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  • Gate of the World’s Largest Sea Lock Heads for the Netherlands

    first_imgThe new gate intended for the world’s largest sea lock under construction at the North Sea Canal entrance in IJmuiden, headed from South Korea for the Netherlands, on October 23.The 2,900 tonne lock door, spanning 72 meters in length,  24 meters in height and 11 meters in width, is being transported on a heavy-load carrier Talisman, part of Dockwise Fleet fleet. The journey is expected to take about two months.                              Image Courtesy: Rijkwaterstaat, The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and ManagementIn total, three gates are being transported. This includes two operational lock doors, for which the lock gate chamber at the outer head is now being installed in IJmuiden, and a reserve lock door.The sea lock, which will be 500 meters long, 70 meters wide and 18 meters deep, was scheduled to be constructed by the end of 2018, when the testing phase was planned to begin. The construction was launched in 2016 and the lock was set to be inaugurated in 2019. However, in July this year, the completion deadline for the sea lock was pushed to the end of January 2022. The delay has been attributed to the required technical adjustments to the sea gate.The new lock is designed to operate in all tides, ensuring better accessibility for the port of Amsterdam, and reducing waiting times for ships.Once constructed, the IJmuiden lock would be the world’s largest lock, according to the Dutch government, allowing the next generation of bulk carriers, container ships and cruise ships that have grown in size to access the port of Amsterdam and the North Sea Canal.last_img read more

