Running races – Scottish Ultramarathon Series Wed, 23 Nov 2022 03:21:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Running races – Scottish Ultramarathon Series 32 32 What Alaskans can expect as election officials tabulate results for ranked picks Wednesday Wed, 23 Nov 2022 03:21:47 +0000

The Alaska Division of Elections is expected to finish counting ballots and finalize the results Wednesday afternoon with a table that will determine the outcome of several statewide and legislative races.

In the elections for the United States Senate, United States House and Governor, the three incumbents – Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, Democratic Representative Mary Peltola and Governor Mike Dunleavy – are in the lead and each seems to be on the way to victory.

But in both races for Congress, the results won’t be final until election officials factor in voters’ pick preferences. That’s because both Murkowski and Peltola have less than the 50% portion of first-choice votes needed to win outright.

Under Alaska’s new election laws, approved by voters as part of a 2020 ballot initiative, the top four voters in the open primary qualified for a ranked general election. In general elections, voters could select their first choice candidate and then had the option – but not the obligation – to indicate a second, and sometimes a third, fourth and fifth choice.

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Watch the ranked pick voting charts live on starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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To win, a candidate must receive more than half of the first choice votes. Dunleavy, who is seeking re-election after winning the gubernatorial seat in 2018, appears to be on track to win his race with just over 50% of the vote.

If no candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes — as is the case in both congressional races — election officials hold a tabulation to determine the winner. This means that the candidate in last place is eliminated and their votes are redistributed to the remaining candidates according to the voters’ second-choice preferences. This process repeats until two candidates remain; the candidate with the largest share of votes is declared the winner.

[Current 2022 Alaska general election preliminary results]

The board will be viewable live Wednesday from 4 p.m. with live commentary from Elections Division Director Gail Fenumiai.

Why wait ?

Two weeks after Election Day, the vast majority of races across the country have been called, but ballot counting continues in Alaska until the eve of Thanksgiving. This is because state law allows mail-in ballots to be postmarked on Election Day or before arriving from abroad up to 15 days after Election Day. The late deadline for the arrival and counting of ballots predates new state election laws. But the lingering uncertainty over some races is the product of a decision by Alaska election officials to delay that tabulation until all votes are counted.

As of Friday, election officials had counted nearly 265,000 ballots. Election officials are expected to release a supplemental and final vote count on Wednesday before tabulating the ranked choices.

This year, election officials decided not to tabulate the results until all the ballots were counted. Nothing in state law prevents them from performing provisional tabulations of the results or releasing provisional tallies of the second choice and subsequent preferences shown on the ballots, but officials said they hoped to avoid any confusion by running a single televised tab after all the ballots have been counted. . Similar practices are in place in other jurisdictions using preferential voting.

While the winners of the state and the 59 legislative races will be known on Wednesday, the results will not be set in stone until they are certified by the State Review Board. The board is due to certify the results on Nov. 29. Even then, candidates can request a recount or challenge election results up to 10 days after certification of the results, except in the gubernatorial race where the recount request must be filed within three days of certification.

Where are things now?

In the US House race, Peltola – who won a special election in August for the seat previously held by Rep. Don Young – commands just under 49% of the first-preference votes. She leads her Republican challengers, former Governor Sarah Palin and Nick Begich, who have 26% and 23% respectively. Libertarian Chris Bye has less than 2%.

In the race for the US Senate, Murkowski has just over 43% of the first-choice votes. His Republican opponent Kelly Tshibaka – who ran with the backing of former President Donald Trump and the Alaska Republican Party – is behind Murkowski by 0.6% of the first-preference votes. Democrat Pat Chesbro is third with 10% of the vote. Republican Buzz Kelley is fourth with 3%.

In the race for governor, Dunleavy has just over half of the first-choice votes. Former Democratic lawmaker Les Gara has 24% and former Independent Governor Bill Walker has 21%. Former Kenai Peninsula Borough Republican Mayor Charlie Pierce has 5%.

In most of the 59 open legislative seats – redrawn after a once-a-decade redistricting process – fewer than four candidates have contested, and the majority of the race results will be known without a ranked choice board because the leading candidate has a majority of first-choice votes.

Three of the 20 state Senate races and at least seven of the 40 state House races will come down to a ranked choice array, with the leading candidate falling below the 50% threshold.

Who will control the Legislative Assembly?

After days of closed-door conversations between legislative candidates about the leadership of the chamber, the debate over who would lead the state Senate spilled over into the public Tuesday.

The partisan makeup of the Senate appears to be split 11-9 between Republicans and Democrats. The nine Democrats have been in talks with moderate Republicans to form a two-party majority coalition, triggering pushback and last-ditch efforts to form a Republican-led majority by current Senate Majority Leader Shelley Hughes, R -Palmer.

