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Alumni Corner: Tyler Smithpeters, Bahari Amaya, Justin Carpenter, Austin Wills & Tyra Buss
Buss continues to move up all-time career list at Indiana
By Michael Dann
Nov 14, 2017 9:20 AM
Prep Football: Traxler named MVP of BDC, joined by eight other Eagles on All-Conference Team
Traxler had 100-plus carries for over 1,000 yards in helping Eldorado to 8-3 season
By Michael Dann
Nov 14, 2017 8:38 AM
JUCO Hoops: Logan men ranked 28th nationally in NJCAA poll
Logan opens the regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 1 with a 5 p.m. home game with the Bethel JV team.
By Ron Hines
Oct 26, 2017 3:13 PM
Downtown Chicago hotel offering $20.16 rooms for Cubs opening weekend
Think it's too expensive to go all the way to Chicago for the Cubs opening weekend? Well, AC Hotel Chicago Downtown is offering a two-day-only deal to celebrate the historic World Series victory and kick off the 2017 season.
By Jacky Runice
Feb 28, 2017 10:34 AM
Miners' Cummins signs with Cubs
Rookie outfielder becomes 47th former Miner to join a Major League organization
Feb 24, 2017 12:18 AM
Ron Kantowski: Busch wins new fans, but it's not unanimous
A couple of years ago when Sports Illustrated wanted to put Zack Greinke on its cover, the pitching phenom refused to cooperate. They wound up taking an overhead photo of Greinke from a distance. You could not see his face, only his name and number on the back of his jersey.
By Ron Kantowski
Aug 4, 2015 10:37 AM
Ed Graney: Kyle Busch toughing his way to Chase
The kid had a look on his face we have seen from his old man several times during a sometimes brilliant, sometimes inconsistent, never-without-extreme-talent career. Sort of brooding and agitated and cantankerous.
By Ed Graney
Jul 22, 2015 10:49 AM
RACING: NASCAR Truck Series driver Tyler Reddick - "I still call Du Quoin home"
Though he now resides in North Carolina, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Tyler Reddick says he still calls Du Quoin home.Reddick, just 19 years of age, lived in Du Quoin for six years with his father Clarence Reddick, mother Geri Reddick and sister Haley Reddick. He attended Christian Fellowship School the first four years, and received home-schooling the following two.Leaving the area was a career move for Reddick - his race team, Brad Keselowski Racing, is operated out of Mooresville, N.C."(Moving to North Carolina) was a recent thing, I need to be around the team a lot more," he said. "It's hard to be ten hours away. It's not something I necessarily wanted to, but I had to do it. I like to get home and visit everyone when I get the opportunity."So far, the move appears to be paying off. Reddick sits second in the Truck Series points standings behind leader Matt Crafton, whom he trails by just a dozen points after 9 of 23 races. He's won a pair of events already this year including the season opener at Daytona - home of the 'Great American Race,' the 'Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing,' the Daytona 500."This year's been a great year so far," said Reddick. "I've been able to win twice, once at Daytona in February, and again (on May 29) at Dover, which was really awesome to follow up the first win. Those were really big moments for me."All race car drivers dream of a win at Daytona International Speedway - regardless of what series they're in. Reddick admitted the experience was a special one."I really don't know how to sum it up," he said. "The best way to describe it is as a big sigh of relief for me because I knew that my team and I were very capable of being able to win a race, and I knew that Brad Keselowski Racing was ready to have a good year. We needed to break out and get some wins, and to be able to do that right off the bat was the perfect way for it to go."As he took the white flag at one of the world's most famous speedways, Reddick says he found himself thinking ''Am I really taking the white flag? Is this really going to happen?""When it's done and over with it's 'Wow, this just happened,' it's kind of an unreal moment," he added. "It's such a team effort by everybody.""My spotter T.J. Majors, who spots for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the Cup Series, is very vocal. He wasn't keeping quiet, but he's letting me know that I had no runs coming and that we were in great shape. There's no greater feeling than that when you're leading a race, to hear 'no pressure, you're all good."Reddick's career began at the age of four in a Winged Outlaw go-kart in his state of birth, California. It wasn't long after that he made his first trip to Du Quoin."What's funny is the first time I was ever in Du Quoin, they had an indoor series out at the Fairgrounds and one of the classes they ran was what I ran," he recalled. "That was our first long road trip to go race anywhere, it was in Du Quoin. That was probably twelve years ago when I did that.""I got to race Mini Sprints there when POWRi was there with their Midgets. I actually even raced on the Magic Mile in the ARCA series two years ago. I've been able to race around home a few times, which is nice. It's been pretty cool."Among his career highlights prior to this season, Reddick is the youngest driver to qualify for the World 100 at Eldora Speedway, the youngest driver to win the East Bay Winter Nationals, and the youngest winner ever in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. He is also the youngest driver ever to qualify for a feature race in World of Outlaws sprint car racing. He debuted in the ARCA Series in 2012, and later that year won in his first career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Rockingham Speedway.In November of 2013, Reddick signed a deal to drive for Brad Keselowski Racing, a team owned and operated by 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, who drives the No. 2 car for Team Penske."It's a very fun experience to be a part of a team that has an owner like Brad backing the organization," Reddick said. "We get outstanding support from Team Penske, and Roush Performance gives us great engines. Having Brad as kind of the head figure for the whole team puts us up there where we're able to get help from those big companies. He's very involved and he likes to see the team do well.""(Keselowski) has taught me a lot. Last year was a big learning curve. He's been to all these race tracks, and I hadn't been to most of them, so it was a great help with him getting me up to speed."Up next for Reddick and the No. 19 team is the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY. The Camping World Truck Series runs through November, finishing up on November 20 at Homestead, Florida.
