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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 9) – On a record-setting weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Jeremy Payne extended his own Duel In The Desert record to four. Payne won the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified special at the LVMS half-mile Dirt Track for the fourth time Saturday night in a 40-lapper that ran green to checkered. The $7,777 victory put the Missouri hotshoe on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Terry Phillips, Jeff Taylor, Aaron Turnbull and Dominic Ursetta completed the Modified top five. Justin O’Brien started 15th and finished sixth. Dean Abbey was the $777 IMCA SportMod winner, ahead of Tyler Frye, Chad Dolan, Robert Elliott and Ben Kates. Total car count for the 16th annual Duel was a record 320. That total includes a best-ever 74 SportMod entries. Phillips, a two-time Duel winner, started the main event from the pole, flanked by Dominic Ursetta. Phillips jumped out to an early lead as Payne moved past Ursetta for second place. Payne caught Phillips on lap seven and the battle for the lead commenced as the pair pulled away from the pack. At halfway, Phillips continued to lead with Payne staying within striking distance.With 10 laps remaining, the leader encountered heavy lapped traffic, allowing Payne to close the gap. Payne made his move in turn two and grabbed the lead. Phillips refused to give up the fight and remained glued to Payne’s rear bumper as third running Jeff Taylor was catching up.Taylor and Phillips both ran out of time, however, as Payne collected the checkered flag.“That car was awesome. It’s an awesome night,” said Payne, also winner of the 2005, 2006 and 2012 Duels. “You always want to be pretty close to the leader when he gets into lapped traffic. I could get some runs on him early, then he’d get away. I settled down and found a groove and it was awesome.”Justen Yeager was the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Shootout winner. Travis Hagen topped the Young Guns feature for drivers 18 and under; Steve Simpson Jr. was first in the Legends feature for competitors 55 and over. Abbey drew the pole for the 25-lap SportMod feature, with Dolan to the outside. He checked out on the field and left a four-car battle for second place in his wake. A caution flag on lap eight bunched up the field but Abbey pulled away again. His romp was thwarted once again by a four-car accident on the back straightaway and resulting red flag on lap nine.Once back to green, Abbey motored away in the low groove, leaving Frye to try the high groove in second place. With a handful of laps remaining, Frye used the high groove to catch up with Abbey but jumped the cushion in the second turn with two laps left.The miscue was costly as Abbey got the breathing room he needed. “This feels great,” said Abbey. “We came out here last year with a new car and finished fourth. It feels good to come back out here and win a race. “I figured he (Frye) was back there and I knew my motor was laying down,” Abbey continued. “I was just gonna do the best I could and hold onto it and see what happened.”Jake Krone was disqualified from third in post-race tech.Phillips and Turnbull won Thursday qualifying features for the Modifieds while Payne and Ursetta paced Friday qualifiers. Frye was the SportMod winner on Friday.Twenty-one states and three provinces were represented in the Modified entries. SportMods were on hand from 16 states and two provinces. Darin Wendt, Hagen and Bob Moore won $500, $300 and $200, respectively, in the XSAN Best Appearing Car presented by Wells Design contest for the Modifieds. Modified feature results – 1. Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo.; 2. Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 3. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 4. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 5. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; 6. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 7. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 8. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 9. Dustin Boney, Gower, Mo.; 10. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 11. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 12. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo.; 13. Kyle Rohleder, WaKeeney, Kan.; 14. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 15. Cody Gearhart, Turpin, Okla.; 16. Jesse Stovall, Galena, Mo.; 17. Jared Hoefelman, Columbus, Neb.; 18. Jay Marks, Bakersfield, Calif.; 19. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 20. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 21. Will Brack, Mead, Colo.; 22. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Iowa; 23. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 24. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 25. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 26. Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.; 27. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas; 28. Travis Sherfick, WaKeeney, Kan.SportMod feature results – 1. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas; 2. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.; 3. Chad Dolan, Gibbon, Neb.; 4. Robert Elliott, Clinton, Okla.; 5. Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 6. Chuck Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo.; 7. John Piker, Bakersfield, Calif.; 8. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 9. