Harvick takes Busch race as driver instead of owner

first_imgHarvick, who ran away with the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series title, started the season with his 27th Busch victory. This time, he was driving for Richard Childress, who also fields his Nextel Cup Chevrolets. “Any time you can win any race at Daytona it’s big,” said Harvick, who will start 34th in today’s Daytona 500. Saturday’s race was overrun with Buschwhackers – Nextel Cup regulars moonlighting in the junior series – and Harvick controlled the last half of the 120-lap event. Starting 31st in the 43-car field, Harvick crossed the finish line about three lengths ahead of runner-up Dave Blaney, who gave Toyota a solid finish in its first Busch event. “I said if we ever get all the way to the front, we’re going to be in really good shape,” said Harvick, who led the final 42 laps. “Because the whole last run, once I got to the front, I never had to let off the floor.” It was an auspicious start for Harvick, who won nine races last year to earn his second Busch Series title. He beat runner-up Carl Edwards by 824 points. Even with only a partial Busch schedule planned this season, Harvick’s win was no surprise – he finished in the top eight, including a trio of runner-up finishes, in his nine previous Busch starts on the 2.5-mile Daytona oval. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Harvick has been to Daytona’s Victory Lane before – just not as a driver. “I went there the last two years as a car-owner,” Harvick said Saturday after driving to his first win at Daytona International Speedway. “This is more fun.” center_img Still, Harvick’s not considering adding more Busch races. “Absolutely not,” he said. “We’re here to win races, and it’s something to where we just want to go out and hopefully keep going where we left off last year. “It’s just a lot of fun to drive when the car is like that.” Blaney, who will drive one of four new Toyotas in the 500, was involved in a multicar crash on the fourth lap but came away without much damage. “We just kind of hung around, hung around,” he said. “And right at the very end I snuck into second.” Blaney never challenged Harvick. “Kevin was handling a little bit better than I was, and I couldn’t get to his back bumper,” he said. Cup drivers finished in the top 12 spots and had 15 of the top 20, with Edwards third, followed by Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon and Matt Kenseth, all entered in today’s race. The top Busch regular was Scott Wimmer. Former Chino Hills resident David Gilliland, who starts on the pole for today’s 500, finished 20th Saturday in his best Busch finish since winning at Kentucky in June 2006. Stewart, the 500 favorite after winning last Saturday’s Budweiser Shootout and a 150-mile qualifying race Thursday, saw his string of three straight wins in this race end. “I got three top 10s in a row, so I’ll find the bright side to it,” Stewart said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgFor the fourth year in succession Aisteoiri Ghaoth Dobhair are delighted to be part of the Errigal Arts Festival.But the company are more than putting themselves under a little pressure by staging no less than four different plays – in one night!In 2010 they performed the comedy “Aintín Shearlais”, in An Grianan theatre, “Óiche Mhaith Agat a Mhic Uí Dhomhnaill” in 2011 and “Mo Thriuir Aingeal” in 2012. This year they will perform a challenging four One Act Comedies in Aislann Rann a Feirste on Sunday the 14th of July.One of a few Irish language theatre producers, Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair was founded in 1931.Its aim was to perform plays in the Irish language. Because of a lack of Irish language plays they wrote and translated plays to suit the Irish speaking audience. Their first performance was in Derrybeg Hall on the 10/01/1932. They travelled extensively with their productions, even as far as Scotland , in the years 1932 to 1961. Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair opened on the 03/09/1961 and the Aisteoirí produced many plays there over the years.Following their acclaimed performances over recent years as part of the Earagail Arts Festival they are delighted to return with four one act comedies, reflecting life, love, marriage and death. Written by Tomas Mac Giolla Bhrighde “Peadar ag an Doctiúir” tells the story of Peadar, a hypochondriac, who visits the doctors surgery. Thinking he has every ailment under the sun, how can he be cured? With an extremely high standard of acting by the Aisteoirí Óga, ( Eva Ní Dhoibhlinn, Jack O Gallchóir, Noel Mc Phaidín, Rosie Nic Gairbheith and Síle Ní Ghallchóir,) and produced by Pól Mac Cumhaill this play has scooped the Leaving Certificate section in the All Ireland Schools Drama Festival for Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair this year.“Fear a phós Balbhán” tells the story of a man’s efforts to get his wife, who is dumb, to speak but sometimes things should be left as they are. It was written by Tomás Mac Anna and first performed in The Abbey Theatre in 1953. This play won the Junior Certificate section and was awarded the main prize of the Festival, (Scoth Léiriú na Féile) at this year’s All Ireland Schools Drama Festival for Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair. The adjudicator, Neasa Ní Laoire, said she was particularly impressed by the teamwork shown by the cast of three, Aisteoirí Óga; Owen Ó Fearraigh, Sorcha Ní Dhubhcháin and Joseph Ó Baoill. She praised them for their controlled acting and the energy in the production.“An Cleamhnas” looks at how trying to arrange a marriage can go drastically wrong. It is a translation by Áine Nic Giolla Bhrighde of A Marriage Proposal (sometimes translated as simply The Proposal,) and is a one- act farce by Anton Chekhov, written in 1888-1889 and first performed in 1890. It is a fast-paced play of dialogue-based action and situational humour. , Séan Ó Gallchóir, Annelene Ní Fhearraigh and Pól Mac Cumhaill bring this comedy to life with superb acting and perfect timing.“Tá sé, Níl sé” is a short one act farce, written and directed by Tomas Mac Giolla Bhrighde, where Feidhlimí has died but won’t admit he is dead. How can he be convinced? Come and see. This was performed for the first time in the Acadamh and was well received. With a cast of well known actors it should hopefully leave the audience satisfied with their nights entertainment. Cast members are- Stuart Mac Pháidín, – Bernard Ó Duibheannaigh , Patricia Ní Fhearraigh, Rosie Níc Gairbheith and Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde,{Many of Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair’s members have appeared on Tg4 over the years in programmes such as CU Burn, Gleann Ceo, FFC, Rós na Rún,, Rasaí na Gaillimhe, to name but a few. } The plays are on in Aislann Rann na Feirste on Sunday the 14th of July at 8pm for one night only.ACTING TO THE ‘FOUR’ IN RANAFAST! was last modified: June 28th, 2013 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:Earagail Arts FestivalGaoth DobhairplaysRanafastlast_img read more