Jul 5, 2015 6:47 PM
RACING: Custer wins NASCAR Truck race at Gateway; Du Quoin's Reddick 8th
Two trucks dominated the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park but neither won. Instead, 17-year-old Cole Custer of Ladera Ranch, California, captured his first victory of the year in just his third start for JR Motorsports.But he certainly didn’t back into victory lane. Custer started second, drove a smart race and was in contention to win most of the evening. Custer passed race leader Tyler Reddick on the final restart of the 160-lap contest and wound up celebrating in victory lane with crew chief Joe Shear Jr. and his Haas Automation Chevrolet team.“I got a pretty good jump and he (Reddick) just missed a shift there or something, so I was able to get the lead,” said Custer. “It kinda played into our hands. We had a shot to win all night. And I knew if things played out right we’d definitely have a shot to win.”For Custer, it was his first victory of 2015 and his second in just 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck races.Weather played a significant part in tonight’s race. Qualifying was rained out and the start of the race was delayed by one hour and 48 minutes.“Weather was a challenge, but the fans were there to see a good show,” said Gateway Motorsports Park owner and CEO Curtis Francois. “It was certainly worth the wait. Families dominated the day and we hosted between 18,000 to 20,000 NASCAR fans.”Custer had his own cheering section in the Gateway Motorsports Park grandstands after he visited the General Motors Wentzville Assembly Plant in Wentzville, Missouri, on Thursday to sign autographs and distribute tickets to the employees.With Drivin’ For Linemen 200 qualifying rained out, the trucks were lined up according to practice times. Erik Jones’ lap of 32.903 seconds (136.766 mph) during final practice placed him on the pole for tonight’s Drivin’ For Linemen 200. Cole Custer, last year’s polesitter, started second after producing a lap of 32.945 seconds (136.591 mph) around the 1.25-mile oval.When honorary starter Nick Loren waved the opening green flag, Jones assumed the lead from the pole and pulled away as Custer and Matt Crafton battled for second place in the early laps.The first 45 laps of the race belonged completely to Jones until Crafton began whittling away at his lead. By lap 50, Crafton’s Toyota was within striking distance.The first caution flag flew on lap 54 for a crash involving Justin Boston and Mason Mingus. Race teams took advantage of the caution period to make pit stops. The race restarted on lap 62 with Crafton on the inside of the front row, flanked by Jones. Jones passed Crafton and resumed command of the Drivin’ For Linemen 200.The second caution period occurred on lap 80 for debris on the track. Most of the frontrunners, including race leader Jones, pitted but Crafton’s team gambled and he remained on the track. The race restarted on lap 85 with Crafton in the lead. Jones was shortening the distance between his truck and Crafton’s when Matt Tifft crashed while running in 12th place. Crafton pitted during the caution period while Jones stayed on the track. Johnny Sauter was the leader when the race restarted, followed by Custer and Jones. Crafton occupied 13th place when the green flag flew and faced a long, hard fight back to the front.Sauter’s truck appeared to be loose coming out of Turn 4 and Custer grabbed the lead. Crafton had his hands full with Spencer Gallagher for a few laps which allowed the frontrunners to pull away. On lap 104, Jones drove around the outside of Sauter to take second place. Jones took the highest groove on the track to get around Custer for the lead on lap 111. Meanwhile, Crafton took third place from Custer on lap 116.On lap 118 the fourth caution period of the race was necessitated when Tommy Regan’s truck slowed to a stop on the track. Jones, Crafton and Sauter pitted for tires and fuel. Crafton emerged from pit road first. The race restarted with Crafton in the lead and Jones in third. On lap 128, Jones again found himself in a battle with Gallagher, this time for second place. Jones prevailed and set off in search of race leader Crafton.With just 20 laps remaining Jones could read the lettering on Crafton’s tailgate as he reeled in the leader. But Jones’ valiant run to his first victory of 2015 came to an end on