Todd Shute won Tuesday’s Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature at Marshalltown Speedway. The IMCA Modified checkers paid $1,000. (Photo by Barry Johnson)MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 6) – The decision Todd Shute made right around midnight on Monday paid off with the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature win Tuesday at Marshalltown Speedway.Shute held off a very determined Tyler Droste for the $1,000 IMCA Modified victory, his first of the season.“Tyler is a very respectful racer. He was right there,” Shute said following his career 78th win in the division. “It was a very fun race but also very tense.”Shute passed Jimmy Gustin for the front spot on the sixth of 30 laps and denied Droste over the final 10 circuits.Droste ended in second, three car lengths off the pace. Kelly Shryock and 16th starting Darin Duffy closed late and were scored a very close third and fourth, respectively.Gustin, winner of the opening night event at Benton County Speedway on Memorial Day, was fifth.“We haven’t been very stellar this year. I think we changed just about everything we could on the car and didn’t actually decide until about midnight the night before that I’d come,” said Shute. “This is a big race and one we gear up for, and I’ve got a very understanding boss in Gary Shearer at Karl Performance. He’s a drag racer but he gets dirt racing.”The only cautions of the contest came on laps seven and nine. Droste challenged low on the second restart and briefly ran three-wide with Shute and Gustin.Top four spots were contended after midway, with Shryock challenging Gustin for third and then Droste making his a bid for the lead.Droste tried sliders on laps 21 and 27. Shute moved to a lower line in the final laps to seal the win.“I kind of ran all over in (turns) one and two and pretty much ran the top in three and four before getting up to a lapped car late,” said Shute. “I moved to the middle the last three laps and got away from them a little.”Shute’s one previous tour win had come in July of 2013 at Southern Iowa Speedway. He was already on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.The third of 10 Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour dates this season is next Tuesday, June 13 at West Liberty Raceway. Deery Brothers Summer Series IMCA Late Models are also on the card that evening.Feature results – 1. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 2. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 4. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 5. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 6. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 7. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 8. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 9. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 10. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 11. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 12. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 13. Tim Ward, Harcourt; 14. John Emerson, Waterloo; 15. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 16. Nate Hughes, Humboldt; 17. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 18. Shane DeMey, Denison; 19. Derek Reimer, Marshalltown; 20. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 21. Jenae Gustin, Marshalltown; 22. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 23. Eric Elliott, Boone; 24. Kurt Kile, Nichols.1st heat (top three) – 1. Rust; 2. Ward; 3. Reimer; 4. Todd Inman, Altoona; 5. Cordes; 6. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 7. Kay; 8. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 9. Josh Most, Red Oak; 10. Jacob Murray.2nd heat – 1. Droste; 2. Hughes; 3. Jimmy Gustin; 4. Gilman; 5. Kyle Brown; 6. Jason Murray, Hartford; 7. Cory Sauerman, Johnston; 8. Trent Jackson, Marshalltown; 9. Austin Emry, Kellogg.3rd heat – 1. Shute; 2. Elliott; 3. Money; 4. Emerson; 5. Irvine; 6. DeMey; 7. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 8. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn; 9. Tyler Gross, Ankeny.4th heat – 1. Shryock; 2. Kile; 3. Carter; 4. Duffy; 5. Dripps; 6. Hoeft; 7. David Brown, Kellogg; 8. Jenae Gustin; 9. Jon Snyder, Ames.1st “B” feature – 1. Irvine; 2. Emerson; 3. Kay; 4. Cordes; 5. Jacob Murray; 6. Inman; 7. Richie Gustin; 8. Knecht; 9. Gross; 10. DeMey; 11. Heishman; 12. Most; 13. Aikey.2nd “B” feature – 1. Kyle Brown; 2. Duffy; 3. Hoeft; 4. Jenae Gustin; 5. Gilman; 6. Dripps; 7. Jason Murray; 8. David Brown; 9. Sauerman; 10. Emry; 11. Snyder; 12. Jackson.