  • IMCA honors best of the best at national awards banquet

    first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. (Nov. 29) – The best dirt track drivers in the nation were honored Saturday night in Lincoln, when IMCA hosted its national awards banquet.2014 national champions taking their turn at the podium were Zane DeVilbiss, IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds; Justin Kay, IMCA Late Models; Clint Benson, IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars; Mike Nichols, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars; Shannon Anderson, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks; Matt Looft in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods; Chad Hertel in the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods; and Nate Coopman in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Benson and Hertel were both first-time national kings. DeVilbiss, Kay, Looft and Coopman each reigned for the second time, Nichols and Anderson for the fifth.Modified regional champions were Zane DeVilbiss in the Larry Shaw Racing Western, William Gould in the Razor Chassis South Central, Johnny Saathoff in the Jet Racing Central, Chris Abelson in the Belleville Motorsports North Central and Chris Fleming in the Dort Works Eastern.Mike Nichols reigned in the Arnold Motor Supply Northern Region and Matt Guillaume repeated atop Arnold Motor Supply Southern Region standings for the Stock Cars.Hobby Stock regional champions were Shannon Anderson in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern and April Phillips in the Charger Chassis Southern. Phillips became the first female driver in any division to win a regional crown this season.National rookies of the year were Dean Abbey, Modified; John Emerson, Late Model; Kyle Jones, Sprint Car; Devin Smith, Stock Car; TeJay Mielke, Hobby Stock; Robert Gallaher, Northern SportMod; Garett Rawls, Southern SportMod; and Jacob Kofoot, Sport Compact.Modified regional rookie of the year honors went to Kyle Wilson, Western; Dean Abbey, South Central; Clay Sellard, Central; Nick Roberts, North Central; and Kurt Decker, Eastern.Devin Smith was top rookie in the Northern Region for Stock Cars while Colby Deming paced points for first-year drivers in the Southern Region. TeJay Mielke earned top rookie honors in the Northern Hobby Stock region and Westin Abbey paced the Southern Region.Justin Kay was champion and Ryan Dolan the rookie of the year in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models.Hobby Stock driver Tiffany Bittner won the Lady Eagle prize, awarded to the female competitor in all divisions with the top point total, for the fourth straight year.Super Nationals champions were Kyle Strickler in the Modifieds, Jeff Aikey in the Late Models, Devin Smith in the Stock Cars, Shannon Anderson in the Hobby Stocks, Jonathon Logue in the Northern SportMods and Adam Gates in the Sport Compacts.The late Bill Smith, founder and CEO of Speedway Motors, was remembered during the evening and his son Clay accepted a special photo montage and banner from Super Nationals on behalf of the Speedway Motors family.The Lincoln speed shop is title sponsor of both Super Nationals and the IMCA Weekly Racing program.A record 406 local track and 91 Allstar Performance State champions were crowned this season while 161 drivers earned career-first track or special series titles. Shares of a $600,000-plus point fund were distributed during the banquet.Track champions in the Larry Shaw Racing Western Region for Modifieds included Randy Artz at Battle Mountain Raceway; Kenny Baumann at Billings Motorsports Park; Bert Beech at Sweetwater Speedway; Carl Berendsen at Antioch Speedway; Lee Bosch at Lovelock Speedway; Erica Buhr at American Valley Speedway; Duane Cleveland at Silver Dollar Speedway; Nick DeCarlo at Petaluma Speedway; Zane DeVilbiss at Aztec Speedway, Desert Thunder Raceway and Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway; Don Earven at Central Arizona Speedway; Albert Gill at Siskiyou Motor Speedway and Southern Oregon Speedway; Cody Graham at Arizona Speedway; Braedon Hand at Cottage Grove Speedway; Kyle Heckman at Bakersfield Speedway; Bobby Horton at Cocopah Speedway; Paul G. Jones at Casper Speedway; Eddie Kirchoff at Gillette Thunder Speedway; Shawn LaRocque at Winnemucca Regional Raceway; Danny Lauer at Santa Maria Speedway; Doug Lockwood at Sunset Speedway Park; Jeremy Meirhofer at Gallatin Speedway; Travis Metz at Atomic Motor Raceway; Robert Mull at Rattlesnake Raceway; Mitchell Niemi at Barona Speedway; Kenny Nott at Ocean Speedway; Jason Pike at Pahrump Valley Speedway; Jimmy Reeves at Kings Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway; Ryan Roath at Prescott Valley Speedway; Enos Ruble at Thunder Mountain Raceway; Cory Sample at Fernley 95A Speedway; Jeffry Sheppard Jr. at Mohave Valley Raceway; Kelly Smith at Diamond Mountain Speedway; David Soulek at Salmon Valley Speedway; Paul Stone at Merced Speedway; Wade Taylor at Summit Raceway; James Thibodeaux at Tonopah Speedway; Ricky Thornton Jr. at Canyon Speedway Park; Josh Vogt at Chowchilla Raceway and Ventura Raceway; Mark Wermling at Electric City Speedway; Collen Winebarger at Willamette Speedway and Bryan Wordelman at Millard County Raceway.Drivers in the Razor Chassis South Central Region earning Modified track titles were Monte Bolton at Lubbock Speedway; Richard Brown Jr. at 85 Speedway; Neal Flowers at Cardinal Speedway; John Gober at 281 Speedway; William Gould at Boyd Raceway and Kennedale Speedway Park; Josh McGaha at Abilene Speedway; Dillon Pike at Mountain Creek Speedway; Caleb Stone at Roadrunner Speedway; Jeff White at Grayson County Speedway; and Keith White at Cotton Bowl Speedway and at Heart O’ Texas Speedway.Jet Racing Central Region track champions are Austin Allen at Dodge City Raceway Park; Jacob Anson at Boone County Raceway; Brady Coen at Lamar Speedway and Sherman County Speedway; Eddie Edwards at Red Willow County Raceway; Tyson Franks at Batesville Motor Speedway; Colton Osborn at Dawson County Raceway; Mike Petersilie at Salina Speedway; Kyle Rohleder at WaKeeney Speedway; Johnny Saathoff at Beatrice Speedway and Eagle Raceway; Clay Sellard at Thomas County Speedway; Dylan Sherfick at RPM Speedway; Mat Stallbaumer at Thunder Hill Speedway; Tom Svoboda at U.S. 30 Speedway; Jesse Taylor at I-76 Speedway and Phillips County Raceway; Randy Weaver at I-30 Speedway; and Danny Womack at Outlaw Motorsports Park;Track champions in the Belleville Motorsports North Central Region were Chris Abelson at Buena Vista Raceway, the Clay County Fairgrounds and Raceway