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 10. Kruz Griffith, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 12. Trenton Kleweno, Hays, Kan.; 13. Ryan Henley, Aztec, N.M.; 14. John Reid, Loving, N.M.; 15. Danny Roe, Turlock, Calif.; 16. Tony Rost, Utica, Neb.; 17. Matt Mueller, Stamford, Texas; 18. Chad Reichenbach, Bakersfield, Calif.; 19. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 20. Jake Krone, Beloit, Kan.Wild West Tour Shootout – 1. Justen Yeager; 2. Zane DeVilbiss; 3. Wade Taylor, Spring Creek; 4. Bryan Wordelman, Salt Lake City; 5. Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.; 6. Shawn Reed, Casper, Wyo.; 7. Richard Anderson, Shelley, Idaho; 8. Bert Beech, Rock Springs, Wyo.; 9. Jake Donnelly, Rigby, Idaho; 10. Casey Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo.Young Guns feature – 1. Travis Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 2. Mason Daughters, Polo, Mo.; 3. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; 4. Wyatt Howard, Price, Utah; 5. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 6. Eric Hamilton, Hanford, Calif.; 7. Riley Emmel, Estevan, Sask.; 8. Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.; 9. Justin Dyke, Jamul, Calif.; 10. Cole Dick, Ramona, Calif.Legends feature – 1. Steve Simpson Jr., Kingman, Ariz.; 2. Steve Streeter, Madera, Calif.; 3. Kevin Lisafeld, Lampman, Sask.; 4. Bill Brack, Mead, Colo.; 5. Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas; 6. Roger Bonneville, Calgary, Alb.; 7. Richard Mueller, Jackson, Wyo.; 8. Terry DeCarlo, Martinez, Calif.; 9. Raymond Keldsen Sr., Aromas, Calif.; 10. Lawrence O’Connor, Port Hardy, B.C.; 11. John Pierce, San Jose, Calif.
This year, the Lakers have less wiggle room. They will owe the pick to the Sixers unless it lands in the top three. The Lakers currently have a 55.8 percent chance of that happening, while holding 19.9 percent odds of landing the No. 1 pick. “You’re always happy to be in the game,” Scott said. “But no matter what, you still have to do your due diligence. If you lose it, you lose it. You have to be prepared to have the pick.”Scott has stressed all year that neither the coaching staff nor his players have lost games intentionally. That has just happened naturally amid Kobe Bryant’s physical limitations and an inexperienced roster. But Scott reported the Lakers’ scouting department have watched 15-20 games of top prospects in case possibly the franchise’s worst season results in a consolation prize. Scott also admitted he has occasionally watched games featuring top players, including LSU (Ben Simmons), Duke (Brandon Ingram) and North Carolina (Brice Johnson). Scott may watch more once the NCAA Tournament starts on Thursday. Yet, Scott said he does not watch many games because of his heavy schedule with the Lakers. Scott watched only two of D’Angelo Russell’s games at Ohio State last year before learning the Lakers landed at No. 2. Instead, Scott said he “absolutely” put more stock in evaluating Russell during pre-draft workouts. “You also have scouts watching those kids,” Scott said. “They’ve seen them a whole lot more than you have.”Hence, Scott’s involvement in the Lakers’ pre-draft preparations last year mostly entailed being the team’s representative during lottery night in New York City.Will Scott and Lakers spokesman John Black make the trip on May 17 again? “That hasn’t been decided,” Scott said, laughing. “Our luck may have ran out.”But Scott’s luck trumped that of former Lakers teammate James Worthy, who was the team’s draft representative in 2014 when the Lakers landed at No. 7. The Lakers used that pick to selected Julius Randle. Said Scott: “His luck can turn around.”Injury updateLakers forward Brandon Bass missed Tuesday’s game against Sacramento because of a corneal abrasion in his right eye. Scott expects Bass will return to practice on Wednesday, but he may need to wear goggles. After already filling out his bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Lakers coach Byron Scott sounded confident about his selections. But Scott politely declined to share his predictions out of fear of jinxing himself. That also might explain Scott’s neutral feelings on the Lakers chances to retain their top-three protected pick. “I don’t have a feeling right now,” Scott said before the Lakers hosted the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at Staples Center. “I didn’t have a good feeling until the night of the lottery (last year).”Then, Scott maintained he told friends privately the Lakers would land the No. 2 pick despite having the NBA’s fourth-worst record. As the Lakers’ draft representative, Scott then witnessed his prediction coming true. The Lakers punted on having to trade their then top-five protected pick to Philadelphia as part of the Steve Nash trade. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
