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8/28/14 Local Scores

Girls Golf

John Glenn-182  Mishawaka-218 (Glenn Medalist: Anna Schmeltz-42)

Pioneer-224  Knox-266 (Knox Medalist: Kourtney Wagner-55)

Boys Tennis

John Glenn-4  Tippecanoe Valley-1 (Glenn Winners: #1 Singles-Hunter Jaworski; #2 Singles-Calvin Kretchmer; #1 DBLs-Drew McDonald and Evan Rhodes; #2 DBLs-Kevin Auman and Drew Sheffer)

Knox-3  Triton-2 (Knox Winners: #1 Singles-Jordan Anderson; #3 Singles-Daulton Materna; #2 DBLs-Tyler Wallingford and Kooper Broeker)

Volleyball

John Glenn-3  S.B. Clay-0

Morgan Twp.-3  Oregon-Davis-0

Local Scores 8/26/14

Boys Cross Country

(Bi-County)

Winamac-16  Knox-56  West Central-63  NJSP-89  Oregon-Davis-No Score (Top Finishers: Winamac-Kyle Collins; Knox-Seth Hernandez; WC-Max Wuethrich; NJ-Nick Snyder; OD-Kevin Avery)

Girls Cross Country

(Bi-County)

Winamac-23  NJSP-40  Knox-64  West Central-No Score  Oregon-Davis-No Score (Top Finishers: Winamac-Claire Collins; NJ-Casey Korniak; Knox-Sophie Flora; WC-Aerial Barlow)

Boys Tennis

Knox-4  Kankakee Valley-1

New Prairie-5  NJSP-0

Volleyball

John Glenn-3  Jimtown-1

S.B. St. Joe-3  Knox-0

Washington Twp-3  NJSP-1

INTERVIEW: Cameron Hayley

Cameron HayleyCameron Hayley will be making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunday at Canadian Motorsports Park.  He sounds pretty confident headed into this weekend’s event that begins at 1:30 p.m. ET.  Hear what he has to say about his road to this level and other tracks on his schedule this season in this Behind the Wheel interview:

Cameron Haley Behind the Wheel

NASCAR’s 2015 Schedule Finds Changes

The schedule for the 2015 NASCAR season was released on Tuesday and there are some changes to the Sprint Cup Series schedule. Atlanta Motor Speedway’s only race was moved from August to March next season while Bristol Motor Speedway’s spring race has been moved to April 19 from the third weekend in March. With the change in the date for Atlanta Motor Speedway, that allowed the Darlington Raceway race to move back to the Labor Day spot on Sept. 6.

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NCWTS Teams Penalized after Bristol Race

NASCAR has penalized three teams in the Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) after an inspection found that No. 00, No. 19 and No. 30 trucks failed to meet post-race height requirements after the Bristol Motor Speedway race on Aug. 21.

The crew chiefs, Joel Shear, Doug Randolph and Doug George for drivers Cole Custer, Brad Keselowski and Ron Hornaday, Jr., were all fined $5,000. In addition, each team lost 10 championship driver and owner points.

Gabby Behny 8/23/14

Our first Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for the 2014-15 season is Gabby Behny, a member of the Girls Golf Team at Winamac High School.

Gabby led her team to the Bi-County Girls Golf Tournament Championship last weekend copping Medalist honors in the Starke-Pulaski County shootout. After a slow start with a 50 on the front 9 at the challenging Moss Creed Country Club Course, she put together a 42 on the back 9 to lead her team to the championship for the first time in 3 years.

The Sophomore had to fight for the #1 spot on her team and gained that spot by shooting in the 40’s for 3 consecutive meets to open the season. She is also a member of the Winamac Softball team.

Gabby is the daughter of John and LeeAnne Behny 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 Gabby Behny of Winamac High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Logano Logs Third Win

Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

It’s been quite a season for Team Penske’s Joey Logano. He joined the team in 2013 and got one win in his inaugural season and this year he’s got three wins to his name. He collected his third win Saturday night in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

He was able to lead the second highest amount of laps with 76 with taking the lead for the last time on lap 456 when he got by Matt Kenseth who didn’t pit after the last caution. Starting fifth, Logano was able to run at the front throughout the entire race and keep track position after each pit stop.

This was Logano’s first win at Bristol Motor Speedway and the sixth in his Sprint Cup career. He joins his teammate, Brad Keselowski, plus Jeff Gordon, Dale Earhardt, Jr., and Jimmie Johnson in getting three wins on the season to lock into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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Blaney Wins in Wild Finish at Bristol

Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

It was short track racing at its finest Friday night for the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Ryan Blaney was able to take his No. 22 Ford for Team Penske to the front of the field beating a dominant Kyle Busch on the last restart of the race to claim his first victory of 2014.

The way in which it happened was nothing short of amazing. Just a few laps prior to the checkered flag, Blaney was racing Kyle Larson for position on the track. Blaney was working on Larson on the inside when Blaney got loose. He slid up the racetrack and bumped Larson into the wall. Larson went spinning off of turn two and collected Dylan Kwaniewski. Blaney was able to continue on the race.

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Jeff Gordon Wins Third Race this Season, Chase Spots Narrowing

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images

Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano swapped the lead all day long at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, but Gordon took over the lead at the right time which launched him to the 91st win of his career in the Pure Michigan 400.