Hughes, a right-wing Republican, publicly called for a Republican majority on Tuesday even as a two-party coalition seemed all but guaranteed, saying in a written statement that since most of the Senate will be Republicans, it’s ” a clear signal that Alaskans believe”. a center-right Senate majority is best for our state.

Democrats and moderate Republicans have been signaling for days that they are confident a coalition will form, after previous results indicated the Democrats would win two seats this year.

“I have absolutely no doubt that there will be a coalition in the Senate,” Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich, D-Anchorage, said last week. Begich did not run for office this year. “The question is not whether there will be one. The question is how big will it be? I don’t doubt it because we were close to getting it two years ago, when we had only seven Democrats.

The fate of some House races remains uncertain, leaving lingering uncertainty over the formation of a bipartisan coalition similar to those that have controlled the chamber in recent years. Tight races in Anchorage that will come down to ranked choice boards could determine whether Democrats and centrist independents cross the 21-member threshold that would allow them to build a majority.

Even without an outright majority of Democrats, leftist and centrist lawmakers have signaled they could form a coalition that includes moderate Republicans. But this process could take weeks. The legislative session is expected to begin in mid-January.

With the possibility of bipartisan coalitions in both the House and Senate, some have publicly questioned Dunleavy’s priorities for a second term and how he would work with a moderate legislature. Dunleavy angered many moderate lawmakers with cuts to state services early in his first term.

Dunleavy’s governor’s office and campaign staffers did not respond to multiple requests for comment in recent days.

Hughes said Dunleavy’s victory was a case for moving forward with Republican leadership in the Legislature, calling a bipartisan coalition “starting off on the wrong foot.”

But Begich, who worked the last legislative session to push forward an education bill that was one of Dunleavy’s priorities, said the governor was willing to work on some priorities for centrist and left-leaning lawmakers. , including the reintroduction of defined retirement benefits for state employees and legislation to reduce energy costs in rural Alaska.

“I believe that because this is the governor’s second term, the likelihood of a repeat of the first term is zero,” Begich told a crowd at the Anchorage Senior Center on Thursday.

“I think there will be a willingness to work with people. The question is whether we will have the means and the capacity to do so. said Begich. “Are we going to take the risk of taking the first step by reaching out and saying, ‘This is what Alaska will look like. Are we ready to do this? Because if we don’t want to take the first step, I’m damn sure the first step will never be taken.

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McConnell wins re-election to serve as GOP minority leader : NPR Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:39:27 +0000

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. arrives at the United States Capitol on Wednesday.

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Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell — already the longest-serving GOP leader in Senate history — will extend that race for at least two years after winning a long-running challenge from Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott to remove him from the bench. power.

Thirty-seven senators voted for McConnell. Scott garnered 10 votes and one senator voted in a secret ballot election, according to Indiana Sen. Mike Braun, who was one of the senators who tallied the final votes.

“This job is not mine, anyone who wants to run for it can feel free to do so,” McConnell said, adding he was proud of his vote tally. Speaking to reporters at the United States Capitol after his victory, he said he didn’t plan to go anywhere.

Scott officially launched his candidacy a day early and placed electoral blame of not winning enough seats to control the Senate over McConnell, even though Scott led the GOP’s 2022 Senate campaign operation. There has been bad blood between the two senators for some time as they argued throughout the campaign cycle about candidate recruitment in key races and party messaging.

“If you’re going to be blamed for electoral losses, I don’t know how you trade the leader for the president of [the National Republican Senatorial Committee]”said Sen. Kevin Cramer, RN.D., “It’s just fundamental to me.”

The defections signal that McConnell enters the next Congress with a weaker grip on power as newer, younger and more ambitious senators grow increasingly restless over their party’s leadership after a disappointing midterm election. for the GOP.

“No one, not the Republicans, not the Independents, not the Democrats in my state is happy with the leadership in Washington. I’m not either. So I’m on their side, not on these guys’ side” , said Sen. Josh Hawley. , R-Mo., a vocal critic of McConnell.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joined a group of senators who unsuccessfully tried to delay the leadership election until after the Georgia Senate runoff on Dec. 6.

“The Republicans should have seen a much bigger victory. We should have seen a significant majority in the Senate and we should have seen a very large majority in the House. We didn’t get those results,” Cruz said.

Scott, Hawley and Cruz are all senators with future presidential ambitions. However, some rank-and-file senators also joined in protest.

“I don’t think we’re producing results politically or governmentally,” said Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., who voted for Scott. “We don’t have an agenda. We don’t have a business plan. It doesn’t work anywhere else.”

Specifically, Braun said many GOP senators want to feel like they have a bigger role on committees and in crafting legislation. “The way this place works, usually change doesn’t come easily or quickly.”

After the vote, Braun painted a brighter picture of the discussions.