Park; Brandon Beckendorf at Redwood Speedway; Eric Burwick at Southwest Speedway; Cayden Carter at West Liberty Raceway; Drew Christianson at Nodak Speedway; Troy Cordes at Benton County Speedway and Independence Motor Speedway; Ray Cox Jr. at Quad City Speedway; Douglas Crampton at Davenport Speedway; Jason Czarapata at Luxemburg Speedway and Seymour Speedway; Eric Dailey at Fairmont Raceway; Todd Dart at Thunderhill Raceway; Ryan DeShaw at Dubuque Speedway; Mark Elliott at Hamilton County Speedway; Jason Fisher at Murray County Speedway; Josh Gilman at Stuart Speedway; Jimmy Gustin at Boone Speedway; Travis Hagen at Williston Basin Speedway; Randy Havlik at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway; Sean Jerovetz at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway; Justin Jones at Buffalo River Race Park; Ronn Lauritzen at Marshalltown Speedway; Tyler Madigan at Jackson County Speedway; Levi Nielsen at I-35 Speedway; Roger Nielsen at Jackson Speedway; Steven Pfeifer at Estevan Motor Speedway; Andrew Schroeder at Southern Iowa Speedway; Mark Schulte at Farley Speedway; Dustin Smith at Algona Raceway; Jesse Sobbing at Crawford County Speedway and Shelby County Speedway; Shawn Strand at Dacotah Speedway; Tim Ward at Hancock County Speedway; Jeff Waterman at 34 Raceway and Lee County Speedway; Johnny Whitman at 141 Speedway; Jerry Wren at Arlington Raceway; and Marcus Yarie at Shawano Speedway.Dirt Works Eastern Region track champions included Matt Cole at Five Mile Point Speedway; James Cornell at I-88 Speedway; Chris Fleming at Brewerton Speedway and Skyline Raceway; Richard Karlnoski at Yates County Speedway; and A.J. Ward at Crystal Motor Speedway and Tri-City Motor Speedway.Allstar Performance state champions were Brandon Beckendorf in Minnesota; Craig Cassell in Oregon; Matt Cole in New York; Mike Densberger in Nebraska; Brandon Durbin in Illinois; William Gould in Texas; Travis Hagen in North Dakota; Brint Hartwick in Arkansas; Paul G. Jones in Wyoming; Ronn Lauritzen in Iowa; Brad Lautenbach in Wisconsin; Blake Lyle in Idaho; Jeremy Meirhofer in Montana; Ryan Roath in Arizona; Cory Sample in Nevada; Clay Sellard in Kansas; Kelly Smith in Utah; Ricky Stephan in South Dakota; Caleb Stone in New Mexico; Jesse Taylor in Colorado; A.J. Ward in Michigan; Kyle Wilson in California; and Danny Womack in Oklahoma.Top drivers in special series for Modifieds were Brandon Beckendorf in the Redline Racing Parts North Star Series; Bert Beech in the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour; James Cornell in the Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series; Zane DeVilbiss in the Border States Racing Series; Troy Foulger in the Nor-Cal Challenge Series; Jeremy Frenier in the Precise Racing BST Series; Josh McGaha in the Texas Lone Star Series; Cory Sample in the I-80 Challenge Series; Alex Stanford in the Wild West Speedweek; Jeff Taylor in the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour; Ricky Thornton Jr. in the Winter Challenge Series; and Mike Van Genderen in the Hawkeye Dirt Tour.Late Model track champions were Brian Beaudry at Jackson County Speedway; Tyler Bruening at Farley Speedway; Todd Cooney at Benton County Speedway, Hamilton County Speedway, I-35 Speedway, Southern Iowa Speedway and Stuart Speedway; Andy Eckrich at West Liberty Raceway; Ryan Griffith at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway; Justin Kay at Davenport Speedway and Dubuque Speedway; Curt Martin at Independence Motor Speedway; Mike Murphy Jr. at Quad City Speedway; and Melvin Zeitner at Shelby County Speedway.State champions were Todd Cooney in Iowa and Mike Murphy Jr. in Illinois.Todd Cooney was champion of the Sunday Series.Winners of Sprint Car track titles included Clint Benson at Eagle Raceway; Kyle Jones at Mountain Creek Speedway; Matt Moro at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway; Jeb Sessums at Kennedale Speedway Park; and Michael Stien at Arlington Raceway.Allstar Performance State champions were Clint Benson in Nebraska; Jerald Harris in Virginia; Matt Moro in Iowa; Jeb Sessums in Texas; and Michael Stien in Minnesota.Special series champions were Jerald Harris in the Virginia Sprint Series; Jason Howell in the Sprint Series of Texas; and Michael Stien in the Sprint Series of Minnesota.Drivers winning Stock Car track titles in the Arnold Motor Supply Northern Region were Brian Blessington at Stuart Speedway; Lance Borgman at Beatrice Speedway; David Bouche at Thunderhill Raceway; David Brandies at West Liberty Raceway; Nathan Burke at Devil’s Lake Speedway; Cayden Carter at Southern Iowa Speedway; Norman Chesmore at Independence Motor Speedway; Jason Cook at Lee County Speedway; Brandon Czarapata at Luxemburg Speedway; Jordan Durward at Estevan Motor Speedway; Jerry Gifford at Boone Speedway; Derek Green at I-35 Speedway; Rich Gregoire at Redwood Speedway; Marvin Griffith Jr. at Thunder Hill Speedway; Gregory Gutt at Lamar Speedway and Phillips County Raceway; John Heinz at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway; Abe Huls at Quincy Raceway; Dan Mackenthun at Arlington Raceway; Gary Mattison at Murray County Speedway; Dustin McClurg at Elmwood Park Speedway; Jerry Miles at Dubuque Speedway and Farley Speedway; Perry Misner at Dodge City Raceway Park; Damon Murty at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway; Mike Nichols at Crawford County Speedway, Dawson County Raceway and Shelby County Speedway; John Oliver Jr. at 34 Raceway; Scott Pippert at Benton County Speedway; Jason Rogers at Thomas County Speedway; Trent Schroeder at Jackson Speedway; David Smith at Algona Raceway, Buena Vista Raceway and the Clay County Fairgrounds; Devin Smith at Fairmont Raceway; Donavon Smith at Marshalltown Speedway; Rod Snellenberger at 141 Speedway and Seymour Speedway; Jeff Tubbs at RPM Speedway and WaKeeney Speedway; Nick Tubbs at Sherman County Speedway; Heath Tulp at Hancock County Speedway; Travis Van Straten at Shawano Speedway; Michael Vennes at Nodak Speedway and Williston Basin Speedway; Jason Ward at Raceway Park; Casey Werkmeister at Lincoln County Raceway and Red Willow County Raceway; Jason Wilkinson at Boone County Raceway; and Nathan Wood at CJ Speedway.Arnold Motor Supply Southern Region track champions included Jason Adcock at Abilene Speedway; Jason Batt at Cotton Bowl Speedway; Matthew Burnett at Outlaw Motorsports Park; Keith Cagle at Cardinal Speedway and Lubbock Speedway; Steffan Carey at Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway; Charles Cosper at 281 Speedway and Heart O’ Texas Speedway; Matt Guillaume at Boyd Raceway and Kennedale Speedway