Season opener is Sunday for Thomas County Speedway

first_imgBy 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 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 Stockslast_img read more

Frank de Boer is New Crystal Palace Boss

first_imgFrank de Boer has said that he is excited to join a club that “spend a lot of money” after becoming Crystal Palace boss.The 47-year-old Dutchman, who has signed a three-year deal, succeeds Sam Allardyce, who left after helping Palace avoid relegation last season.“The aim is to be a solid Premier League team, not to struggle with relegation,” said the former defender, who won 112 caps for the Netherlands.“That is our main target – if we do more that’s nice.”Between 2010 and 2016, De Boer managed Ajax, winning the Eredivisie four years in a row between 2011 and 2015. However, he had been out of work since being sacked by Italian side Inter Milan in November after only 85 days in charge – although he said he learned “a lot” from his brief time at the San Siro.“I had a good feeling about the club and the prospect of managing a team in the Premier League was exciting,” added De Boer.“This club can grow further and further. They spend a lot of money and there is the possibility to do something well with that money.“I’ve not met the players yet. We will look at one or two signings, but I think it is necessary to see all the players here first.”American billionaires Josh Harris and David Blitzer took a large stake in the club in December 2015 and promised significant investment.Belgium striker Christian Benteke joined Palace from Liverpool for a club record £27m last summer.And the Eagles earned over £109.6m in television and prize money after finishing 14th in the Premier League last season.De Boer had stints at Ajax and Barcelona, as well as six months at Rangers, during his playing career, while he was also Netherlands assistant manager from 2008 to 2010.He said he had spoken to fellow Dutchman and ex-Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal prior to becoming Palace’s first permanent non-British manager.“I have my own type of coaching and style of playing. We want to be dominant when we can, but also dominate when we don’t have the ball,” he said.“Also for the fans, we must try to be attractive. Palace has a very enthusiastic and passionate fanbase, so they will want to see that.”Eagles chairman Steve Parish said he had been “surprised” by Allardyce’s departure but had consulted with the ex-England boss about his successor.He added that De Boer’s experience of developing young players was one of the attributes that made him suitable for the Selhurst Park club.“It’s fantastically exciting for this football club, an amazing milestone for us,” said Parish.“I am excited to work with him and by what we can achieve with the club.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgThe van which was stolen and crashed overnight in Letterkenny.Thugs stole a van stolen from outside a house in Letterkenny last night.The white Citreon van was stolen from the Gleann Rua estate and crashed a short distance away.Considerable damage was caused to the vehicle. Anybody who may have witnessed the theft or witnessed anybody driving the van should contact Letterkenny Gardai.THUGS STEAL VAN FROM LETTERKENNY AND CRASH IT was last modified: September 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GardaiLettrkennyvan stolenlast_img read more

MotorTrend Provides First Drive Review Of 2019 Kia Niro EV

first_img 2019 Kia Niro EV Review: Two Huge Players In EV Press Talk It Up Source: Electric Vehicle News MotorTrend finally got a chance to get inside the Kia Niro EV and give it a good once over. We’re sure, as usual, there’s much more to come for MotorTrend as it gets some more time with the car. Nonetheless, the publication says:The 2019 Niro EV is like an old friend; step inside, and you’re greeted by a roomy cabin that seamlessly blends simplicity with modern technology. Kia’s UVO3 interface, even with its EV-specific menus, has no learning curve …Essentially a wagon masquerading as a subcompact crossover, the 2019 Kia Niro EV offers generous passenger and cargo space …With an EPA-rated 239-mile range on a full charge, the 2019 Kia Niro EV matches the Chevrolet Bolt EV and beats the Nissan Leaf.Per MotorTrend the car is energetic in the city and the regen is smooth. It offers a respectable balance between solid handling and cushioned ride quality. To top is off, its standard equipment list is unparalleled. Not only do you get a fantastic touch-screen infotainment system, but also a full set of advanced safety technologies. MT concludes:With satisfying road manners, generous range, and an easy user interface, the Niro EV is approachable. Combined with its conventional exterior, the Niro EV is far from a menacing space ship like some of its competitors, even with the funky sounds it makes. Unless you’re a one-car family with an affinity for road trips, the Niro EV is a great daily driver; the level of simplicity it brings helps the average consumer ease into all-electric motoring without getting overwhelmed in the process.Source: MotorTrend According to MotorTrend, “familiarity comes standard” in this “friendly electro-wagonoid.”What in the heck does that mean? Well, in order to push EV adoption, OEMs figure they must make these cars as “normal” as possible. We’ve shared multiple reviews of the Kia Niro EV, as well as the Hyundai Kona Electric, which call them normal or “regular.” This makes perfect sense since they were both built on ICE car/shared platforms. The whole “electro-wagonoid” titling makes even more sense due to the fact that there is a major issue nowadays with automakers labeling cars as SUVs and crossovers, when, in reality, they’re not much more than toddler-sized, raised up hatchbacks or wagons.More Kia Niro EV Coverage: Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 25, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Potential Buyers Might Be Interested In Kia Niro EV Kia Niro EV Orders In Europe Come With 12-Month Waitlast_img read more