BOONE, Iowa – Drivers and fans won’t see a lot of changes in the facility or the format when they pull into Boone Speedway for the Sept. 4-9 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.And IMCA President Brett Root believes that’s a good thing.“There are no race night changes. There were no major changes to the speedway since last year’s Super Nationals. This year we can focus on logistics and putting on the best event possible,” he said. “We are positioned to putting on the best event in the 35-year history of Super Nationals.”Southern SportMods joined the opening night card when they were added to the program last year and the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models moved to Thursday.The pit area and hot pit viewing area have been expanded, with new spectator seating added on both sides of the track in recent seasons. With those improvements in place, Root and all of the IMCA Racing nation are next hoping for a more weather-friendly event this September.“Weather is always the wild card. Last year was our worst-ever in terms of the weather,” he said, recalling the wet week at Boone. “The last time we had that amount of rain was 1996, when the Modified main event was postponed to Sunday.”“That led to the purchase of the jet dryer the next year. The jet dryer was used more at last year’s Super Nationals than any year since 1997,” Root added. “We have a had a very good format in place and the only thing that would affect that is the weather. The changes we made in qualifying last year were made because we had no other options time-wise.”Two hundred and twenty-five drivers have already pre-registered for Super Nationals. Those early entries represent 20 states and Canada.“That’s about 75 ahead of this time last year,” Root noted. “As always, we encourage drivers to get entered and get pit stall applications in. Reserved stalls have always sold out at previous Super Nationals and I anticipate that to be the case again. There is plenty of non-reserved pit parking available but any drivers on the waiting list for concrete reserved stalls who don’t get them will receive refunds.”Entry forms and pit stall applications for Super Nationals are posted on both the IMCA (www.imca.com) and track (www.raceboone.com) websites and published in the July Inside IMCA newsletter.Entry fees, if paid before Aug. 25, are $40 for Modifieds, $50 for Late Models, $25 for Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods and Southern SportMods, and $15 for Sport Compacts.Super Nationals competitors can also pre-enter by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.Drivers in all divisions except the Late Models are required to pre-enter to be eligible for shares of $13,000 in championship bonuses. Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod drivers must also be entered ahead of time to be eligible to compete in the Sept. 2 50th anniversary Prelude special at Boone.There were 267 entries in the 2016 Prelude, which set the stage for a record car count of 906 at Super Nationals.After Southern SportMods headline the opening night show, which also sees qualifying begin for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods, the complete Sport Compact program will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Modified and Stock Car qualifying starts Wednesday, Sept. 6. The Deery Series takes center stage on Thursday, Sept. 7 and the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is Friday, Sept. 8.Main events and races of champions for the Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks bring the week to a close on Saturday, Sept. 9.Both the Prelude and Super Nationals will be broadcast by IMCATV.
Timmy Near topped the Friday feature for IMCA Modifieds at Tri-City Motor Speedway. (Photo by Amanda Kulek)By Roger WilliamsAUBURN, Mich. (Aug. 25) – Timmy Near was the IMCA Modified winner on night two of the Battle By the Bay at Tri-City Motor Speedway.The feature field was led to the green flag by 2017 track champion Kody Johnson, who led a majority of the first half of the 20-lap main before Near took control by making the pass in the high groove.Once out front, he pulled away and beat a hard-charging Toby Steele and Gavin Hunyady to the finish. Myron DeYoung and Chaz Pray rounded out the top five.
ST. CLAIR, Mo. – Performance Engineering & Manufacturing expands its IMCA awards program again this season. New in 2019 are $250 certificates for champions of the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models, the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour for Modifieds and for champions of each of the five Modified regions; and $150 certificates for the Deery, Dirt Knights and Modified regional runners-up. These $250 and $150 certificates are to be used for the purchase of a PEM Quick Change Rear End and are redeemable through the company direct. PEM had tripled the number of Modified specials it gave these awards last season. Product certificates for series and special events will be mailed from the IMCA home office after official race results are received. These free quick change gear set certificates are redeemable through PEM dealers. Modified regional awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed the following week. The St. Clair, Mo., manufacturer, an eight-year sponsor, again gives a set of quick change gears to the winners of 30 designated Modified specials and to pole starters at each Deery Series and Dirt Knights tour event. PEM Sales Manager Randy Harrison stated “IMCA is the backbone of weekly affordable racing and their Special Events and Special Series feature those same weekly affordable rules. We are happy to increase our involvement with a sanctioning body like IMCA that is concerned about the cost of racing and the viability of its competitors.” Information about the complete line of PEM racing gears, rears and drivetrain components is available at the www.pemracing.com website, by calling 636 629-6200 and on Facebook. “The staff at PEM is always looking for more ways to get involved and upping the ante at series events and adding some Modified regional awards displays their commitment to that philosophy again this season,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “It is great to be able to add more value for our Late Model and Modified members in 2019.”
