Dallon Murty becomes youngest driver to earn IMCA Stock Car national rookie honors

first_imgHIS CREW: Parents Damon and Dawn, sister Dayna, Mort Fraum, Bud Maschmann and Jonah Bearden. CHELSEA, Iowa – A strong second half of the season helped Dallon Murty achieve the goals he’d set at the start of his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car campaign. HIS SPONSORS: Harris Auto Racing and Motorsports Warehouse, both of Boone; Fast Shafts, Midstate Machine and Curt Manatt, all of Des Moines; Oliver Heating and Air of Danville; Grandpa Norm; Performance Bodies and Northland Oil, both of Cedar Falls; Precision Ink Graphics & Design, Van Tomme Concrete and Front Street Tap, all of Brooklyn; CV Farms of Chelsea; Hazy Hideaway of Cedar Rapids; The Oasis Bar & Grill of Belle Plaine; Fisher Trucking of Marshalltown; Mitchell Machine of Webster City; and Richie Gustin Racing of Gilman. “Our goal was to win rookie but we got out to a slow start,” said Murty. “We got better and when we saw we had a shot at it, we decided to go for it.” “That was a pretty good night,” said Murty, who took to the top of the oval and led start to finish of the 18-lapper. “We had the whole family and a lot of fans there. It was pretty cool to be able to win that night.” Murty ended the season fourth in points at Marshalltown and eighth at Vinton. Fourteen-year-old Dallon Murty became the youngest driver to earn IMCA Sunoco Stock Car national and EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region rookie of the year awards. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)center_img The son of much accomplished IMCA veteran Damon Murty and a BGM High School freshman, he got his career first win in his 20th start in the class, on July 5 at Marshalltown Speedway. “Stock Cars are fun to drive. I like racing with my dad and we can talk about the race on the way home,” said Murty, who raced go-karts and micro mods before moving into the Class Too Tough To Tame. “The hardest thing getting used to was the weight difference. That threw my game off but once I stuck to one class I got the hang of it pretty quick.” He won another four features, three at Benton County Speedway and one at Maquoketa, and had five more top five’s in his final 21 starts. The 14-year-old from Chelsea became the youngest driver in division history to earn national rookie of the year honors, as well as the youngest rookie of the year crowned in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region.  Starts 41            Wins 5         Additional Top Five’s 7last_img read more

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Miller wins battle with Smith to give Scorpions the edge on day one