“It was the best conversation we’ve had as a Senate group since I’ve been here,” he said. “Because it was interactive and flushed out what we’re going to do as a caucus and all I can tell you is in the four years I’ve been here it was the best four hours. “

One of McConnell’s top allies, Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn, said the senators’ frustrations were the reality of a tightly divided government and a “staggered” election.

“These next two years are going to be very difficult to pass legislation that is not consensual,” he said. “The most important thing we can do is put those differences behind us.”

McConnell, though an effective tactical leader in the Senate, was never particularly popular with the GOP party’s base, nor its de facto leader, former President Donald Trump, whose decision to announce a third election presidential election late Tuesday was suspended in the leadership elections. Trump enjoys more widespread support among GOP House lawmakers than in the Senate.

“I think we can do better with a new leader in our party who is younger, has a bright vision for the future, and can get our country back on track,” said Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah. “President Trump has lost three in a row, and if we’re going to start winning, we need a new leader.”

Power struggles are also being played out in the House. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., privately secured his party’s nomination Tuesday to serve as president of the next Congress once the party secures a majority. He won the nomination 188-31 over Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona in a closed meeting. McCarthy will have to convince most of those 31 defectors before the Jan. 3 public vote for the speaker takes place on the floor because it requires a majority of the entire House, typically 218 votes if all 435 lawmakers are present and voting.

After Winning the Senate, Democrats Consider the Unthinkable: Hold the House Sun, 13 Nov 2022 17:18:43 +0000

Of the 26 POLITICO House races scheduled as toss before the election, only five remain uncalled. Democrats would likely need to win all five, win the remaining three unnamed races slated as “skinny Democrats” — they currently lead in all three — and eat in some districts originally slated as “skinny Republicans” to win the chamber.

A number of those undecided races are taking place in California, where many votes go uncounted and mail-in votes produced a big change in 2018 in the days and weeks after Election Day.

Pelosi acknowledged in the interview that it would still be difficult for his party to win the House. “We’ll see” was about all she offered in response to a question about the possibility. She added that she was “disappointed” with the outcome of a handful of key House races in New York that Republicans overturned, after the state Supreme Court rejected a map the US legislature The Democrat-controlled state drew in favor of their party.

“Those four votes could make a difference in the end,” Pelosi said. “But we haven’t given up.” She also declined to say whether she would run for president again if the Democrats won.

The past 96 hours have been bittersweet for House Republicans.

“It was a very disappointing result on election night, not what we expected,” the rep said. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), who is running to be the House GOP whip, said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” on Sunday morning. “There will be a lot of unpacking of the result in the weeks to come. Did we have the wrong strategy? Why didn’t our message get through? Why didn’t voters buy into the vision and message the Republicans were selling? »

But Banks predicted Republicans would still win a “very thin” majority. He said a small majority in the House would serve as a “last line of defense” against President Joe Biden’s agenda.

Democratic hopes of winning the House received a surprising boost on Saturday night, when Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez defeated far-right Republican Joe Kent in Washington’s red-leaning 3rd District. Republicans lost the seat after Kent successfully moved the GOP representative. Jaime Herrera Beutler out of the district’s first two multiparty primaries, blaming her for being one of the few Republicans to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in instigating the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Outside of the House, one of the last major uncalled races is the race for governor of Arizona. There, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs narrowly leads Republican Kari Lake, a former TV anchor who has become a leading propellant of Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.

Hobbs’ lead is tenuous. The secretary of state’s office estimated late Saturday that there were about 250,000 ballots left to be counted statewide, in addition to 16,000 provisional ballots that could be added to the tally. The vast majority of those ballots are in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county.

In a Sunday interview on “Fox News Futures,” Lake said she expected those ballots to lean toward Republicans.

Ross Chastain takes on the family motto in the race for the title: Just Do It Sun, 06 Nov 2022 11:02:00 +0000

AVONDALE, Ariz. — A video game move sent Ross Chastain into the Cup championship race, but it was a video game that helped Christopher Bell head into Sunday’s title event at Phoenix Raceway.

5-year-old Bell was in love with racing, but after his parents bought a junior sprint car and secured sponsorship, Bell’s first race almost didn’t happen.

When it was time to get in the car for the first time, he didn’t want to.

“I just remember being super nervous about the situation and not wanting to drive,” Bell said.

But his mother made a deal with him.

“I’ll buy you a Nintendo game if you ever come home,” Kathy Bell said.

Bell immediately got into the car.

“As soon as I walked in, I fell in love with it,” he said, recalling the memory more clearly than the Nintendo game he got.

After completing his first practice run, he got out of the car and ran to his mother.

“Did you see me hit the wall?”


” That was too cool ! »

Bell never again questioned getting into a car.

When Bell got out of his car after winning last weekend in Martinsville, his first words were “Mom and Dad, we made it!”

They’ll be here in Phoenix to see if their son can win the Cup championship in his first appearance in the title chase (3 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock).

