Believe it! Hale races from 29th into Modified main event

first_img“When I rolled out, I wanted to go half the race before deciding if I’d get up on the wheel,” said Hale, from Cameron, Mo. “I started driving harder, the car came in and the next thing I knew we were passing cars.” A former Northern SportMod entrant at Super Nationals, Hale had a state championship to his credit in the first JBR Chassis built with buddy Josh Barnes before running part-time this season. Most of those starts came at U.S. 36 Raceway and Bethany Speedway, with a weekly visit to Boone for good measure. “When I crossed the finish line there was disbelief at first. I would have never believed that we could start 29th and end up in the tech tent,” he continued. “I was so excited because I knew we got the transfer.” “We’re going to run as hard as we can and finish as good as we can,” he said. “A top five would be absolutely amazing for this team.” Clay Hale impressed with his run from 29th starting to third in his Thursday night Modified qualify­ing feature at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Jim Zim­merline)center_img What he did instead was race all the way to third and qualify for his career first IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main event. He’s running the third JBR car now – Dustin Miller is in the second and also in the southeast cor­ner of the pits. Hale already has his game plan and goals in place for the main event. BOONE, Iowa – When he lined up 29th for the start of Thursday’s second Modified qualifying fea­ture at Boone Speedway, Clay Hale wanted to get in some laps, pass as many cars as he could and get as many of those valuable points as possible.last_img read more

Salisu Yusuf to Lead NPFL’s All Stars to Spain

first_imgNigeria caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf will lead a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) selected team to a series of matches in Spain that will feature top La Liga sides Valencia and Malaga in August.The NPFL All Stars selected side will play in the Carranza & La Liga World Tournament and also against Valencia CF.For the Carranza and LaLiga World Tournament, the NPFL All Stars will play Malaga CF on August 12 and 13, but before then, will play their first game in Spain against Valencia CF on August 10. Yusuf will be assisted by Wikki Tourists coach Abdu Maikaba and Imama Amapakabo from Rangers, whose teams are leading the Nigeria league.Imama assisted Yusuf for the recent Super Eagles friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in Europe.Yusuf, 54, has worked with the home-based Eagles for the recent CHAN in Rwanda and has previously handled the country’s top clubs Enyimba and Kano Pillars.The invitational to the tournament is part of the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the League Management Company (LMC) and the Spanish Football League, LaLiga.Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko announced the firming of the plans for the tour after a meeting in Abuja last Friday with LaLiga Africa Representative, Antonio Barradas.The Ramon de Carranza Trophy is a pre-season tournament organised by Cadiz CF in memory of its former President, Ramon de Carranza.It has been played since 1955 and is rated one of the prestigious summer tournaments in Spain alongside the Teresa Herrera Trophy.Sevilla CF won the inaugural edition in 1955 while Atletico Madrid are the defending champions.Some of the top European and South American teams that have participated in the tournament include 2012 winners, Club Desportivo Nacional and Benfica of Portugal, Sampdoria of Italy, Flamengo and Vasco Da Gama of Brazil amongst others.The NPFL/LaLiga partnership was consummated at the Abuja Hilton on April 26 and provides for extensive collaboration between the two leagues in the areas of players development, management capacity building and knowledge sharing.Dikko also disclosed that the visit will provide opportunity for selected club administrators to have a close study of club management, match day organization and other activities for the good administration of clubs in the league through scheduled interactions with La Liga clubs’ top officials.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

CalPIRG doubles fundraising goal

first_imgThe USC chapter of CalPIRG said it wants to double its annual fundraising goal as it kicked off its pledge drive Monday to encourage long-term donations to support its professional staff.USC CalPIRG, a student-run organization that focuses on public interest issues and assuring students’ voices are heard in state government, currently advocates for issues such as banning the use of plastic bags in California and abolishing subsidies on corn products. CalPIRG uses its funds to hire lobbyists to represent its stances in Sacramento.The organization hopes to increase its donations to $75,000 by asking students to donate $10 monthly for as long as they can afford, said David Mittelstein, chair of USC CalPIRG. The group now only accepts credit card donations to facilitate long-term commitments.“The problem with cash donations is that they are not ongoing so we would have to do these fundraisers every month,” Mittelstein said. “This frees us up to focus on our campaign work.”Mittelstein said the organization wants to increase its annual fundraising so it can increase its visibility.“We really need these donations so we can be self-sufficient and compete on par with other special interest groups in getting our petitions heard and implemented in society,” Mittelstein said. “In politics, money is power, so we hire professional advocates like lawyers and lobbyists who give us a voice in the government.”CalPIRG’s current “Save the Oceans” campaign focuses on banning plastic bags in California. The campaign has received 4,700 signatures at USC this year.James DuLac, a coordinator of the campaign, said USC’s chapter has room to grow.“The USC chapter of CalPIRG is relatively young compared to other chapters in California, so we are growing rapidly every year,” DuLac said. “Its great that we are able to hire full time staff who go to Washington, D.C. and Sacramento to get our voices heard on issues.”last_img read more

O’Neill to name provisional squad for Euro qualifiers

first_imgAt 6, Liverpool are away to Bordeaux, and Ajax host Celtic while, at five past eight, Spurs welcome Azerbaijan outfit, FK Karabakh, to White Hart Lane. While an extended 37-man panel will be announced, all eyes will be on the availability of Seamus Coleman, who picked up an injury at the weekend. Meanwhile, there’s three British clubs in Europa League action tonight. The squad will be whittled down again before October 4th, with Germany and Poland on the horizon.center_img In last night’s Champions League action, Arsenal fell to a 2-1 loss away to Dinamo Zagreb, while Chelsea hammered Maccabi Tel-Aviv 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard missed a penalty for the Premier League champions when the game was still scoreless and Jose Mourinho says this early setback was positive for the team.last_img read more