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
Corey Clement’s supposed breakout season is going to wait at least another month to take off.University of Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst announced Thursday afternoon that Clement will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia. The junior running back is expected to be out for the next 4-6 weeks.“Corey has been dealing with some issues since the Alabama game,” Chryst said in a statement. “He has been undergoing treatment since that time and has seen some progress but not to the point our medical staff is satisfied. So after consultation with our medical staff, Corey has decided to have surgery.”For the last week, Clement had been targeting the Big Ten opener against Iowa on Oct. 3 for his return from a groin injury that hampered him in the beginning of the season.Even this week, coaches and teammates believed there was a chance he would play Saturday and expected him back for Iowa.Football: Clement to be evaluated Thursday, could possibly return SaturdayFor junior running back Corey Clement, there are still plenty of question marks surrounding his availability for Saturday’s matchup against Read…Chryst said he sympathizes with Clement and believes he will make a return at full health later this season.“I feel bad for Corey that this is impacting his season because I know how hard he works and how important this football team is to him,” Chryst said in the statement. “We are very confident that he will make a full recovery after the surgery and I know he will attack his rehab so he can get back on the field as soon as he can.”Clement, speaking to the media Thursday afternoon shortly after the announcement of the surgery, said he’s “at peace” with his decision.The pain started before the Alabama game, Clement said, but he felt like he had something to prove and withheld that information from his teammates and the coaching staff leading up to the game.It’s something he regrets now.“Me being so hard-headed, I just tried doing what I could do and show my teammates,” Clement said. “I should’ve been smart and played it safe and sat out and had the surgery way before this.”Clement said he’s not sure whether it’s been a sports hernia the entire time or whether it has developed recently, but he expressed relief that the medical staff has finally gotten to the root of the problem.The pain never got better every morning when he would wake up, Clement said, and he couldn’t kick it into his “fourth gear” and open up his strides.“That’s when I knew something was wrong,” he said.All of a sudden, redshirting becomes a real possibility to Clement, although those were never his intentions, he said. He’ll make that decision in the forthcoming weeks based on his rehab process and how the team is performing on the field.“If my team keeps winning out throughout the Big Ten, and I’m able to come back, then I think there will be a strong possibility I will come back,” Clement said. “Gotta be smart with that. If the chances are unlikely for us to get back to the Big Ten Championship [game], then I might have to tone it down.”As a third-stringer his freshman season behind James White and Melvin Gordon, Clement rushed for 547 yards on just 67 attempts, averaging 8.2 yards per carry.Last season, as a sophomore, Clement rushed for 949 yards and nine touchdowns behind Gordon’s Heisman campaign.In this season’s opener against Alabama, Clement carried the ball just eight times for 16 yards.The Badgers will go forward without Clement Saturday, Sept. 26, against Hawaii at 7 p.m. They’ll then have to play Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue and Illinois without Clement in the backfield. In worst case scenario based on the 4-6 week diagnosis, Clement will be sidelined until November with only games against Maryland, Northwestern and Minnesota remaining.
The calls for the dismissal of Accra Hearts of Oak head coach Herbert Addo reached an all-time high following the Phobians loss at the hands of Hasaacas. With nine games to go in the First Capital Plus Premier League, are the Phobians better off doing away with the services of their trainer or will their persistence to see Herbert handle the team for the remainder of the campaign pay off?Watch Supersport/GPL Commentator, Willie Graham ,Coach Eben Sefa and Seidu Adamu discuss the impact both scenarios will have on the rest of the season for the Accra giants on this week’s edition of the Ghana League Cypher anchored by Joy Sports George Addo Jnr!Watch Video