When Bell mentioned his parents after the Martinsville race, it was as much for the advice they gave during the playoffs, which saw him twice fall so far in the standings that he had to win the last race. one round to stay alive. He did it at the Charlotte Roval and then at Martinsville to earn his place in Phoenix.

But the trials and tribulations of the playoffs wore on Bell.

“The biggest thing that struck me at that time (in Martinsville) was that they kept saying I was going to do it,” Bell said of his parents. “’You’re going to do Phoenix. You are going to make the final. … So when I won the race, that was the only thing I could think of, my mum and dad were right and we did it, we made the Final 4.”

Bell often keeps his emotions in check, so such outbursts are rare, but Martinsville was special.

As they drove home from the race last Sunday evening, Bell’s wife Morgan was shaken by a sudden exclamation from her husband.

“He’s in the backseat going through all his text messages and going through this phone and out of nowhere he’s screaming at the top of his voice,” Morgan told NBC Sports.

Bell said it was “just adrenaline” that caused the reaction.

“It was a great moment, winning in Martinsville, and moving forward to where I am today is probably one of the greatest moments of my life,” Bell told NBC Sports. “It’s just going up the lowest of the lows in Martinsville and…right back to the top.”

But Bell’s performance under pressure is a trait of the 27-year-old from Norman, Oklahoma.

“He’s always been very, very good under extreme pressure,” Bell’s father, David, told NBC Sports.

David Bell saw it when he coached his son in junior basketball and their team played in the finals. While the team lost, Bell’s performance stood out, his father recalled. He went through Bell’s dirt racing experience. He won the Belleville Nationals midget race in 2013 and won the Chili Bowl Nationals in 2017, ’18 and ’19.

He also won the Camping World Truck Series title in 2017 and competed in the Xfinity Series championship race in 2018 and 2019.

He faced more pressure Friday in Phoenix when practice didn’t go as well — he was 20th on the speed chart. It felt like the team had the rest of the pitch where they wanted.

“It’s true,” said crew chief Adam Stevens with a smile. “We’re just setting the trap.”

Bell starts Sunday’s race 17th. With the way these playoffs have gone for him, it’s no surprise that he faces challenges in the finals.

After a first lap that saw him be the only playoff driver to finish in the top five in each of those three races, things got much tougher.

He blew a tire twice in Texas, with the second such incident having him hit the wall. At Talladega, he spun and was penalized for speeding on pit road, putting him in an inescapable situation at Charlotte Roval. Aided by a four-tire pit call by Stevens late in the race, Bell charged up the win to advance to lap three.

Bell called it the defining moment of his season so far.

“I think that says a lot about our team because it would have been very easy to drop the Roval, which we knew wouldn’t be a great race for us,” Bell said, noting Toyota’s struggles on course on road this season. “It turned out that it wasn’t a great race. We were back in half of the top 10 cars. The yellow flag came out and we were able to do what we had to do to win.

These good feelings did not last.

Trouble returned the following week in Texas in the opening race of Round 8. When Bubba Wallace fought back and destroyed Kyle Larson, Bell was hit by Larson’s car and finished the race. A week later, Bell finished 11th at Homestead. He entered Martinsville 33 points from the last transfer spot. Again, a late four-tire pit call from Stevens helped Bell win to qualify for Phoenix.

“I’m fully aware that I have the right guy on the stand, absolutely,” Bell said.

It’s exactly what Bell imagined when he was a kid.

“He never wavered,” Kathy Bell said of her son’s desire to race. “That was the only thing he wanted to be, a professional race car driver. His dad said, ‘You need a plan B, son,’ but he never had a plan B.

Kathy admits she didn’t want her son to race, but that changed one day.

“I was just praying for him,” Kathy said. “We had two older daughters and I’ve always wanted this little guy. So I finally got my little guy and he wants to get in a race car. I really didn’t want him to do that. I was praying about it. … I heard clear as a bell it’s my destiny for him. So I gave in and Dave said let’s go. So we let him start running.

Marine Corps Marathon returns to DC after 2-year pandemic hiatus Sun, 30 Oct 2022 23:16:59 +0000


Like many runners, Kyle King was preparing to run the Marine Corps Marathon last year. But the coronavirus was still too widespread, and a month before the race organizers canceled it for the second year in a row.

“It was tough,” said the 33-year-old.

But in another sign of life returning to normal, society reopening, King and about 11,400 others took off on Sunday morning near Arlington National Cemetery for the 26.2-mile run past monuments and most historic buildings in the area. The crowds cheered. The runners pushed each other. No one was stuck in their house or running away alone.

“I loved it,” King says. “It was really very energetic.”

The active duty Marine, an artillery officer, certainly had a good point of view. He led the entire course and finished first. “I was looking forward to having full-fledged races again,” he said.

