BOONE, Iowa – As its name would imply, Boone Speedway’s 50th anniversary event will serve as a Prelude to the World’s Largest Dirt Track Event.IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods fill the card at the Saturday, Sept. 2 Prelude, giving early arrivals for the Sept. 4-9 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s another night on Iowa’s Action Track.The Modified feature will be a qualifying event for next fall’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The complete purse, as well as race night schedule, are to be announced.“Boone’s 50th anniversary event was originally scheduled in March but was rained out. They had considered rescheduling mid-season but decided the prelude would be a better time,” explained IMCA President Brett Root. “There are always a lot of drivers who get to Boone before Labor Day and this will be a good event between weekly racing and Super Nationals.”Regardless of when they get to Boone, drivers and fans will be greeted by a familiar schedule at the 35th annual Super Nationals.Southern SportMods headline the Labor Day show, which also sees qualifying begin for Hobby Socks and Northern SportMods. The complete Sport Compact program is on Tuesday, Sept. 5.Modified and Stock Car qualifying starts Wednesday, Sept. 6 while the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models tops the Thursday, Sept. 7 program.The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is Friday, Sept. 8. Main events and races of champions for the Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks bring the week to a close on Saturday, Sept. 9.“The main thing happening now at Boone is physical expansion of the speedway. We are doing our best to accommodate everyone who attends and create an enjoyable experience to complement what we know will be great racing,” Root said. “The weather is always the wild card. If that cooperates, Super Nationals will be a great experience.”Along with new grandstand seating pitside, Boone has seen recent expansion to both pit and fan parking areas.“Businesses and residents of Boone have been very gracious as Super Nationals has grown,” acknowledged Root. “We are very appreciative.”Entry forms for Super Nationals are now posted on both the IMCA (www.imca.com) and track (www.raceboone.com) websites. Pit stall applications are also posted on both sites. Entry fees, if paid before Aug. 25, are $40 for Modifieds, $50 for Late Models, $25 for Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods and Southern SportMods, and $15 for Sport Compacts.Super Nationals competitors can also pre-enter by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.Both the Prelude and Super Nationals will be broadcast by IMCATV.
Syracuse forced 33 turnovers and scored 33 points off them to cruise to a 71-55, regular season-ending win over Boston College (14-14, 2-13 Atlantic Coast) on Thursday night. The No. 18 Orange (23-6, 13-3) clinched a No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, earning a double bye, and tied a program record for regular season wins.SU finished the regular season on a program-best nine-game conference winning streak. It matched its program record for conference wins (13) in a regular season. The Orange won’t play again until March 4 at 8 p.m. in Greensboro, North Carolina in the third round of the conference tournament.“Thirteen wins in conference play. That’s a really, really good season in any conference,” assistant coach Vonn Read said. “It’s definitely been the best since I’ve been here. It’s been the best in our program history.”When Syracuse beat Boston College in January — the win that started the team’s current streak — it won by just one point in the final seconds against an inferior opponent. When the first quarter ended on Thursday, SU, again, found itself ahead only by one thanks to a buzzer-beating 3 by BC’s Nicole Boudreau.The Eagles had turned the ball over on nearly half of their possessions up to that point, but shot 69 percent from the floor and 75 percent from 3-point range to stay in the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We kind of let them get away from us a little bit,” Read said. “… They were making some shots, but once we settled down we did a better job.”Syracuse’s press was stingy, but its offense struggled to pull away. After Boston College tied the game with six and a half minutes remaining in the half, the Orange responded with a 10-0 run to take a 39-29 lead into the break.For nearly 12 minutes, going back to the start of the SU run, the Eagles didn’t score a point and turned the ball over 13 times.“We struggled at times,” Read said. “We had some runs. We really scored a lot of our points off turnovers.”Boston College pulled within four points in the final minute of the third quarter, but couldn’t hold on. The Orange countered with a 22-4 run that lasted until there was just a minute left in the fourth and the game was very much out of reach. Comments Published on February 25, 2016 at 10:36 pm Contact Jon: email@example.com | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University says its president, former Iowa State University president Steven Leath, is leaving after two years on the job.The university said in a statement Friday that Leath and the Board of Trustees’ presidential assessment working group mutually decided to part ways.The president pro tempore of the university’s board, Wayne T. Smith, said trustees are grateful to Leath “for his dedication and commitment as Auburn made strides as a world-class public university.”Leath says he believes the university is stronger now than before he arrived.Before going to Auburn in 2017, Leath was president of Iowa State University and vice president for research and sponsored programs for the University of North Carolina System.Smith says the Auburn board will soon name an interim president.