Feature results – 1. Eric Pollard, Peosta; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 3. John Emerson, Waterloo; 4. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 5. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 6. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 7. Gary Webb, Blue Grass; 8. Curt Martin, Independence; 9. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 10. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 11. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 12. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 13. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 14. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb.; 15. Logan Duffy, Independence; 16. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax; 17. Stacy Griffis, Solon; 18. Ben Seemann, Waterloo; 19. Jill George, Cedar Falls; 20. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill.; 21. Brian Harris, Davenport; 22. Darren Ackerman, Elk Run Heights; 23. Travis Smock, Independence; 24. Sean Johnson, Independence. WEST UNION, Iowa (July 24) – Eric Pollard had never been to Fayette County Speedway before Wednesday night. The win came in front of a big and boisterous grandstand crowd during the county fair, and followed Pollard’s previous career best Deery finish when he ran fourth at Benton County Speedway on June 27. First-time Deery Brothers Summer Series winner Eric Pollard led all 40 laps of the IMCA Late Model tour main event at Fayette County Speedway Wednesday night. (Photo by Zakary Kriener) “We’d never been to Vinton before and we finished fourth. It was our first time at West Union and we won,” he said. “I’ve never been to Lee County, either. Maybe that’s a good thing.” Cautions worked to Pollard’s advantage in taking out lapped traffic. The final yellow waved with seven circuits to go but runner-up Andy Eckrich chased Pollard across the stripe two seconds off the pace. Pollard drew the outside pole start after running second in his heat. He got a big jump on the initial start while pole starter Joel Callahan gave chase from the higher line. “We had watched the ‘B’ feature to see what the track was going to do. The bottom seemed like the place to be and we didn’t make a lot of (setup) changes,” Pollard said. “I thought maybe we’d have to move up but we weren’t going to give up the bottom until we had to.” John Emerson, Tyler Bruening and Callahan rounded out the top five. Eckrich also took home the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing prize. Pollard led all 40 laps of the Deery Brothers Summer Series main event at West Union, earning $2,000 for his IMCA Late Model tour career first victory. Next on the Deery schedule is another $2,000 to win event, on Aug. 2 at Lee County Speedway. Pollard, now the fourth different winner in as many series events so far this season, is hoping his formula for success works again at Donnellson. “We finished top five in Vinton and it seemed like we got the weight off our shoulders,” he said. “To win tonight and get that trophy was awesome.” Now he can’t wait to go back.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a period of national mourning after the passing of former Tanzania President Benjamin William Mkapa.In a Presidential Proclamation issued Friday, said the three-day period of national mourning will be observed in memory of the late former President.The Head of State has also ordered the flag of Kenya to be flown half-mast as an expression of sorrow from Monday 27th to Wednesday 29th July.Also Read 152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981 President Kenyatta said the move is in recognition of his immense contributions to the restoration of the dream of the East African Community (EAC) and advancing the prosperity of the people of EAC; and in solidarity with our Brothers and Sisters in the United Republic of Tanzania, the wider EAC and the whole of Africa who are in deep mourning following the loss of an outstanding son of Africa.Also Read Mudavadi calls for sobriety over the 2/3 gender rule disputeEarlier, President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned the departed Tanzanian leader as an outstanding East African who worked tirelessly for the integration, peace and progress of the region.Also Read President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGAPresident Kenyatta wished the family of the Former President and all Tanzanians God’s comfort and fortitude as they mourn their departed leader.President John Pombe Magufuli announced the demise of the third President of Tanzania early Friday morning.President Magufuli said the former President died at a Dar es Salaam hospital where he had been admitted. “The flags will be flown at half-mast at, “all Public Buildings and Public Grounds and wherever else throughout the entire territory of the Republic of Kenya and at all of Kenya’s Diplomatic Missions abroad,” said the President.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has downplayed claims that funds meant to fight the coronavirus pandemic have been misappropriated. Health CS Kagwe while appearing before the Parliament Health Committee chaired by Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege said the Ministry had only received Ksh 23 billion which accounts for 15 % of the total money allocated by the government.Mutahi maintained that the funds allocated to his ministry had been prudently spent and that he was ready to account for every coin. Kagwe dismissed claims that the COVID-19 billions can’t be accounted for as built on “theories and innuendos that are just fiction.”Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 “Reports from media are not part of proceedings of this House. We are not going to rely on innuendo or newspaper reports but a report by investigative agencies,” he said in reference to an expose by a local media outlet.Also Read KUPPET calls on parents to prepare for early reopeningOn KEMSA, and the senior management suspensions, the CS said the activities which sparked the probe have been ongoing on for a long time.“I, therefore, can’t comment on ongoing investigations.”Kagwe said the Health ministry has little say on what goes on at the agencies under its umbrella.“The ministry does not micromanage institutions. It only comes in at the policy level, and not micro level. The Kemsa probe will be carried out and in due course, Kenyans will know the results.”Also Read Time to re-open schools in Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEFWhile breaking down the figures, Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache also noted that there were 464 quarantine facilities with 11,952 beds in the country and only 15 counties had met the 300-bed capacity requirement.PS Mochache also said Ksh 3 billion of the ministry’s supplementary budget is what was disbursed for treatment to the various facilities across the country among them Coast General Hospital (Ksh 500 million), JOOTRH (Ksh 400 million), Kitui hospital (Ksh 300 million), Mandera hospital (Ksh 300 million), KNH (Ksh 600 million), MTRH (Ksh 400 million) and KU Hospital (Ksh 500 million.)The PS added that MOH received Ksh 1.5 billion from Treasury which it released to KEMSA for the provision of testing kits and reagents.Also Read Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next weekThe ministry then received another Ksh 300 million which it also transferred to KEMSA for the procurement of reusable masks to vulnerable people.Treasury yet again disbursed a further Ksh 200 million which was meant for operations in quarantine facilities.PS Mochache added that the ministry received Ksh 5 billion from the national government which was disbursed to all the 47 counties as conditional grants.“As MOH released the funds, it communicated accordingly to counties that the money was expected to be spent on counties to prepare emergency response plan, building capacity for isolation and quarantine support and training of health workers,” she said.