lap 143 when he raced to the inside of the lapped truck of Ryan Ellis and spun. Jones’ Toyota slid and the collateral damage from a flat left-rear tire took its toll on the battery. Jones, who led the most lap of the race (81) ended his night in 23rd place.On the ensuing restart, Tyler Reddick drove past Crafton for the lead, then John Hunter Nemechek’s truck bobbled and hit Crafton’s. Crafton, the second of two dominant drivers of the Drivin’ For Linemen 200, pitted with right-front and right-rear damage after making contact with the wall. Crafton’s sure bid for victory was reduced to a 21st-place finish.The final green flag was thrown on lap 156 with Reddick, Custer and Sauter comprising the top three. Reddick’s truck was slow on the restart. Custer seized the opportunity and raced past to take the lead. Custer took the checkered flag while Gallagher and Sauter battled for second place. Sauter crossed the finish line in third, followed by Nemechek and Cameron Haley.Despite his misfortune, Crafton leaves Gateway Motorsports Park as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader, 12 ahead of Reddick.Reddick, who lived in Du Quoin, Ill. for six years before moving to North Carolina this season to be near his race team, had some issues with shifting gears on both the final restart, and another earlier in the race. He fought his way back to the front after the first mishap, but when he missed a shift as the green flag dropped on lap 155, he again fell backwards and ultimately finished in eighth position."The team did a really good job of getting ourselves back in a position to win the race," Reddick said, "just had poor execution on a restart and missed a shift for the second time. It kind of summed up our night.""It was unfortunate to see Crafton have his trouble, and Jones to have his incident as well. I hate seeing that for those guys, but we gained some wholesale points. We could have gained a lot more, but the good thing is we didn't end up wrecking ourselves with all the chaos at the end. We went home with a top ten, it could have been a worse night."-Doug Daniels of the Du Quoin Evening Call contributed to this story.
Gateway Motorsports Park Release
Jun 17, 2015 1:42 AM
RACING: Force, Brown among NHRA winners at Gateway
John Force raced to his record 136th career victory and moved into position for a 16th Funny Car season title Sunday in the NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.The 64-year-old Force won for the second time this year, beating defending series champion Jack Beckman with a 4.097-second run at 310.13 mph in a Ford Mustang. Beckman had a 4.127 at 309.84 in a Dodge Charger.Force is six points behind leader Matt Hagan with three events left.Force beat Chad Head, Ron Capps and teammate Robert Hight to advance to the final round. Hagan, the top qualifier who entered the day with a 63-point lead over second-place Cruz Pedregon, lost to Beckman in the second round. Pedregon also lost in the first round.''We've got a race now, and I'm excited,'' Force said. ''I had a good day. The most important thing for me was to see the crowd. They filled the bleachers. To win a championship you've got to live it every day, and I'm not chasing a championship. I've been busy chasing corporate America and taking care of our sponsors.''My wife (Laurie) set me straight this morning, she said, 'What you need to do is win. We need John Force to get back to winning races.' Hey, I can do that. I ain't going to say I will win another race or a championship, but I'll be in the fight with these kids.''Antron Brown won in Top Fuel, Erica Enders-Stevens topped the Pro Stock field, and Matt Smith won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.Brown raced to his third victory of the season and 40th overall, beating Khalid alBalooshi in the final. Brown finished in 3.788 at 323.97 for his second straight victory at the track.Enders-Stevens also won for the second year in a row at the track, holding off Mike Edwards in the final with a 6.540 at 211.23 in a Chevrolet Camaro. Edwards regained the points lead with the runner-up finish.In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Smith rode to his second victory of the season and moved into the series lead, outrunning LE Tonglet with a 6.887 at 194.52 on a Buell.
Sep 30, 2013 7:41 PM
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