Thornton repeats with opening night Late Model Super Nationals crown

first_img“Every Super Nationals championship is special,” said Thornton, also the 2016 Modified king, “but this one means a lot because we really had to work for it.”  After Dumpert got too high and fell off the pace, both Thornton and Gustin took turns at the front of the fast-paced feature with Gustin and Nezworski close behind. The front pair were in lapped traffic when Thornton got by for good.  The win came in just his second night back in a Todd Cooney-owned car, a 2020 Capital.  Thornton got the lead back from Jeff Aikey on the 32nd of 50 circuits, then led Richie Gustin through lapped traffic to the $3,000 checkers Monday night at Boone Speedway.  Ricky Thornton Jr. raced to a second consecutive Late Model championship, on opening night of the 38th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway. He is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Tom Macht, photofinishphotos.com) Thornton had started seventh, Gustin from sixth. Aikey, who was chasing his career eighth and seventh Late Model crown, ended in third while Andy Nezworski worked his way back into the top four with 11 laps left. BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 7) – Ricky Thornton Jr. became a two-time champion at last year’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. “It was really hard this year, admitted Thornton. “I tried high, I tried low and I was finally able to move by him (Aikey) for the lead.” Darrel DeFrance was sixth in his record-extending career 30th Super Nationals start. Aikey raced in the Late Model main event for the 22nd time, Greg Kastli for the 20th.  Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel; 2. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 3. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 4. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 5. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 6. Darrel DeFrance, Mashalltown; 7. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 8. Nick Marolf, Moscow; 9. Charlie McKenna, Ames; 10. Gary Webb, Blue Grass; 11. Curtis Glover, Knoxville; 12. Jacob Waterman, Colona, Ill.; 13. Andrew Tilley, Omaha, Neb.; 14. Greg Kastli, Waterloo; 15. Logan Duffy, Independence; 16. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 17. Kaleb Jasperson, Pierce, Neb.; 18. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 19. Greg Krohn, Albion, Neb.; 20. Darren Mish, Hazel Green, Wis.; 21. Cory Dumpert, York, Neb.; 22. Zach Zentner, Cedar Rapids, Neb.; 23. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 24. Jon Passick, Waterloo. Nebraskan Cory Dumpert had the fastest car at the start, building a half straightaway advantage over Nezworski before a lap eight caution. Thornton got up to second but could only watch as Aikey drove by to the front on lap 17. All three drivers were in the starting field when the division joined the Super Nationals program at Boone in 1988. Aikey and Thornton are among the five drivers to have won championships in multiple divisions. He became a two-time Late Model champion on a windy opening night of the 2020 event.last_img read more

Salazar ends absence from Antioch’s victory lane

first_imgANTIOCH, Calif. (June 7) – Hometown driver Michael Salazar returned to victory lane for the first time in two years Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. After taking the lead early in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event, Salazar never looked back.“I’m worn out from that drive,” Salazar said after emerging from his car on a 90-degree night. “I did not know how close the second place car was, so I just drove as fast as I could and hung on.” That second place driver was Sean O’Gara, who had his best showing to date at the 3/8-mile high-banked oval.“It was tricky getting though traffic,” O’Gara said. “I got into the clear and did everything I could to catch Mike (Salazar).” Third place Carl Berendsen spun out and worked his way back to the top. Fourth place Terry Kaiser of Fairfield also had his personal best finish, despite a spectacular front-stretch crash at the start of the race.Kaiser, who began his career at the old Vallejo Speedway more than 30 years ago, glanced the wall and then was crashed into by Jake Dewsbury. “All I could see was a big tire coming at me through the window,” said Kaiser of the impact that caused Dewsbury’s car to climb atop his. “The car was mangled but still raceable. Coming back after that was a blast.”last_img read more

