VINTON, Iowa – While attention is currently focused on the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, 20 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified drivers have already raced their way onto the ballot for the 2014 event. Ricky Alvarado owns a pair of qualifying wins on the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour. Winners of the highest paying events thus far were Benji LaCrosse in the Night of 10,000 Stars and Kyle Strickler at the Night of 1,000 Stars. David Murray Jr. took the checkers on night two of the Stampede special at Dodge City Raceway Park. Mark Carrell became vote eligible by winning the Dancin’ Bare Topless 100 at Sunset Speedway. Governor’s Cup honors at Dacotah Speedway went to Robert Hellebust. Jeremy Shank topped the Northwest Modified Nationals at Grays Harbor Raceway. His Nor-Cal Series win at Petaluma Speedway made Brian Cass vote eligible. Todd Dart was the $1,000 feature winner at a Thunderhill Raceway weekly show. RPM Speedway wrote out the top check to Modified Mania winner Jared Landers. Jeremy Frenier was first across the stripe in the fair special at WaKeeney Speedway. Jesse Williamson scored big at Cottage Grove Speedway’s Modified Nationals. Eric Dailey was first at the Kossuth County Fair. Josh Meyer was the Jam The Stands Night winner at Jackson Speedway. Dustin Hansen raced his way onto the ballot with a Wild West Tour victory at Millard County Raceway. Ray Cox Jr. won the Weedon Memorial at Quad City Speedway and Zachary Thorp was first at Lovelock Speedway’s Frontier Days. Another Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN victory put Darin Duffy on the 2014 ballot. Tyler Limoges was the Martin County Fair winner at Fairmont Raceway. Bobby Hogge IV won the Five Star Grafix Clash at Santa Maria Speedway.
TALLMADGE, Ohio (Feb. 6) – Gift cards with a value totaling $14,000 go to drivers in eight IMCA divisions again this season, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment.The Tallmadge, Ohio, high performance parts retailer gives $100 gift cards to top 10 finishers in each of the five IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regions, both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions and the two IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions. Gift cards of the same value go to top 10 drivers in national standings for IMCA Late Models, IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Gift cards will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week. “Summit is always quick to renew their program and that sort of commitment to IMCA racing has been evident throughout their tenure as a marketing partner,” observed IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’re honored to continue the relationship with Summit and encourage our racers to explore their extensive line of retail products.” Summit also returns to the national decal program for Modifieds this season, its sixth as an IMCA marketing partner. Drivers in the division must display two Summit decals on their race car and send a picture of their car proving decal placement to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to be eligible for regional point fund shares. Information about Summit products is available at the www.summitracing.com website or by calling 800 230-3030.
Kurt Olson took the lead at the start of the Stock Car main event before giving way to Mike Schmidt on lap four. Behind Schmidt it was Christians, VanStraten and Trent Nolan moving toward the front of the field. Norman Walbruck snagged the lead on lap one of the Modified and held that spot until lap five when Wilinski charged to the front. Wilinski was in control for the duration of the race for his second consecutive win. SHAWANO, Wis. (June 18) – Saturday was a night of familiar faces in victory lane at Shawano Speedway, as Jerry Wilinski secured his second straight IMCA Modified feature and Jeremy Christians outdueled Travis VanStraten for his second IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory of the season. Kevin Feck eventually prevailed in the battled for second with Brekken Kleinschmidt taking third. By Scott Owen Schmidt, Christians, and VanStraten went three-wide for the lead on lap 10. Christians eventually eased ahead of the field, but not for long as VanStraten took the lead on lap 12. Christians and VanStraten battled side by side over the next few laps with Christians eventually gaining the advantage. In the end it was Christians for the win followed by VanStraten, Nolan, Nate Michonski and Schmidt. Rookie Andy Klosterman led the opening lap of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature before Jason Jach took over on lap two with an outside pass. Jach remained committed to the outside groove of the track for the duration of the race and was not to be denied his first win of the year.
