Davis, Williams get 2nd Red River Tour wins, Egbert tops Southern SportMod main at 281

first_imgSTEPHENVILLE, Texas (May 27) – Cory Davis and Gary Williams both won second Lone Star Super Gas IMCA Red River Modified Tour presented by Smi­ley’s Racing Products features on Memorial Day at 281 Speedway.  “We worked the high to middle line pretty much and rolled around everyone on the lower line. We could run anywhere we wanted to,” said Egbert, flourishing in the Express Race Cars, Dirt De­fender and CRS Suspensions ride. “This was one of those races you wish you could do over and over again. We hadn’t won at 281 since I don’t know when, and that was in a Modified.” Trevor Egbert, meanwhile, won for the first time at Stephenville in so long he wasn’t sure when.  “When we got it done at Kennedale, we knew we had a fast car. We were hoping for a top five here. To be able to run this well and win gave us more confidence,” Williams said. “Joe Spillman gave us a well-prepared track. Hats off to him and his crew for giving us a great place to race.” Southern SportMods – 1. Trevor Egbert; 2. Jake Upchurch; 3. Casey Brunson; 4. Bo Day Green­ville; 5. Chad Fitzgerald; 6. Justin Nabors; 7. Kevin Roland; 8. Kaden Honeycutt; 9. James Hanusch; 10. Nick Clinkenbeard; 11. Taylor Florio; 12. Blaine Shives; 13. Kamera McDonald; 14. Trevor Raney; 15. Rowdy Day; 16. Junior Dosher; 17. Brian Flowers; 18. Gregory Muirhead; 19. Greg Frazier; 20. Craig Oakes; 21. Ryan Thomas; 22. Tanner Houston; 23. James McCreery; 24. Kyle Wilkins; 25. James Skinner.  Williams had topped the Saturday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car lidlifter at Kennedale Speedway Park. He made just the second start of his career at 281 a memorable one with a flag to flag run in front, holding off challenges from Dennis Bissonnette and then from eventual runner-up Cary White.  Fred Wojtek and Chris Morris were next across the line.  Stock Cars – 1. Gary Williams; 2. Cary White; 3. Shelby Williams; 4. Dennis Bissonnette; 5. A.J. Dancer; 6. Jeffrey Abbey; 7. Brandon Hood; 8. Jason Batt; 9. Tyler Muirhead; 10. Caleb Cren­shaw; 11. George Egbert; 12. Westin Abbey; 13. Dustin White; 14. Gary Kerr Jr.; 15. Austin Carter; 16. Vernon Owens; 17. Charlie Brown; 18. Daniel Shipler; 19. Lee Riley; 20. Treven Geter; 21. Demetrius Carter; 22. Justin Wierenga; 23. Drew Garcia; 24. Clint Brown; 25. Dustin Mooney.center_img Feature Results Gary Williams led every lap in winning his second Red River Tour feature for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, on Memorial Day at 281 Speedway. (Photo by Debbie Hix) Davis led all 25 laps of the IMCA Modified main event, weathering a series of early cautions and pulling away after each restart. Also the Sunday night winner at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Davis checked out on everybody in taking the $1,500 victory.  Modifieds – 1. Cory Davis; 2. Fred Wojtek; 3. Chris Morris; 4. Tyler Stephens; 5. Eric Tomlinson; 6. Kevin Green; 7. Riley Simmons; 8. John Gober; 9. Josh McGaha; 10. Chris Elliott; 11. William Gould; 12. Jeff Hoegh; 13. Beau Begnaud; 14. Jason Hunter; 15. Brent Tidwell; 16. David Goode Jr.; 17. Garrett Higgins; 18. Matt Guillaume; 19. Jeffrey Abbey; 20. Drew Armstrong; 21. Chuck Sanders; 22. P.J. Egbert; 23. Ryan Williams; 24. Brandon Hood; 25. Chris Bragg.  Once in front, there was no catching Trevor Egbert before the checkers flew at the conclusion of the Red River Tour for Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods at Stephenville. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) After starting fifth, Egbert was up to third before the only caution came out to interrupt the Smi­ley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod feature. He took the lead on lap seven and left the rest of the field to fight for second. last_img read more