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC)- Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller gave his side the early edge when he triggered another inexplicable Windward Islands Volcanoes batting collapse to overshadow Devon Smith’s third hundred of the season in the Regional 4-Day Championship on Thursday.Miller, the most successful bowler in the history of the West Indies first-class championship, captured 5-60 from 29 overs with his steady left-arm spin, as the Volcanoes were bowled out for 200 in their first innings on the first day of their fifth-round match at Sabina Park.Left-hander Smith, the most prolific batsman in Windies first-class history, slammed an undefeated 116 and was the only Volcanoes batsman that offered stiff resistance to the Scorpions’ bowling.Taryck Gabriel made 23 and was the only other Volcanoes batsman to pass 20, as the visitors made four changes to their line-up from the previous match.John Campbell, bowling his uncomplicated off-spin, supported Miller in the demolition of the Volcanoes batting with 3-38 from 14 overs.Campbell was not out on 37 and Trevon Griffith was not out on five, as the Scorpions reached 43 without loss in reply when stumps were drawn.Miller, playing only his second match of the season, due to a medical procedure during the off-season, has quickly proved his worth to the Scorpions.He collected 10 wickets in the previous match against Leeward Islands Hurricanes and worked his way through the feeble Volcanoes batting after he belatedly brought himself into the attack on a pitch that was offering assistance to the spin bowlers from early.Smith, whose 344 runs prior to the start of the match was the second highest aggregate for the season, also proved how invaluable he has been to the Volcanoes.He became the first batsman this season to pass 400 runs and batted just under five hours for his 26th Regional 4-Day and 31st first-class career hundred that came from 254 balls and included seven fours and four sixes.Campbell gave Scorpions early success, when he had Tyrone Theophile, the Volcanoes captain and Smith’s long-standing opening partner, caught at leg-slip for 16 in the first hour.The part-time off-spinner struck again following the drinks break, when Roland Cato fell in the same manner for six.Smith and Gabriel carried the Volcanoes to lunch on 84 for two, but things started to unravel for the visitors once Miller introduced himself following the interval.Smith reached his 50 before Miller bowled Gabriel to end a third-wicket partnership of 54 and the floodgates opened as the Volcanoes plunged from 115 for three to 162 for eight at tea.After leg-spinner Damion Jacobs had Donwell Hector caught in the deep for seven to leave Volcanoes 126 for four, Miller trapped Kyle Mayers lbw for 15 and Dennis Smith caught close to the wicket for a duck before the visitors reached 150.After they passed that milestone, Miller removed Shane Shillingford for one before Audy Alexander was run out for a duck, as Smith coasted to tea on 85.After the break, Smith reached 90 before Campbell removed debutant Kenneth Dember for five and it was touch-and-go to see if the discarded West Indies opener would reach his landmark.He duly brought up the hundred with his final four before Sherman Lewis gave a return catch to Miller to bring the innings to a close.Volcanoes brought Hector, Dennis Smith, Dember and Alexander in to replace Kirk Edwards, Kavem Hodge, Gian Benjamin and Ray Jordan, while Scorpions replaced Garth Garvey, Dennis Bulli and Oshane Thomas with Griffith, Fabian Allen and Reynard Leveridge.Scorpions – fifth in the standings on 36.6 points – gained two bowling points, but no pace bowling points and Volcanoes – last on 18.4 points – has so far added one batting point.VOLCANOES 1st InningsDS Smith not out 116*T Theophile c Palmer b Campbell 16R Cato c Palmer b Campbell 6T Gabriel b Miller 23D Hector c Green b Jacobs 7K Mayers lbw b Miller 15+DDH Smith c Palmer b Miller 0S Shillingford c King b Miller 1A Alexander run out 0K Dember c Leveridge b Campbell 5S Lewis c and b Miller 0Extras (b5, w6) 11TOTAL (all out, 83 overs) 200Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-61, 3-115, 4-126, 5-149, 6-149, 7-151, 8-152, 9-174Bowling: Green 5-1-17-0 (w5); Leveridge 9-3-20-0 (w1); Campbell 14-1-38-3; Jacobs 26-5-60-1; Miller 29-9-60-5SCORPIONS 1st InningsJ Campbell not out 37T Griffith not out 5Extras (lb1) 1TOTAL (without loss, 14 overs) 43A Fudadin, B King, F Allen, P Palmer, +S Taylor, D Green, D Jacobs, *N Miller, R Leveridge yet to batBowling: Lewis 3-0-10-0; Mayers 4-2-2-0; Shillingford 5-0-9-0; Dember 2-1-12-0Position: Scorpions trail by 157 with all first innings wickets standinglast_img read more

