By John SchmidtCOLBY, Kan. – The long wait for the 2014 race season at Thomas County Speedway is just about over as action resumes this Sunday, May 11 at 7 p.m.Just like last season, several improvements have been made to the track as well as the grandstands. Another change is the return of the wild and crazy cruisers. With the help of Bernie Meyer at Murfin Drilling and several others, the table top in turns three and four has been removed. The wall was moved back a couple feet, then the track was graded the rest of the way to the wall. This widened turns three and four by about eight feet. Also, the wall was pointed down at an angle so it will help push the cars back on the track instead of creating a ramp. MD Auto Works of Colby is sponsoring an extra $100 to the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified purse each race. That means an extra $50 for first place, $30 for second, and $20 for third.One of the biggest changes fans in the grandstand will notice is the new and improved sound system. The announcer spent the offseason shopping for a new sound system and with the help from sponsors and volunteers. BP Miller Farms, Donna Bennett with Waddell and Reed, NWK Tree Service, J & S Trucking and Renee Rains Photography contributed to this great improvement to the speedway. The schedule features several special events this year. Cruisers will make their return to Colby on June 1, 15, and Aug. 10. URSS 305 sprint cars return trip on June 29. On Saturday July 5 will be an enduro race.When the BST Series returns on July 20 it will bring NASCAR driver Ken Schrader to race with the best Modified drivers Northwest Kansas has to offer.For a full schedule and a list of all the grandstand specials, check out thomascountyspeedway.com or go to the track’s Facebook page. Hot laps start at 6 p.m. Sunday. Drivers can call the Quality Inn for rooms and ask for the special racers’ rate.Thomas County also sanctions the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks
(REUTERS) – Sunderland manager David Moyes faces a possible FA sanction after telling a female reporter that she “might get a slap even though you’re a woman” for questions asked in an interview last month.Moyes, whose side are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, apologised for the comment at a news conference yesterday.Reporter Vicki Sparks, who works for the BBC, had made no complaint at the time and the broadcaster said the pair had spoken about the exchange and resolved the issue between themselves.Footage of the conversation, filmed on a mobile phone, was published yesterday on the website of the tabloid Daily Star newspaper. Both parties appeared to be laughing during it.Others took the matter much more seriously however, with shadow (opposition) sports minister Rosena Allin-Khan calling for an FA investigation.“If you look at the fact that he wouldn’t have said that to a male reporter, and I truly believe that, I think the comments and his behaviour and attitude was sexist,” she told BBC radio.The comments were made after Sparks asked Moyes whether having Sunderland owner Ellis Short in the stands during the 0-0 home draw against Burnley on March 18 had increased the pressure on him.Moyes said yesterday: “It was in the heat of the moment, I deeply regret the comments I made. It’s certainly not the person I am and I accept it was a mistake.“I’ve spoken to the BBC reporter who accepted my apology and hopefully we can now move on.“If you look at my character and personality it couldn’t be further from the truth. It can happen to managers young and old. It can be difficult being put in front of the cameras so soon after the games.”“With the FA, part of what they have been criticised for in the past is not tackling sexism and other forms of discrimination, which needs to be stamped out across the sport.“Fundamentally it’s a male-dominated environment that women find it incredibly difficult to break into and comments like this do nothing to encourage women,” she added.The Football Association, which earlier announced the unanimous approval by its council of reforms to increase the number of women on the board, said it was “seeking observations” from the north-eastern club.