Southern Iowa Speedway hosts July 15 IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour show

first_imgOSKALOOSA, Iowa – The first half of a Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubleheader takes traveling Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds to Southern Iowa Speedway next Wednesday, July 15.The main event pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start and is a qualifier for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the midweek card.Modifieds vie for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region Allstar Performance State and special series points. All applicable points, including local track points, will be awarded in the other divisions.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7:30 p.m.Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 13-17 and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $25.Southern Iowa Speedway has hosted three previous Hawkeye Dirt Tour events. Michael Long of Quincy, Ill., won there in 2012, Todd Shute of Des Moines took the 2013 checkers and Andrew Schroeder of Keswick topped last summer’s feature.More information about the Oskaloosa show, postponed from June 11 because of inclement weather, is available by calling promoter Mike Van Genderen at 641 521-0330, at the www.hawkeyedirttour.com and www.oskyspeedway.com websites, and on Facebook.The tour is at Knoxville Raceway for the Thursday, July 16 Harris Clash. That $2,000 to win feature is the final qualifying event for the first round of Fast Shafts All-Star voting.IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Kyle Brown, State Center, 138; 2. Mike Van Genderen, Newton, 136; 3. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, 122; 4. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo, 115; 5. Nick Roberts, Des Moines, and Andrew Schroeder, Keswick, both 102; 7. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 97; 8. Mitchell Morris, Long Grove, 91; 9. David Brown, Kellogg, 84; 10. Todd Shute, Des Moines, 78; 11. Patrick Flannagan, Cedar Rapids, 76; 12. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 75; 13. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, 59; 14. Scott Hogan, Vinton, 54; 15. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, 51; 16. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 50; 17. Dennis Betzer, Central City, and Joel Rust, Grundy Center, both 47; 19. Chris Zogg, New Liberty, 46; 20. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C., and Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D., each 40.last_img read more

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first_imgEric Dungey has adapted to 4 different offenses in 4 years Look at Eric Dungey and the change is evident. He is significantly more muscular. He has substantial blonde facial hair on his chin. He isn’t as taciturn as he was in last year’s preseason. Dungey has evolved from an eager, immature freshman thrown into the fire far sooner than intended to a filled-out sophomore who has a better grasp on how to handle it all. Changing is what Dungey has been doing for years. Change is virtually all he knows. In the past four years — his junior and senior seasons at Lakeridge (Oregon) High School and first two at SU — Dungey has played in four different offenses and under four different head coaches. Stability in the systems or people that dictate how he plays is something he knows nothing about. Dino Babers’ offense will be the latest test for the signal-caller who made everyone hold their breath last season, for good and bad, and it’s another chance to embrace change. “Challenging? To a point you just kinda really gotta put a lot of time into what you’re doing and learn what you gotta do,” Dungey said. “I never really had two years under an offense so I never knew how that’s going to be so I’m excited for the opportunity to do that.”,Under the assumption both Dungey and Babers return in 2017, it will be Dungey’s first time under the same head coach for two consecutive full seasons since his first two years of high school. Longtime prep coach Tom Smythe stepped aside amid Lakeridge’s 2013 state playoff run, Dungey’s junior season, so that Chad Carlson (who essentially coached Lakeridge throughout the season, but wasn’t the official head coach) could finally have the title on paper. There were also reports of a power struggle that led to the split, but Carlson said “don’t believe everything you read.” Then Lakeridge hired vice principal John Parke as interim head coach in 2014, but Carlson stayed on as offensive coordinator and essentially ran the team again. Through it all, Dungey learned to ignore, adapt and produce.,“You look at all those things that happened in his life football-wise, all the different changes, all the things that we went through when I was there,” Carlson said. “It had him learning to do the best with what he had control of. He couldn’t do everything for our whole team and that frustrated him his junior year. And then when he figured out he could only do the best for what he could do, that’s when you just saw him shine like no other.” At Lakeridge, Carlson implemented multiple offenses with numerous sets and different variations of each based on the opponent. There was no set gameplan on offense, instead a fluid blueprint that was constantly changing. It taught Dungey to read defenses before the snap, after the snap and ultimately make split-second decisions on the run like he did in his freshman season at Syracuse. In 2013, Dungey was spoon-fed the offense in a way, Carlson said, but the biggest change from his junior to senior year was his ability to do it all for himself. No coach was needed anymore to tell him what to do. Dungey could input hot reads on his own, call audibles effectively at the line of scrimmage and recognize what kind of protection he needed.“He can handle a lot because I really tested him those two years with a lot of language and a lot of different sets and formations and reads to make,” Carlson said. “Although this is gonna be he fifth or sixth offense he’s learned, he probably learned 10 or 12 in those two years we were there.”,Last year under Scott Shafer, Dungey was far more run-based than what’s expected this year. Dungey has vowed to remain in the pocket more, which will presumably fit into Babers’ Baylor style offense that has produced some of the best passing quarterbacks college football has seen in recent years in New England Patriots starter Jimmy Garoppolo and Matt Johnson, who finished second in passing yards last season. But this is Eric Dungey, the 20 year old just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. He’s already made a name for himself with highlight-reel plays courtesy of his audacious running style, but now he has to change. Again. And if the past is any indication of what’s to come, he shouldn’t have any problem doing so. “Dungey has the chance to be one of the best quarterbacks in college,” wide receiver Steve Ishmael said. “I truly believe that, man.”,Banner video by Griffin Morrow | Video Editor Comments This is placeholder text Advertisement Published on August 31, 2016 at 8:02 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