Park; Kenny Hendershot at Aztec Speedway; Carbie McClearen at Roadrunner Speedway; and Steve Wenzel at Bakersfield Speedway. Allstar Performance State championship-winning drivers included Matthew Burnett in Oklahoma, Dalton Flory in North Dakota, Matt Guillaume in Texas, Gregory Gutt in Colorado, Abe Huls in Illinois, Dan Mackenthun in Minnesota, Carbie McClearen in New Mexico, Damon Murty in Iowa, Darin Racek in Nebraska, Rod Snellenberger in Wisconsin, Nick Tubbs in Kansas, Jason Ward in South Dakota and Steve Wenzel in California.Stock Car series kings were Jason Batt in the Wild Child Race Cars Texas Lone Star Series; Dalton Flory in the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour; Jim Larson in the Redline Racing Parts North Star Series; Angel Munoz in the Addiction Chassis BST Series; and Mike Nichols in the Dirt Track Central Jax Sports Grille Great Plains Series;Big Daddy Northern Region Hobby Stock track champions included Shannon Anderson at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway and Stuart Speedway; Adam Armstrong at Beatrice Speedway and RPM Speedway; Troy Baalhorn at Casper Speedway; Brock Beeter at Nodak Speedway; Tiffany Bittner at Boone County Raceway and U.S. 30 Speedway; Kyle Bond at Lincoln County Raceway; Dana Brandt at Devil’s Lake Speedway; Michael Brunswig at Phillips County Raceway; Tracy Buck at Stuart Raceway; Travis Burger at Thunder Hill Speedway; John Cain at Eagle Raceway; Randy Embrey at Hamilton County Speedway; Jeff Fink at Shelby County Speedway; William Flask at Skyline Raceway; Cody Graham at WaKeeney Speedway; Dustin Griffiths at Lee County Speedway and Southern Iowa Speedway; Matt Hanson at Murray County Speedway; Austin Hauswirth at Algona Raceway and Clay County Fairgrounds; Colin Heim at Sherman County Speedway; Andy Hoffman at Raceway Park; Benji Irvine at Benton County Speedway and Independence Motor Speedway; Jeremy Jauquet at Thunderhill Raceway; Brad King at Estevan Motor Speedway and Williston Basin Speedway; Weston Koop at I-35 Speedway; Colby Langenberg at Riviera Raceway; Kevin LaTour at Arlington Raceway; Thomas Martell at Gillette Thunder Speedway; Derek Moede at Luxemburg Speedway; Justin Nehring at Crawford County Speedway and Jackson Speedway; Brandon Nielsen at Buena Vista Raceway; Cody Nielsen at Hancock County Speedway; Colton Pfeifer at Elmwood Park Speedway; Cory Probst at Fairmont Raceway and Redwood Speedway; Eric Ross at Thomas County Speedway; Leland Stute at Red Willow County Raceway; Dillon Thompson at Dawson County Raceway; Mike Traskwosky at Salina Speedway; John Watson at Boone Speedway and Marshalltown Speedway; James Whitaker at Farley Speedway; and Nick Widmeier at Dubuque Speedway.Charger Chassis Southern Region Hobby Stock drivers winning local track crowns were Westin Abbey at 281 Speedway; Freddie Brooks at Aztec Speedway and Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway; A.J. Dancer at Cotton Bowl Speedway; Shannon Dulock at Heart O’ Texas Speedway; Aaron Norman at Roadrunner Speedway; April Phillips at Lubbock Speedway; Cody Stone at Cardinal Speedway; Daniel Van Haitsma at Boyd Raceway; Mike Watkins at Abilene Speedway; and Brent Wofford at Cocopah Speedway.Allstar Performance state champions were Tiffany Bittner in Nebraska, Michael Brunswig in Colorado, William Flask in New York, Brad King in North Dakota, Justin Lathram in New Mexico, Thomas Martell in Wyoming, Derek Moede in Wisconsin, Brandon Nielsen in Iowa, Colton Pfeifer in Kansas, April Phillips in Texas, Cory Probst in Minnesota, Dave Riley in South Dakota and Brent Wofford in Arizona.Justin Luinenburg and Jeremy Oliver captured titles in the Redline Racing Parts North Star Series and Texas Lone Star Series for Hobby Stocks, respectively.Track champions in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division were Justin Addison at Stuart Raceway; Tod Alonzo at Millard County Raceway; Bobby Anders Jr. at 34 Raceway; Jason Andrews at Jackson Speedway; Aric Becker at West Liberty Raceway; Todd Boulware at Raceway Park; Jorddon Braaten at Southern Oregon Speedway; Chris Budzban at Thunderhill Raceway; Zachary Cail at Lovelock Speedway and Rattlesnake Raceway; Austin Carter at Salina Speedway; Carl Conley at Outlaw Motorsports Park; Brian Conness at Elmwood Park Speedway; Dennis Cook at Shelby County Speedway; Jeremy Cota at Seymour Speedway; Dustin Daniels at Sherman County Speedway and Thomas County Speedway; Rick Diaz at Merced Speedway and Ocean Speedway; Chad Dolan at Phillips County Raceway; Ethan Dotson at Santa Maria Speedway; Jason Doyle at Farley Speedway; Tony Dunker at Quincy Raceway and Lee County Speedway; Craig Evers at Beatrice Speedway; Tyler Frye at RPM Speedway; Robert Gallaher at Antioch Speedway; Bryce Garnhart at Davenport Speedway, Dubuque Speedway and Jackson County Speedway; Glenn Gladson Jr. at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway; Kyle Griffith at Kings Speedway; Bryan Herrick at Lincoln County Raceway and Red Willow County Raceway; Lee Jensen at Bakersfield Speedway; Ben Kates at Boone Speedway; Jamey Kennicutt at Dawson County Raceway; Andy Kleczka at Luxemburg Speedway; Lucas Lamberies at Shawano Speedway; Benji Legg at Eagle Raceway; Brian Lessig at El Paso County Speedway; Steven Lewis at I-76 Speedway; Brandon Long at 141 Speedway; Matt Looft at Arlington Raceway, Fairmont Raceway and Redwood Speedway; Brett Lowry at Benton County Speedway and Southern Iowa Speedway; Clint Luellen at Marshalltown Speedway and Stuart Speedway; Justin Medler at Nodak Speedway; Richard Mueller Jr. at Atomic Motor Raceway; Danny Myrvold at Murray County Speedway; George Nordman at Algona Raceway; Monty Nordyke at Lamar Speedway; Rich Pavlicek at Norman County Raceway; Jeremy Pittsenbarger at Thunder Hill Speedway; Kyle Prauner at Boone County Raceway, Riviera Raceway and U.S. 30 Speedway; Timmy Reese at Cocopah Speedway; Robby Rosselli at Devil’s Lake Speedway and Williston Basin Speedway; Steve Schneider at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway; Keagan Scott at Crawford County Speedway; Doug Smith at Buena Vista Raceway and Clay County Fairgrounds; Nick Spainhoward at Chowchilla Raceway; Shane Swanson at Hancock County Speedway; Jared VanDeest at Hamilton County Speedway; Chris VanMil at Buffalo River Race Park; Blaine Walt at WaKeeney Speedway; and Alex Zwanziger at I-35 Speedway and Independence Motor Speedway.Allstar Performance State champions included Todd Boulware in South Dakota, Jorddon Braaten in Oregon, Zachary Cail in Nevada, Carl Conley in Oklahoma, Tony Dunker in Illinois, Juanita Faddis in Utah, Daniel Gottschalk in Kansas, Rex Higgins in New Mexico, Lucas Lamberies in Wisconsin, Matt Looft in Minnesota, Brett Lowry in Iowa, Richard Mueller Jr. in Idaho, Thomas Nelson Jr. in Colorado, Kyle Prauner in Nebraska, Robby Rosselli in North Dakota, Nick Spainhoward California and Chris Toth in Arizona.Chad Dolan paced point standings for the Leary Racing Products BST Series. Matt Looft was champion of the Redline Racing Parts North Star Series.