IMCA releases event plan for Super Nationals

first_img*Entry screening – No one who is experiencing Covid-like symptoms will be allowed to enter the venue. It’s also recommended that anyone who has been in contact with another person who has tested positive not attend. Covid-related signage will be located at all event entry points.  Other measures that will be in place to address Covid-19 –related matters and streamline the fan experience at Super Nationals are:  *Hand hygiene – IMCA will provide accessible hand sanitizer to everyone entering the venue. Fans will be encouraged to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.  *Communications and signage – Attendees will receive frequent advance communications outlin­ing policies and procedures, encouraging thoughtful planning and advising those who are sick or at risk to stay home. On-site signage and public address announcements will reinforce health and safety messaging throughout the week of Super Nationals.  IMCA.TV will livestream broadcast of the Saturday night Prelude and Super Nationals, with daily and week-long packages available to viewers at home. BOONE, Iowa – For the 33rd consecutive year, IMCA plans to successfully hold Super Nationals at Boone Speedway and intends to do so this year following all State of Iowa disaster proclama­tions in place at the time of the Sept. 6-12 event. *Physical distancing – Spectators in the seated grandstand will be required to follow the State Proclamation regarding physical distancing. Social distancing will also be encouraged throughout the venue and face coverings will be encouraged in any area where physical distancing is limited (registration and concession lines, restrooms, post-race tech inspection and pit viewing areas).  All race lineups and results will be available online on MyRacePass; MyLaps also provides electronic access to live timing and scoring while an FM transmitter at the track broadcasts the call from the booth by announcers Jerry Vansickel and Ryan Clark.  Grandstand capacity will be reduced by 50 percent with every other row in the seated main grand­stand marked off; the seated grandstand on the pit side will operate at a reduced capacity as well. *Concessions and merchandise – Vending and concession locations will be properly protected, dis­tancing enforced in lines and touchless transactions encouraged wherever possible.center_img All spectator traffic on the catwalks will be made one-way. Spectators will not be allowed to stand two-deep and race teams will be encouraged to watch only events involving their driver to reduce the number of people on the catwalks. To further promote social distancing, a number of activities have been scaled back or eliminated entirely, including what would have been the 31st annual golf tournament. Also canceled were activities in the indoor pit area VIP areas, Tiki Hut, daily vendor and VIP sign-in and registration, all fan zone activities, including autograph sessions and post-race events, and all pre-race tech inspection. “At the end of the day, all the off-track activities are where issues present themselves,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “From a competitor’s standpoint, we have reduced much of the risk. We are emphasizing to our drivers that we don’t want groups of more than 10 people in a pit area, or people in pit areas where they don’t belong.”  *Cleaning and sanitation – IMCA will follow CDC guidelines for Covid 19 cleaning and disinfect­ing for community facilities. The venue will be cleaned, sanitized and disinfected daily, with fre­quent cleaning of high traffic areas and surfaces each day and throughout the event. *Face coverings – IMCA will provide a free face covering to all competitors and weeklong pit pass holders entering the restricted pit area. All grandstand spectators will be provided access to a free face covering. Face coverings will be recommended throughout the facility.  *Enhanced access restrictions – Access to tech inspection areas and other event operational areas will be greatly reduced or eliminated. All Boone Speedway indoor VIP areas will be closed. The grandstand tower area will be accessible only to Boone Speedway operational staff. A list of daily entry into any of those indoor areas will be kept and provided if contact tracing is requested. In addition, it is recommended everyone on the catwalk wear a face covering; officials reserve the right to require access to the catwalks to those having a face cover.  “All these measures will make a big difference toward a successful event,” Root said. “We expect all fans and drivers to comply and reserve the right to deny access to anyone who does not.”last_img read more

May Primary deadlines approach

first_imgVersailles, In. — The filing deadline for candidates running in the May Primary is Friday, February 8 at noon.In Batesville, the office of mayor, clerk-treasurer city judge and five seats on common council(Districts 1 through 4 and an At-Large seat) will be on the ballot.In Versailles, clerk-teasurer and three At-Large seats on common council will be on the ballot.The Ripley County clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.For more information please call 812-689-6115.last_img

Brookville Garden Club hosts Plant Sale

first_imgBrookville, In. — The Brookville Garden Club will hold the Annual Plant Sale Saturday, May 11 at 9 a.m. at the Grooming Place, 135 Main Street. A wide variety of flowers, bushes and trees that would make perfect Mother’s Day gifts will be available.last_img

Leising meets with medical leaders

Indianapolis, In. — Republican Indiana state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising and state representative Brad Barrett from Richmond recently met with members of the Indiana State Medical Association to talk about issues facing Indiana’s health care industry.

