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Modified qualifiers go to familiar foes Stephan, Abelson

first_imgVeteran Ricky Stephan won Wednesday’s first Modified qualifying feature at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Ricky Stephan didn’t think anything could top it when he got his career 100th IMCA Modified feature win this summer.Now he’s not so sure.The veteran from South Sioux City, Neb., won the first Modified qualifying feature Wednesday at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, outrunning Whittemore rookie Nick Meyer in lapped traffic late in a fast-paced contest at Boone Speedway.He’ll square off with familiar foe Chris Abelson, winner of the evening’s second qualifier, in a friendly game of Rochambeau to determine who starts of the pole in the Saturday night main event.“I was thinking that my 100th win was the pinnacle of my career. This might top it,” said Stephan, who started racing at Super Nationals in the 1980s. “I was breathing pretty hard – I couldn’t believe I was leading. I didn’t want to lose it because of the lapped cars.”“This win was probably like getting all the right numbers for Powerball,” he added during a brief lull in post-race tech. “When it was over I asked myself ‘Did this really happen?’ It did.”Meyer led early from the pole. The only caution of the race came out on the second of 25 circuits and Stephan took charge on lap five.“I didn’t know if I could go 25 laps. I’m used to 15,” said Stephan, who went retro with a yellow ride after spending most of the last three seasons in a red car. “I saw Nick a couple times out of the corner of my eye. All these young guys are making it harder and harder for an old guy like me.”His best finish in six career Saturday starts at Super Nationals was 11th in 2014, the most recent year he qualified.Joining Stephan and Meyer in transferring were third running Randy McDaniel of Olivehurst, Calif., and Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa, who had qualified for the Saturday Stock Car championship event earlier in the program.Abelson, from Sioux City and last year’s runner-up, caught pole starter Josh Ruby for the lead just after halfway in the second qualifier.Urbana’s Darin Duffy ran second the next 10 laps before giving way to 14th starting Nick Roberts of Des Moines on the final circuit. Drew Christianson of Minot, N.D., was the fourth and final transfer to the Saturday show.Roberts and Duffy are both former Super Nationals champions in other divisions. Duffy won the Late Model crown in 2003 while Roberts ruled the Northern SportMods in 2012.Abelson, Duffy and Christianson will all make fifth career starts in the Modified dance. McDaniel, Carter and Roberts are each in for the second time, Meyer of course for the first.More than 20 states are represented by Modified entries at Super Nationals. Cars from nine of them took the green flag in the first qualifier on Wednesday while cars from 12 states and Canada were in the second.1st qualifying feature – 1. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 2. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 3. Randy McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 4. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 5. Randy Roberts, Boone; 6. Clinton Luellen, Minburn; 7. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 8. Joey Price, Great Falls, Mont.; 9. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 10. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 11. Justin O’Brien, West Union; 12. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 13. Josh Truman, Indianola; 14. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; 15. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; 16. Todd Cooney, Des Moines; 17. Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 18. Joe Spillman, Austin, Texas; 19. Ben Kraus, Kanawa; 20. Dan Menk, Franklin, Minn.; 21. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 22. Josh Blumer, Marysville, Kan.; 23. Matthew Meinecke, Jamaica; 24. Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; 25. Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif.; 26. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas; 27. Loren Pesicka Jr., Burt; 28. Al Wolfgram, Boone; 29. Tanner Black, Great Bend, Kan.; 30. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 2. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 3. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 4. Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.; 5. David Brown, Kellogg; 6. Jeremy Payne, Buckeye, Ariz.; 7. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 8. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 9. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; 10. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 11. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; 12. Richard Michael, Jr., Ischua, N.Y.; 13. Mike VanGenderen, Newton; 14. Wade Taylor, Spring Creek, Nev.; 15. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 16. Joe McBirnie, Boone; 17. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 18. William Gould, Calera, Okla.; 19. Kenneth Buck, Canton, Pa.; 20. Tim Watts, Beloit, Kan.; 21. Brian Knoell, Falun, Kan.; 22. Cory Sauerman, Johnston; 23. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 24. Chad Ten Naple, Sioux City; 25. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 26. Shane DeMey, Dennison; 27. Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake; 28. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 29. Jim Peeler, Trimble, Mo.; 30. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.last_img read more