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod track champions were Jeffrey Abbey at 281 Speedway; Julie Boettler at Aztec Speedway, Desert Thunder Raceway and the Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway; Robert Gallegos at Thunder Mountain Raceway; Scott Gray at Diamond Mountain Speedway; Chad Hertel at Abilene Speedway and Boyd Raceway; Jeffery Kaup at Dodge City Raceway Park; Sid Kiphen at Heart O’ Texas Speedway; David Males at Roadrunner Speedway; Robert Scrivner at Cotton Bowl Speedway; Jake Upchurch at Kennedale Speedway Park and Mountain Creek Speedway; Jon White Jr. at 85 Speedway; Rodney White at Grayson County Speedway; and Cory Williams at Cardinal Speedway and Lubbock Speedway.Southern SportMod drivers winning Allstar Performance State crowns were Julie Boettler in Colorado, Travis Gray in Utah, Jeffrey Kaup in Kansas, Chris Spencer in Oklahoma, Jake Upchurch in Texas and Cory Williams in New Mexico.Julie Boettler was best in the Border States Racing Series. Jake Upchurch reigned in the Southwest Racing Specialties Texas Lone Star Series for Southern SportMods.Mach-1 Sport Compact track champions included Katelyn Ahrdnt at Norman County Raceway; Brant Bachman at Boyd Raceway; Danny Baggerly at 281 Speedway; Austen Becerra at Lee County Speedway and Quincy Raceway; Brannon Bechen at Farley Speedway; Charlie Blowers at Lincoln County Raceway; Ryan Bryant at Hancock County Speedway and I-35 Speedway; Cody Cleghorn at Stuart Speedway; Nate Coopman at Arlington Raceway, Buena Vista Raceway, Fairmont Raceway and Redwood Speedway; Jay DeVries at Algona Raceway and Clay County Fairgrounds; Kaylee Diekman at Beatrice Speedway; Brooke Fluckiger at U.S. 30 Speedway; Stephanie Forsberg at Murray County Speedway; Taylor Griffin at Shelby County Speedway; Art Herzog at RPM Speedway; Kiowa Higdon at WaKeeney Speedway; Dustin Jackson at Stuart Raceway; Tony Kerger at Crawford County Speedway; Dylan Kuhl at Dubuque Speedway; Megan Lappegard at Jackson Speedway; Ramsey Meyer at Raceway Park; David Moorman at Marshalltown Speedway; Matt Moyer at Eagle Raceway; Shannon Pospisil at Boone County Raceway and Riviera Raceway; Josh Roehrich at Dacotah Speedway; Danny Sassman Jr. at Hamilton County Speedway; Kody Stoxen at Southwest Speedway; RaNai Toler at Aztec Speedway and Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway; Austin Umscheid at Thunder Hill Speedway; and Bill Whalen Jr. at Benton County Speedway, CJ Speedway, Southern Iowa Speedway and West Liberty Raceway.Allstar Performance State champions were Danny Baggerly in Texas, Austen Becerra in Illinois, Nate Coopman in Minnesota, Art Herzog in Kansas, Shannon Pospisil in Nebraska, Kody Stoxen in North Dakota, Cody Thompson in South Dakota, RaNai Toler in Colorado and New Mexico, and Bill Whalen Jr. in Iowa.Nate Coopman ruled the Redline Racing Parts North Star Series standings.Crew chief of the year recipients were Nick DeVilbiss, Modified; Tyson Gheer, Late Model; Tim Benson, Sprint Car; Justin Gessert, Stock Car; Jamie Flugge-Smith and Donald Maas, Hobby Stock; David Hertel, Southern SportMod; Brittney Looft and Zach Schleininger, Northern SportMod; and Jerry Coopman, Sport Compact.Fifteen marketing partners were recognized during the evening most notably Speedway Motors, IMCA’s longest tenured sponsor and recipient of a 35-year award.Bassett and Intercomp both received 20-year awards.Ten-year plaques went to Chevrolet Performance, Dynatech Headers, Landrum Springs and Smiley’s Racing Products.Recipients of five-year plaques included Allstar Performance, Arnold Motor Supply, CPD Racing Tools, HJC Motorsports, Integra Shocks, PRO Shocks, Summit Racing Equipment and Sweet Manufacturing.Belleville Motorsports topped national Manufacturers’ Cup point standings for the fifth time in 2014.Regional champions were Larry Shaw Racing in the West, Chase Allen Motorsports in the South Central, Jet Racing in the Central and BMS in the East. Razor Chassis and Skyrocket Chassis shared the North Central Region title.Thirty-year sanc­tion awards went to Eagle Race­way, Grayson County Speedway and the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway, all for Modifieds.Tracks that received 25-year sanction awards for Modifieds were Bakersfield Speedway and Kings Speedway.Twenty-year sanction awards went to Boone County Raceway, Boyd Raceway, Brewerton Speed­way, Dawson County Race­way and Heart O’ Texas Speedway for Modifieds; Quad City Speedway for Late Models; and C.J. Speedway for Stock Cars.Receiving 15-year awards were Estevan Motor Speedway, Kennedale Speedway Park and Williston Basin Speedway, all for Modifieds; Abilene Speedway, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks; Cardinal Speedway, Nodak Speed­way, Shawano Speedway and WaKeeney Speedway, all for Stock Cars; and Fairmont Race­way and Independence Motor Speedway for Hobby Stocks.Ten-year sanction awards went to 85 Speedway, Abilene Speedway, Boyd Raceway, Cardi­nal Speedway, Grayson County Speedway and Heart O’ Texas Speedway, all for Southern SportMods; Benton County Speedway, Boone Speedway and Iowa State Fairgrounds Speed­way, all for Northern SportMods; and Dawson County Raceway, Nodak Speedway and U.S. 30 Speedway, all for Hobby Stocks.Five-year sanction awards were presented to Clay County Fairgrounds and Thunder Hill Speedway LLC, Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks; Lamar Speed­way, Modifieds, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks; American Valley Speedway, Farley Speedway and Quad City Speedway, Modifieds; 141 Speedway, Algona Raceway, Dawson County Raceway, Fair­mont Raceway, I-35 Speedway, Hancock County Speedway, Jack­son Speedway, Lincoln County Raceway, Sherman County Speedway and U.S. 30 Speedway, Northern SportMods; Arlington Raceway, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts; Boone County Raceway, Hobby Stocks; and Redwood Speedway and U.S. 30 Speedway, Sport Compacts.More than 500 people attended the banquet, held at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln.Speedway Motors hosted the traditional champions’ reception at the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed on Friday evening.last_img read more

