first_imgBRITT, Iowa (Aug. 7) – Mark Elliott exorcised a lot of race demons Thursday night.Elliott led every lap in winning the Night of 1,000 Stars special for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modi­fieds at Hancock County Speedway. His share of the purse totaled $7,000, including $3,500 for the victory and $2,500 in lap money, plus another $1,000 for leading at halfway.The top-paying event of the 2014 XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour drew 84 entries from 10 states and Canada.“What really helped us win tonight was a long month of July. We did the Dakota Classic Tour, then Speedweeks, and missed five of the shows,” the new 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier said. “We went back to work on the car and everybody, my crew, my family and my sponsors, stayed focused on winning.” “Maybe the stars aligned,” he added. “We had the right amount of luck and it all worked out for us.”Also the 2006 and 2009 race winner, Elliott won his heat race despite a back row start and then drew the outside front row spot for the main event.He drove past Kevin Stoa and Clayton Christensen and was still in front when the race was stopped for the mandatory front stretch pit stop halfway through the 50-lapper.“We were prepared to change everything but the kitchen sink. I’ve got a veteran crew that’s been with me a long time. They added fuel, checked my tires and told me I was good,” Elliott said. “I didn’t even get out of the car. I sat there thinking that we’d had a pretty good first half of the race and wished that it had been the second half.” Benji LaCrosse pressured Elliott before the break but wound up repeating as the Night of 1,000 Stars runner-up. Ryan Ruter, defending race winner Kyle Strickler and hard charger Jeremy Mills completed the unofficial top five. Mills made the main event field as a provisional starter and advanced 26 positions. Randy Brands was the $700 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winner. First place was good for $500 for Ben Kates in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Andy Boeckman in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Friday’s Night of 10,000 Stars special at Britt boasts a guaranteed $7,000 and a total possible $10,000 to the IMCA winner.The 2011 tour champion, Elliott became the seventh different winner in as many Hawkeye Dirt Tour events this season. The Thursday checkers were his HDT career fifth.Next up for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour are shows on Monday, Aug. 18 at Benton County Speedway in Vin­ton and Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton.Unofficial feature results – 1. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 2. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 3. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 4. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 5. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 6. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 7. Mike Jergens, Plover; 8. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 9. Kevin Stoa, Clear Lake; 10. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 11. Clayton Christensen, Spencer; 12. Sean Jerovetz, Sobieski, Wis.; 13. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 14. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 15. J.J. Wise, Garner; 16. Eric Dailey, Armstrong; 17. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; 18. Jeff Ignaszewski, Wells, Minn.; 19. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 20. Levi Nielsen, Mason City; 21. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 22. Greg El­liott, Webster City; 23. Rob Rose, West Des Moines; 24. Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.; 25. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 26. Jeff Dolphin, Britt; 27. Troy Swearingen, Thompson; 28. Andrew Schroeder, Keswick; 29. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 30. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 31. Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay, Wis.; 32. Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; 33. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 34. Stacey Mills, Webb; 35. Mike Mullen, Green Bay, Wis.; 36. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 37. Jay Marks, Bakersfield, Calif.Heat winners were Jimmy Gustin, Wise, Smith, Stoa, Hogan, Christensen, Mark Elliott, La­Crosse, Kile and Ruter.1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Nielsen; 2. Blochlinger; 3. Reutzel. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Noble; 2. Turnbull; 3. Richie Gustin. 3rd “B” feature – 1. Marriott; 2. Beckendorf; 3. Greg Elliott. 4th “B” feature – 1. Mullen; 2. Shute; 3. Ignaszewski. 5th “B” feature – 1. Rose; 2. Dailey; 3. Schroeder. 6th “B” feature – 1. Strickler; 2. Sean Jerovetz; 3. Troy Jerovetz.Tour provisionals – Van Genderen and Sobbing. Sponsor provisionals – Jeremy Mills, Stacey Mills, Swearingen, Ward, Dolphin and Jergens. Long tow provisional – Marks.