Revealed: Kenpong, Mona not separated

first_imgKenpong Group of Companies media coordinator Kofi Poku has poured cold water on the Kennedy ‘Cappuccino’ Agyapong-Mona divorce issue.It has emerged on some media platforms that the two love birds have gone their separate ways.However, our checks have revealed the contrary. Mr Poku, who is also a close confidant to the businessman in an interview said “If you have heard anything regarding Kenpong divorcing his lover, it’s total lies, it’s not true, and I see it as a calculated attempt to soil his reputation.“You will agree with me that there have been attempts to paint brand  Kenpong black lately, and I want to state emphatically  that we know the person  behind this scheme.“That person uses the media to for his selfish interest. We will respond to him at the right time using the law courts.”“What is the writer seeking to achieve,? He went on to mention that Amanda is planning to throw a big party in that same story, is this a story? Why do people engage in matters that will not make any positive impact in their lives? ” Attempts to reach Mr Agyapong, who is on a business trip proved unsuccessful, but our  sources succeeded in getting in touch with Mona’s mother, Madam Fatima on telephone, who  expressed surprise at the news saying, “I would have been the first person to know if my daughter has been thrown out as reported.“I just spoke with her, she is doing fine and she never mentioned anything of that sort when we spoke few minutes ago, they are happily together,” she added.last_img read more

From Manny Pacquiao defying logic to promotional pettiness: The good, the bad and dirty in the week of boxing

