BOONE, Iowa – It’s a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless.With another division added to the program, IMCA and track officials have been pro-active in making sure there’s enough pit area parking for the 34th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, to be held Monday through Saturday, Sept. 5-10 at Boone Speedway.In particular, the pits will be expanded to include the cell phone tower area south of the existing pit area. Divisions that run complete programs on a single day – the Southern SportMods on Monday, Sport Compacts on Tuesday and Deery Brothers Late Models on Thursday – will all have reserved space in that area, which will also accommodate overflow in all other divisions.Modifieds and Stock Cars can move in before their qualifying resumes on Friday.“We have addressed a number of issues at Super Nationals to be as accommodating as possible and pit parking has been number one,” said IMCA President Brett Root, also citing turn one seating and bleacher seating adjacent to the hot pit. “We need to get drivers on and back off the track as efficiently as possible. It’s a balancing act to say the least.”“We are making the appropriate adjustments with the flow between the pit area and the track,” he added. “It will be a big improvement and people will see that.”Turn one grandstand seating will be available each night of Super Nationals and Root anticipates the expanded pit area to have no effect on layout of the camping area.Forms for Super Nationals pre-entries, pit parking, camping and the duffers’ golf tournament will be posted soon on both the IMCA (www.imca.com) and Boone Speedway (www.raceboone.com) websites.Beginning this year, drivers who reserve pit stalls must also complete the pre-entry process.“This will give us a better idea of who is coming to Super Nationals and car counts for each division,” Root explained. “It also eliminates the extra work that goes with selling pit spots without knowing who actually goes there.”Pre-tech starts Sunday, Sept. 4 for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods. Southern SportMods crown their first-ever Super Nationals champion on Labor Day Sept. 5.“There’s a lot of excitement from the standpoint of Southern SportMod drivers who have wanted to be part of Super Nationals,” Root said. “Some of them might get to Boone early enough to hot lap on Saturday or they can use Sunday as a travel day.”“We hope to get a good turnout of Southern SportMods,” he continued. “We are putting together very good contingencies for them.”The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is Friday, Sept. 9. Races of champions and main events for Hobby Stocks, SportMods, Stock Cars and Modifieds are Saturday, Sept. 10.“We may start later on Saturday,” Root said. “We got most of the bugs in the final day program worked out last year so we might push our start time back to 3 p.m.”
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March 2017 saw the launch of a great new cycling club for Connemara, the Twelve Bens Cycling Club. The club took off at speed with over 50 people signing up. Since its creation the club has held weekly cycle meets as well as taking part in a number of cycle events including Tour de Connemara,Westportif, Tour de Burren, Wicklow 200 and Tour de Lough Corrib to name a few. They have now set their sights even higher as they are busy organising their inaugural sportive, Tour de Bens. The event, taking place on Saturday September 9th 2017, is suitable for all levels of cyclists with a 80km and 57km route available. Cyclists will be treated to some of the most beautiful scenery that Connemara has to offer as the routes encompasses the majestic Twelve Bens mountains, bringing them through Inagh Valley, Renvyle and along the Sky road. Clifden will be the event headquarters with the first cyclists leaving at 10am that morning.Entry into the sportive includes a souvenir t shirt, refreshments along the route and a unique once off medal designed and created in GMIT Letterfrack furniture college.The event costs just €30/€35 (for non Cycling Ireland members) with any profits going to local charity Connemara Therapeutic Riding. You can find out more details and enter online at www.tourdebens.ie. Or follow them on facebook – Twelve Bens Cycling Club.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Whitney Sheppard from Knocknacarra is IKF Atomweight K-1 Champion of Europe.The Galway girl won a gruelling five round war against Joke Ceulemans from Belgium in a unanimous decision in the Clayton Hotel on Sunday.Whitney, who started training at the Black Dragon gym in Galway some sixteen years ago, said it was her toughest fight in a career that has seen her fight all over Ireland, England, Wales, Italy, Portugal and Thailand. Big thanks to David Greely from WCB in association with Tempa Antiques for sponsoring the fight and to all who came along to support her. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email