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.
ARMED police were called to the final day of Surrey versus Middlesex in the County Championship after a crossbow bolt was fired onto the field, abandoning play on the afternoon of the fourth day.Police believe the 12-inch long metal-tipped bolt travelled around 800 metres before coming to ground about ten yards from the pitch. The incident took place at 16.20hrs, during the 69th over of Middlesex’s second innings.The players alerted the umpires, Michael Gough and Paul Baldwin, who acted quickly to take the players off the field – a number of them sprinting towards the changing room.Fifteen minutes later, the Metropolitan police had been made aware of the incident, at which point officers, including firearm officers, made their way to the Kia Oval.It was at this point that an announcement was made across the PA system at the ground for spectators and those in the open to “find cover”. Another announcement followed, urging people to move inside.A full search of the ground was carried out by police and around 30 security staff. The game was abandoned at 17:05hrs by which time around 1000 spectators had been informed that they could leave.The Metropolitan Police believe the bolt was fired from outside the ground, though they are unsure as to whether the bolt was fired deliberately or whether it was targeted at The Oval. They have, at this stage, stated that the incident is not being treated as terrorism-related.Richard Gould, Surrey’s chief executive, speaking after play was officially called off, said: “It had a pointed end and stuck in the turf when it crossed the outfield and landed.“We are investigating reports that there was a noise on the roof of the OCS Stand but we haven’t been able to get up there to investigate whether it was the projectile ricocheting off the roof or a separate projectile. It is the sort of thing that could easily have been fired some distance from outside the ground if it came from a crossbow. It could very easily have killed someone.“We may never find out if it was a deliberate act, but in these heightened times these sorts of acts are wholly irresponsible.“People should not feel threatened in this way. If it is more than mischief-making then we need to find the perpetrators. We will review our security arrangements but threats can be so wide-ranging.“There is probably no way of securing against this type of incident if it was fired from outside. We always try and provide the safest type of environment but it can be very difficult to stop this kind of act.”Surrey captain Gareth Batty, who was fielding 25 yards away from where the arrow landed, said: “It was a pretty tasty arrow with a proper metal end. I did archery as a kid and that was not a normal archery arrow. The umpires dealt with it very well. There were no questions asked – we went off very quickly.“Someone saw it in flight, there was a noise when it landed but it happened so quickly. It is a deadly weapon for sure. If it had hit someone it would have caused some serious damage. It just shows the world we live in.
:10 I call upon the might of The Mighty Thor, the X-Factor of the X-Men, the web juice of Spider Man, Batman … Superman … Green Hornet … Green Lantern or for that matter Mr. Green Jeans … all y’all … drop a comic book bomb on the Miami Heat and save what’s left of my basketball dignity. I am holding tight … the Mavs in six, take it to the Bank!!! :09 Is it me or are there never any R&B groups performing after a Pirates’ game. Just Rock & Roll and Country. I am just asking!!! :08 Derek Jeter will hit number 3,000 next week. He only needs nine hits to become the 20th player in history to do so. As amazing as that is, New York is still not happy with him. No matter what you just can’t please everybody.:07 President Fred Crawford I’ll see you Saturday …. you know!:06 “Tiger” will be back and he will beat Jack Nicklaus’ majors record. He just needs time to re-group both mentally, physically and emotionally. The time he’s taking now is the time he should have taken before rushing back.:05 Don’t feel sorry for LeBron. He made the predictions for eight (8) titles not me. The moral of this story … unless your name is “Ali” or “Namath” don’t make predictions.:04 Mike Tyson went in the Boxing Hall of Fame last week and that’s all I am saying. No wise cracks here cause Mike is still crazy … you don’t just get rid of crazy just like that because you’re in a movie or two … c’mon man !!!:03 I thought Lance Armstrong did this, that and the other and was the drug kingpin of the world!!! People, and you know who you are, stop saying stuff you can’t prove please!:02 Still think “Dirk” can’t play? Remember when you Schenley and Fifth Avenue Ballers said Bird couldn’t play?? SHUT UP … “Dirk” can play. And what about the Mavs’ defense? Nobody wants to talk about that.:01 Get ready it will be here before you know it. First Friday presented by Five Starr, July 1 at the Club Health and Fitness in Monroeville and it’s Nadine’s birthday!! You can bring your birthday par-tay to our par-pay too. Just call Five Starr at 412-628-4856.“DOUBLE OVERTIME“:00 By now you should know that the Highland Park Tennis Association (HPTA) is doing a fantastic job providing free tennis clinics for our area youth and adults as well. You can join the fun too. Just go down to the Highland Park Tennis Courts every Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 am. HPTA is joined by CitiParks and Champion Enterprises in providing this quality program.“TRIPLE OVERTIME”My column goes to final edit on Sunday at 12 noon. When you get this in print I already made my prediction same as you. I am sticking to my guns … The Dallas Mavs in six (6)! “GAME OVER” BILL NEAL