Dimitrov comes of age to win ATP Finals title

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON (Reuters) – Grigor Dimitrov claimed the biggest title of his career and sent out a huge statement of intent as the stylish Bulgarian beat David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-3 to win the ATP Finals on Sunday.The 26-year-old recovered from losing his opening two service games to finally get the better of the willowy Belgian player, but it was fiercely-fought two-and-a-half hour duel with Goffin saving four match points before finally succumbing.Dimitrov’s unbeaten run this week in London earned him $2.5 million while the 1,500 ranking points have catapulted him to end an impressive year ranked third in the world — behind only all-time greats Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.More significantly perhaps, landing the unofficial “fifth” grand slam appears to be proof that the former junior Wimbledon champion, once dubbed ‘Baby Federer’ because of his easy-on-the-eye style, has finally come of age.“It’s been an amazing week for me,” Dimitrov said on court after becoming the first player to win the elite eight-man tournament on his first appearance in the event since Spaniard Alex Corretja beat countryman Carlos Moya in 1998.“It’s such an honour to be here and this week has been one of the best weeks I’ve ever had.”He was still on court nearly an hour after the match ended, signing autographs for the sizeable Bulgarian contingent who had roared their man to victory.Yet it was tough on Goffin who, like Dimitrov, was his country’s first qualifier for the ATP Finals.His substantial consolation, though, was to end the year at a career-high seventh, having become only the sixth man to beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the same tournament.He will need to recover fast from the two hour 30 minute final — the longest since the event adopted a three-set format — as a Davis Cup final looms in France next weekend.Many of the capacity crowd in the O2 Arena had doubtless booked their tickets in anticipation of watching the top two seeds Federer and Nadal go head-to-head but the two newcomers provided a fitting end to an extraordinary ATP season.Goffin managed only two games against Dimitrov when they met on Wednesday in group play but recovered to beat Dominic Thiem to reach the semis where he stunned six-times champion Federer.For Dimitrov, he was quickly a different proposition in the final, using his pinpoint accuracy to keep his gifted opponent under control and he was way ahead on the winner count as he moved 4-3 ahead.A double-fault at 30-30 followed by a wayward forehand, though, gifted Dimitrov a break and seemed to energise the Bulgarian.Dimitrov began to assert himself and piled on the pressure when Goffin served at 5-6. Goffin saved four set points, two with forehand winners, but double-faulted on a game point of his own before Dimitrov forced an error to wrap up the opener.Goffin needed just one break of serve to take the match into a decider and looked the more likely winner for a while but when Dimitrov survived a 10-minute service game at the start of the third, saving four break points, it proved crucial.With Goffin beginning to tire, Dimitrov moved 5-2 ahead with a break and then went 0-40 ahead on Goffin’s serve.Somehow Goffin survived to extend the contest to another game and saved another match point on the Bulgarian’s serve.He looked poised to save another one as he stretched Dimitrov all over the court but with the court at his mercy he put an attempted drop-volley into the net.last_img read more

Stars pay the penalty, miss out on CHAN

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars defender David Owino tries to go past Tanzania’s Paulo Godfrey during their African Nations Championship qualifier at Kasarani Stadium on August 4, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 – Harambee Stars have missed out on yet another opportunity to play in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) after suffering a 4-1 post match penalties loss to Tanzania following a 0-0 draw in the return leg at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday evening.The two teams played to a similar result in Tanzania last weekend and the aggregate scores meant penalties would decide who proceeds to the next round. Joash Onyango struck his penalty over the bar while Michael Kibwage saw his effort saved as the Tanzanians triumphed in Nairobi.Erasto Nyoni, Paulo Godfrey, Gadiel Michael and Salum Hamis each put one past John Oyemba in Stars’ goal while Kenya’s only penalty that found the back of the net was from Clifton Miheso.Tanzania now go through to the second round where they will face off with Sudan.It was yet another day when head coach Sebastien Migne’s tactics hit a brick wall, his choice of striker upfront Sidney Lokale failing to show anything worth smiling about while last season’s Kenyan Premier League top scorer Enosh Ochieng watched from the bench.Boniface Muchiri, called up to spark a misfiring striking line for the return leg also watched the entire encounter on the bench despite his goal scoring prowess seeing him finish as Tusker’s top scorer with 12 to his name.-Shambi in, Shambi outMigne subbed in Ulinzi Stars midfielder Ibrahim Shambi in the 28th minute after Philemon Otieno was injured, but substituted him out 12 minutes in the second half for David Owino.The tactician’s change was curious as he brought on Ulinzi Stars midfielder Ibrahim Shambi to play on the right side of defense while natural defender, Bernard Ochieng who played in the same position in the first leg in Dar es Salaam remained on the bench.Three horrible shots, one off a freekick summarized Kenya’s first half performance. Not that Tanzania were any better, but it was a half to forget for Migne and his charges.Migne had made two changes from the team that played in Tanzania, Philemon coming on while Sidney Lokale was also started with Musa Masika not even being in thematch day 18.None of the two teams managed a single shot on target. Tanzania had an effort at goal after six minutes, Iddi Selemani’s effort at goal from range going over.-Tanzania chanceFrank Domayo had an even better chance in the 18th minute when Hassan Dilunga’s cross from the right found him rushing in at the edge of the six yard box, but his technique on the volley was awry, the ball going over.Kenya’s only sniffs at goal were off two efforts from distance by Kenneth Muguna and Dennis Odhiambo both going over while Clifton Miheso followed the same path with a freekick from good scoring range.Stars had a frantic start to the second half and had a chance to score barely a minute in when a quickly taken throw in found Miheso who cut back for Whyvonne Isuza, but his shot hit the side netting.With Shambi out, Samuel Onyango was deployed as a wingback while Owino played as a winger. The diminutive Mathare United man caused lots of trouble for the Tanzanian backline with his runs and energy.-Kaseja off his lineWith 15 minutes left, Stars had another great chance when Lokale cut in a cross from the right but both Isuza and Duke Abuya missed with Juma Kaseja off his line.Migne looked on to the KPL top scorer Ochieng to spark his misfiring forward line calling him in for Lokale. But still there was no way past the Tanzanian backline.In fact, it was Tanzania who almost grabbed victory at the death when a mistake from Oyemba off his line gifted John Bocco of the ball, but the experienced striker hit the ball over the bar with only Joash Onyango, Kenya’s best player of the evening on the line.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more