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Man U vs. Watford Venue: Old Trafford Kick off:3PMManchester United will be looking to build on Monday’s impressive 2-0 victory at Chelsea when they welcome a struggling Watford to Old Trafford in the Premier League this afternoon. The Red Devils are currently six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the table, while Watford occupy 19th position having failed to win in their last four league outings. There is no getting away from the fact that it has been an inconsistent season for United, but the team have pulled off some very impressive results during the 2019-20 campaign, including a 2-0 success away to Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday night, where Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire were on the scoresheet. A defeat at Stamford Bridge would have left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s nine points off the top four, but the gap is just three heading into this weekend’s fixtures despite the fact that Untied are still seventh in the table. A record of 10 wins, eight draws and eight defeats has brought them 38 points, two points behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who travelled to Chelsea in Saturday’s early start. There is a chance that United could actually finish this weekend in the top four although other results would have to go in their favour. In all competitions, the Red Devils are unbeaten in their last five, including a 1-1 draw away to Club Brugge in the Europa League on Thursday night. Indeed, Martial scored in the second successive match to ensure that his team would pick up a positive result in the first leg of their last-32 tie. Fifth could yet be enough for a Champions League spot next season depending on what happens with Manchester City’s two-year ban, while winning the Europa League would also be another route into Europe’s premier competition, which would surely open up more possibilities for United in this summer’s transfer market. For all of the criticism aimed at Solskjaer, the Red Devils could yet enjoy a successful end to the season as they are also still in the FA Cup and will take on Wayne Rooney’s Derby County in the fifth round of that competition on March 5. The second leg of their Europa League clash with Brugge is next Thursday, meanwhile, and they will also travel to Everton in the league before the clash with Derby. Then comes the small matter of the Manchester derby at home to City on Match 8, showing the huge volume of matches on the horizon. United will be the favourites heading into this weekend’s contest, but both Crystal Palace and Burnley have beaten the 20-time English champions at Old Trafford in the league this season, while Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers have all picked up draws. Watford ran out 2-0 winners when they welcomed United to Vicarage Road in December, but the Hornets have incredibly never picked up a point in a Premier League match at Old Trafford. Indeed, the capital side’s only two Premier League wins over United have come at Vicarage Road, losing each of their six top-flight matches to the English giants in Manchester. That said, their two most recent games at Old Trafford have been close affairs, finishing 1-0 and 2-1 respectively. Watford’s two-goal success over United on December 22 saw them embark on a run which brought four victories and two draws from six matches to move clear of the relegation zone. Nigel Pearson’s side are without a victory since January 12, though, picking up just two points from their last four matches against Tottenham, Aston Villa, Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion. As a result, the Hornets are down in 19th position in the table; their situation is far from terminal, though, as they are only one point behind Villa in 17th, while just three points separates them from Brighton in 15th. Norwich City is going to find it difficult to escape the bottom three as they are six points adrift in 20th, but the likes of Watford, West Ham United, Villa, Bournemouth and Brighton are all in the mix above them. Even Crystal Palace in 14th are not safe with the Eagles struggling for form in 2020. Only Norwich, Villa and Brighton have a worse away record than Watford this season, with the Hornets picking up just 10 points from their 13 matches on their travels. United, though, as mentioned above, have dropped points in seven of their 13 home Premier League games during the 2019-20 campaign. It is not as if it gets any easier for Watford as they will follow this weekend’s match with a home game against Liverpool on February 29, and the threat of relegation is still very much present despite Pearson’s good work since taking charge of the club at the start of December. Man United possible XI: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Matic, Williams, Fernandes, Martial, Ighalo. Watford possible XI: Foster, Mariappa, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina, Chalobah, Capoue Sarr, Doucoure, Deulofeu, Deeney.Tags: Manchester UnitedOld TraffordOle Gunnar SolskjaerRed DevilsTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

first_imgGhana moved up three places on the Fifa ranking released for the month of September on Thursday morning.The Black Stars are now ranked 33rd in the world after amassing four points from the possible six in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.A bore 1-1 draw at home with Uganda was bettered by a hard fought 3-2 win against Togo in Lome in Group E.But the Black Stars still remained in fourth place on the Africa ranking behind Algeria (20th in the world), Cote d’Ivoire (22) and Tunisia (31).2014 FIFA World Cup finalists Germany and Argentina have slightly extended their lead over the chasing pack and remain unchallenged at the top.They are followed in third position by Colombia, who have swapped places with the Netherlands. The next FIFA ranking will be released on 23 October after two 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.–last_img read more