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Clippers rested and raring to go against Trail Blazers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Point guard Chris Paul played all 82 regular-season games in 2014-15 for the L.A. Clippers. It was a feather in his cap because he had never been able to do that.There would be none of that this season. Paul played in 74, missing five with injuries and sitting three down the stretch strictly for rest.Shooting guard J.J. Redick and center DeAndre Jordan had the same rest days as Paul. That’s not to mention the starters were able to sit out the fourth quarter of several games over the past few weeks because of blowouts that favored the Clippers, who won 10 of their last 12 games.That makes this group of Clippers invigorated and raring to go for the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, which begin Sunday when they host the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center (on TNT). “Yeah, I mean, I feel great,” Paul said. “I feel as good as you possibly can. You know, I think everybody says you can’t find one person that’s 100 percent now at this point in the season. But the one thing we do have right now is health, and everybody’s on the floor.”To Redick, the rest strengthens the team psychologically as much as physically.“I think the rest can be even more beneficial for the mental and emotional aspect,” said Redick, who actually might be the one player who could be limited Sunday because of a bruised left heel. “In terms of energy, rejuvenation, I feel great and I think I’m one of the guys who was able to take advantage of the rest.”Coach Doc Rivers orchestrated this by giving games off to starters and reserves alike. Blake Griffin, who missed 45 games with injuries and a suspension, rested two games. Sixth-man Jamal Crawford rested three, Wesley Johnson two and 38-year-old Paul Pierce six.“The rest was good for us, for sure,” Rivers said. “That was really good for us.” center_img Status of RedickRedick sustained his bruised heel during the second quarter of Tuesday’s victory over Memphis at Staples Center. He did not return in that game, then rested in the regular-season finale Wednesday at Phoenix.Rivers is hopeful Redick will be himself come Sunday.“Well, it’s a concern,” Rivers said. “I don’t know if it’s a big concern yet. I think we’ll figure that out when we get close to Sunday. Obviously, he means a lot to what we do, so you want him to be at full strength.”Blake Griffin updateGriffin has played in five games since returning April 3, resting two of the final seven. He’s not there yet, but he is rounding into form.At this point, Rivers said, it’s all about Griffin trying to get back to being himself, rather than the team re-acclimating to his return. “I would say that it’s probably more Blake just trying to adjust to being Blake again, more than us trying to figure him out,” Rivers said. “We know how he plays, he knows how the team plays and it’s just him just working.“You don’t miss the amount of games that (he missed) and just be back to the perfect fit for yourself, not the team. So I just think he’ll get better and better as the playoffs go on.”SCHEDULE(All times local)April 17: Portland at Clippers, 7:30 p.m., TNTApril 20: Portland at Clippers, 7:30 p.m., TNTApril 23: Clippers at Portland, 7:30 p.m., ESPNApril 25: Clippers at Portland, 7:30 p.m., TNT*April 27: Portland at Clippers, TBD*April 29: Clippers at Portland, TBD*May 1: Portland at Clippers, TBD*If necessarylast_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Wednesday, March 6, 2013:•4:10 a.m. Officers took a report of an animal complaint in the 500 block N. Gardner, Wellington.•12:58 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the area of 21st & B, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Jannie C. Metzen, WF, 60, Wellington.•5:55 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic family dispute in the 300 block. E. 13th, Wellington.last_img

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Olympia Resident Re-elected to Chair the State Conservation Commission

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington State Conservation CommissionOlympia-area resident James (Jim) Peters has been re-elected to Chair the Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC). The WSCC is an independent state agency that works with conservation districts to help landowners protect and restore natural resources using incentive-based practices.Commissioner Peters was appointed to the Commission by Governor Gary Locke in 1998, and Governor Jay Inslee recently extended his appointment through June 2015. Peters is a member of the Squaxin Island Tribe and served on the Tribal Council for more than six years as well as the Inter-Tribal Court Board. He is currently the Habitat Policy Analyst for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.In addition to re-electing Peters as Chair, the Commission elected Clinton O’Keefe to serve as Vice-Chair. Commissioner O’Keefe is a resident of St. John (Whitman County) and was elected to the Commission in 2012 representing Washington’s eastern region.The WSCC also welcomed two new Commissioner members at their December meeting: Alan Stromberger of Sprague (Lincoln County) and Larry Davis of Custer (Whatcom County). Commissioner Stromberger is President of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts (WACD) and a supervisor for Lincoln County Conservation District. Commissioner Davis is a supervisor for Whatcom Conservation District and is serving his third year on the WACD Board of Directors.“These commissioners represent the interests of conservation districts, state agencies, the Governor’s Office, and Washington’s landowners,” said Mark Clark, Executive Director of the WSCC. “Their experience and knowledge help us as a small state agency better integrate state- and local-level conservation directives.”WSCC Commissioners are part of a ten-member board that sets policies for the operation of Washington State’s conservation districts; facilitates resource conservation programs and activities; and coordinates programs across conservation district boundaries. The WSCC also consists of a small staff that carries out the direction of the Commission board and provides direct service to conservation districts.To learn more about the WSCC and the state’s 45 conservation districts, visit the WSCC website: www.scc.wa.gov.last_img read more

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