King’s mood was echoed by countless others on Sunday. The race, which has been a part of Washington’s fitness and social calendar for nearly five decades, was canceled in 2020 and 2021. A sense of unity — and shared pain — was everywhere.

“The sense of community is coming back,” Justin Huemme, 29, said moments before starting the race with his wife Sierra, 27. “People aren’t afraid to go out and be social and be part of the race.”

The couple, both serving members of the U.S. Coast Guard, also ran to honor Sierra’s grandfather, a Marine. They had to wait two years.

“We were preparing for it last year, we were looking forward to it,” said Justin Huemme. “Then it became like a lot of things: weddings, family reunions, friends, vacations. All those things that make life a solid journey. There’s so much you can do without being outside of your house.

The race dates back to 1976, when it began as the “Marine Corps Reserve Marathon”. Responsibility was transferred two years later to active duty Marines. The race has become the nation’s largest marathon that does not offer prize money, race spokeswoman Kristen Loflin said, and as such is known as “The People’s Marathon”.

Large crowds came for memorable moments.

In 1989, according to race officials, Bob Wieland, an Army doctor who lost both his legs in Vietnam, started the marathon several days early. He completed it, on his hands, in 79 hours and 57 minutes, with his last mile accompanied by 100 Marines marching in time.

Five years later, Oprah Winfrey ran the race to celebrate her 40th birthday. Vice President Al Gore ran the race with his daughters in 1997. And in 2006, 20,000 runners in a race crossed the finish line for the first time.

As covid swept the world, shutting down road races, Marine Corps Marathon organizers held “virtual” races in which participants could chart their own routes. But it was hardly the same.

This year’s winner King was certainly aware of the impact of the virus on racing.

He raced competitively in college and graduate school, joined the Marines, and around 2018 began training for high-level racing again. In 2019, at the World Military Games in Wuhan, China, King finished 8th in the marathon.

Then came the covid shutdowns.

They haven’t slowed down King’s training. He’s moved a bit – more towards trail running and ultramarathons. But he certainly missed the camaraderie and competition of the big races.

And he naturally had his eye on the Marine Corps Marathon, a race that, beyond its name, has the corps stamped all over it. Uniformed Marines line the course, encouraging runners, distributing water, providing security and picking up litter. “It was great to race ahead of them,” King said after the race, “and bring victory to the home team.”

Masks were virtually non-existent on Sunday. Interviews with runners – including those still masking in some indoor settings – said this reflected their vaccination status and what they knew about limited outdoor transmission.

Becca Ebert, a law student at Georgetown, was more worried about her belated decision to run the race – and a lack of preparation – than the crowds or covid. His longest recent training run was a half marathon last month, and since then his runs had been much shorter.

“We all have to live with the decisions we make,” she joked moments before the start.

Ebert said she was tired of being locked up and taking virtual classes. Vaccinated and boosted, she felt safe on Sunday. She ran about 75% of the course and walked the rest. “There’s something good about people being together,” she said of the crowds surrounding her, “just being part of a community — and it’s a beautiful day .”

]]> Russell keen to bounce back from series of ‘failed’ runs Fri, 28 Oct 2022 11:35:00 +0000

George Russell is keen to have a clean weekend at the Mexican Grand Prix after a series of “disjointed” races.

The Mercedes driver received a five-second penalty last time out in the United States after the stewards found him at fault for a first-lap collision with Carlos Sainz, which led to Sainz’s retirement from the event while Russell continued to claim P5.

Earlier in October, Russell finished outside the points at the Singapore Grand Prix – during which he made contact with Mick Schumacher’s Haas – before returning home to P8 a week later in a shortened race in Japan.

As such, Russell hopes to return to a “good grove” in Mexico.

Russell focuses on the Mexican GP

With Russell locked in a battle with Sainz for P4 at the World Championship, the Briton admits getting his races back on track is his current priority.

“I think you obviously want to finish every season as high as you want it to be,” Russell told the media, including

“I think I’m probably more focused on getting a good groove and rhythm back.

“I think at the beginning of this year we had such a consistent series of results, and every time we went to the track we had a good performance, whether it was a Saturday or a Sunday, and everything. seemed to be going pretty well..

“But the last three races, for various reasons, have been very messy, mostly on my behalf.

“So I need to… I’m probably more focused on trying to have a clear last three weekends and the championship should hopefully work out.”

How de Vries’ FP1 race affects Russell’s preparation

Russell will have to wait before he can join the action in Mexico, with 2023 AlphaTauri driver Nyck de Vries set to drive his W13 in Friday’s Free Practice 1 before returning the car to Russell for FP2.

Despite this, the 24-year-old doesn’t expect his preparations to be greatly affected.

“It complicates things in terms of setting up the car and getting into the rhythm,” Russell explained of FP1’s absence.

