John Burrow Jr. has the IMCA Modified point lead heading into championship weekend for the BST CAT Tour. (Photo by Terry Gardner)By Suzan McCoyCALHAN, Colo. – While rain has been a challenge throughout the season, IMCA race teams in five divisions will challenge for BST CAT championships this Saturday, Aug. 12 at El Paso County Raceway in Calhan.The BST CAT Tour features IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. This tour has traveled to four different dirt tracks located in Colorado, Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke, I-76 Speedway in Fort Morgan, and Lamar Speedway in Lamar in addition to El Paso County.The leader in the Modified standings is John Burrow Jr. with 247 points, but Greg Sharpe is right behind with 243. A.J. Valim was 10 points ahead of Burrow and Sharpe before the July 3 race at I-76 Speedway; unfortunately he wrecked in his heat race and went to the “B” main.Joe Bellm, BST promoter, got behind the wheel this year to become the Stock Car point leader. John Luck, with only a one point difference, is ready to battle it out with Bellm for first place.Northern SportMod CAT Tour Ryan Moser has a 29-point lead over Danny Concelman. Shad Cooper leads in the Hobby Stock division but blew his engine at Phillips County on Aug. 4 which could open the door for Max Quint. Leading in the Sport Compact is Chad Mann with 209 points, but girlfriend Shalanda Smith is only two points behind. You would not know the two are dating while watching them race.With all the divisions being too close to call, we are excited to get to the track and watch these racers compete for the CAT Tour championship.
Press Association Brian O’Driscoll will continue to play for Ireland and Leinster next season after agreeing a new one-year deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union. O’Driscoll’s contract, which was set to expire after the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia this summer, has been extended until the end of June 2014. “I want to thank the IRFU and Leinster for allowing me the time to think about my future and discuss my options with my family,” O’Driscoll said. The decision concludes the debate over O’Driscoll’s future amid intense speculation that he would retire this summer. The 34-year-old hinted strongly during the RBS 6 Nations that this season would be the climax to his decorated career, with his fitness and family commitments having the ultimate say. But the recent appointment of Joe Schmidt to succeed Declan Kidney as Ireland’s new head coach has contributed towards his willingness to play on for a further year. “The support my family and the Irish and Leinster fans have shown me over the past few months, and indeed years, has been phenomenal and I’m now very much looking forward to one more year playing with Ireland and Leinster,” he said. O’Driscoll was a candidate to lead the forthcoming Lions tour and initially led the betting for the post at the start of the Six Nations, only for his form to dip. He was included among the 37 players named by head coach Warren Gatland last month and is a leading contender to make the Test team on what will be his fourth Lions tour. Schmidt, who has worked closely with O’Driscoll at Leinster, has welcomed his decision. “It’s great that Brian has agreed to continue playing. He’s an inspirational player, not only on the pitch, but also on the training ground,” Schmidt said. “He’s played well again this season and other players continue to learn from him.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Scott Shafer said using a player’s injury as motivation is “despicable.” Syracuse (5-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) will be without cornerback Julian Whigham, who suffered a nasty injury against Florida State, when it faces Pittsburgh (5-5, 2-4) on Saturday.SU will look to qualify for its second bowl game in as many years, but Shafer insists “winning one for Julian” would be “so immature.”“I think that’s for the movies,” Shafer said during his weekly press conference Thursday morning, “and movies are fake.”Movies are about pretending to be other people, Shafer said, and that’s not who he is. Various players have expressed different opinions on the matter. When defensive tackle John Raymon injured his leg, Jay Bromley said the defensive line was using that as motivation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Shafer has his own philosophy. He’s focused on preparing for the game just like he would any other, even though the stakes are particularly high and Syracuse is missing one of its better defensive backs. Instead of zeroing in on the injury, it’s all about the next guy stepping up, Shafer said. That’s what Whigham did when senior cornerback Keon Lyn suffered a career-ending injury. He simply filled a new, expanded role. “We’re going to come in this room and say, ‘Hey, it’s too bad that one of our guys is down. Who’s the next guy up?’” Shafer said. “What a great opportunity for the next guy.”The next guy will likely be Wayne Morgan. The defensive back has seen significant playing time of late due to Lyn’s injury. Now he’ll see even more with Whigham out against Pittsburgh. Senior Joe Nassib, who earned a scholarship this season, may see time as well, although Shafer said that hasn’t been decided.Shafer said Whigham “got back Tuesday” and that he’s seen him every day this week. He said Whigham is “feeling good.”“Julian is of such high character,” Shafer said. “That’s why I love him so much, that all he does is support the next guy in. To me it’s that approach.” Comments Published on November 21, 2013 at 11:27 am Contact Trevor: email@example.com | @TrevorHass