Johnson, Schroeder win green to checkered features at Arlington

first_imgThe IMCA Modified feature saw three different leaders with Chad Porter and Clint Hatlestad run­ning up front before Brandon Beckendorf made his move on the white flag lap, edging past Hat­lestad to take the lead and the win. Jason Schroeder was the Saturday Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner at Arlington Race­way. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty) Bill Johnson reeled in leader Jeremy Schultz en route to the Sprint checkers while Jason Schroeder raced from the third row at the start in winning his first Northern SportMod main of 2020.  Brett McConnell took the lead on the second circuit and stay in front to the finish of the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.center_img ARLINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 22) – Both the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature and the Karl Kus­toms Northern SportMod feature ran green to checkered Saturday at Arlington Raceway. Jeff Larson had the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car no one could catch while Cory Probst made his move to the front of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock field the last time around the track.last_img read more

Kurt Busch leaving Stewart-Haas: ‘I’m looking forward to the future’

first_imgTeam co-owner Tony Stewart responded directly to Busch about his announcement. “You brought passion and a never-ending drive to win,” Stewart wrote, in part. “You helped shape (Stewart-Haas Racing) into the team it is today.”Beyond these numbers, you brought passion and a never-ending desire to win. You helped shape @StewartHaasRcng into the team it is today. Thank you. https://t.co/W7xtFKZ6ag— Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) December 3, 2018SHR’s official Twitter feed echoed Stewart: “Your dedication and desire are hard to match. Know the next chapter of your career will be great.” Amazing how fast five years goes by… especially when @KurtBusch is at the wheel. Your dedication and desire are hard to match. Know the next chapter of your career will be great. From all of us, thank you. pic.twitter.com/zOh1FsLkGy— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) December 3, 2018While Busch has been linked to Ganassi Racing’s open ride, Stewart-Haas has given no indication who might take his place. Kurt Busch confirmed Sunday night that he will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing, ending a five-season run that included six NASCAR Cup Series victories, the 2017 Daytona 500 among them.Busch, who joined SHR in 2014, wrote, in part, on Twitter: “I would like to thank Stewart-Haas for 5 fantastic years driving the #41. … Unfortunately, it’s not in the cards for me to stay. I’m looking forward to the future (and) new opportunities ahead.” pic.twitter.com/iMIP8n9DSl— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) December 3, 2018There has been speculation that Busch will move to Chip Ganassi Racing, but the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion didn’t indicate who he would be driving for in 2019, his 19th full-time Cup Series season.Busch, 40, is coming off a 2018 season in which he won at Bristol, qualified for the playoffs and finished seventh in the standings.last_img read more

Kobe’s homecoming soiled with poor play in Lakers’ 103-91 loss to Sixers

first_imgPHILADELPHIA >> The night started with Kobe Bryant receiving loud cheers and performing as if Father Time never became an issue. But it ended with the 37-year-old Bryant showing his age and the Lakers showing their ineptitude.The Lakers hit a new low in a season full of them. They lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 103-91 on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center, an outcome that handed the Sixers their first victory after 19 games and soiled Bryant’s last game before a hometown crowd that suddenly loved him. It also raised questions about the Lakers (2-15) amid a six-game losing streak and the worst record in the Western Conference. Will the 37-year-old Bryant ever figure out how to manage his health? Bryant finished with 20 points while shooting 7 of 26 from the field and 4 of 17 from 3-point range in 31 minutes. He has attempted 16 or more 3-pointers only two other times in his 20-year NBA career. Bryant lamented his legs stiffening up on him despite altering his routine on when to stretch, take ice baths and lift weights. Yet, Bryant maintained he will try to play as many games as possible, including today’s game in Washington. “I’m not going to save myself for pickup basketball at Equinox in December. I’m going to play,” Bryant said. “I’m not coming back to these venues anymore. God willing, I’m healthy and I can walk and run, I’ll be out there.”Will Bryant ever change his shot selection? Bryant made three of his first four shots within the first two minutes. That sparked Bryant to say, “I’m just playing possum because I know my legs can’t carry this energy for 48 minutes.” That sparked Lakers coach Byron Scott to say, “I was hoping he could keep it up.” But after ending the first quarter with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, Bryant missed 14 of his next 16 shots. Scott conceded Bryant took some 3-pointers that were “ill-advised.” But the coach quickly said, “I didn’t do a good job” in setting Bryant up for shots in the mid-post. Yet, Bryant also shot a few airballs and even attempted a left-handed layup that just hit the backboard. “I do trust he’ll get to a point where he will make them on a much more consistent basis. But it’s just not happening yet,” Scott said. “There’s going to be some games like that where you live and die with it. You just hope you don’t die too much.”Will the Lakers’ patience with the team’s X’s and O’s wear thin?No one in the Lakers’ locker room criticized Bryant’s shot selection. Guards Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young actually defended it. But Clarkson, Young and Lou Williams all lamented the team’s struggles with making adjustments.“We have to make the game easier on (Kobe) instead of trying to iso,” said Clarkson, who had 19 points on 9-of-19 shooting. “We can get screens for him. We put more emphasis on that instead of having all eyes on him the whole game, that’s taxing.But what will it take for that to happen?“You can’t blame (Kobe). He takes a lot of shots. But it’s everybody,” Young said. “From the coaches to the players, we have to get on one page and on the same page. I can’t tell you why that’s not happening right now. All I know is the circus came to town today and we did what we normally do.”The circus featured an extra element in Philadelphia. Bryant’s first road game since announcing his retirement happened to be his hometown, which he admitted became a “cherry on top” and partly planned. He had sparked boos during the 2001 NBA Finals and the 2002 NBA All-Star game, but the overwhelmingly partisan Lakers crowd cheered and yelled his name during starting lineup introductions.Bryant then met his high school coach, Gregg Downer of Lower Merion High, and Sixers luminary Julius Erving at center court. Then, Bryant was presented with a No. 24 Lower Merion jersey. After the game ended, Bryant touched his chest twice near his heart and waved to the crowd as he walked off the court. “They got me. I wasn’t expecting that,” Bryant said. “It was emotional. I’m deeply appreciative beyond belief.”Then Bryant spoke in a bizarre press conference where non-media members asked him questions after drinking beverages. Others told Bryant they loved him. Bryant soon thanked reporters when the press conference ended. The vibes in the Lakers’ locker room were not as pleasant.“We’re a circus,” Young said. “We’re playing terrible. We lost to Philly. Philly! What does that make us?”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more