“But FP1 is always a bit of a tricky session here, because this track isn’t used often and it’s quite dirty, quite dusty.

“And for me personally, getting the 90 minutes in FP2 gives you a good opportunity to catch up in driving terms, but I don’t think it will be too much of a loss.”

Watch: 2022 Homestead-Miami Sat, 22 Oct 2022 18:52:00 +0000

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Joey Logano earned the first ticket to Phoenix with his win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leaving seven contenders to battle for three spots in the two remaining races leading up to Championship 4. Only one driver will be able to fight their way into the points. , putting a bigger bounty on relieving that stress with a win this Sunday. Although it has been the site of many championship races in the past, the track’s February date in 2021 means there have been nearly two full seasons since Cup Series drivers raced the favorite 1.5 miles from South Florida. It will be important for drivers and teams in the playoffs to put in their best efforts of the season in practice and qualifying to avoid starting behind the 8 ball. There aren’t many points left that you can leave on the table.

Who fired? Who is not ?

Should make an early exit from the round of 16, Chasing Briscoe has proven himself to be a serious contender for the Cup Series championship. Briscoe is the only playoff driver with four consecutive top-10 finishes, doubling his total from the first 30 races of the season. A setback may be Briscoe’s lack of experience racing Cup Series drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway, making only one start at the track. But with a win at Miami in the Truck Series and Xfinity Series on his resume, don’t count out the talented young driver on Sunday as he aims to complete the Series One trifecta.

After posting an impressive top-10 streak early in the playoffs, William ByronThe speed of has decreased a bit and leaves him outside looking for points. The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team finished 12th or worse at Talladega Superspeedway, Charlotte Roval and last week in Las Vegas. If the trend continues, Byron will see his title hopes quickly fade after other contenders pick up the pace. Luckily for Byron and company, he won at Homestead last year and scored crucial points in five of the track’s eight stages. Look for them to flip the switch this weekend.

Driving under the radar

Make no mistake, Tyler Reddick’s announcement of his move to 23XI Racing in 2023 hasn’t slowed down the #8 team one bit. Despite being knocked out of the playoffs, Reddick and the gang have been routine contenders almost every week, finishing eighth or better three times in the past four races. The focus will be on playoff drivers in the remaining part of the schedule, but if there’s anything to be said for a non-playoff driver, the rising star is surely at the top of the list. He finished second at Homestead in 2021.

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From championship crowns to regular season rumbles, Homestead has a rich racing history.

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Fast facts ⏩

Hard-hitting, race-relevant stats from the experts at Racing Insights.

There are only two former champions in the Round of 16, the fewest in playoff history.
The last 10 races of 2022 have been won by 10 different drivers.
Since the last race in Miami, there have been 66 races with 24 winning drivers in between.
Chase Briscoe won in Miami in Xfinity (June 2020) and Trucks (November 2017).
In the last two races, the winner of the previous week’s pole has won the race.

Say what? 🎙

Notable quotes from sports stars ahead of Sunday’s race.

“For me, Homestead has been a great racetrack. That’s really how I started doing Cup races. I replaced Richard Petty Motorsports in 2010 and finished fourth after racing in front. It opened some people’s eyes. Sure enough, I got my first start in the Cup Series because of it. — Aric Almirola, #10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driver

“As disappointing as Vegas has been, if anyone can pull it off it’s our No. 20 group. I expect to be extremely competitive again and I’m up for the challenge. — Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

“I loved that we were able to test there. Everyone realized after about three or four laps that the top was the place to be. I was watching 10 or 12 riders racing and all the world was getting better at running the fence. The riders who tested there will be really good at running in the lead when we get back and I’m going to have my work cut out for sure. Tyler Reddick, driver of the #8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Morelos run out after a chair-to-kick reaction; Mulligan’s contract race; ‘don’t mention the (Liverpool) score!’ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 06:42:44 +0000
Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos is substituted against Dundee (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group)

What is it, Alfie?

All eyes were on Alfredo Morelos when his number came up and he was one of three Rangers players substituted after 73 minutes. It was obvious he wasn’t going to be happy. He trudged on to be replaced by Kemar Roofe, whose return to full fitness cannot come quickly enough for Rangers fans.

This is especially true given the current funk plaguing Morelos. There was no handshake with manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst when he left. And although he didn’t storm the tunnel, which seemed possible, he started off in a chair in the house dugout. To be fair to him, it seemed more out of disgust at his own performance than annoyance at someone else.

Morelos was just one of many home players who failed to hit the big time against Dundee. But his situation will always arouse the most interest.

He walked away after 74 minutes after failing to add to his two goals for the season. Van Bronckhorst had clearly played him in hopes he could find his touch against the Championship side. However, apart from a chance that was blocked by goalkeeper Adam Legzdins, the Colombian looked exactly like he is now: a bit overweight footballer suffering from too little action in big games.

