VINTON, Iowa – Opening night brings the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour back to the first track the IMCA Modified division called home. The Tuesday, May 13 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature at Benton County Speedway pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start, and is a qualifying event for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Previous tour winners at Vinton include Vern Jackson of Waterloo in 2011, Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., in 2012 and Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa last May.All three will be back in town for opening night, as part of a strong contingent of local competitors and drivers from Iowa and Illinois chasing series points.Defending series champion Ronn Lauritzen of Jesup said he’d be at Vinton to begin his quest for back-to-back crowns.Among the many other drivers also confirmed for the opener are 2013 runner-up Mike Van Genderen of Newton, third in points and 2011 series champion Mark Elliott of Webster City, defending track champion Joe Docekal of Dysart, and former track champions Scott Hogan of Vinton, Troy Cordes of Dunkerton and J.D. Auringer of Waterloo.Pit gates and the grandstand will open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m.Modifieds chase IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points. Completing the program are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, vying for national, regional and state points. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-10 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25. More information about the Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener is available from promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526 or by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.In addition to first-year title sponsor XSAN of Silver Bay, Minn., contingency award sponsors for the fifth annual Hawkeye Dirt Tour include Aero Race Wheels of Estherville; Bob Harris Enterprises of Roland; Brinn Transmissions of Bay City, Mich.; BSB Manufacturing of Wellington, Kan.; CPD Racing Tools of Fort Dodge; Dakota Track Side of Minot, N.D.; Design 500 Racewear of Tukwila, Wash.; HJC Motorsports of Cerritos, Calif.; Howards Cams of Oshkosh, Wis.; Jerovetz Shock Service of Suamico, Wis.; KSE Racing Products of White House, Tenn.; Moser Engineering of Portland, Ind.; Out-Pace Racing Products of Freeport, Ill.; R2C Performance Products of Forest Park, Ill.; Schoenfeld Headers of Van Buren, Ark.; Seals-It of Ellington, Conn.; and Wehrs Machine of Bangor, Wis.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error You hear coaches say it all the time. When a top player is down, others get a chance to display their wares.With Blake Griffin out for the second consecutive game with a partially torn quad tendon, the Clippers on Monday found energy from a couple of different sources — their bench, and Chris Paul’s legs.Paul dunked twice — barely — and the bench scored half of the team’s 108 points in L.A.’s 108-91 victory at Washington. Paul, a 6-foot guard who rarely dunks, brought emotion to the players on the court as well as on the bench with his two stuffs.“Chris had two of them, which the first one I don’t know if you can call a dunk, but the second one was a dunk and that was good to see,” said coach Doc Rivers, whose team will play Wednesday at Charlotte at 4 p.m. (on Prime Ticket/The Beast 980 AM). “We played with great spirit and the ball was moving. “I thought our second unit with those three guards created so much havoc, and you had three ball-handlers on the floor. It was just nice to see.”For a team that has at times lacked the spirit to put teams away, the Clippers definitely showed killer instinct in this one. They built their lead to as many as 26 points (106-80) after leading by just 15 (86-71) entering the fourth quarter.And it was the bench that did that. Paul was ultra-impressed.“I just think we’re fighting,” he said. “We know we’re a big man short and so everyone knows that they have to be involved in the game,” he said. “It’s really nice when you get the starters starting out the game the way they started out, the bench came in and extended it in the second half, the starters kind of kept it even and then the bench came back in and blew the game out.“That doesn’t happen a lot for us, and it was nice to see.” The Clippers (19-13) have won three consecutive games.Pierce returns to D.C.With Griffin out, Luc Mbah a Moute started at power forward Monday, with Paul Pierce starting at small forward.For Pierce, it meant his first return to Washington after playing for the Wizards last season. It wasn’t like Pierce returning to Boston, where he played his first 15 campaigns. But it was still somewhat sentimental for Pierce, who scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and pulled down four rebounds in 17 minutes.“It was fine,” Pierce said. “I spent my one year here and I felt like I really became a part of this city. They really embraced me and I embraced them, and I built some relationships.“I still talk to some of the coaches and some of the coaches still talk to me. So D.C. and its fans are always going to be in my heart.”Scouting the HornetsCharlotte (17-13) has won its past two games, over the Memphis Grizzlies (98-92) and Lakers (108-98). The Hornets are led by guards Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum. Walker is averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 assists and 1.7 steals. Batum is averaging 16.2 points and 5.1 assists.Batum played in Monday’s victory over the Lakers, but he is considered questionable because of a toe injury.
Sophomore Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) of the Drake University men’s basketball team has been selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin announced Tuesday, Dec. 14. Timmer was honored for his performance during the period of Dec. 7- Dec. 13. Timmer led Drake in scoring in both games on the week with a career-high 30 points against DePaul and 17 points at Nevada to average 23.5 points per game. He was 14-of-21 (.667) from the field and 5-of-7 (.714) from the three-point arc. In his 30-point showing against DePaul, he was 7-of-11 from the field, 3-of-4 from the arc and 13-of-17 at the line. His 30 points are tied for the fourth most in the Valley this season and are the most DePaul has surrendered this season. At Nevada, he was 7-of-10 from the field with 13 of his points coming in the second half. Timmer has now scored 20 or more points four times this season, the fourth most in the Valley. Timmer owns a 3.6 grade point average as a pharmacy major. This is the second consecutive MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week accolade for Timmer, and the 10th overall this season for Drake University. Print Friendly Version