Scott Lutz got the lead with two laps to go in winning the Virginia Sprint Series feature at Natural Bridge Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines)By Jim HainesNATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (Aug. 19) – The Natural Bridge has been a popular destination for tourists but for racers and fans the track up the street is where to be.Scott Lutz became the latest visitor to victory lane at that popular destination when the Virginia Sprint Series visited Saturday night.With the laps winding down, Lawson went outside Mike Leraas for the lead and the front pair raced that way for two laps. That battle ended when Leraas and Lawson caught up with a lapped car and the three wouldn’t fit three-wide.Lawson slid over the hill to bring out the yellow and Lawson was sent to the rear. Lutz was strong on the bottom and got under Leraas with two laps to go, then held off Leraas for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature win.Anthony Linkenhoker was fourth and fifth went to Bill Rice.Feature results – 1. Scott Lutz; 2. Mike Leraas; 3. Tony Harris; 4. Anthony Linkenhoker; 5. Bill Rice; 6. Jeff Taylor; 7. Jerald Harris; 8. Daren Bolac; 9. Brian Lawson; 10. Chris Ware; 11. Charlie Ware; 12. Neil Sandridge; 13. Tom Humphries.
VINTON, Iowa (July 19) – Tony Olson’s dream season continued Sunday night at Benton County Speedway.In just 34 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod starts in 2015, Olson earned his 18th feature win, his seventh on the Vinton quarter-mile.Kurt Hogan took the lead from Jake Salisbury following a lap one caution while Olson worked through the pack from a fifth row start. Racing the top side, Olson made his way into the top five after three laps and then found himself challenging Hogan for the lead a handful of laps later.Olson swept around Hogan at the line at the midway point of the 16-lapper, then survived a pair of late stoppages to drive to victory ahead of Danny Dvorak and Matt Petrzelka.Damon Murty also raced to his seventh win of the season in the Ron-Da-Voo Lounge & Deli IMCA Stock Car 18-lapper.Murty started in row five, but a trio of cautions over the first four laps left Murty sitting third for the final restart. He chased Shane Ebaugh back to the green as the lead pair swapped the top spot over the next four laps.Murty took the lead for good on the eighth circuit to drive to victory ahead of Norman Chesmore and Curtis Roster.Mike Burbridge took advantage of his outside front row start in the 20-lap Cassill Motors IMCA Modified feature.Burbridge built a big early lead while Zach Less battled Dennis Betzer for second. Burbridge held a near straightaway advantage by the time Less worked into the runner-up spot on lap eight.Less quickly reeled in Burbridge and made his bid for the lead just past the midway point, taking took over on the 11th circuit. Less led the remainder of the caution-free event to score his first win of the season on his way to the top of the point standings. Burbridge ran second ahead of Troy Cordes.The lead was not the place to be throughout much of the IMCA Hobby Stock headliner.A flat tire briefly sidelined Nathan Ballard midway through the event and a miscue in turn four with two laps to go ended the run for Zach Swanson, who took over after Ballard lost the point.Justin Wacha inherited the lead for a green, white, checker finish allowing him to drive to his second win of the year ahead of Leah Wroten and a hard-charging Ballard.
BELLEVILLE, Kan. – After a week off, the United Rebel Sprint Series returns to action this weekend as the URSS Myers Engines National Tour will tackle the Belleville Highbanks in Belleville, Kan., for the second time this year and the Colorado URSS West Region will make its fifth appearance this year at Colorado Motor Sports Park in Byers.For the second time in three weeks, the National tour will return to the Belleville Highbanks for a $1,000 to win minimum $200 to start main event. J.D. Johnson has taken two in a row as he notched his first win during the 2015 Belleville Nationals and then backed it up with another dominating performance during this year’s event. Four-time Belleville winner Luke Cranston, Zach Blurton, Brian Herbert, Jed Werner and a host of others will be on hand to end Johnson’s reign.Saturday night’s action starts at 7:30 p.m.Also on Saturday at 7 p.m. the URSS West Region will return to action at Colorado Motor Sports Park in Byers.Blurton has taken two feature wins this year at Colorado’s newest 3/8 mile dirt track, with Zac Taylor and Justin Medlock splitting the other two. Coby Pearce will look to get his first win this year at CMSP, as he claimed a feature in 2015. A lot of drivers will be seeking their first win at CMSP including youngster Austin McClean, who is proving to be a source to be reckoned with, along with veterans Patrick Bourke, Mark Walinder, Scott Cochran among others.
FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (Jan. 9) – 141 Speedway promoters Toby Kruse, Dan Ratajczak and Scott Ratajczak are back on the ballot for the Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award given by Racing Promotion Monthly.They were nominated from RPM’s Northern Region for the second consecutive year. A Saturday night venue, 141 sanctions its Modified, Stock Car, Northern SportMod and Sport Compact divisions with IMCA.“It’s almost overwhelming because your peers nominate you for this award. You take a minute to reflect and realize how fortunate you are,” Kruse said. “Being nominated is pretty darn exciting. It makes all the miles and hours worth it.”“We averaged 141 cars a week in 2016. That’s a real testament to our goal of making this track bigger and better every year,” added Kruse, “and we’re not done, that’s for sure.”Dan Ratajczak was a long-time IMCA Modified driver and Scott was his crew chief. This is their second ARPY nomination and the third for Kruse, who also promotes Marshalltown Speedway.The Ratajczaks have promoted 141 with Kruse since 2014. Their major project for the upcoming season is upgraded front stretch lighting.“My brother called me this morning, left a message and told me we’d been nominated (for the ARPY) for the second year in a row. That’s huge,” Dan Ratajczak said. “Scott, Toby and I all want to make this track better and when we can do that, we just get it done.”“The money we’ve made the last couple years we put back into the track,” he continued. “New fencing, a new PA, new clay, new roofs on buildings, new lighting … stuff a lot of people don’t think about but when we make up our mind about it we get it done.”The 41st Auto Racing Promoter of the Year will be announced during RPM’s annual national workshops in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 20. The award is sponsored by Charlotte Motor Speedway.“Our association with 141 has been extremely good over the years,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “This nomination is fitting and well deserved.”
Chris Abelson led every lap in winning Thursday’s Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event for IMCA Modifieds at Knoxville Raceway. (Photo by Barry Johnson)KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 20) – Chris Abelson made sure the race was for second Thursday night at Knoxville Raceway.Abelson started on the pole and led all 25 laps of the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event.A caution with six circuits to go in the IMCA Modified headliner put Todd Shute right behind Abelson for the restart, but Shute’s challenge ended with bobble on the final circuit. Abelson pulled away to the $1,500 Dynamic Drivelines Dirt Duel checkers to become the sixth different winner in as many tour events this season.Shute ended in second. Richie Gustin was third and Jeff Aikey fourth. Hard charger Justin Kay started 15th and finished fifth.Joel Rust and Kelly Shryock came into the night tied for the tour point lead. Rarely separated by more than a car or two, Rust finished eighth, one spot ahead of Shryock, and will take the top spot in the standings to the July 25 show at Dubuque Speedway.Abelson, the defending Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and 2016 Hawkeye Dirt Tour champion, now owns four career HDT feature wins. He’d also won at Knoxville three years ago and was already vote eligible for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Curtis Van Der Wal was the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner at Knoxville. He got the lead early in the 20-lapper and negotiated lapped traffic in outrunning Tim Plummer and Brayton Carter.Results Modified feature – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 2. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 3. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 4. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 5. