Baca earns redemption, takes IMCA Modified title at Desert Classic

first_imgChaz Baca Jr. topped Canyon Speedway Park’s $3,000 to win IMCA Modified Desert Classic main event. (Photo by Taylor Brook Photography)By Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (Feb. 24-25) – The 29th annual IMCA Desert Classic at Canyon Speedway Park is in the record book and Chaz Baca Jr. wrote his own chapter with the win in the 40-lap headliner for IMCA Modifieds.Baca powered his way from dead last in his heat race early in the night to victory lane in the $3,000 to win main event.“I’ve won at Canyon multiple times in a mod-lite but this is the first time in Modified,” Baca said following the top paying checkers of his career in the sanctioned class. “We had a caution with four to go and I was nervous because I knew Cody Laney was right behind me and Hunter Marriott was coming up quick.”After a post race tech violation had gotten Baca disqualified from his second finishing position in Friday qualifying, he started last in his heat race and 13th in the feature field. Picking off cars one by one, Baca set his sights on pole starter Brian Schultz.Schultz was strong early on, before the frontrunners caught up with the back of the field. The leader’s setup seemed to fade after halfway point as Schultz passed the lead off to Baca in the late stages of the race.Baca was not seriously challenged the remainder of the way and made his way to the winner’s circle. Laney finished in the runner-up spot while Schultz took home third after leading the majority of the race. Marriott had restarted at the back after getting sideways to miss a spinning car and charged all the way back to fourth while Marlyn Seidler rounded out the top five.Baca, piloting a Mark Stewart-owned ride, was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The win was also his first of 2017.“With 40 laps, I thought a top five finish would be great. Winning was feasible depending on the track,” he said. “As it became multi-laned I became more confident. It was nerve wracking there at the end because I didn’t know for sure where anybody else was but as it turned out I was able to win by about half a straightaway.”Jason George rebounded to take the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod race while George Fronsman dominated en route to sweeping the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Joe Vlasity checked in for night two and checked out on the field in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.  Feature Results  Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca Jr.; 2. Cody Laney; 3. Brian Schultz; 4. Hunter Marriott; 5. Marlyn Seidler; 6. Spencer Wilson; 7. Grey Ferrando; 8. Austin Kuehl; 9. Bryson Curry; 10. Steve Johnson; 11. Eric Center; 12. Garth Dushanek; 13. Bubba Stafford; 14. Michael Dotson; 15. Don Hagen; 16. Kenny Gill; 17. Jeff Stafford Sr.; 18. Kelsie Foley; 19. John Parmeley; 20. David Ven­nard; 21. Guy Norton; 22. Ryan Roath; 23. Cory Sauerman.  Northern SportMods – 1. Jason George; 2. Dale Irby; 3. Mark Madrid; 4. Chris Caldwell; 5. Jim MacNeil; 6. David Harrington; 7. Dale Kunz; 8. Dennis Gates; 9. Nick Langer; 10. J.C. Parmeley; 11. Brandyn Johnson; 12. Billy Ayers Jr.; 13. Steve Duffy; 14. Ron Poe.  Stock Cars – 1. George Fronsman; 2. Cody Center; 3. Tate Johnson; 4. Brent Hartmann; 5. Jason Suchta; 6. Glen Hatlestad; 7. Matt Short. Hobby Stocks – 1. Joe Vlasity; 2. Merle Zachrison; 3. Dean Zachrison; 4. Joe Peterson; 5. Paul O’Connor; 6. Kyle Cardinal; 7. David Kendall; 8. John Barron; 9. Ashley Stafford; 10. Bradley Stafford.last_img read more

Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, dead at 90

first_imgYuri Martianov/Kommersant via Getty Images(ST. CHARLES COUNTRY, MO) — Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry is dead at age 90, according to St. Charles County, Missouri police. No cause of death was given.A post Saturday just before 6:00 p.m. ET on the police department’s Facebook page reads, “St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18). Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.”  The post concludes, “The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, MO, Berry popularized rock and roll with 1950s rock standards including “Rock and Roll Music,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Maybellene,” fusing blues, rockabilly and R&B into a sound that helped define the genre, coupled with guitar virtuosity and showmanship that was emulated by countless performers in the decades after.Berry directly influenced the early music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Kinks.  John Lennon famously said of Berry, “If you had tried to try and give rock and roll another name you might call it Chuck Berry.” Berry was a member of the very first class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 and was presented with Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize in 2014.Berry’s music even made it into outer space — his 1958 hit “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock and roll song included on the so-called “Golden Record” affixed to the Voyager spacecraft that was launched into the cosmos in 1977.The rock legend was still performing and recording even in recent months.  He announced in October 2016, on his 90th birthday, that he was releasing a new album this year, titled Chuck.  It was to be his first new album in 38 years.Asked ten years ago how he would want to be remembered, Berry replied, “I just want to be remembered. How? Any way. Any way you think of me.”Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Woeful December cost us title: Villas-Boas

