By Ben DeatherageWHITE CITY, Ore. – Building on last summer’s record-setting series, the IMCA Wild West Modified Shootout returns in 2017 with eight dates at five different tracks in California and Oregon.Each main event for the IMCA Modifieds over the course of the June 23-July 1 tour pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $100 to start and is a qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.The seventh annual Shootout will feature drivers from across the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere in the United States and Canada. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded.The series kicks off with its only non-Oregon event at Yreka, Calif.’s Siskiyou Motor Speedway on Friday, June 23. Stops at Southern Oregon Speedway and Cottage Grove Speedway precede the June 27 travel day; The Wild West Shootout is at Sunset Speedway Park before concluding with three shows at Willamette Speedway.The top two finishers in each ‘B’ feature during the series will transfer to the main event field. Tow money will be $50.Additional information, including the complete nightly payout, will be posted on the Wild West Modified Shootout Facebook page.More than 90 different Modified drivers saw action over the course of the 2016 tour, dominated by four-time winner Kellen Chadwick. Ryan Gaylord and Mark Wauge won the other two events.Three-time series champion Jesse Williamson leads all drivers with eight career Wild West Shootout victories. 2017 IMCA Wild West Modified Shootout schedule – Friday, June 23, Siskiyou Motor Speedway, Yreka, Calif.; Saturday, June 24, Southern Oregon Speedway, White City; Sunday, June 25 and Monday, June 26, Cottage Grove Speedway; Tuesday, June 27, travel day; Wednesday, June 28, Sunset Speedway Park, Banks; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 29-July 1, Willamette Speedway, Lebanon.
Former Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has committed his future to Sheffield Wednesday by extending his deal until 2018.Westwood, who arrived from Sunderland last summer, had entered the final year of his contract and it was unclear where his long-term future lay.However the 30-year-old, who kept 17 clean sheets last term, has now drawn a line under speculation by penning a two-year contract extensionThe Republic of Ireland international, who came through the ranks at Manchester City, played 45 times for Wednesday last season. 1 Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood
Story Links Both teams come into the game with some momentum, coming off wins against non-Division I opponents. Drake defeated NAIA Mount Marty, 92-74, while Air Force recorded a 99-42 victory against Division III opponent Johnson & Wales in its last outing. Live Audio In six previous meetings between the teams, Drake has won all six games, including two at Air Force. The teams last met in Des Moines in 2011. Former Drake head coach Kurt Kanaskie is also an associate head coach for Air Force. Kanaskie coached at Drake from 1996-2003 and coached current Drake assistant coach Matt Woodley. Scoring has at times been a struggle for both teams this season, as both rank outside the top 100 nationally in points per game. However, Drake makes up for that by ranking 66th nationally in points allowed per game at 63.2. Drake has held seven of its 10 Division I opponents below their scoring averages on the season. This includes holding Murray State to 53 points compared to their average of 73, as well as holding Milwaukee to 53 compared to their scoring average of 77.4.Following Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs will enjoy the holiday break before beginning conference play at Bradley Dec. 31. The Bulldogs return home, where they have won 11-straight games, Jan. 4 to host Indiana State. Live Stats Drake Game Notes MW Network Drake is led in scoring by seven-footer Liam Robbins, who is averaging 11.4 points per game. In Drake’s last game, Robbins recorded a career-high 25 points. Along with the 25 points, he grabbed 10 boards, notching the first double-double of his young career. Air Force is led in scoring and rebounding by senior Lavelle Scottie. He is averaging 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, respectively. The Drake men’s basketball team travels to the Front Range of Colorado Saturday to take on the Air Force Falcons at 1 p.m. CST in Clune Arena. The contest is the Bulldogs’ final non-conference game of the season before beginning Missouri Valley Conference play following the Christmas holiday.The Bulldogs (9-3) are searching for their first true road victory of the season, previously having fallen at Cincinnati and No. 14 Dayton. Air Force (6-6) is looking to avoid falling back below the .500 mark on the season, but the Falcons are 3-2 on their home court this season. Print Friendly Version