Man dies after repeatedly being stabbed with a machete

first_imgThe City of Miami Police are currently investigating the fatal stabbing of a man with a machete.The incident was reported along Southwest 49th Avenue and Eighth Street around 12:15 am on Friday.Authorities say they responded to the scene to find a unresponsive man suffering from apparent stab wounds.The victim was taking to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where he later died of his injuries.Authorities reported that they are also investigating another scene nearby where a vehicle’s window appeared to have been shot out.It is believed that the two scenes may be connected, however, that information has yet to be confirmed.last_img read more

Angels GM Billy Eppler says they ‘stretched’ budget to land Cody Allen

Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “I think it’s just dangerous to look at ERA and make determinations on that, especially in a reliever,” Eppler said. “I don’t think that ERA was appropriate for the level of pitcher that Cody has been.”Allen’s velocity also declined slightly in 2018, which Eppler said was likely the result of a “timing” issue in his delivery. Eppler said Allen had been aware of the issue before discussing it with the Angels in their talks leading up to the deal.Allen’s history and his awareness of what went wrong last year led the Angels to believe he was the right player for them to make a rare foray into the high-priced reliever market.“Cody has a history of durability and a history of being a well above average reliever, and obviously has a history of closing big games in big spots, and we anticipate him being our closer,” Eppler said. “One of the things we talked about was him being our closer and adding that playoff experience and veteran presence to a young group.” Cody Allen may have been the last piece to the puzzle for the Angels’ offseason.A day after the Angels officially completed the $8.5 million deal for the new closer, general manager Billy Eppler said Monday that the club needed the “blessing” of owner Arte Moreno to “stretch” the budget.Asked then if that meant the Angels were finished for the winter, Eppler would not go that far, but he did suggest that he sees no glaring holes.“We are a point where we feel complete with our club,” he said. The core of the pitching staff is a rotation led by Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney, Harvey, Cahill, Jaime Barría and Nick Tropeano, with top prospects Griffin Canning and José Suarez waiting in Triple-A.Allen now anchors a bullpen, surrounded by hard-throwing Ty Buttrey, Hansel Robles, Justin Anderson and Luis Garcia, with Cam Bedrosian also in the mix.JC Ramírez and Keynan Middleton are expected back from Tommy John surgery around midseason.Offensively, the Angels have added Justin Bour to supplement the production around Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani, with Jonathan Lucroy at catcher and Tommy La Stella as a utility infielder.They also hoping to get full seasons from Zack Cozart, Kole Calhoun, Pujols and Mike Trout, all of whom missed time with injuries. Cozart and Calhoun also performed below their career norms when healthy. Ohtani also figures to get perhaps double the number of at-bats this season, as he focuses solely on hitting while recovering from Tommy John surgery.“I think people realize how significant our offense is,” Eppler said. “Last season we were one of the top clubs in home runs (seventh in the majors),” Eppler said. “We wanted to address on-base percentage and we felt with some of the guys we’ve gone out to add that they can increase our overall on-base percentage, which was a goal of ours over the winter.”The Angels had been plugging holes with stopgaps in the everyday lineup and the rotation ever since Eppler arrived in October 2015, mostly because he inherited the worst farm system in the majors.Eppler has since traded just one top prospect (Sean Newcomb, to get Andrelton Simmons) but otherwise allowed the farm system to refresh while cycling through short-term fixes on the big league level.That approach has left him few resources to commit to the bullpen, making the Allen deal uncharacteristic. Allen is the first free agent reliever that Eppler has signed to a guaranteed major league deal.And he did so after what was, by some measures, Allen’s worst season.After posting a cumulative 2.59 ERA over five seasons, Allen had a career-worst 4.70 mark in 2018. Eppler, however, pointed out that his ERA was skewed by a few bad outings, and also said that the same size of a reliever’s innings is too small for using ERA as a barometer of performance.Related Articles Allen’s deal stretches the Angels current major league payroll to around $182 million, including some expected performance bonuses. Allen, Trevor Cahill and Matt Harvey alone could earn up to $6.5 million in performance bonuses.Their payroll will be in the top quarter in the major leagues in 2019.Last season’s final payroll was about $176 million.Based on those figures and Eppler’s comments, it would seem unlikely that the Angels would enter the fray for any of the remaining free agents.“We feel very good with the names we have on our depth chart right now,” Eppler said. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter read more