The event had been rescheduled from an April rainout. Aikey won for the fifth time in six races behind the wheel of Dralle’s Rick’s Detail/Code Red Repair Rocket. The winner of the first two Deery events held at Maquoketa, in 1998 and 2002, Aikey’s most recent series victory had come on Sept. 8 of 2016 at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The 56-year old veteran put his fairly new ride to the test early in Tuesday evening’s 50-lap Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Maquoketa Speedway. It passed the test with flying colors as he flew to the $2,000 IMCA Late Model tour victory. MAQUOKETA, Iowa (June 18) – As Jeff Aikey drove the four-wide parade lap, he knew his car would be competitive. Callahan finally caught and then led for a couple laps before Aikey regained control on the 45th circuit. By Rob Hinckley Three-time and defending series champion Justin Kay earned hard charger honors, racing from 23rd starting to sixth. “I can’t believe we won this thing,” Aikey added. “Rick Dralle gave me a perfect car. I hadn’t been in a Deery Brothers race for three years, so this really feels good.” The only caution flew on lap 46. Aikey then beat Callahan, Matt Ryan, Terry Neal and Darrell DeFrance. Jeff Aikey won for the 69th time in his Deery Brothers Summer Series career, when the tour for IMCA Late Models traveled to Maquoketa Speedway on June 18. (Photo by Simply Modified) “We were having a good run and it was tiring with no cautions,” said Aikey. “When Joel showed his nose, I knew I had to go.” “I could go anywhere on this track,” the all-time Deery Brothers feature win leader said in victory circle after his 69th career win. “The track was prepared great.” Aikey rolled off third and had the point by lap four, passing pole starter Andy Eckrich. He drew away from a charging Joel Callahan for several laps after Callahan took second on lap 10. Terry Neal was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner. Feature results – 1. Jeff Aikey; 2. Joel Callahan; 3. Matt Ryan; 4. Terry Neal; 5. Darrell DeFrance; 6. Justin Kay; 7. Jeremiah Hurst; 8. Curt Martin; 9. Andy Eckrich; 10. John Emerson; 11. Andy Nezworski; 12. Chad Holladay; 13. Sam Halstead; 14. Doug Nigh; 15. Chuck Hanna; 16. Eric Pollard; 17. Paul Nagle; 18. Brian Harris; 19. Dalton Simonsen; 20. Jeff Tharp; 21. Joe Zrostlik; 22. Todd Malmstrom; 23. Gary Webb; 24. Don Pataska.
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs finished 3rd in the 6-team Shelbyville Invitational Saturday at Rivers Edge Golf Course with a score of 382. New Palestine shot 339. Triton Central 376 Shelbyville 402. Franklin Central 431. Jennings County 434.Snakiest Fox of New Pal was medalist with a 68 (-4). Emma Weiler shot 74 finishing second. Also for Batesville Sarah Ronnebaum 95. Tori Harpring 102. Chloe Murphy 119. Madelyn Pohlman 111.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.
Cincinnati, OH—Cincinnati’s hometown hero organizations, DAV and RecruitMilitary, will host the Cincinnati Veterans Job Fair tomorrow, Thursday, September 12th from 11 am to 3 pm at Great American Ballpark. This free event for veterans, military spouses, transitioning military, National Guard members and Reservists features nearly 50 employers ready to hire. In addition to providing career opportunities for transitioning military and veterans, RecruitMilitary is also focusing efforts on the more than 600,000 military spouses in the United States who are unemployed and/or underemployed in their professional careers. The company is actively working to help address the exorbitantly high unemployment rate of military spouses – nearly 25% – a rate more than six times the national average. This is the highest unemployment rate of any singular group in the U.S. Through its partnership with Google, a new job search tool is now available to assist military spouse and military-trained talent to explore 8,000 remote work options in the RecruitMilitary database of more than 250,000 jobs. With more than 140 veteran and military spouse job fairs this year, RecruitMilitary offers veterans and military spouses the most opportunities of any organization to help facilitate their future career goals.To further support the transition process of our military service members, Cincinnati’s RecruitMilitary recently launched a program created by veterans and military spouses for veterans and military spouses: Team Transition. The Team Transition program is the first program designed to fully support the family members of service members through career networking opportunities and resources. As service members complete their missions and prepare to transition to civilian employment, it is important to remember that the military family unit is the foundation of the service member’s success. Team Transition provides resources to help military spouses and dependents secure employment, explore career opportunities and enhance educational and licensing initiatives to secure stability as the foundation of the military family.RecruitMilitary’s Event Director Adam O’Toole, who is also a Cincinnati native and U.S. Army veteran, is available to discuss tomorrow’s hiring event and how we’re helping Cincinnati’s veterans, transitioning military and military spouses find meaningful career opportunities.
Area Basketball ScoresWednesday (12-4)Girls Scores.Jac-Cen-Del 64 Hauser 34Union County 54 Connersville 21Madison 50 Floyd Central 37Boys Scores.Covington Holmes 91 South Dearborn 72
Statewide—As of the last Indiana health department report for the week ending November 30, 47% of the flu cases were for children between 0-4 and 36% of all reported flu cases were for people between the ages of 5-24 years old. There have been 3 flu-associated deaths reported so far this season in Indiana. All were in the 65+ age range. Jefferson County’s Rykers’ Ridge Elementary is having an E-Learning Day today to allow students who are ill to stay home and students who are well to avoid the outbreak of Influenza B, strep throat and respiratory illness that saw 48 students (about 25%) stay home sick Thursday.The Center for Disease Control says the flu shot is the best protection for all ages against the flu. They offer these other tips for preventionAvoid close contact.Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sickStay home when you are sick.If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.Cover your mouth and nose.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.Clean your hands.Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.Practice other good health habits.Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Osgood, IN—Saturday, The Upper Room Café in Osgood will be giving the cow away. OK, maybe not, but they are giving anyone that stops by 2 gallons of milk for free per family as they have a huge truck supply coming. This will be between 9 am to 11 am this Saturday, May 30.
St. Leon, IN— The American Legion Post #464-St. Joseph Post is hosting a blood drive today from 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm in conjunction with Hoxworth Blood Center. Appointments are required. So call 513.451.0910 or click here to sign up online.