An audit trail of the money led to persons closely related to Zachary Okoth Obado who were his proxies.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 The statement further stated that Obado indirectly and in conflict of interest, received a benefit totalling to Ksh 73, 474, 376.90 from companies and businesses that traded with Migori County Government.Investigations revealed that the directors of the companies were proxies of Obado including three of his brothers namely; Jared Peter Kwaga, Patroba Ochanda and Joram Opala; and their mother too Penina Auma Otago, Christine Akinyi spouse to Jared Peter Kwaga and his sister-in-law Carolyne Onyango.Also Read Governor Obado’s pre-trial case pushed to OctoberThe companies were Misoft Ltd, Tarchdog Printers, Deltrack ICT Services, Seletrack Consultants, Mactebac Contractors, Joyush Business, Swyfcon Engineering, Atinus Services, Kajulu Business, Victorious Investments, Dolphus Softwares, Dankey Press and Pesulus Services.The audit trail of the money revealed that the companies wired Ksh 38,949,376.90 to accounts of governor Obado´s children namely; Achola Dan Okoth, Susan Scarlet Okoth and Jerry Zachary Okoth.Also Read Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsThe money was used to pay school fees, upkeep, maintenance and medical bills in Australia, Scotland and United Kingdom some monies were also traced to have bought two Land Cruisers V8.Ksh 34,525,000 was used to purchase a house in Loresho Ridge whose beneficial owner is Obado´s daughterEverlyne Adhiambo Zachary. Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Nordin Haji has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Migori Governor Okoth Obado over alleged embezzlement of Ksh 73.4M county funds.According to the DPP, the governor indirectly received Ksh 73.4 million from companies that traded with Migori County Government during his first term in office.In a statement, DPP noted that: “Public monies were lost through the connivance of the governor and business entities through payments allegedly made for performance of contracts.”Also Read COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalities
Indianapolis, In. — Thursday night the 78th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy completed their graduation ceremony in the Indiana State Capitol Rotunda. Opening remarks were made by Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter, followed by a commencement address from Mr. John Stehr, a local Indianapolis television news anchor.After the commencement address the oath of office for the 54 new state police officers was delivered by The Honorable Justice Mark Massa, of the Indiana Supreme Court. Each new trooper was then presented their badge and official identification by Superintendent Carter and his staff.The graduation marked the culmination of 22 weeks of intense training that exceeded 1,018 hours. Some subject areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing.Each graduating trooper will be assigned to one of 14 State Police Posts across Indiana. Once at their assigned district, the new troopers will spend the next three months working side by side with a series of experienced Field Training Officers (FTO). The purpose of the field training is to put to practical application the training received over the duration of the formal academy training. Upon successful completion of field training, the new troopers will be assigned a state police patrol vehicle and will begin solo patrol in their assigned district.
A South Dearborn High School graduate, David Disbro (East Central Boys Basketball Coach) was a well-rounded athlete himself. In high school he played tennis, basketball, and baseball. At Marian University he played baseball all 4 years.Coach Disbro has 28 years of teaching experience at Sunman-Dearborn Middle School. He teaches the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades physical education. He has been coaching in some capacity all 28 years with the last 20 years being as the varsity coach of the East Central Trojans. Other basketball coaching duties were with the 7th grade, 9th grade, and as JV coach for 6 years before moving into the varsity position. Along the way he was also a 9th grade baseball coach.The coach has two children, Luke who is 18 and Alex who is 16. He recently married Ashley who has Natalie, age 8, and Ben, age 6.When basketball is out of season, David is able to stay involved by umpiring baseball games. What a great way to stay in touch with young people, and there is always a need for good umpires and referees.