Whitwell, Drake hit IMCA jackpots at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 4-5) – R.C. Whitwell recorded his fourth feature win of the season and Scott Drake got his first when IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds ventured to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a midweek special on the half-mile Dirt Track. Whitwell proved the fastest of 50 Wednesday night entries. He’d started eighth, battled back and forth with the 10th starting Josh Vogt much of the way and finally locked down the lead with three circuits left in the 25-lapper.Vogt ended in second, about five car lengths off the pace. Bobby Hogge IV, Scott Drake and Clay Daly completed the top five. Forty-three Modifieds vied on Thursday. Drake led all 25 circuits after starting outside the front row in the Terry Henry Race Prep-owned ride out of Bakersfield, Calif. Whitwell made it too close for comfort after Drake got slowed by lapped traffic in the final four laps. He’d trailed by 10 car lengths before catching up coming out of the final turn.The front pair made contact and Drake got into the front stretch wall while taking the checkers.Whitwell, Ryan Ruter, Cody Laney and Jason Noll were next across the stripe.Both main events paid $750 to win. Kenny Wallace piloted a bor­rowed ride, dropped out of his heat race with transmission woes and was unable to start his opening night “B.” He was 17th on Thursday. Feature ResultsMarch 4 – 1. R.C. Whitwell; 2. Josh Vogt; 3. Bobby Hogge IV; 4. Scott Drake; 5. Clay Daly; 6. Bret Bennett; 7. Tim Ward; 8. Ethan Dotson; 9. Andy Obertello; 10. Rob Sanders; 11. Sean Stewart; 12. Ryan Porter; 13. Troy Morris Jr.; 14. Logan Drake; 15. David Karst; 16. Wade Taylor; 17. Lance Mari; 18. Ryan Ruter; 19. Bert Beech; 20. Charles Davis Jr.; 21. Tony Kinkade Jr.; 22. Jason Noll; 23. Kyle Heckman; 24. Justen Yeager. March 5 – 1. Drake; 2. Whitwell; 3. Ruter; 4. Cody Laney; 5. Noll; 6. Heckman; 7. Hogge; 8. Vogt; 9. Ward; 10. Daly; 11. Bennett; 12. Roger Holder; 13. Dotson; 14. Obertello; 15. Chris Crompe; 16. Morris; 17. Kenny Wallace; 18. Stewart; 19. Karst; 20. Mari; 21. Jay Marks; 22. Sanders; 23. Trent Guest; 24. Billy Wormsbecker.last_img read more

England extend Eddie Jones as coach until 2021

first_imgAfter guiding England to 22 wins in his 23 tests in charge, the Australian was rewarded for transforming the fortunes of the national team by getting a new deal through 2021.As part of the deal, the English Rugby Football Union has planned a succession process that will likely see a new coach appointed by the end of the 2019-20 season, to work alongside Jones until the summer of 2021. The new coach would then lead England into the 2023 Rugby World Cup.The RFU said this “robust succession planning process” was in place in an effort to avoid “the historically disruptive pattern of resetting the coaching team and performance system every four years.””Eddie will be a big part of this process,” RFU chief executive Steve Brown said, “and wants to ensure a smooth handover to his successor.”It suggests England may look to emulate the coaching strategy employed by New Zealand and promote from within, potentially through Jones’ assistant coaches, Steve Borthwick or Paul Gustard.Until then, Jones is set to become the longest-serving England coach since Clive Woodward, who led the country in its RWC success in 2003. Under Jones, England has risen to No 2 in the world rankings and is a legitimate challenger to the top-ranked All Blacks.”I have been completely focused on developing a team capable of being the No 1 rugby team in the world and winning the World Cup in 2019,” Jones said. “I never take my role as England head coach for granted and did not presume I would be asked to stay on, but, once the conversations started very recently, it was not a difficult decision to make.”Jones’ new contract has a performance-based break clause based on England’s showing at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.The Australian took charge weeks after the 2015 RWC.”He has a 95 per cent win rate at the helm,” Brown said, “and has been a galvanising force for the RFU, bringing focus, clarity and extraordinary commitment to the role.”last_img read more

Man pleads guilty to stealing €315,000 from supermarket

first_imgA man who stole more than €315,000 from a Ballybofey Supermarket has appeared in court.Wayne Johnston, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with misappropriating the cash from Cost Cutter. He is charged with dishonestly misappropriating €315,303 cash from Cost Cutter, Ballybofey, belonging to Michael Doherty on a date unknown between February 1 2010 and January 31, 2011 contrary to Section 4 of the Theft Act.The defendant was remanded on bail to the next sitting of the circuit court.Defence Counsel Colm Smyth asked for a Probation Report and a psychiatric evaluation of the defendant.John Aylmer agreed to the request and adjournment.Man pleads guilty to stealing €315,000 from supermarket was last modified: December 5th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyCost CuttercourtWayne Johnstonlast_img read more