Hoegh rethinks turning around, turns in IMCA Modified win at Bagby Memorial

first_imgThat’s when things turned around. Instead, he got back on the road, got to HO’T in time and won the Jack Bagby Memorial main event for IMCA Modifieds, earning both $1,000 and a berth of the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  It was also one of those nights that didn’t start out that way. Hoegh finished fourth and starting last in a heat race that ran caution-free, then drew the pole for the 20-lap feature. He led every time around the oval, taking the checkers ahead of two-time defending track champion Eric Tomlinson and Chris Morris. Jeffrey Abbey scored the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory and Sid Kiphen was the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod winner Friday at Heart O’ Texas. Brian Schoenbaum Jr. was first across the stripe in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. David Goode Jr. and former track champ Kevin Green completed the top five. Feature results – 1. Jeff Hoegh; 2. Eric Tomlinson; 3. Chris Morris; 4. David Goode Jr.; 5. Kevin Green; 6. Justin Radcliff; 7. Cody Daniel; 8. Mark Carrell; 9. David Goode Sr.; 10. Mike McCarthy; 11. Jerry Frydrych; 12. Brent Gilliam; 13. Evan Pardo; 14. Donald Banker; 15. Rob Slott; 16. Jason Kingrey. ELM MOTT, Texas (March 1) – Just 30 minutes into the 3-1/2 hour tow to Heart O’ Texas Speedway and already running late, Jeff Hoegh thought about turning around and starting his season another night.center_img Hoegh had to stop for fuel half an hour into the trip, then needed another half hour to fill up. He had already missed the draw when he pulled up to the pit gate and learned the wristbands were his unlucky red. Hoegh also won his first race last season, then went 27 starts and two days shy of a year before his next checkers Friday night.  “Being in front is the loneliest place. I gave the car what I had to and was able to drive away when I needed to,” Hoegh said. “We won two track championships in 2017, then traveled more last year. We did a lot of learning and experimenting,” said Hoegh, who ventured to Iowa for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s and later in September to Arkansas for Race For Hope 74. “I’ve got a new car this year (a 2019 CAM Chassis) and have run practice laps a couple times. The car is comfortable and was working right.” Jeff Hoegh started his season with the $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win at Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Jack Bagby Memorial lidlifter. The victory put Hoegh on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) “Getting on the ballot is a pretty big deal for me. I’m glad we started off the year the way we have,” said Hoegh. “It was one of those nights when everything turned out good.” last_img read more

Tottenham are an attractive club for all players says Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham can attract star names in the January transfer window – not just promising youngsters. Pochettino’s revamping of the Spurs squad has been driven by a strong faith in youth, with the likes of Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli all thriving under the Argentinian. Alli admitted the opportunities for young players was a key factor in his decision to move to White Hart Lane and the club continued that trend with five players selected in the latest England squad. “We feel very proud but it is not our or my secret,” Pochettino said. “Our philosophy is not about one person, it is about the team and the club. “The player deserve first credit because it is always up to them to take the tools we provide. “We need to congratulate first the player and then all the staff and also the president. “He believes in this project and he turned the club in this way one and a half years ago.” Spurs host West Ham on Sunday, looking to extend an 11-match unbeaten run in the league. The Hammers will be without star playmaker Dimitri Payet, who is set for three months out with an ankle injury, but Pochettino is expecting a difficult test from Slaven Bilic’s side. “West Ham are a very good team,” Pochettino said. “Their results away are fantastic. It is a big derby. I know what it means to play against West Ham. It is another tough derby. “I think that all players are back from international duty in a very good condition. “Today (Friday) the energy and mental state were fantastic. On Sunday we need to win because for us it is three very important points.” Pochettino is proud of Tottenham’s reputation for promoting youth but believes his team’s progress means they can also lure proven quality as well as up and coming talent. “We only have a few places left. It is impossible to bring 20 or 30 players in,” Pochettino said. “But today Tottenham is a very attractive club, not only for youngsters but all players. “The way we respect the players, the way we try to play – for the big players and the young players it is a fantastic club. “Tottenham today is one of the most attractive clubs in the world for all players, not just young players. We are starting to be attractive. “Tottenham are a name at home and in Europe and now we need to be clever to improve.” Dier and Alli started in the centre of England’s midfield against France on Tuesday, with Alli capping a man-of-the-match performance with a superb goal from long range. Pochettino has helped nurture 10 of the last 18 England debutants and as well as the players, he paid tribute to chairman Daniel Levy for the club’s shift in approach. Press Associationlast_img read more