Kay captures third straight IMCA Late Model national crown

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (Sept. 4) – Justin Kay joined some pretty good company by winning another IMCA Late Model national championship.From Wheatland, Kay won 17 features and the track championship at Dubuque Speedway to total 814 points and top national standings for the division for a third consecutive season.That matches the accomplishment of 2010-2012 king Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill. Kay earns a $5,500 share of a $21,300 point fund to be paid to top 20 finishers in the national ranks.“The first one is still the best but the third one is pretty cool,” Kay said. “National championships get tougher to win. It’s cool to be able to do it three years in a row.”Runner-up Matt Ryan of Davenport was just three points off the pace. He raced to 11 feature wins and track titles at Davenport Speedway, Jackson County Speedway and Quad City Speedway, plus the Allstar Performance Illinois State crown.Two-time national champion Todd Cooney of Des Moines, Ryan Griffith of Webster City and Andy Nezworski of Buffalo completed the top five.Nevada’s Paul Nagle earned national rookie of the year as well as Allstar Performance Iowa State championship honors. He was 13th nationally.As many as 20 bonus points, based on average car counts, were awarded for track and special series championships. Ryan got 20 points for his Davenport title, the highest from among his three local titles. Kay’s Dubuque crown was accompanied by 17 bonus points.Other track champions, with bonus points in parenthesis, were Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines (13); Tyler Bruening of Decorah at Farley Speedway (19); Cooney, at Shelby County Speedway in Harlan (14); Tyler Droste of Waterloo at Independence Motor Speedway (17); Ryan Griffith of Webster City at his hometown Hamilton County Speedway (12); and Kevin Kile at his hometown West Liberty Raceway (16).John Emerson of Waterloo ruled the Sunday Series (14) held at Stuart Speedway and Benton County Speedway in Vinton.Kay now owns 58 feature wins over the course of his weekly IMCA Late Model career, all but one of them coming in the last three years. He’ll next try to join Guss as the only drivers to win both national and Deery Brothers Summer Series crowns in back-to-back seasons.Guss did so in 2010 and 2011.Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown is also a three-time Late Model national champion, with the 1993, 2006 and 2007 titles to his credit.Final events of the 2015 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season for Late Models were held Aug. 30 and standings become official on Sept. 28. Point fund checks will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in Lincoln, Neb., in November.Unofficial IMCA Late Model top 20 point standings – 1. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 814; 2. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 811; 3. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 801; 4. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 769; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 760; 6. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 757; 7. John Emerson, Water­loo, Iowa, 751; 8. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 747; 9. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 742; 10. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, Iowa, 736; 11. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 735; 12. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake, Iowa, 726; 13. Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa, 725; 14. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 720; 15. Ben Nading, Ankeny, Iowa, 716 (two 40-point feature wins); 16. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine, Iowa, 716 (no 40-point feature wins); 17. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 711; 18. Brian Harris, Davenport, Iowa, 706; 19. Daul­ton Maassen, Avoca, Iowa, 704; 20. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, Iowa, 700.last_img read more

ACC honors exchange students

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena Community College board of trustees held their meeting last night where two exchange students were honored for their contributions to the school.Social distancing was in place at last night’s meeting where members and trustees were finally able to gather.ACC President, Don MacMaster, gave recognition to two exchange students who attend ACC and work as the school’s landscapers.Runi Demirkol from Turkey and Musa Kabbah from Liberia were recognized for their hard work and the beautiful flowers they have planted on campus.Also addressed was a modification to the sexual misconduct policy which now changes the process of how investigations and allegations on college campuses are handled.The board also received some sad news as their Vice President of Instruction, Deborah Bayer, announced her retirement and what she’ll miss most about the school.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Fourth annual Poker Run, Walk, Trot fundraiser kicks-off Saturday, Aug. 29Next August is child support month in Michiganlast_img read more

Dustin May still auditioning for role on Dodgers’ postseason roster

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco KELLY STATUSReliever Joe Kelly’s unspecified health issue – “overall body situation,” Roberts called it Tuesday – will make him unavailable to pitch until Thursday at the earliest, the manager said. Kelly has faced a total of seven batters in three appearances over the past 13 days.“The expectation is he’ll be ready to go when the bell rings and before that too,” Roberts said.“His head space and where his body is at is most important and right now the body part isn’t quite where we want it to be. So once it gets there – hopefully it’ll be Thursday – we’ll put him back in the mix.”Roberts continues to assert that he is “absolutely” certain Kelly will be ready to pitch in the postseason.“I’m certain he will pitch again this year,” Roberts said. “And if I’m not concerned I don’t think anyone should be concerned. I’m not concerned.”STARTING ROTATIONClayton Kershaw will make his final start of the regular season on Thursday followed by Walker Buehler in San Francisco on Friday and Hyun-Jin Ryu on Saturday. All three are likely to be abbreviated starts.With their NL Division Series scheduled to start next Thursday at home, Kershaw would be lined up to start Game 1 on six days’ rest, Buehler on five. Even with a short start on Saturday, Ryu is an unlikely Game 1 starter on four days’ rest.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season He has allowed three runs and nine hits in 7-1/3 innings, allowing a .310 batting average. But he has also struck out 10 and walked only one (but hit two others).“I think the thing that’s been the most impressive … is the intensity and the importance of every outing he takes,” Roberts said. “I think some of it has been self-induced as far as the traffic that’s created. But when it comes down to making pitches, he’s done that.“I think, for me, having him come into games and see his intensity from pitch one has been really good to see.”What May has to offer a Dodgers’ postseason bullpen is obvious – his pitch mix might be the most electric among the candidates vying for spots.“There’s a soft contact. There’s obviously with the swing and miss with the punch out,” Roberts said. “For him to be able to run 97 mph up there and throw a 93 mph cut fastball, a breaking ball once in awhile … for him to have that obviously is exciting for all of us.”center_img “We don’t know yet,” Roberts send when asked what order those three might start in the NLDS. “We’re talking through it. We are. Obviously you’re looking at who we’re potentially going to face. I think that matters. Where we’ve lined up our guys, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – knowing we play the first game on Thursday – gives us some latitude to go in any direction we want.“We’re digging in on both potential opponents and seeing what makes the most sense.”ALSOInfielder Max Muncy returned to the starting lineup Tuesday after missing two games with tightness in the quadriceps muscle of his left leg. Like third baseman Justin Turner when he returned from an ankle injury over the weekend, Muncy will be eased back into the lineup with limited at-bats at first. …Ross Stripling is the most likely starting pitcher on Wednesday. Roberts said Stripling will either be the starter or “the bulk guy” who pitches multiple innings following an opener.UP NEXTDodgers (TBD) at Padres (RHP Dinelson Lamet, 3-5, 3.84 ERA), Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start SAN DIEGO — For Dustin May, the audition continues.Going into the final trip of the regular season, May has made six relief appearances this month. He will get “two, three more outings” this week as the Dodgers try to decide if they can trust a hard-throwing right-hander who started the season in Double-A and just turned 22 to pitch out of the bullpen in the pressurized atmosphere of the postseason.“We’re learning more about him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But fortunately for us, we don’t have to set the roster yet. He’s going to get a couple more outings and we’ll know more.”May’s results pitching out of the bullpen this month have sent mixed signals. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more