  • Kuchar proves Match Play mettle

    first_img Crushed 6&5 by his fellow American in last year’s quarter-finals, Kuchar captured his first world championship by a 2&1 margin. England’s Ian Poulter, meanwhile, had to settle for fourth place, but is at least back in the world’s top 10 for the first time in 25 months. Europe’s Ryder Cup hero failed to claim the trophy for the second time in four years after losing 4&3 to Mahan in the semi-finals, then went down to a last-green defeat at the hands of Australian Jason Day. Mahan had not trailed all week until he bogeyed the fourth hole of the final, but by the turn was four down. Kuchar lost the 10th and 11th before holing what appeared a crucial 12-foot birdie putt at the next after Mahan had fired in his tee shot to four feet. It was halved in two. Kuchar also birdied the long 13th, only for Mahan to strike back in kind on the next. They shared the driveable 15th in birdies, but Kuchar fired his tee shot to the short 16th into the grandstand and was only one up. Both bunkered their drives off the next, but Mahan found much the worse lie and could not recover. Poulter had been trying to make it back-to-back World Golf Championship victories after his triumph at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last November. He had beaten Stephen Gallacher, Bo Van Pelt, Tim Clark and Steve Stricker to reach the last four, but an inspired 20-yard chip-in by Mahan from over the short 12th proved the decisive moment. “It’s a shame really and disappointing,” Poulter said. “Hunter played very solid and chipped unbelievably well.” The Englishman had hopes of pulling back to only one down when he was the one to find the green on the 12th, but instead he fell three behind. The gap quickly became four when he missed the fairway, the green and a five-foot putt for a bogey at the 14th. He came back with a birdie, but it was matched by the 30-year-old Californian and that was that. Day looked less interested in the consolation game than Poulter when he fired wildly into the desert on three of the first four holes, but he salvaged a half on one of them and then turned things round. Poulter bogeyed the seventh, ninth and 12th and could not match his opponent’s birdie at the long eighth. Another bogey came on the 14th to leave him three down, but Poulter’s pars took the 16th and 17th before Day got up and down from a bunker at the last. He earned £395,000 to Poulter’s £321,000. Revenge was sweet – almost £965,000 sweet – for Matt Kuchar when he beat defending champion Hunter Mahan to win the Accenture Match Play title in cold and windy Arizona.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Concorde grounded by Shaneshill

    first_img Press Association The latter had swept a length and a half clear of Shaneshill in the Champion Bumper in March, but it was an entirely difference scenario back on home turf. Trained by Willie Mullins and owned by Graham Wylie, who had both lifted the Punchestown Gold Cup with Boston Bob 35 minutes earlier, the 5-1 scorer was always prominent under Jamie Codd and galloped into the lead at the top of the home straight. Even though Silver Concorde continued to apply pressure, the even-money favourite was comprehensively beaten by two lengths. Shaneshill reversed Cheltenham Festival form with Silver Concorde to claim the Attheraces.com Champion INH Flat Race at Punchestown.center_img Value At Risk came with a powerful late run to finish a close third. Mullins said: “Jamie said he was going well and decided to take the bull by the horns. He looks like one for the staying novice hurdles next season.” Codd said: “I started off with Willie Mullins and just to get this ride and be able to win is absolutely fantastic. “He’s very good. He’s progressed lovely and had a great run at Cheltenham. He’s trained on to Punchestown and did it well. Being a point-to-pointer, I knew he’d stay.” last_img read more

