Speedway Motors marks new milestones in 2020 IMCA sponsorship season

first_imgSpeedway Motors President Clay Smith expressed thanks for the relationship with IMCA. Speedway Motors will mail $100 Gift Certificates during the season to drivers who complete the rookie application process and win career-first features. The postseason slate of awards from Speedway Motors includes helmets for all national champi­ons and the first-ever Junior National Champion. And for a 13th straight year, Speedway Motors renews a program benefitting 200-plus race tracks in the United States and Canada. Speedway Motors program provides jackets, promoter and tech official shirts as well as dis­counts on tech inspec­tion equipment, flags and signage. The program helps race facilities defray weekly program costs, decals, driver’s suit patches and feature winner hats.  Speedway Motors is IMCA’s longest tenured sponsor, with a relationship to the sanctioning body dating back to the 1950’s.   Recognized last fall for 40 consecutive seasons of sponsorship, the Lincoln, Neb., high perfor­mance parts manufacturer, retailer and distributor continues unique roles backing both IMCA Weekly Racing and Super Nationals.  LINCOLN, Neb. – Speedway Motors begins a new decade of IMCA support while marking a quar­ter-century as title sponsor of the biggest dirt track racing event in the world.  Speedway Motors will sponsor the upcoming Super Nationals, held September 7-12 at Boone Speedway, for the 25th consecutive year. center_img Performance Racing Industry magazine documents the 40-year association between Speedway Motors and IMCA in their March Sponsor Spotlight. Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA, had this to say, “Those milestones are rare in the racing industry and is a testament to the working relationship and friendship forged between Bill Smith and Kathy Root decades ago. We are honored to carry that forward today and celebrate that longevity.” Visit Speedway Motors at www.speedwaymotors.com, call 800-979-0122, or visit Speedway Motors’ Face­book page.  Top eligible finishers in Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock regional standings, and in Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod national standings all re­ceive a pair of TruCoil springs. Drivers in all five of those divisions are required to fill out and return a contingency sign-up form. The 2020 season is the third of a five-year marketing agreement between Speedway Mo­tors and IMCA. “We’re grateful for our long-term partnership with IMCA. Our partnership fulfills our mission to keep racing safe, fun and affordable, and allows us to support another thriving family business. We’re proud of the work Brett Root has done and look forward to supporting IMCA racers, promoters and tracks for the 2020 season.”last_img read more

Out of the Park: Finding a remedy in my favorite USC sports moments of the last year