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Thank you for your input. -3 Vote up Vote down WellyWonka · 292 weeks ago truthteller, I’m disappointed in your lack of reaction! Get on here and tell us how perfect Hamlin is and how we are all wrong. Report Reply 5 replies · active 292 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Jane · 292 weeks ago I still have to question whether it is wise for one person to be on three different boards. Particularly in light of the controversy on the library board where that board member caused a family member who was an excellent asset to the library to leave. Just because a person volunteers for a board doesn’t mean they should be ON that board or any at all. Whoever chooses board members, look at little more closely at why someone wants to have their fingers in that many pies. Report Reply 2 replies · active 292 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down no one special · 292 weeks ago And now we are all friends again! Thank goodness that’s over, too much… Report Reply 2 replies · active 292 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down …… · 292 weeks ago nono Report Reply 0 replies · active 292 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down fagonlover · 292 weeks ago Beating a dead horse. What is the controversy the director was upset about? Let’s settle it and move on. Seems as if someone was a little paranoid when they accused board members, so maybe the director should apologize for the upset. We are all a happy family! Report Reply 0 replies · active 292 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Jack · 292 weeks ago I been hearin rumors around town about bills being paid that weren’t okayed. Is the director gonna get in trouble for using money wrong? I seen this happen before. Report Reply 1 reply · active 291 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Editorâ€™s note â€” The following is a report from a tape recording of the Wellington Housing Authority meeting held on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Sumner Newscow was not present for the meeting due to being out of town.Â by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” For the first time in two months the Wellington Housing Authority board met at Wellington Capital Manor. After a 30-minute executive session to discuss personnel, a â€œclear the airâ€ session was held publicly thereafter. The message from the board â€” at least from this meeting â€” was to move forward and work together.The meeting came on the heels of WHA Chairman J.P. Buellesfeldâ€™s resignation earlier in the week.Aloise Hutchison took over the reins as the interim chairman with Darlene Ferguson, Kelli McComb and Dennis Guinn in attendance.Â After regular business was conducted, the board went into executive secession, i.e. closed meeting, that included Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert and city council member Jim Valentine.Upon returning, Guinn addressed those in attendance.â€œEverybody in this room has a ton of questions, and even after six weeks to be honest with you, nobody really knows (what is the root of the controversy),â€ Guinn said. â€œWe have decided that we canâ€™t undo what has been done, but we have decided to move forward.â€He said there would be no change in staffing and no change in board membership.â€œWe have decided to shake hands and apologize and work for the betterment of the public,â€ Guinn said. â€œWe are like a big family here at Wheat Capital Manor and sometimes big families have misunderstandings. This is what this has been.â€An audience member asked if the new board member can be someone that served on another board. There had been question whether McComb served on too many boards.Guinn said that shouldnâ€™t be an issue. He said it only applies if a city council member can serve on an authority or advisory board.The WHS board oversees the manor – an independent living center – that operates under the stipulations of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The council will appoint the new member which will replace Buellesfeld. The unexpired time will run until April 30, 2016. Those who wish to serve on the board can fill out an application at the Wellington City Administration building.The following press release was sent by Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields concerning the appointment:Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2015, for a vacancy on the Housing Authority Board.Â The appointment will be for the remainder of the term which expires April 30, 2016.Â The position vacant is required to be filled by a resident of the City.The care and operation of the Wheat Capital Manor is under the control and management of the Housing Authority Board.Â The Board is authorized to employ an executive director and agents and employees both permanent and temporary; and to delegate to one or more of them such powers or duties as the Authoirty may require or deem proper.Â The Housing Authority meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month.The Governing Body asks that anyone interested in being considered for appointment to the position submit an application to the City Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on January 15, 2015.Â The application form is available in the City Clerk’s Office or is available on the City website www.cityofwellington.net on the Board and Commissions page.For questions or additional information, please contact Shane Shields, City Clerk, ph 620-326-2811.The rest of the meeting was an airing out of grievances by both sides.Ferguson said the accusation that she met in a secret meeting with two members in violation of the Kansas open meetings act was unfounded and untrue.McComb said she would like a public apology from Wellington Council member Jim Valentine.Valentine said he did what he did because people came to him asking him for help.Hutchison said the community owes Hamlin an apology especially for the hurtful comments on Sumner Newscow by anonymous bloggers.Audience member Larry Schalk said he didnâ€™t think the Buellesfeld resignation would have occurred if transparency would have been applied.Follow us on Twitter.