Civista Bank welcomes Russell L. Edwards

first_imgSandusky, Ohio—Civista Bank welcomes Russell L. Edwards as Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. Edwards is based at the bank’s headquarters in Sandusky, Ohio and brings 28 years of banking experience to the Civista team. He succeeds former retail head Kris Meinert who recently retired after 42 years of service with Civista.“As the head of retail banking, Russ is responsible for leading the expansion of customer relationships and delivery of world-class service across our branch network, “ said Civista Bank CEO and President Dennis G. Shaffer. “He is a dynamic leader with a strong record of developing and leading high-performing teams. We are proud to welcome him to Civista,” added Shaffer.Edwards volunteers for several community organizations, including the Norma Herr Women’s Center, the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, and Abundant Grace Fellowship. Edwards also serves as a community mentor for University Hospitals’ David Satcher Clerkship and speaker for Kent State University School of Podiatry’s Financial Seminar Lecture Series. He currently resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio with his family.last_img read more

All lanes of I-74 open

first_imgBatesville, IN—According to INDOT officials, all lanes of I-74 between New Point and the Ohio state line are now open! Intermittent work will continue through summer 2020, but traffic impacts should be minimal (if any).last_img

Amack’s awards several local organizations during Re-grand Opening

first_imgBatesville, IN—Amack’s Well more than just a great place to get a warm cup of joe.  It certainly offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere to enjoy fellowship, art, and more.  The shop was a buzz as they held a re-grand opening Tuesday evening to reveal their new 2nd-floor space available. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Amack’s Board President Jeff Gaatz announced 8 local not-for-profits that they are giving back to. They are able to give over $20,000 back to the community due to the generosity of customers.  Groups that were awarded funds last evening include Young Life, New Horizons, Riley County Community Foundation Genesis Project, Kintribute, One Community One Family, Southeastern Indiana Health Clinic, So Loved clothing Closet,  Summer Food Program.  There were also able to help 8 local families in financial need.last_img read more

Oka E. “Jr.” Tice Jr

first_imgOka Edward “Jr” Tice Jr., 86, of Guilford, Indiana, passed away Sunday February 2, 2020 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born October 7, 1933 in Aurora, IN, son of the late Oka Edward Tice Sr. and Nettie (Bills) Tice.He served his country as a member of the United States Army.Jr. worked as a concrete worker and Supervisor for Tru-Wall Construction for over 50 years.Jr. enjoyed the outdoors. He liked to pass the time fishing. He enjoyed feeding, and watching birds. Jr. also enjoyed working in the yard, and liked to tinker with lawnmowers. Jr. was a whistler, he whistled all the time. Most important to Jr. was his family.Jr. is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary (Garrison) Tice , daughters, Karen (Robert) Powell of Guilford, IN, Beverly Cottingham of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Melissa Edwards, Kelly (John) Hill, Shawn Loar, Jeffery (Elizabeth) Cottingham, Matthew (Molly) Cottingham; great-grandchildren, Courtney (Chris) Carson, Kayla Edwards, Cadence Cottingham, Dezi Cottingham, Xavier Cottingham; great-great grandchildren, Kyler Edwards, Holden Anderson and Elyse Carson; 9 fur babies, but especially his beloved dog, Darby.He was preceded in death by his parents and several siblings.Friends will be received Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home at 2:00 pm with Pastor Charles Hill officiating.Interment will follow in the Wilmington Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to SEI Honor Guard or Honor Flight Tri-State.  If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more