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Keselowski, Stewart Penalized

Two NASCAR drivers have been penalized with heavy fines and probation in post-race actions after the conclusion of the race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Behavioral penalties were issued where Brad Keselowski was fined $50,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Nov. 12. Tony Stewart was fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the same duration.

According to NASCAR officials, the pair violated two sections in the 2014 rule book: actions detrimental to stock car racing and a behavioral penalty that involved post-race incidents.

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OPINION: NASCAR’s Chase Format Creates Pressure, Drama

A general view during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

A general view during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

It wasn’t until Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 that I realized how much this new Chase format may be getting to some drivers and teams.

The tempers boiled between Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth after Kevin Harvick won the race and moved onto the eliminator round of the Chase.

With 63 laps to go on a restart lap, Matt Kenseth had a big run and Keselowski snuck up in front of him which caused Kenseth to smack into the wall. That incident caused Kenseth to drop from fourth to 18th and deeper in the field.

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Claire Collins 9/4/14

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Claire Collins, a member of the cross country team at Winamac High School.

Claire broke the Midwest Conference girls cross country record in leading her team to the title in the last-ever cross country meet in the MWC due to the disbanding of the Conference after this year. Her time of 19:37 beat the previous record of 19:40 and will forever stand as the Midwest Conference mark.

The diminutive Sophomore also established the Winamac School Record with her effort, and her conference win added to her season’s accomplishments which include the Bi-County championship and a 2nd place finish in the prestigious New Prairie Invitational.

Claire is the daughter of Jill and Adam Collins and will be featured on a future “Saturday Sportsline with Nathan Welter” on K99.3 and will have a featured picture and story on wkvi.com.

Congratulations to Claire Collins of Winamac High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Kyleigh Werner 9/27/14

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Kyleigh Werner, a member of the cross country and golf teams at South Central High School.

Kyleigh had a weekend most student/athletes could only dream of, winning the Class A Division of the gigantic New Prairie Invitational Cross Country meet on Saturday after playing in the Girls Golf Sectional on Friday and being named Homecoming Queen on Friday night.

The veteran senior was a first year member of the golf team and shot a respectable 114 on the rugged BeachWood course in LaPorte. After being crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime of the Satellites football game on Friday night, she got up early on Saturday to win her third consecutive New Prairie championship.

Her cross country championship didn’t come easy, having to come from back in the pack in the last half mile to finish in her season-best time of 19:30.

Her golf coach, Jud Tolmen, and cross country coach, her Mother, Rachel Werner, agreed that her joining golf for the first time gave her a relief from running and made her more effective on the course.

An outstanding classroom student, Kyleigh is hopeful of advancing out of the cross country Sectional this year, just as she did in the track Sectional last Spring.

Kyleigh is the daughter of Dwayne and Rachel Werner and will be featured next week here on the “Saturday Sportsline with Nathan Welter” on K99.3 and will have a featured picture and story on wkvi.com.

Congratulations to Kylie Werner of South Central High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Preston Hansel 9/20/14

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Preston Hansel, a member of the Football Team at Culver High School.

Preston is the first ever recipient of this award for an outstanding performance in a losing effort, but his effort in the Class 1-A Cavaliers 56-33 loss to Class 4-A 11th-ranked New Prairie was one for the record books!

The 6-1, 185-pound Quarterback led his team in virtually every statistical category on both sides of the ball. He was 13-of-32 in passing for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed the ball 38-times for 241 yards and 2 more touchdowns and scored on a 2-point conversion attempt as the Cavaliers jumped out to a first quarter lead as the Cav’s beat the powerful Cougars in virtually every statistical category except for the one on the scoreboard.

Not only did the veteran Senior account for 475 of his team’s 491 total offensive yards and 26 of the team’s 33 points, but he converted on 10 of 20 third-and-fourth down conversion attempts and ALSO led the defense in tackles from his strong safety position with 5 plus an assist and a tackle for loss!

While the team lost, Preston showed great Senior leadership in turning in one of the greatest, if not THE greatest individual performance ever seen at Culver High School!

Preston is the son of Amy and Scott Hansel and will be featured next week here on the “Saturday Sportsline with Nathan Welter” on K99.3 and will have a featured picture and story on wkvi.com.

Congratulations to Preston Hansel of Culver High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Paralyzed Racer Gets First Feature Win

Eric Saunders

Eric Saunders

He’s waited for this moment for four years. Eric Saunders found his way back to his winning ways after four years of confidence testing and the will to succeed.

The Lakeville, Indiana resident was on his way to a successful Motocross career when his dreams of achieving more than 10 state championships and 500 career wins came slamming to a close in a blink of an eye.

On Aug. 29, 2010 prior to his 18th birthday, Saunders was practicing runs in the backyard of his home when he went airborne on his cycle and landed incorrectly.

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NASCAR NNS Crew Chief Penalized

NASCAR penalized the No. 74 team or a rules infraction committed during Nationwide Series practice on Sept. 26 at Dover International Speedway.

Officials found that a weight fell out of the racecar during the event as it was not properly attached. That was a violation of the rules concerning car weight and it was found to be an action detrimental to stock car racing.

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NASCAR Crew Member Indefinitely Suspended

A crew member for a team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series has been suspended indefinitely for failing a drug test.

