webb shot out of the gate with a decisive Holeshot in the 450SX Class Main Event. The race excitement spiked down the first rhythm lane as Malcolm Stewart jumped into second place. Next, Tomac attempted to cut under Stewart in turn two. 2022 three-time victor Jason Anderson, who entered the race just six points behind Tomac for the series battle for the championship, came in hot under both riders and the three sandwiched together then split apart like billiard balls on a break. None went down as they scrambled to get back into the race. The incident put Anderson in second and Stewart behind him in third.
Just one corner later is where the fireworks really started (following an incredible fireworks show put on by the Speedway just before the start of main event) on the track. Anderson cut across the sandy inside rut and collided with Stewart. This time both riders went down, nearly in a replay of the altercation between the two riders the weekend prior in Texas. From there Stewart and Anderson scrapped, came together once more, and both hit the ground again as each tried to claw forward for points without giving quarter to the other.
Out front and ahead of the chaos, Webb put in precise laps on the deteriorating track and kept the No. 1 plate clean for most of the race. Sexton hung behind him, matching Webb’s pace in the early laps of the race with Tomac just behind Sexton. Six and a half minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap race, the top three were barely separated by two seconds on a track notorious for forcing costly mistakes.
Then, with eleven and a half minutes on the clock, Tomac made his way past Sexton and set his sights on Webb. The gap alternately grew and shrank for several laps, often holding at less than a second between the top two riders as they weaved their way through lappers and contended with deepening ruts and growing bumps. On top of it all, Tomac’s bike started spitting smoke from its engine overflow tube, often an indication of an overheating clutch.
With 45 seconds left on the clock Webb was cut off by a lapper and Tomac was in the perfect position to seize the moment. From there Tomac eased out of striking distance. Four of the top seven finishers in the 450SX Class were from the state of Florida, including Sexton, Dylan Ferrandis (Tallahassee), Justin Barcia (Greenville) and Ken Roczen (Clermont).
The Eastern Regional 250SX Class also delivered amazing racing. Robertson captured the Holeshot but Jett Lawrence was into the lead before they’d reached the second turn. Midway into the first lap, Lawrence was already pulling a gap on the field, Robertson held strong in second, and Enzo Lopes sat third. Cameron McAdoo, last year’s DAYTONA 200 winner and sitting tied for the points lead, ran outside the top five but was on the move.
The battle for the final podium spot was dramatic for the duration of the race with Phil Nicoletti, RJ Hampshire, and Pierce Brown having a throw-down battle that alternately saw each rider making moves forward amid their group. When the night dust settled McAdoo had secured the final podium spot behind Lawrence and Robertson.
Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy continues this week with the DAYTONA 200, set for next Saturday, March 12, and tickets, as well a host of Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy camping packages, are on sale now.
Monster will be bringing the action and excitement this week with autograph sessions, demonstrations and two FREE concerts – Face To Face on Wednesday (March 9) and Steel Panther on Friday (March 11). Both concerts, which will be held in Lot 4 outside the Turn 4 tunnel entrance, are brought to fans by Monster Energy. Please note: Event and appearance schedule subject to change. For detailed information on all events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
In addition, fans and visitors can enjoy the Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace at Daytona International Speedway, located just off International Speedway Blvd. The area’s largest motorcycle marketplace features the nation’s top motorcycle parts, apparel vendors and much more.
450SX Class Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha
2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM
3. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda
4. Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha
5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
7. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
8. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
9. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
10. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (203)
2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (185)
3. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (170)
4. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (164)
5. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (163)
6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (163)
7. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (145)
8. Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (137)
9. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (133)
10. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (110)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
2. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna
3. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki
4. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS
5. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, N.C., Yamaha
6. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
7. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna
8. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Yamaha
9. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda
10. Joshua Varize, Perris, Calif., Husqvarna
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (73)
2. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (68)
3. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna (52)
4. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, N.C., Yamaha (50)
5. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (47)
6. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (45)
7. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha (42)
8. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Yamaha (42)
9. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna (41)
10. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (39)
Round 9 Set for DAYTONA Supercross Champion Tomac & Anderson, Who’s Ready for 1st Daytona Win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Daytona International Speedway // Just like two heavyweights in the ring, Eli Tomac and Jason Anderson have had an all-out battle for supremacy thus far during the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship season. Round nine continues Saturday evening with the race of the year – DAYTONA Supercross – with spectacular weather expected.
In the season’s first eight races, Tomac, who is gunning for a record sixth DAYTONA Supercross, has three wins in the first eight events while Anderson, the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Champion, also has three triumphs. It’s been a back-and-forth tussle resulting in a close 6-point lead in the standings for Tomac, but Anderson won’t wave the white flag this weekend just because Tomac has multiple wins at Daytona.
“Yeah, this is his stomping grounds now,” said the 29-year-old Anderson from Edgewood, New Mexico. “The battle has been a good one. I hope to come here and battle him hard. I hope he is at his best and I am at my best. The way I come into it as ‘may the best man win.’ I am going to try and stop him,” from winning his record sixth.
Anderson was one of more than 20 riders in the 450SX class, in addition to a host of 250SX riders. It was their first time on the Ricky Carmichael-designed course, and although he is winless at Daytona, Anderson is excited about Saturday’s 52nd edition of the DAYTONA Supercross.
“It’s a new design and it’s tighter than what we are used to,” said Anderson. “It’s going to be rough and sandy. The jumps are steep and you have the dirt working against you…you are trying to hit those triples that are 60 to 80 foot and then trying to avoid the bumps and not get out of control. I hope to be the first to go through the sand part of the track so I don’t get sprayed in the face.
“I have struggled to get a win here, but I am so hoping to add a win here to my list of achievements.”
DAYTONA Supercross kicks off the 81st Annual Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy. The 52nd running of the event features the most demanding course of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship season – and the only AMA Supercross event in the state of Florida in 2022.
Fans still have the chance to get their tickets to witness the history-making effort of Tomac. Advanced general admission frontstretch seating for DAYTONA Supercross is just $45.00. Kids 6-12 are $15 and ages 5 and under are free in general admission areas. The midway opens at 9 am Saturday, with venue gates opening at 12 Noon.
Trackside Access, which allows fans to view the race while standing on the frontstretch of the 2.5-mile tri-oval, is available for an additional $20 and gets fans closer to the action that anywhere else on the Supercross circuit; kids 5 and under are free. Access to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross pits is free during the day for all ticket holders. The infield UNOH Fanzone opens at 10 am. All ticket and parking options can be found at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
The tradition-rich Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy will also feature the DAYTONA 200, set for Saturday, March 12. Tickets are also on sale now for the DAYTONA 200. A host of Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy camping packages to take in both event weekends are available where families can make Daytona their home for a week.
In addition, fans and visitors can enjoy the Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace at Daytona International Speedway available. The area’s largest motorcycle marketplace will feature the nation’s top motorcycle parts, apparel vendors and much more.
Monster will also be bringing the action with a week full of excitement with autograph sessions, demonstrations and two FREE concerts – Face To Face on Wednesday (March 9) and Steel Panther on Friday (March 11). Both concerts, which will be held in Lot 4 outside the Turn 4 tunnel entrance, are brought to you by Monster Energy. Please note: Event and appearance schedule subject to change. For detailed information on all events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.