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 6. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 7. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 8. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 9. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 10. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 11. Eric Elliott, Boone; 12. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 13. Randy Havlik, Boone; 14. Cory Sauerman, Johnson; 15. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 16. Justin Gregg, Hastings, Neb.; 17. Brandon Banks, Washington; 18. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 19. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 20. Tim Ward, Harcourt; 21. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 22. Chris Zogg, New Liberty; 23. Jason Murray, Hartford; 24. Shane DeMey, Denison.1st heat (top three) – 1. Abelson; 2. Aikey; 3. Gregg; 4. Kile; 5. Elliott; 6. Kay; 7. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 8. T.J. Smith, Menasha, Wis.; 9. Jordan Walker, Cedar Rapids.2nd heat – 1. Gustin; 2. Jacob Murray; 3. Thornton; 4. Carter; 5. Rust; 6. Banks; 7. Tyler Madigan, Peosta; 8. Sauerman; 9. Doug Rivera, Yuma, Ariz.; 10. Jarrett Brown, Ainsworth.3rd heat – 1. Ward; 2. Cordes; 3. Havlik; 4. DeMey; 5. Zogg; 6. Todd Inman, Altoona; 7. Bauman; 8. Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids; 9. Tyler Gross, Ankeny.4th heat – 1. Shute; 2. Marriott; 3. Shryock; 4. Jason Murray; 5. Kyle Brown; 6. Cole Hall, Sheffield; 7. Clayton Christensen, Spencer; 8. Kent Rosevear, Yuma, Ariz.; 9. Garrett Wilson, Carlisle.1st “B” feature (top five) – 1. Kile; 2. Kay; 3. Elliott; 4. Zogg; 5. Bauman; 6. Roberts; 7. Smith; 8. Walker; 9. Gross; 10. Todd Inman; 11. DeMey; 12. McGrath; 13. Jarrett Brown.2nd “B” feature – 1. Carter; 2. Rust; 3. Jason Murray; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Banks; 6. Madigan; 7. Wilson; 8. Rivera; 9. Hall; 10. Rosevear; 11. Sauerman; 12. Christensen.Northern SportMod feature – 1. Curtis Van Der Wal, Oskaloosa; 2. Tim Plummer, Norway; 3. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 4. Randy Roberts, Boone; 5. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; 6. Cody Olsen, Omaha, Neb.; 7. Brett Lowry, Montezuma; 8. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 9. Dusty Masolini, Des Moines; 10. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 11. Cory Van Zante, Sully; 12. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 13. Adam Shelman, Ames; 14. Colton Livezey, New Sharon; 15. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 16. Taylor Musselman, Norwalk; 17. John Watson, Des Moines; 18. Thomas Egenberger, Des Moines; 19. Trenton Brink, Bussey; 20. Bill Wears, Des Moines; 21. Shawn Cooney, Des Moines; 22. Brian Kauffman, Cedar Rapids; 23. Brian Efkamp, Ankeny; 24. Logan Anderson, Oskaloosa.1st heat (top three) – 1. Plummer; 2. Roberts; 3. Olsen; 4. Livezey; 5. Logue; 6. A.J. Johnson, Oskaloosa; 7. Josh Sink, Stanton; 8. Wieben; 9. Taylor Inman, Altoona; 10. Brandon Bach, Des Moines.2nd heat – 1. McBirnie; 2. Van Der Wal; 3. Cooney; 4. Efkamp; 5. Brian Luedtke, Norway; 6. Masolini; 7. Egenberger; 8. Musselman; 9. Tyler Inman, Altoona.3rd heat – 1. Carter; 2. Shelman; 3. Wears; 4. Logan Anderson; 5. Watson; 6. Ed Hamilton, Atlantic; 7. Brink; 8. Preston Gigax, Omaha, Neb.; 9. Robert Moore, Maxwell.4th heat – 1. VanDenBerg; 2. Van Zante; 3. Lowry; 4. Kauffman; 5. Braaksma; 6. Brandon Patava, Des Moines; 7. Tony Johnson, Oskaloosa; 8. Tom Lathrop, Ottumwa; 9. Blair Simmons, Des Moines.First “B” feature (top six) – 1. Logan Anderson; 2. Livezey; 3. Logue; 4. Watson; 5. Wieben; 6. Brink; 7. Moore; 8. Sink; 9. Taylor Inman; 10. Bach; 11. A.J. Johnson; 12. Hamilton; 13. Gigax.Second “B” feature – 1. Masolini; 2. Braaksma; 3. Musselman; 4. Efkamp; 5. Egenberger; 6. Kauffman; 7. Patava; 8. Lathrop; 9. Simmons; 10. Tyler Inman; 11. Tony Johnson; 12. Luedtke.
