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.”
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.
(BBC) – World number 19 Grigor Dimitrov, who played in both of Novak Djokovic’s recent Adria Tour events, has tested positive for coronavirus.The Bulgarian, 29, withdrew from the second tournament in Zadar, Croatia on Saturday with sickness after his opening loss to Borna Coric.“I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused,” he said.Sunday’s final, which would have featured world number one Djokovic, has been cancelled.Dimitrov, who also played in the first event in Belgrade last week, wrote on Instagram: “I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19. I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions.“I am back home now and recovering. Thanks for your support and please stay safe and healthy.”The tournaments were set up by world number one Djokovic to help players get back to match fitness after several weeks without competition because of the coronavirus pandemic. Several top-10 players have been competing including Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem.The first event in Serbia attracted 4,000 fans, and several thousand attended in Zadar.With both Serbia and Croatia easing lockdown measures before the events, players were not obliged to observe social distancing rules in either country and were seen embracing at the net at the end of their matchesPictures on the tournament’s social media from three days ago show Dimitrov playing basketball with Djokovic, Zverev and Marin Cilic, while he also put his arm around Coric before their match.Djokovic’s coach and event director Goran Ivanisevic told fans courtside the final was off because of Dimitrov’s positive test.Tournament organisers said the final was cancelled “as a precaution and to protect the health of all participants and visitors”.A statement read: “At all times we have strictly followed the epidemiological measures in place with the countries where the Adria Tour was organised.“None of the people involved in the organisation and who have been in contact with Grigor have any symptoms.“However, we are in close contact with health authorities in order to insure that all people who were in contact with Grigor will be tested tonight. Since we do not want to risk, we decided to cancel the final match.”There have been no professional tennis events organised by the main men’s and women’s tours since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The US Open will be held without fans from 31 August to 13 September, despite some players voicing concerns about travelling to New York.There have been handshakes and hugs. They have got up close and personal to play football and basketball, and celebrated the end of the first leg in Belgrade with some improvised limbo dancing in a nightclub.Crowds were made welcome by the authorities, but that does not mean social distancing should have been abandoned by the players, who had arrived from various different locations for the Adria Tour series.And then onwards to others. Dominic Thiem, who was part of the show in Belgrade last week, has been playing in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in the south of France this weekend.Most of those on the Adria Tour have sounded distinctly lukewarm about the prospect of travelling to New York for the US Open – and it has not been hard to empathise with some of their concerns.But when watching the pictures from Belgrade and now Zadar, the feeling is simply one of bemusement.
The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has named Tunisian Med Said Kordi as the center referee to handle Ghana’s 2015 AFCON qualifier against Uganda next weekend, The 39-year-old will be flanked by countrymen Anouar Hmila and Moheen Ben Salem as assistant referees with Slim Jedidi confirmed for the fourth official role.Med Said is not strange to Ghana games as he handled Ghana’s 1-0 loss against Zambia in Lusaka during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in June 2012.Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng has launched a scathing attack on the Tunisian for Ghana’s Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier defeat to the Chipolopolos for what was largely seen an unfair officiating.Controversial Nigerian official Linus Mba has also been named as the match Commissioner for the crunch game at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium after FIFA lifted their ban on him.