William Coralline was working as a crew member with the No. 55 team at the time of the violation.  He was a regular crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Coralline reportedly violated two sections in the NASCAR Rule Book: actions detrimental to stock car racing and a violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy. The violation occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Gordon Gets Fourth Win of 2014 at Dover

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 28, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.  Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 28, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images

Is this Jeff Gordon’s year? He’s had his best season in years and collected his fourth win of the season in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway putting him safely into the contender round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Gordon stayed in the top five for the entire race and took over the top running spot twice during the day’s contest. Gordon would have to work to get by Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick who dominated the race. Harvick led 223 laps on the day. His streak ended when an issue with the left front tire would damage the splitter and his chances of a win. Despite leading 223 laps of the 400-lap race, Harvick finished one lap down in the 13th spot.

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Preston Hansel 9/20/14

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Preston Hansel, a member of the Football Team at Culver High School.

Preston is the first ever recipient of this award for an outstanding performance in a losing effort, but his effort in the Class 1-A Cavaliers 56-33 loss to Class 4-A 11th-ranked New Prairie was one for the record books!

The 6-1, 185-pound Quarterback led his team in virtually every statistical category on both sides of the ball. He was 13-of-32 in passing for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed the ball 38-times for 241 yards and 2 more touchdowns and scored on a 2-point conversion attempt as the Cavaliers jumped out to a first quarter lead as the Cav’s beat the powerful Cougars in virtually every statistical category except for the one on the scoreboard.

Not only did the veteran Senior account for 475 of his team’s 491 total offensive yards and 26 of the team’s 33 points, but he led the defense in tackles from his strong safety position with 5 plus an assist and a tackle for loss!

While the team lost, Preston showed great Senior leadership in turning in one of the greatest, if not THE greatest individual performance ever seen at Culver High School!

Preston is the son of Amy and Scott Hansel and will be featured next week here on the “Saturday Sportsline with Nathan Welter” on K99.3 and will have a featured picture and story on wkvi.com.

Congratulations to Preston Hansel of Culver High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Justene Charlesworth 9/13/14

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Justene Charlesworth, a member of the Cross Country Team at LaCrosse High School.

Justene led her team to victory in the Kouts Invitational Cross Country meet on a cold and wet night with a time of 23:03. While the weather conditions didn’t allow her to come close to her season-best time of 21:10, Justene was helped by teammates Dana Wherrett in 2nd place and Erin O’Connor in 6th to score 36 points, beating out Gary West with 43 and Knox with 60.

Just a Freshman, Justene also is looking forward to participating in basketball and track for the Lady Tigers this year.

Justene is the daughter of Juli and Ray Charlesworth and will be featured next week here on the “Saturday Sportsline with Nathan Welter” on K99.3 and will have a featured picture and story on wkvi.com.

Congratulations to Justene Charlesworth of LaCrosse High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Mavrick Pitts 9/6/14

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Mavrick Pitts, a member of the Football Team at North Judson-San Pierre High School.

Mavrick led his team to a 40-14 victory over arch-rival Knox with outstanding play on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the 5-10, 173-pound running back accounted for 22 of his teams points, rushing for 3 second-half touchdowns that turned a close game into a route. His 14 and 10 yard scores were topped by a 70-yard sprint for a score as he carried the ball 12 times for 164 yards.

In addition, the veteran Senior kicked 2 extra points and ran for a 2-point conversion as the Jays evened their record at 1-1.

Defensively Mavrick was the second leading tackler on the squad with 5 stops.

Mavrick will be featured next week here on the “Saturday Sportsline with Nathan Welter” on K99.3 and will have a featured picture and story on wkvi.com.

Congratulations to Mavrick Pitts of North Judson-San Pierre High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Tony Stewart Will Not Face Charges in Sprint Car Death Investigation

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart

An Ontario County, New York grand jury deliberated less than an hour to reach a decision in the case involving the death of 20-year-old Kevin Ward, Jr. on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York.

According to a statement released by Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo on Wednesday, the grand jury determined that there is “no basis to charge Tony Stewart with any crimes”. The case was “no-billed” by the grand jury.

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Gaughan Sneaks in a Win at Kentucky Speedway

Brendan Gaughan in Victory Lane

Brendan Gaughan in Victory Lane

The last restart was key for Brendan Gaughan to bring home a win for Richard Childress Racing at Kentucky Speedway in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300.

He took the frontrunner three wide with his teammate Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott to capture the lead with seven laps to go. Elliott initially took the lead from Dillon after a caution came out due to an accident with Eric McClure. Gaughan had battled back after slipping out of the top 10 early in the race but methodically made his way back up to race with the frontrunners. A gutsy call by his crew chief Shane Wilson to take two tires on the last pit stop got Gaughan the track position he needed to put him into the hunt for the win.

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INTERVIEW: Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell is filling the seat of the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske at Kentucky Speedway tonight.  He’s qualified well and hopes to keep the car out front like many of the other drivers have this season.  He talks about his work with one of the top teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in this Behind the Wheel interview:

Michael McDowell Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Justin Boston

Justin Boston

Justin Boston

It’s the first time he’s run in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and it’ll be a good test for Justin Boston in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 at Kentucky Speedway.  In this Behind the Wheel interview, he talks about his time with JGR so far and what his future races will be:

Justin Boston Behind the Wheel

Interview: Dakoda Armstrong

Dakoda Armstrong

Dakoda Armstrong

Indiana’s own Dakoda Armstrong has had a steady season in the No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports.

He stands 14th in the points in this 2014 season thus far and hopes to improve as the NASCAR Nationwide Series year draws to a close.  He’s ready to tackle Kentucky Speedway in this Behind the Wheel interview:

Dakoda Armstrong Behind the Wheel