The problem is that he is now short of a road at Rangers. And maybe he also lacks goodwill. Few fans might wonder if he is left out of the starting XI on Saturday against Livingston. He is free to speak to other clubs in January. There has been talk of a new contract at Ibrox, but nothing that has happened over the past few weeks suggests that these are talks anyone is desperate for. It may be best for both parties to move on.

Josh Mulligan excels on the big stage – what next?

Dundee manager Gary Bowyer has revealed he substituted Josh Mulligan after 67 minutes because the tenacious teenager was one foul away from being a card. But the 19-year-old – he turns 20 next month – had already done enough to grab attention with a positive and stunning performance that will put further pressure on the Dens Park hierarchy to extend his contract as quickly as possible. .

As it stands, the Scotland Under-21 international attacking midfielder can speak to other interested clubs as early as January. He could have scored well at Ibrox. He missed a header in the opening moments and went close with a shot late in the first half.

“He kind of brought it to them,” Bowyer said afterwards. “He has two chances in the first half, but he was also competitive. I had to pull him because I think he was one foul away from being kicked out. We didn’t need that.

Mulligan will be central to Dundee’s hopes of going straight up. But whether he stays longer is in the hands of the Dundee board. They can ill afford another situation at Glen Kamara, when the highly rated midfielder signed for Rangers for a very modest sum after his contract was allowed to run out. Mulligan really looks a bit special. It would be criminal for the Dens Park club to lose him at this stage of their development.

Record loss? Let’s move on, shall we…

It was a case of ‘don’t mention Liverpool score’ in the still very readable Ibrox match program for the game against Dundee. Posting delays may be to blame, although the results page records it.

No one expected a tribute to the historic result – the heaviest record loss in Rangers history. But neither Giovanni van Bronckhorst nor Captain James Tavernier talked about it in their columns. The two seemed more keen to mention in detail the victory over Queen of the South in the previous round, which dates back to August.

City dominates school board races Sat, 15 Oct 2022 07:04:05 +0000

Oct. 15 – GUILFORD COUNTY – Voters in High Point will play a major role in determining which candidates will win seats on the Guilford County School Board in the fall general election.

Candidates are running for five of the nine seats on the board that oversees Guilford County schools, and three represent districts that include High Point voters. In a race in Greensboro, incumbent Democratic President Deena Hayes has no opponent on the ballot.

School elections take place against a backdrop of debate over the vitality of the school district and its leadership. Proponents and critics offer two distinct views of Guilford County schools and very different interpretations of where the school district is now and how it should be shaped for the future.

Advocates of the current leadership say that despite all its challenges, the school system is on a trajectory for students. They cite the $1.7 billion school facility bond package that voters approved in the May 17 primary election, a landmark move that aims to improve every school in the district.

They also say Guilford County schools are taking action to address student learning loss during the coronavirus pandemic and are implementing innovative safety measures to keep schools safe.

Critics of the current leadership counter that the district suffers from a lack of leadership. They argue that the school’s current leadership has imposed unnecessary COVID-19 mask mandates, ignored parents’ wishes on topics such as teaching about race and history, and has failed. produce a comprehensive school safety strategy.

Four Republican candidates are running as a slate under the banner “New Vision, New Direction” and want to overhaul school district management. Candidates are associated with the Take Back Our Schools-GCS movement.

The Democrats hold a 6-3 advantage over the school board.

General elections are held on November 8, with early voting taking place from October 20 to November 21. 5. Here are the three races involving High Point voters:

—First-term Democratic incumbent Khem Irby takes on Republican Tim Andrew in the District 6 race. The district covers northern High Point and southwest Guilford County.

Irby said she prides herself on her record of community service and attention to key issues. On her campaign website, she lists priorities such as improving learning outcomes for every child, recruiting and retaining quality teachers and staff, investing in school safety programs and mental health and meeting facility needs.

Irby was part of the leadership during the pandemic in 2020 that offered alternative degrees that were well received by students and parents when traditional beginnings could not take place.

“I have worked to advocate for increased funding for our schools,” Irby says on his campaign website, and goes on to cite achievements such as raising the local teachers’ salary supplement and minimum wage. of the district and the passing of $2 billion in school bonds.

Andrew’s platform emphasizes accountability, transparency, responsiveness and independence of mind. Among the issues he cites on his campaign website are an emphasis on teaching the fundamentals, addressing barriers faced by teachers in the classroom, financial accountability and transparency with parents.

“School board members should be trusted public representatives for our schools and all that they impact,” Andrew tells the site. Andrew is a retired US Marine Corps officer with a professional background in project management.

— Republican Crissy Pratt and Democrat Amanda Cook face off in District 2. The seat is currently held by longtime Republican board member Anita Sharpe, who is not seeking re-election. The district covers the west and northwest of High Point.

