BST CAT championship program this weekend

first_imgJohn 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.last_img read more

Bullish Wenger faces up to biggest 12 days of his career

first_imgShare on Facebook This article is more than 11 years old Share on Twitter This article is more than 11 years old Share via Email Share on Facebook Arsenal First published on Tue 1 Apr 2008 20.35 EDT Arsène Wenger hasn’t lost a home game against Liverpool since 2000. Photograph: Tony O’Brien/Action Images Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share via Email Dominic Fifield Share on WhatsAppcenter_img @domfifield Share on Twitter Tue 1 Apr 2008 20.35 EDT Topics Bullish Wenger faces up to biggest 12 days of his career Arsène Wenger confronted the first of four games which could define Arsenal’s season last night by admitting that the next 12 days represented the greatest challenge of his managerial career to date, his side’s campaign having reached “the moment of truth”.Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates this evening for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final, with a league meeting between the sides to come on Saturday. Tuesday’s second leg will be followed by what may prove to be a crucial Premiership trip to Manchester United, on April 13, and Wenger insisted his team could emerge from an awkward dip in form to claim the season’s two most significant trophies.”Going into March and April, if you’ve done well in the season up to then it’s the moment of truth,” said the manager. “You work the whole year for that. This will be the highest challenge for me in my career. The next 12 days will define our season because I strongly believe that we are still in the championship race. Our next two league games are Liverpool and United to go with the two Champions League games, so this next period is vital.”I still think about the European Cup final against Barcelona [in 2006], and I’m not the only one. I think Thierry Henry is still replaying the two chances he had in his mind too. But let’s make it happen this year. It is the last great objective for me. We’re still in it, a cup among the top of the top in Europe, the cream of the cream.”We know Liverpool have a great record in this competition but, on the day, it’ll be about producing a performance. If we do – and I’m convinced we will – we can beat Liverpool, Milan or anybody in the world.”Wenger has been watching videos of the defeat by Barcelona in recent days, reliving the frustration of that evening in Paris when two goals were shipped in the last 14 minutes, and admits he is still “haunted” by the defeat. The French manager hopes there will be a first European Cup in May to add to the four FA Cups and three league titles that his career in north London has yielded to date, but he will be all too conscious of the disappointment he endured in a tightly packed period a little over a year ago. Then his side were jettisoned from the FA Cup and Champions League within 12 days of losing the Carling Cup, but there is a conviction that lessons have since been learned.”I want my team to play without any restrictions in these games, with no fear,” he said. “Just with the belief that we are a great side and we can achieve what we want. The way we play our football gives me confidence. I believe in my team, in the way we play the game and in our quality.”You have to keep the strengths of the other team quiet and, at the moment, the people who are finishing the most in Liverpool’s team are Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres through the middle.”These are two teams who have no excuse to be low on confidence – we are in a stronger position now than we were before the Bolton game – and this will be an outstanding game to watch.”Mathieu Flamini will be retained in central midfield, Wenger having received a call from Juventus assuring him that the Italian club are not attempting to sign the France international on a pre-contract agreement. Progress in talks about a new deal at the Emirates remains sluggish. Wenger will hope that the 24-year-old can be persuaded to remain at a club who still aspire to regaining the Premiership title.”We believe we can still win the championship,” added Arsenal’s manager.”You think I’ve been fighting since the first day of the season in the championship to finish second? I want to finish first. I feel that, recently, we’ve been very, very unlucky.”After that victory against Bolton we’ll give absolutely everything to come back in the race. What I have learned is that when our backs are to the wall we have extraordinary resources.”We have the belief and the desire to win the Champions League. Don’t count on us to give up now after all we’ve gone through since the first game of the season and with all the bad luck we’ve had in the last few games.”Manchester United have six games to go and four of them are away from home. They must play against us and at Chelsea as well. It will also depend upon how committed teams are to play in every game. Some teams don’t have a lot to go for – you could see that in Aston Villa, for example [last Saturday].”Manchester United have the advantage, but they have a difficult schedule as well. It depends now on the last six games. But, for now, it is about the Champions League. We are on the train, and we want to stay on it.” Share on Messenger Soccer Soccer news Shares00 Share on LinkedInlast_img read more