first_imgPacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) looked sharp from the opening bell. He had his trademark speed combined with good footwork and the power which led to knocking Thurman down in the first round with a crisp, straight right hand, before rocking him again the second round and nearly finishing the previously undefeated Thurman with a crippling body shot in the 10th that would have sent most crumbling to the canvas. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIt’s quite amazing to see Pacquiao competing at such an elite level in the most profound division in boxing. Is he as good as when he plowed through Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, and Antonio Margarito? No, but this version is just as fun and exciting to see competing at the highest level.What should be next is either the winner of Errol Spence Jr.-Shawn Porter on Sept. 28 or the rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Shockingly, Pacquiao didn’t bring up Mayweather’s name during his post-fight interview. While a Pacquiao-Spence or Pacquiao-Porter would be fun too as the grizzled veteran looks to continue to beat up on the young lions, Spence — and most likely Porter — would batter Pacquiao. It would be fun to see a 100-percent Pacquiao take on Mayweather, who was at the fight and looked to be in great shape. It’s all up to Mayweather at this point if he wants to get back into the ring for what would be one more huge financial payday. – Caleb Plant makes a statement. Plant was put into a prime position being the featured preliminary bout on the Pacquiao-Thurman card on Fox against Mike Lee. Plant and Lee went on the press tour with Pacquiao and Thurman and were given the superstar treatment during the buildup. “Sweethands” made the most of the opportunity by making easy work of Lee to score three knockdowns to win in the third round to retain the IBF super middleweight championship. Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) showed no regard for Lee’s skills. He connected on any shot he wanted to and it was a matter of time before he got the Notre Dame graduate out of there. After scoring a knockdown in the first round, Plant scored two knockdowns (which should’ve been three) in the third round to force referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight before Lee took any more unnecessary punishment.The 27-year-old did precisely what he was supposed to do and put on a showing the boxing public will remember. Plant made the most of the chance and became a bigger star because of the way he performed. Now, Plant can focus on getting married in the next few months and get ready to take on the winner of the WBC title fight between Anthony Dirrell and David Benavidez on Sept. 28.- Errol Spence vs. Shawn Porter. The highly-anticipated showdown formally got announced at a press conference on Saturday for their Sept. 28 clash at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a welterweight title unification bout with the winner being the IBF and WBC champion. You could see during the presser that Porter was trying to get under Spence’s skin and to a degree, it worked by the expressions on “The Truth’s” face. When they did a short interview on the pay-per-view telecast, the tension between the two was rather palpable. The respect is there, but they would prefer to not be in the same room as each other. They will settle the score in a little over two months with the winner moving closer to becoming the undisputed champion at 147 pounds and the best fighter in the division.The Bad- Adrien Broner being Adrien Broner. We haven’t heard much from the four-division world champion since he got blown out by Pacquiao in January. He’s kept himself out of trouble and stayed low-key. But with the Pacquiao-Thurman fight, “AB” showed up and made his presence felt.After the fight, Broner did a short interview with reporter Helen Yee. Broner was making accusations that Thurman was gambling with him at 3:00 a.m. on Friday before the weigh-in. Broner proceeded to say that he did better than Thurman against Pacquiao.“I don’t even get the credit I deserve, Broner told Yee. “Now everybody is giving me credit. I did way better than Keith; he got cooked. He almost wanted to quit, too. I seen some quit in him, too.”One has to wonder if Broner truly believes the words coming out of his mouth. The statement couldn’t be farther from the truth and makes him come off like he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. A case can be made that Broner lost every round to Pacquiao, while Thurman won rounds and was competitive throughout compared to how Broner looked to be just collecting a paycheck. On the other hand, it is also a case of Broner looking for another lucrative fight, and Thurman would fit the bill of such. Let’s see if Thurman takes the bait. Hopefully not, as seeing Broner against high-caliber contests is getting bothersome and tedious since we already know what the result is going to be and how the Ohio native is going to be inside the ring.The Dirty- Uncalled for antics by Premier Boxing Champions. The PBC was having a great show on Saturday night. The fights were compelling, and the commentary by the Fox Sports team was solid.  Then it all came crashing down when a graphic was shown of the current welterweight champions and one champion’s name was missing — WBO titleholder Terence Crawford.  So @terencecrawford isn’t a welterweight champion? Remind you on the P4P list? PBC be acting like boxing doesn’t exist outside of their realm 🤣 pic.twitter.com/GX3wyvbu0g— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) July 21, 2019 At first glance, you thought perhaps it was a mistake made by PBC and Fox Sports. But when Crawford’s name wasn’t mentioned, you knew what the deal was. He definitely did. You know the hate is real when they don’t acknowledge the fact that you a title holder 😂😂😂— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) July 21, 2019 This has been the staple of PBC telecasts where other world champions who aren’t affiliated with them don’t exist in any form. It makes PBC come off as spiteful, low class and disrespectful. Other promotions do exist as fighters of Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy compete on DAZN (editor’s note: Sporting News is part of the DAZN Group), and Top Rank fighters compete on ESPN.  It was another interesting week in boxing. Here are the highs and lows of the last seven days.The Good- Manny Pacquiao continues to amaze. Typically, the decline of athletes begins in their mid-to-late 30’s. And for a time that appeared to be the case for Pacquiao after a stretch where he went 2-2 from May 2015 to July 2017. But something happened to the Senator of the Phillippines as he approached and reached his 40th birthday in December. He found the fountain of youth and has turned back the clock, going 3-0 in the last 12 months, highlighted by a vintage Pacquiao performance on Saturday night, defeating Keith Thurman by split decision to become the primary WBA welterweight champion in front of a soldout crowd of 14,356 people at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and plenty more watching at home on pay-per-view. It’s understandable that PBC wants fans to think the boxing universe revolves around them.  But other places for fighters to ply their craft do exist and those organizations acknowledge PBC fighters.What worked in pro wrestling in the 1980s and part of the 1990s of not acknowledging your competition doesn’t work in this realm. Why come off as petty when boxing is thriving, and there’s enough room in the sandbox for everyone to play?last_img read more