first_imgVillas-Boas’s side sank to a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa – their third home league defeat of the season – extending their recent run to four games without a win.The defeat meant they were unable to take advantage of Manchester United’s defeat to Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur’s failure to beat Swansea City, and allowed Arsenal to leapfrog them into fourth place.Villas-Boas – whose side face Wolves on January 2 – said it was frustrating that his side had not been able to pick up points in a month when other title contenders had been dropping them.“It’s disappointing on the fact that, in the last three fixtures, all the top teams have dropped points.“We spoke about how December could have been decisive in the running of the league.“From what is happening now, Arsenal made the most of a good December. Liverpool, too, in some way. The rest of the teams have struggled.“All of them dropped points, but we couldn’t make the most of it. It’s difficult for us to be in perspective for league contention this year.”Villas-Boas, who was brought to the club at great expense by billionaire owner Roman Abramovich after a successful season with Porto, said that there were no hard luck stories regarding his side.“There is no running away with excuses. What we regret more is that, from the last four games, we’ve lost a big opportunity to shorten the distance to the leaders.“Massive opportunities lost. We would have been running for the title if we’d had a better December.“I don’t think the title is realistic. Our reality is a fourth place finish, but that is not good enough.”The 34-year-old, who began his coaching career with a year with the British Virgin Islands, said he could not comment on his future.“Ask that question to the owner, but I have no other information on the contract.”Didier Drogba put Chelsea ahead with a first half penalty, his 150th goal for the club.The striker celebrated by saluting all four stands, prompting suggestions he was saying goodbye before the January transfer window opens.But Villas-Boas believes the striker was simply bidding farewell ahead of the African Cup of Nations – although the manager hopes to persuade the Ivory Coast FA to allow the player to face Portsmouth in next weekend’s FA Cup tie.Stephen Ireland levelled for Villa before Stiliyan Petrov and Darren Bent secured the win with two late goals.Ireland had been spoken to by manager Alex McLeish after a picture was posted on Twitter of the midfielder apparently smoking a shisha pipe and drinking a large glass of wine.But McLeish was delighted with the player’s reaction.“He must have caught everybody’s eye today. He was excellent.“I asked him to be an enforcer in midfield – closing down, harrying and pressing. He did it really well against Arsenal and did it extremely well for the whole game today.“His reading of the game was reminiscent of his Manchester City form. He’s got to take that forward. That’s got to be the standard every game.“It’s his head. Sometimes you don’t have the confidence. Marc Albrighton struggled with confidence for the first few weeks of the season, but it can turn like that.”McLeish has come in for criticism this season but admitted the win at Stamford Bridge was his best day as Villa manager.“It’s my most satisfying day so far, but I’m hoping there are many more to come.“I’m a guy who perseveres, who gets back up after being knocked down pretty regularly. I’d like to maintain some stability in the club into the new year.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, January 1 – Andre Villas-Boas admits Chelsea’s poor form in December has cost them any chance of winning the Premier League title race.But the manager remains confident his position is not under threat despite his admission that his side’s performances have fallen well short of expectations.last_img read more

GOSSIP: Man United STILL confident over Pogba deal, Chelsea plot £68m Lukaku bid

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Manchester United remain confident of signing Juventus star Paul Pogba and the deal is reportedly inching closer to being finalised. (Sky Sports)Chelsea are preparing a £68million bid to buy back striker Romelu Lukaku – although Everton are adamant they do not want to sell the 23-year-old. (Daily Mirror)Meanwhile, the Blues have agreed a deal to sign 16-year-old goalkeeper Marcin Bulka from Barcelona’s academy in Poland – FCB Escola Varsovia. (Metro)Everton have offered Southampton £9million for Portugal centre-back Jose Fonte. (Daily Record)New Sunderland manager David Moyes will make an attempt to land out-of-favour Manchester United duo Adnan Januzaj and forward Will Keane this summer. (Daily Express)West Ham have agreed to sell striker Diafra Sakho to West Brom for £15m – but the 26-year-old is unsure about the move. (Daily Mail)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:??Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Paul Pogba will make Manchester United ‘even more interesting’Sir Alex Ferguson approves of Paul Pogba deal as midfielder teases move on social media againArsenal FC news: Jamie Vardy on why he rejected Gunners to sign new Leicester City contract‘It’s complete madness!’ – Arsenal boss Wenger critical of transfer market as Pogba closes in on £100 million move to Manchester UnitedChelsea transfer news: Fans split on possible £75m deal for Romelu LukakuManchester United transfer news: 10 experienced centre backs for Jose Mourinho to considerMore Man United: Jose Mourinho targets Dimitri Payet and Fabinho, but Darmian to leave?Arsenal transfer news: Alexandre Lacazette offer increased to £35m, centre back talks and more Gunners gossipTransfer rumours: The biggest Premier League signings and sales yet to happen this summerlast_img read more