Batesville, In. — The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America have released projected benefits of raising the smoking rate to 21-years-old. The Tobacco 21 Campaign or T21 is an effort to convince legislators to increase the legal age to purchase tobacco.The projections say there would be a 25 percent decline in smoking among 15 to 17-year-olds, a 10 percent reduction in smoking-related deaths in people born in 2000 or after and cut deaths attributed to lung cancer by 50,000. The report also says 75 percent of adults are in favor including a significant percentage of current smokers.For more information click here.
Michael Ray Pennington of Port Orange, FL and formerly of Brookville was born in Batesville, Indiana on February 10, 1957, a son to Ralph Pennington Sr. and Ruby Bishop Pennington. Michael spent his career painting and providing general maintenance. On Friday, April 19, 2019 at the age of 62, he passed away at Halifax Health Hospice of Port Orange, FL.Those surviving who will cherish Michael’s memory include his mother, Ruby Bolin and Step-father, Donald Bolin both of Mims, FL, Brother Ralph Pennington Jr. of Port Orange, FL, Daughter, Juanita Pennington of Laurel, and numerous aunts, uncles, and other relatives.Friends may visit with family on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 12 noon until time of service at 2 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Pastor Tom Marshal of the Family Worship Center in Blooming Grove, IN will officiate the service. Burial will follow immediately after service in Maple Grove Cemetery.Memorial Contributions can be directed to the donor’s choice. To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Michael Pennington.
ORVC Weekly Report (May 13-18)ORVC Report(May 13-18)2019Congratulations to Southwestern, Milan and Rising Sun on sharing the 2019 ORVC Baseball Championship!Congratulations to Rising Sun for capturing the 2019 ORVC Softball Championship!Congratulations to Southwestern for capturing the 2019 ORVC Boys Golf Championship!Congratulations to Southwestern on capturing the 2019 ORVC Boys Track and Field Championship!Congratulations to Switzerland County on capturing the 2019 ORVC Girls Track and Field Championship!Congratulations to South Ripley on their 2018-2019 ORVC Girls All-Sports Championship!!Congratulations to Southwestern on their 2018-2019 ORVC Boys All-Sports Championship!!Congratulations to Southwestern on their 2018-2019 ORVC All-Sports Championship!!Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
Greensburg, IN—Increase your understanding of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia through firsthand experience. Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg is offering Virtual Dementia Tours to the community today starting at 5 pm. They are located at 2320 N Montgomery Rd, Greensburg.
Franklin County High School Girls Varsity Soccer beat New Castle High School 4-1.For the second year in a row, Franklin County beat New Castle by a score of 4-1. The ball movement and team defending were very good.The stats breakdown is:Goals: Kloe Bolos, Jordan Nichols, Brylee Pace, Adrienne Bundy.Assists: Zoey Gruber, Jaime Stortz, Laura Edwards, Jessica Parker.Goal Keeper Saves: Karlie Hahn (12).The story of the night, however, is that we celebrated the life of Joe Gruber in our Memorial Game. The Wildcats Community came together to support Heidi, Leighla and our own #19 Zoey Gruber. All proceeds of the Skyline Cheese Coney night and concessions are being donated to the family to help in whatever way it can. #WildcatsCare #GruberStrong #SoccerSistersCourtesy of Wildcats Coach Cindy Adams.