  • Hardrock stadium beer vendor arrested on theft charges

    first_imgInvestigators have arrested a Hardrock Stadium beer vendor who reportedly used a credit card square unit to make a fraudulent charge on a victim’s credit card after the victim purchased two beers from him earlier in the day.The incident occurred Sunday during a Miami Dolphins game.Officials say 33-year-old Nathaniel Collier charged the victim $724 using his personal square credit card reader.The victim notified police after their bank notified them of the charge.Collier was taken into custody without incident and was said to still have had the skimmer in his possession.He has since been fired from the company that employs the vendors at the stadium and is now facing several charges including third-degree grand theft and possession of a skimming device.last_img

  • Have to get used to the bounce at Gabba: Steve Smith

    first_imgBrisbane: Australia’s premier batsman Steve Smith on Monday said he is focussing on getting used to the bounce at the Gabba here ahead of their first Test against Pakistan from Thursday. Pakistan has a highly rated battery of fast bowlers and Smith has found the going tough at the Gabba recently with a rare pair of ‘failures’ (0 and 21) in the Marsh Sheffield Shield season.Smith’s past two first-class innings have come on slow and low pitches in Sydney.The first one against Tasmania at Drummoyne Oval last month saw the best Test batsman in the world labour to 106 from 258 balls.Smith was forced to work even harder for his 103 from 295 deliveries – the slowest century of his first-class career – against Western Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.“I’m feeling good,” Smith said of his current batting form at an Alinta Energy family event here as quoted by www.cricket.com.au.“I probably just have to try and get used to the bounce of the wicket again at the Gabba.“It’s probably a little bit different to the last two Shield games I’ve played at Drummoyne and SCG, where they’ve been pretty benign wickets. I don’t think I had a slip in basically for the whole time I batted at Drummoyne and the SCG. I just found it hard scoring. There was no slip, there was a ring field, the square was pretty dead, and the wicket was pretty dead.“There were a couple of times I hit and got it in the gap and thought ‘that’s runs”, but it just died. So I couldn’t get them away, but it’s nice to spend some time in the middle all the same,” he said.Meanwhile, the world’s top Test fast bowler Pat Cummins said Australian pacers won’t use the bouncers too much and they will only be seen when it’s a wicket-taking delivery according to to the team think-tank.“We’ve got lots of guys coming off really good starts to the Shield season, guys that have played in the Ashes only six or seven weeks ago,” Cummins was quoted as saying by www.cricket.com.au.“And I think you saw in the T20s we didn’t overdo it with the short stuff.“You feel like you can be a little bit fuller (in Australia) and it’s the bounce that affects them – still hitting the top of off (stump), but from the pretty full length.“Like any other team, I’m sure we’ll use some bouncers but … if we’re using a bouncer it’s because we think it’s a wicket-taking ball.“I don’t think we’ll overdo it. We might have our different plans to different batters but, like always, I try and use one bouncer an over, or once every couple of overs. It’s going to be the full ball that gets the wickets,” he added. IANSAlso Read: Steve Smith relays commentator’s input to Finch during 3rd T20IAlso Watch: Govt all set to push for the contentious Citizenship Bill in the winter session of Parliamentlast_img read more

  • South Africa’s Semenya takes 800 meters gold

    first_img(REUTERS)-Caster Semenya of South Africa took the gold medal in the Olympic 800 meters yesterday in a personal best time of 1:55.28 seconds.Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba finished in 1:56.49 seconds to claim the silver, her country’s second medal in any sport at the Olympics. Kenya’s Margaret Wambui took bronze in 1:56.89.Semenya has dominated the 800m this season and there had been speculation she could take down Czech Jarmila Kratochvilova’s 1983 time of 1:53.28 seconds – the longest standing athletics world record, set in an era when eastern European doping was rife.After winning the silver medal in London four years ago, the 25-year-old South African has recorded three of the four fastest times in the world this year.last_img

  • Syracuse can’t convert on power plays in 2-2 draw with Robert Morris

    first_imgFor the first 40 seconds of Syracuse’s overtime power-play opportunity, the Orange couldn’t put a shot on net. There were just over two minutes left in the extra period, and SU ultimately only forced Robert Morris goalie Jessica Dodds to make two saves during the advantage — her only two during overtime.Syracuse (3-6-6, 2-1-2 College Hockey America) squandered its fifth power-play opportunity of the game and tied Robert Morris (4-9-2, 1-3-1), 2-2, on Friday. The sixth draw on the season ties a program a record for ties in a season.Forward Stephanie Grossi put the Orange on the board just three and a half minutes into the game with her fourth goal of the season and her team-high 15th point. It was her only point of the night, though, ending her three-game streak of multi-point games.Just two minutes later, Robert Morris forward Rikki Meilleur scored on a power-play opportunity after SU defenseman Kaillie Goodnough went to the penalty box for boarding.Early in the second period, forward Mackenzie Johnston put Robert Morris ahead 2-1, until SU forward Melissa Piacentini responded with her eighth goal of the season, assisted by forward Julie Knerr.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNeither team could find the back of the net during the third period or overtime and the last 40 minutes of the game were scoreless. The Orange outshot Robert Morris 32-22 and had an additional 30 shots blocked by RMU.Syracuse and Robert Morris will play again tomorrow at 3:05 p.m. in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.Compiled by Jon Mettus, staff writer. Comments Published on November 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Woods is back on top of his game