first_imgDespite my disappointment in the abrupt ending to USC’s spring sports, I find comfort in reminiscing on these memorable moments. Reflecting on some of USC’s craziest contests in recent years has me even more excited for the return of NCAA competition, whenever that may be. UCLA entered the game undefeated and sat at No. 7 in the nation. USC entered the game 0-5 in Pac-12 play. Although it looked to be a lopsided matchup, I figured a rivalry battle in front of packed student sections from both schools could lead to a close game. That being said, I definitely did not expect that the Trojans would scrape by the Bruins in double overtime. It looked like USC would handily put away yet another opponent as it carried a 9-5 lead heading into the final frame. However, UCLA wasn’t done yet — the Bruins scored 3 unanswered goals to put USC on edge for an exciting last few minutes. Spieker Aquatics Center was packed, and the UCLA-dominated crowd did everything in its power to push its team toward an equalizer. But the Trojans held on to secure a 9-8 victory and earn the No. 2 seed in the 2019 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament. Jan. 17, 2020 Amanda Sturges is a sophomore writing about the impact of sports. She is also a features editor for the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Out of the Park,” typically runs every other Tuesday. The Trojans didn’t know at the time that it would be their last game of the season, but Mathews couldn’t have picked a better way to go out. It was a storybook ending that USC men’s basketball fans are unlikely to forget anytime soon. The stakes were high — UCLA entered with a seven-game win streak, but USC needed a victory to boost its chances of securing a higher seed in March Madness. The game was tight throughout, but it looked like the Bruins had the final word as they led the Trojans 52-51 with nine seconds left on the clock. There was a lot of sighing going on in the press box this past football season, especially as USC’s defense failed to hold up when it mattered time and time again. As the Trojans surged to a 28-7 lead over Arizona State in the first quarter, no one could have guessed that this lead would nearly evaporate by the end of the game. In the first quarter, freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis shattered the school record for passing yards in a quarter with 297. He also added four passing touchdowns, including a 95-yard connection with sophomore receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. The Trojans looked like a new team after getting annihilated by Oregon at home the previous weekend. Women’s basketball vs. UCLA  I never would have guessed that just three days later, my time covering basketball in Las Vegas would be cut short as the NCAA canceled the Pac-12 Tournament on March 12. In the days before students were displaced from USC’s campus due to the threat of coronavirus, I attended a USC basketball game, a Los Angeles Wildcats game and a Los Angeles Kings game. At each of these events, the impact of coronavirus seemed far away — I didn’t see a single person wearing a protective mask. The game heated up in the third quarter as UCLA outscored USC 24-13, narrowing the Trojans’ once-commanding lead to just 2 points. The back-and-forth battle in the fourth quarter and beyond was electric on and off the court, as the USC student section tried to help the Trojans regain their momentum by outcheering UCLA’s spirit squad. It was nearly impossible to pick just one game from a 2019-20 men’s basketball season that included so many nail biters. After the Trojans made a nearly impossible comeback to defeat Stanford in overtime Jan. 17, I tweeted that it was “the craziest game I’ve covered hands down.” That title stood until I witnessed USC’s final game of the season against UCLA. USC rose to the challenge, ending the first half with a 12-0 run to lead UCLA by 13 going into the third quarter. I was in the student section, and while we were all excited about the apparent upset in progress, some of my peers who are less interested in sports wanted to leave the game early because it was turning into a blowout. Football vs. Arizona Statecenter_img It looked as though the Sun Devils could put the game away as they drove past midfield with under a minute left. But sighs of despair turned to sighs of relief from Trojan fans in the press box as redshirt senior defensive lineman Christian Rector came away with a diving interception to secure a 31-26 victory and, just barely, the Trojans’ bowl eligibility. This game will certainly be remembered for its roller-coaster ride of highs and lows. I’ll be honest, as fun as the women’s water polo team is to watch, you can usually expect USC to destroy its opponents. That’s why I look forward to the crosstown rivalry games with UCLA so much. Although I was a bit irritable after navigating public transportation to Westwood for the first time, it was difficult not to smile at the outcome of this game. Here are a few of those. USC finally came away with the hard-fought win — its first Pac-12 victory of the year — and I’ll never forget the joy of a young team which had just proved it could contend with anyone. In front of the sold-out crowd in his last game at Galen Center, senior guard Jonah Mathews nailed a stepback 3-pointer with only one second remaining to seal the Trojans’ victory. The team was so excited about the basket that they nearly forgot to defend UCLA’s final shot, and the cheering from the home crowd left my ears ringing. Nov. 9, 2019 But it seemed all of this was too good to be true. A 62-yard touchdown by ASU kickstarted the Sun Devils’ momentum in the second quarter. We shook our heads in disbelief as the Trojans failed to capitalize on a forced fumble and again on an interception. And as if it couldn’t get any worse, Slovis left the game with a calf cramp in the third quarter, so the Trojans were depending on redshirt junior Matt Fink to take the snaps until the freshman returned in the fourth. April 20, 2019 Women’s water polo vs. UCLA I convinced them to stay for the second half, and boy, I’m glad I did. The 2019 Trojan squad was littered with new and old stars, including two Cutino Award finalists in then-senior goalie Amanda Longan and then-sophomore driver Paige Hauschild. Longan ended the game with 12 huge saves, while Hauschild put up a clutch 4-goal performance. Now that it’s been a month since that fateful day in Vegas, I’ve been doing some reminiscing on some of the craziest, most memorable games I’ve attended since coming to USC in August 2018. It looked like the Trojans would emerge victorious after the first overtime, but a buzzer-beater from UCLA redshirt junior guard Natalie Chou sent the game into double overtime. Men’s basketball vs. UCLA March 7, 2020last_img read more

Life is enjoyed when you have difficulties to overcome: Model Gabriella Demetriades

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 27 (IANS) Born and raised in South Africa and now enjoying her modelling and acting career in India, Gabriella Demetriades recalls the time when it was hard to stay away from her family in a new country. However she believes that life is enjoyed the most when there are tough times to overcome.”I think that life is enjoyed when you have the difficulties to overcome, it makes the sweet sweeter. I found it very hard to be away from my family and I had to overcome being alone. “Also focusing on one thing has always been a challenge as I really have multiple passions, I was lucky that along the way I remained the focus,” she told IANS over an email from Mumbai when asked if being an international face, it was a challenge for her to start her career in a new country. Being a South African model and actress, Gabriella was a Miss Indian Premier League (IPL) Bollywood 2009 contestant and was chosen as one of FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women In The World” contenders. She acted in a promo song of Malayalam movie “Red wine” with the song ‘Neelakasham kaividum’. She also appeared in a music video opposite Aditya Narayan, in his single “Tu Hi Pyar Hai” along with appearing in the movie “Sonali Cable”. She has been roped in as a part of fitness brand HRX family along with another model, Diva Dhawan With this association, the brand is set to grow its HRX family with some of India’s flagbearers of fitness and fashion.From the runway to the gym, Diva and Gabrielle push the limits to break boundaries and prove that nothing is impossible. They are seen in HRX womenswear campaigns.An active sports enthusiast and entrepreneur, Gabriella has taken the fitness path to compensate for her packed lifestyle. She is also in the news for datingadvertisementactor Arjun Rampal. Calling India her second home, she said: “India is now home as I’ve been here for 10 years but South Africa is a beautiful place and the outdoor lifestyle is beyond. All my family is still there and it holds a very special place for me. I love the outdoors and working out outdoors so I miss that a lot about South Africa. I always wanted to be in fashion.”I started out styling and then modelling just sort of happened. It’s been fantastic as it’s led me to my path of being a brand owner,” she said.–IANSnv/bglast_img read more