Pratt, a lifelong educator, on her campaign website highlights issues such as revising the disciplinary policy to require a prompt and fair response when students break the rules, removing artificially inflated grades, providing age-appropriate reading materials and the promotion of parental involvement.

“The purpose of a school system is to educate students and prepare them to be functional adults, and right now Guilford County schools are failing to do that,” Pratt says on the website.

Cook, who has extensive experience as an educator, touts her background as a teacher, as well as advising and advocating for other teachers. On his campaign website, Cook highlights issues such as supporting and respecting teachers and classified employees, who face heavy workloads.

Cook also says she wants to make sure school lunch choices promote health and learning. She also wants to bring new ideas to transportation and address driver compensation and benefits.

“The Guilford County School Board has only limited power, but what power we have to galvanize and unify our community, we absolutely should use,” Cook said.

—Republican Demetria Carter and Democrat Alan Sherouse are running for the lone countywide seat. The seat is currently held by Democrat Winston McGregor, who is not seeking re-election.

On her Facebook campaign page, Carter said she opposes political indoctrination in the classroom. She also argues that student reading and math scores show the district is failing to provide a strong basic education. Carter also wants more parental involvement and more attention to school safety.

Carter graduated from Duke University Law School with professional training as a retired federal employee specializing in government contracts.

On his campaign website, Sherouse highlights a platform that includes achieving equity and closing the graduation gap between African American and white students, empowering and trusting teachers, forming effective partnerships between educators, parents, and students, affirming students of all backgrounds, and promoting learning in the classroom that offers an honest account of history.

Sherouse is trained as a religious leader and community advocate. He attended Wake Forest University School of Theology. — 336-888-3528 — @HPEpaul

Reviews | Spanberger’s October surprise could be Denver Riggleman Wed, 12 Oct 2022 19:09:00 +0000

We’re approaching the home stretch of the 2022 election season in Virginia, which means we should be on the lookout for those last-minute, narrative-changing elements in tight congressional races.

In other words, we should prepare for October surprises. Most likely, these surprises will come from events and personalities far beyond the control of the party’s leading candidates – think of the federal government shutdown and the glitchy rollout of the Obamacare website in October 2013 that impinged on the race for office. Governor of Virginia.

Or pretty much everything former President Donald Trump said and did during his four years in the White House. Republicans running for any office in Virginia during the Trump years lived under a shadow — and a Twitter account — that could put them on the defensive hours before some of them rolled out of bed.

But that doesn’t mean Virginia Democrats are in the clear. Far from there. History shows that voters eliminate any frustrations they have with an incumbent president in midterm congressional elections, and Virginia is no different.

This year, Republicans are counting on headlines about inflation and crime to lead them to victory. That’s a far cry from where they were in the last midterm elections, when Trump was pretty much all the Democrats needed to win.

In those 2018 midterm races, incumbent GOP Reps Barbara Comstock, Dave Brat and Scott Taylor all lost. Democrats have since controlled the 10th, 7th and 2nd congressional districts. But keeping them this year – in particular, 2nd, with starter Elaine Luria, and 7th, with starter Abigail Spanberger, is going to be tight stuff.

That helps explain the amount of money being poured into those two races — nearly $12 million spent on ads alone in the 2nd District race, and a whopping $20 million and more in the 7th.

While all of this spending is music to various media ears, will it make a difference – much less insulate a candidate against outside surprise?

We will have to find out. But in Spenberger’s case, his campaign is running an ad with former 5th District Rep. — and former Republican — Denver Riggleman that could absorb a mild October surprise.

The ad leads with Riggleman, who also narrates. While it’s not unusual for another politician – former or current – to star in another politician’s campaign ad, Riggleman’s choice is less compelling for what he says about Spanberger’s bipartisanship than the Riggleman’s signal to Republicans who still find the current party hopeless. , populist disorder.

It’s okay to vote for this Democrat, who is clearly more accomplished, centered and efficient than Republican candidate Yesli Vega, who Riggleman says is among “fact-challenged individuals” running for office this year.

This may be a case of Riggleman looking to pick up where the late former Sen. John Warner — who made a habit of endorsing Democrats over Republicans in his later years — left off. There’s plenty of room — and a dire need — for an above-the-party figure in Virginia politics. Is Riggleman the one?

For now, it could be. Or at least that’s what the Spanberger campaign is counting on with the Riggleman ad.

The question is whether it can cut through the noise and make a difference in the Commonwealth’s most expensive home race. And, more so, if there are enough of those disgruntled Republicans and GOP-leaning independents in the new 7th District to vote for Spanberger — if they can be persuaded to vote at all.

Getting them to pull the lever for the Democrat is not unprecedented — more than a few did when Spanberger ran and won two close and costly races in the former 7th. If Riggleman’s ad works, if it persuades the remaining Republican just enough to vote for Spanberger, that could be the real surprise in this race.