    first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — If Saturday’s contest against Syracuse taught us anything, it’s this: Not even rain delays and thunderstorms can slow down USC’s dynamic passing attack.Senior quarterback Matt Barkley failed to finish with his typical 300 passing yards, but he did manage to throw six touchdowns against the Orange. Three of those scoring tosses went to sophomore receiver Marqise Lee, while two went to junior receiver Robert Woods.Though Lee might have stolen the spotlight in the season opener against Hawai’i with his 297 all-purpose yards, it was Woods’ show back east. And this, Trojan fans, is the best sign you could hope for.I will say this: Robert Woods, I was a fool to think you would take a backseat to anybody.Woods was unable to practice during the spring because of surgery on his injured right ankle, and even after he returned to practice, he sported a brace the size of a Mini Cooper.Then the game against the Warriors happened. Woods was in single coverage the majority of the day, and though cornerbacks were holding him on a few occasions, he seemed just a little off. He wasn’t getting open. He was dropping passes. And strangest of all, he looked like a No. 2 receiver, with Lee being the star.“He’ll be the best ever when it’s all said and done,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said of Lee afterward.Was it finally Lee’s team? Some speculated that though Woods was the polished one, Lee was the explosive one who, as Kiffin suggested, could be the best receiver in school history. After the Hawai’i game, it hardly looked like an impossible prophecy.But when Woods landed in Newark, N.J., and stepped onto the MetLife Stadium turf, the day belonged to him. Woods, donning his signature wry smile, could hardly be stopped.He carved up the Syracuse defense in every  way imaginable: screens, deep sideline passes, slants. We saw the entire repertoire. But the main reason this apology is being written is because of his 76-yard run on a reverse in the fourth quarter.He took the toss up the north sideline and was sprung forward by Marqise Lee’s block. Then, Woods showed why he is one of the best players in the country. He cut across the entire field, leaving several Syracuse players on the ground in the process, and raced down the south sideline before running out of gas near the end zone.Those moves he made and the playmaking ability with the ball in his hands reminded us why Woods was a first-team All-American last season while breaking the Pac-12 mark for receptions in a single season.It’s true that Lee is more of a burner than No. 2 is, and he is almost always open because of blinding speed. Even when Lee isn’t open, he’ll out-jump almost any cornerback in the country, as we saw on a pair of touchdown catches against Syracuse.But Woods, polished as they come, and is a savvy veteran who just knows football. Sure-handed, he makes great adjustments on passes and runs to every open spot on the field. He just knows how to get open, no matter the circumstances.Marqise Lee might be the future, but Woods is the present and, until proven otherwise, will continue to be the alpha dog of the USC receiving corps.He isn’t always as fun to watch as Lee is, but when it comes down to it, there is no more reliable receiver in college football than Robert Woods. And for a team with national championship aspirations, a safety blanket for Barkley will be important in tight games.In fact, if a game is close in the waning minutes, there is no other player I want catching passes other than Woods. That is no offense to Lee, a great player in his own right. But this is Woods’ receiving unit. He is the one who can get the ball when things look bleak and turn a 10-yard play into a long touchdown because of precision footwork — just like he did Saturday against the Orange.So, I guess what I’m trying to say is this: I’m sorry, Robert.I shouldn’t have doubted you. You taught us something, and it’s a lesson we won’t soon forget: Though USC boasts a pair of top receivers in its arsenal, Woods’ proverbial torch has not been passed.And after Saturday’s contest, it’s clear he doesn’t want to give that up anytime soon. “Goal Line Stand” runs Mondays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Michael at katzml@usc.edu.last_img read more

  • Tunisia Backs Home-based Players

    first_imgTunisia coach Henryk Kasperczak has chosen a 23-man squad for the African Nations Cup finals in Gabon that features mostly home-based players – a rarity for the tournament.A total of 14 players come from top Tunisian clubs in contrast to most of the other squads at the tournament, which are dominated by players based at clubs in Europe.But Tunisia will have Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour, Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri and centre back Syam Ben Youssef from Caen in France’s Ligue 1 as their marquee players as they seek a second African title after their only previous success 13 years ago. Tunisia has been drawn in Group B and play their opening game against Senegal in Franceville on January 15TUNISIA SQUADGoalkeepers: Moez Ben Cherifia (Esperance), Rami Jeridi (CS Sfaxien), Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile Sahel)Defenders: Aymen Abdennour (Valencia), Syam Ben Youssef (Caen), Zied Boughattas (Etoile Sahel), Chamseddine Dhaouadi (Esperance), Slimene Kchok (CA Bizerte), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly), Hamza Mathlouthi (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Etoile Sahel), Mohamed Ali Yaakoubi (Caykur Rizespor)Midfielders: Larry Azouni (Nimes), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Etoile Sahel), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland), Hamza Lahmar (Etoile Sahel), Youssef Msakni (Al Lekhwiya), Ferjani Sassi (Esperance), Naim Sliti (Lille)Forwards: Ahmed Akaichi (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Esperance).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more