Restart keys Ballard’s qualifying feature win

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 4) – Nathan Ballard took advantage of a mid-race restart in winning the second of two Hobby Stock qualifyingNathan Ballard topped the second Hobby Stock qualifying feature during the Monday IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s program at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photo)features on Monday, opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Ballard passed Jeff Anderson on the 13th of 25 circuits. The race ran caution-free the rest of the way and Ballard was able to get a bit of breathing room before taking the checkers ahead of Anderson, who had won a pair of Super Nationals titles at Boone Speedway during his storied Stock Car career.“This has to be one of my biggest career wins,” said Ballard, acknowledging both Anderson and his son Shannon, who was runner-up in the evening’s first qualifying feature. “We’ve had a heck of a car all year and it was my kind of track tonight.”The top eight finishers advance to the middle row of Saturday’s main event. Ballard, from Marengo, and Anderson, from Atlantic, were chased across the stripe by Cody Nielsen of Spencer, Chanse Hollatz of Clear Lake, Chad Lonneman of Adrian, Minn., Solomon Bennett of Minburn, Jesse VanLaningham of Beatrice, Neb., and Justin Luinenburg of Reading, Minn.VanLaningham will start the Hobby Stock main for the fifth time in his career, while Ballard is in Nielsen for the third time, for the fourth time, Hollatz and Bennett both the second and Anderson, Lonneman and Luinenburg each for the first.Feature results – 1. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 2. Jeff Anderson, Atlantic; 3. Cody Nielsen, Spencer; 4. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake; 5. Chad Lonneman, Adrian, Minn.; 6. Solomon Bennett, Minburn; 7. Jesse VanLaningham, Beatrice, Neb.; 8. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn.; 9. Jason Fusselman, Shelby; 10. Andrew Burg, Carlisle; 11. Kyle Sidles, Algona; 12. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 13. Seth Janssen, Ogden; 14. Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth; 15. Parker Larson, Granada, Minn.; 16. Brian Stich, Topeka, Kan.; 17. David Rieks, Eldora; 18. Zach Hemmingsen, Marne; 19. Allyn Shiveley, Lincoln, Neb.; 20. Shaun Wirtz, Boone; 21. Benji Irvine, Oelwein; 22. Paul Menard, Merrill; 23. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge; 24. Shawn Slezak, Milligan, Neb.; 25. Devon Gonas, Midale, Sask.; 26. Shane Butler, Scranton; 27. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; 28. John Ross, Rushmore, Minn. Nathan Ballard topped the second Hobby Stock qualifying feature during the Monday IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s program at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photo)last_img read more

Manchester Derby Set to Ignite Season

first_imgA clash between supposedly the two most expensive line-ups in history overseen by two of the most decorated coaches will end the phoney war and ignite the Premier League season for real when Manchester United host Manchester City on Saturday.Jose Mourinho’s United and City, under the command of his old adversary Pep Guardiola, have enjoyed 100 percent starts as tens of millions of pounds worth of summer buys bed in.But much more will be known about their title-winning credentials when the final whistle sounds on the lunchtime kickoff at Old Trafford. From the moment the fixture list was published in June, the continuation of the often frosty and occasionally volatile Mourinho-Guardiola rivalry has been eagerly-anticipated.The chance to land an early blow in the first seismic clash of the season will be irresistible.Both clubs chronically under-achieved last season – City finishing above United on goal difference in fourth.But after installing serial trophy hunters in the respective managerial hotseats and making a splurge of signings both have won their opening three games and moods have been transformed.Mourinho spent upwards of 145 million pounds ($193.58 million) in the close season signing the likes of Paul Pogba while Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who once dubbed Guardiola a ‘spineless coward’, joined for free after leaving Paris St Germain.“He is the mastermind, the masterbrain,” Ibrahimovic said of Mourinho, who he played for at Inter Milan.“He knows what he needs to do to win.”Guardiola has spent around 175 million revamping City’s creaking side with English defender John Stones and German winger Leroy Sane among those added to their already expensive ranks.While City’s Sergio Aguero will be suspended and Sane injured, the two starting line-ups are likely to feature six of the 12 most expensive players in English football history with the total value of the 22 to line up expected to be around 600 million pounds.It should produce the kind of spectacle to justify the hype surrounding this year’s Premier League in which Chelsea, under new coach Antonio Conte, are also 100 percent after three games.But the cameras will not only be aimed at the galaxy of talent on the pitch. What happens in the respective dugouts will be equally engrossing as Guardiola and Mourinho cross swords again, having been involved in some epic past skirmishes.On the pitch former Barcelona boss Guardiola has usually mastered Mourinho – losing only three of their 16 meetings.Mourinho more than held his own off it though – regularly riling Guardiola with his barbed comments.Chelsea protect their 100 percent record at Swansea City on Sunday while the pick of Saturday’s other fixtures sees Liverpool host reigning champions Leicester City.Fourth-placed Everton go to Sunderland on Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more