He had qualified on the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and found himself running behind lap leader Joey Logano for much of the day. Logano had been a master of restarts on the day, often times playing games with his competitors and got the upper hand each time. Gordon was able to figure out something with 16 laps to go. Gordon and Logano were lined up for the restart and Gordon powered to the lead. Logano found himself moving backwards in the field and ended up running fourth when things straightened out. He was able to pass Paul Menard in the closing laps to claim the third spot when the race ended.

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NASCAR Implements New Safety Rule

NASCAR has added an addendum to its safety rules and will apply to all of its racing series, effective immediately.

The rule reads as follows:
“During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:
· Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
· Do not loosen, disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
· After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
· At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
· At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle

All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.”

The rule was made in light of an incident that claimed the life of Kevin Ward, Jr. at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York on Aug. 9. He had gotten out of his racecar after the racing field was under a caution situation and approached other drivers as they were mobile on the track. He was hit by a competitor’s race car which resulted in fatal injuries.

Many racetracks around the country have enacted a similar rule pertaining to their own facility.

Ryan Blaney to Race Partial Cup Schedule for Wood Brothers Racing

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Ryan Blaney is ready to run 12 races in the NSCS in 2015. Photo provided

In a technical alliance with Team Penske, Wood Brothers Racing officials announced Thursday that Ryan Blaney, 20, will race in 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for Wood Brothers Racing in 2015.

Blaney will drive the iconic No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford beginning with the Daytona 500. Las Vegas, Texas, Talladega, Charlotte, Michigan, Indianapolis, and other tracks will accompany the schedule.

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Tony Stewart Withdraws from Michigan Race

Photo credit: Getty Images

Photo credit: Getty Images

Officials at Stewart-Haas Racing have announced that Tony Stewart will not be in the No. 14 for the Pure Michigan 400 Sunday afternoon.

Jeff Burton will take Stewart’s place for the team’s entry in the race.

In the announcement, officials indicated that the driver change pertains only to this weekend’s race. Tony Stewart has not decided on plans for upcoming races on the schedule.

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Biffle Looks to Bounce Back

Greg Biffle

Greg Biffle

The driver of the No. 16 for Roush-Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is looking for a comeback this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Greg Biffle is the only driver to have four wins at the track and with the testing his team has done there this season, he believes his team will become a contender for the Chase.

Biffle admits that his season hasn’t been the greatest, but the team making a strong attempt at turning it around.

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Blaney Eyes NCWTS Championship, Owner Pleased with Season

ncwts14_truckshot_blaney_29In his sophomore year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Ryan Blaney, 20, has turned a lot of heads with his driving skills. He’s won races in the NCWTS and in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and he keeps getting better.

We could very well be witnessing his championship year.

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Fatal Accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Remains under Investigation

The investigation into the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. in a sprint car accident on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York will continue for another couple of weeks.

Investigators are working on gathering evidence and developing a racetrack crash reconstruction, according to Sheriff Philip C. Povero of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department. He stated that when a thorough investigation is complete, those involved with the investigation will meet with the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office and discuss all aspects of the investigation. It will be then when authorities may release information concerning the accident.

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Autopsy Results Released in Fatal Sprint Car Accident

New York’s Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero conducted a press conference on Monday evening to release the autopsy findings on Kevin Ward, Jr. Ward was fatally injured in a Sprint car accident at a dirt track in upstate New York on Saturday night.

According to a press release, Ontario County Coroner Kevin Henderson found that the cause of death was massive blunt force trauma. No other information regarding the autopsy findings will be released.

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Allmendinger Wins First Cup Race at Watkins Glen

AJ Allmendinger

AJ Allmendinger

Two of the best in road course racing in the NASCAR ranks went bumper to bumper in closing laps of the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon.

After a race that had a little over an hour-and-a-half of red flagged minutes, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose were set up side by side on the start of the race in a green-white-checkered conclusion. Allmendinger got a good restart, but Ambrose wasn’t going to back down. Ambrose got to the inside of Allmendinger and the pair were door to door for a few turns before the pair traded paint and Allmendinger powered to the lead. Kurt Busch attempted a run on Ambrose but didn’t have enough for the No. 9 who had shown power all day long.

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Investigation into Fatal Sprint Car Accident Continues

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating a Winged Sprint Car accident that happened late Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Canandaigua, New York. NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was racing in that event and was involved in the accident.

A report released by the sheriff’s department and tweeted by NASCAR reporters explains that Stewart and Kevin Ward, Jr. had contact in the race and the action was operating under the caution flag. Ward left his race car and walked down the track onto the racing surface. According to the report, Stewart and another car were in tandem and approached Ward who was gesturing to the cars. The first car swerved to avoid Ward while Stewart’s rear tire struck Ward.

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Tony Stewart Involved in Fatal Incident at Dirt Track

A Winged Sprint car driver suffered fatal injuries after an incident with a NASCAR driver at a New York dirt track.

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was participating in a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Canandaigua, New York when he and another driver, identified as Kevin Ward, Jr., 20,  had contact on the track. Ward left his race car and approached Stewart’s car on foot. It was then when Stewart reportedly struck Ward with his Winged Sprint car.

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