Thornton, Hollatz, Thompson are Night 2 IMCA Arizona Dirt Track Tour winners

first_imgHollatz led green to checkered in a Stock Car feature that ran caution-free the final 10 laps. Thornton was next across the stripe, nearly three seconds off the pace, with Brendon LaBatte, Zachary Madrid and Kevin Roberts scored next. Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Chaz Baca; 3. Drew Armstrong; 4. Casey Arneson; 5. D.J. Shannon; 6. Lance Mari; 7. Bricen James; 8. Casey Skyberg; 9. Zachary Madrid; 10. John Han­sen; 11. Bryson Curry; 12. Jason Noll; 13. Alex Stanford; 14. Spencer Wilson; 15. Austin Kuehl; 16. Kelsie Foley; 17. Clay Norris; 18. Joey Price; 19. Christy Barnett; 20. Mike Wedelstadt; 21. Russell Allen; 22. Chase Alves; 23. Ethan Dotson; 24. Tim Ward. Defending champion Ricky Thornton Jr. topped Saturday’s Arizona Dirt Track Tour IMCA Modi­fied feature at San Tan Valley. (Photo by Aaron Clay) SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (Feb. 8) – Ricky Thornton Jr., Chanse Hollatz and Cody Thompson all took another step up on the podium Saturday at Arizona Speedway.  After two early cautions, Armstrong led the first 16 laps of the Modified main with Thornton and Friday winner Chaz Baca close behind. Thornton reeled in Drew Armstrong to win the IMCA Modified main event and $2,000. Hollatz domi­nated from the start of the 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car headliner and Thompson got the best of Tyler Soppe and Brian Osantowski in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod show, which also paid $750 to win.  Each had been runner-up in IMCA Arizona Dirt Track Tour features on opening night, then turned in checkered flag performances on night two at San Tan Valley. Thornton, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, was anything but shy about run­ning the extreme top side of the oval before he slid inside Armstrong on the second set of turns and led the last nine times around the track. Baca stole the second spot away on the last lap, with Casey Arneson and D.J. Shannon completing the top five. Feature Results Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson; 2. Tyler Soppe; 3. Brian Osantowski; 4. Fred Ryland; 5. Clay Erickson; 6. Kelly Henderson; 7. Michael Soboski; 8. Ty Rogers; 9. Taylor Kuehl; 10. Shelby Frye; 11. Speedy Madrid; 12. Brady Bjella; 13. Darin Center; 14. Patti Ryland; 15. Slade Pitt; 16. Cory Van Zante; 17. Tate Johnson; 18. Kyler Reynolds; 19. Justin Erickson; 20. Bo Par­tain; 21. Austen Becerra; 22. Ben Stockton; 23. Chris Theodore; 24. Michael Egurola. Soppe was second, with Osantowski, Fred Ryland and 13th starting Clay Erickson next. Chanse Hollatz led every lap in the night 2 Arizona Dirt Track Tour main event for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. (Photo by Aaron Clay) And Thompson continued his tear through the Southwest after starting eighth. He caught Friday winner Osantowski, then Soppe on lap 12 and pulled away to the latest checkers.  Stock Cars – 1. Chanse Hollatz; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 3. Brendon LaBatte; 4. Zachary Madrid; 5. Kevin Roberts; 6. George Fronsman; 7. Cody Center; 8. George Fronsman Jr.; 9. Eric Lloyd; 10. Craig Miller; 11. Arron Hetrick; 12. Josh Werkmeister; 13. Wayne Clink; 14. Steve Soboski; 15. Raymond Doyle; 16. Sean Gentry; 17. Andrew Mathers; 18. Andrew Burg.  Night two again brought 100-plus IMCA entries to Arizona Speedway.last_img read more

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Law officers put special effort on finding drunks, texters & other dangerous drivers

first_imgLaw officers across Iowa will start a two-week enforcement effort on the state’s highways today as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Patrick Hoye, spokesman for the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says August and Labor Day weekend are among the deadliest times to travel Iowa’s roads.“It really is for traffic in the state of Iowa, one of the highest travel count days and months for the state,” Hoye says. “Unfortunately, because of the additional traffic, that means there are additional crashes and unfortunately, a lot of those are alcohol-related.” Law officers will concentrate on several key problem areas.“They will be looking for violations such as impaired driving and not being buckled up and texting and driving,” Hoye says. “Those are all things that, over the course of history, we have found to be very dangerous activities.” He offers a few simple recommendations for motorists.“It really is imperative that if you’re going out and are going to be drinking that you have a plan before you leave the house,” Hoye says. “Whether it be having a designated driver, spending the night, or if you’re in a city that has Uber or Lyft, those are certainly the things that we want to do.” Hoye says there were five traffic fatalities in Iowa over Labor Day weekend last year.last_img read more

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Abbott meets with Orthodox Patriarch while in Istanbul

first_imgCurrently in Turkey to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, the prime minister took the opportunity to meet with the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church.Residing in Istanbul, Tony Abbott met with His Holiness Bartholomew I, stating on his Facebook page that he was “honoured” to have the chance to meet with him. Whilst in Turkey, the PM also took the opportunity to visit the Blue Mosque, chat to locals and meet with other Australians present for the Anzac Day services. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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