Mark Carrell became the fourth winner in as many nights of the Red River IMCA Modified Tour with his victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway Wednesday night. (photo by Stacy Kolar)By Mike SpiekerMESQUITE, Texas (May 30) – A wild Wednesday night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway was capped off by an upset win in round four of the IMCA Red River Modified Tour. Mark Carrell started on the pole and picked up the $1,000 payday.Entering the night, Carrell hadn’t had the best luck with the Red River Mod Tour, making just one A-main appearance through the first three rounds. Devil’s Bowl was a different story for the Redmond, Ore. driver. By night’s end, he pocketed $1,000 and added his name to the Fast Shafts All Star Invitational ballot.“It was nerve-wracking,” said Carrell of leading the field to the green. “[Devil’s Bowl] is my kind of race track. I was really happy with my car all night. We made a few little adjustments and I just tried to hit my marks and not do anything squirrelly.”Carrell grabbed the lead on the opening lap as Bo Day, Colin Deming and Chase Allen raced three wide for third behind him.Max Thomas looked to the inside of Carrell on lap two as both drivers fought for the bottom groove, but Carrell slammed the door shut.The lone caution of the race flew two laps in, setting up a restart.“I was a little bit nervous on that restart. My car wanted to drift out to the wall and I figured that’s where they were going to get me, but it all panned out for the best,” said Carrell.Carrell extended his lead over Thomas as the race reached the halfway point. He had little lapped traffic to contend with on the big half-mile clay oval.With four to go, Day found an opening and drove to the inside of Thomas down the back straightaway to take the second spot. Day quickly set his sights on Carrell, but he ran out of time as Carrell became the fourth different winner in as many nights of the tour.Day and Thomas rounded out the podium.The tour continues Thursday at Grayson County Speedway in Bells, Texas. Stream every lap live on IMCA.TV.
The Ghana Football Association insists that the Nations Cup qualifier against Congo remains priority number one as criticism grows that they are concentrating too much on the international friendly against England.Ghana are due to face the Congolese in a Nations Cup qualifier with a big bearing on the country’s prospects of qualifying for the 2012 Nations Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.But much of the talk in the build-up to the game has been overshadowed by the prestigious friendly against the English, prompting a stinging editorial from the state-owned Graphic Sports about how too much attention is being focused on that game.GFA vice-president Fred Pappoe disagrees. “For the GFA, priority number one, two and three is the Congo game and we have made that very clear from day one. If the media chooses to focus a lot on the England game that cannot be out fault,” he said.“The game in Congo is a competitive qualifier and the one in England a friendly regardless of the pedigree and reputation of our opponents and we have to out that within the proper context.”Source: Kickoff
Midfielder Michael Essien has talked up Chelsea’s chances in winning Sunday’s crucial clash with Manchester City at the Stamford Bridge, claiming the game will be decided in midfield, part of the pitch he patrols.It was the Ghanaian midfielder whose solitary header secured maximum points for the West London side the last time they defeated City at the Stamford Bridge in 2009.Essien is now relishing the opportunity to get the better of players like Patrick Vieira, Gareth Barry, Nigel De Jong and Yaya Touré and see the Blues finish in a third place before the international break.‘They have some tough players in the midfield and we have some as well so it is going to be really tough in there and there is going to be movement all over the pitch,’ Essien said.‘It is going to be physical and it is always hard playing Man City. They will come here and make things difficult for us but with the players we have got and playing in front of our fans, hopefully that will give us the advantage to go out there and get the three points.’One player Essien is pleased will be alongside him in midfield if he is selected, is Ramires who is now a regular in the side midway through his first season in England. ‘Ramires has adapted to the Premier League now and you can see he has been doing great for us,’ Essien praises.‘With his energy and his pace and his movement going forward, it is good to have him in the team.’Source: Ghanasoccernet.com
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Two years after President George W. Bush announced an initiative to return astronauts to the moon to pave the way for missions to Mars and beyond, NASA says it is making major strides toward that goal. On Jan. 14, 2004, the president unveiled what is called the Vision for Space Exploration – a plan that called for returning the space shuttle to flight, fielding a new manned spacecraft by 2014, and returning astronauts to the moon no later than 2020. At the time of the president’s announcement, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was recovering from the Feb. 1, 2003, loss of space shuttle Columbia and her crew. “Two years later, we’re well on our way to turning the vision into reality,” NASA said in a statement marking the anniversary of the president’s announcement. Anticipated work for the program at Dryden includes flight testing of a launch abort system, drop tests of a subscale model to evaluate approach and landing technologies and procedures, and range safety analyses. Dryden also is expected to be the site for landings when the spacecraft is ready to fly. Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have production facilities at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. Northrop Grumman’s partner, Boeing, also has operations at Plant 42. It’s not known what, if any, role those facilities would have in the CEV development and production. NASA estimates it will cost $104 billion to return astronauts to the moon by 2018. The Apollo program spent the equivalent of $165 billion in today’s dollars from 1961 to the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. NASA referred to the new moon plan as “Apollo on steroids.” The plan calls for placing four astronauts on the moon’s surface instead of two, as during the Apollo days. Astronauts will be able to stay on the moon’s surface for four days to a week, compared with the three-day mission of Apollo 17. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “We’ve unveiled plans for our next generation spacecraft, the crew exploration vehicle, which builds on the best of Apollo and shuttle technology. We’ve returned the shuttle fleet to flight and celebrated the fifth anniversary of crew operations on the space station.” NASA issued an updated request for proposals to two contractor teams, one led by Northrop Grumman and the other by Lockheed Martin, for the development of the crew exploration vehicle, referred to as the CEV. The CEV will transport up to six crew members to and from the International Space Station and up to four astronauts for moon missions, which the agency expects to start in 2018. The proposals are due by March 20. NASA will select one contractor team sometime this year to develop the spacecraft. “NASA desires to streamline CEV development, production and operations to meet a first crewed test flight as close to 2010 as possible, but no later than 2012, without compromising safety,” NASA said in a letter to the contractor teams. “For this reason NASA is seeking industry input of accelerating the schedule, in particular in the area of test activities.” NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base will be involved in both the development of the CEV and in its operations.
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