WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (Aug. 5) – Promoter Bob Harris has found a new twist for one of the longest running specials for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.Drivers from eight states are now pre-entered for the 25th annual Harris Clash, which will pay $2,000 to win next Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City.The Clash is the second nightly installment of IMCA Speedweek and a qualifying event for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.What’s new this year is a 10-lap dash that pays $500 to win and $100 to start.The drivers who will start that event – Chris Abelson, Ethan Dotson, Scott Hogan, Luke Lemmens, John Logue, Jeremy Mills, Josh Ruby, Kelly Shryock, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Rob VanMil – won or finished second on designated race nights at 10 area tracks.“Years and years ago, before the (Clash) was at Knoxville, there were about eight tracks where drivers had to have won a weekly feature at to be able to race at what was then called the Modified Race of Champions,” Harris explained.“We talked about doing something similar this year, like a race within a race,” he continued. “I talked to promoters at the 10 tracks and they thought it was a pretty good idea.”Dash qualifiers Abelson, Dotson, Logue and Shryock are also former Harris Clash main event winners. Another former winner, 1993 king Denny Hovinga, will serve as grand marshal next Tuesday and ride in the Fast Shafts pace truck.“Those are pretty neat deals. I think it’s going to be an awesome night,” Harris said. “I’ve been impressed with how well everything is going together.”Shryock won the inaugural and 1997 events while Abelson topped the 2014 race. Dotson was the winner last year when the Clash returned to Webster City.The Clash winner also takes home a $500 bonus if their chassis builder has signed on as a Harris Clash Manufacturers’ Cup sponsor.Tuesday’s 25-lap feature pays a minimum of $250 to start while Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for $1,000 to win their 20-lapper.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded in both divisions. Modified drivers earn BMS North Central Region points.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 7:15 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $8 for students, $4 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children five and under.Pit passes are $30. Anyone between the ages of 12 and 17 must have a waiver, signed by a parent or guardian, to get into the pit area.More information is available from Harris at 515 231-1748.The Clash will be broadcast on IMCA.TV.
Guyana maintain unbeaten streakGUYANA Under-19 cricket team continued the dominant form on Thursday when they trounced Barbados by ten wickets in the fourth round encounter of Cricket West Indies Regional Under-19 one-day tournament, played at Conaree, St Kitts and Nevis.The win is the fourth for the Guyanese in as many matches played to date.Spinners Ashmead Nedd and Kevin Sinclair combined for eight wickets as the Bajans were dismissed for 166 in the 46th over. Nedd ended with 4-29 and Sinclair 4-23, while Shian Brathwaite scored 59.Openers Raymond Perez and Joshua Persaud then went about dismantling the Barbados bowling attack, racing to the target without the loss of a wicket in the 40th over.Perez ended on 87, while Persaud was sitting on 75 when victory was achieved. Guyana, and Trinidad & Tobago, also boasting an unbeaten record, will clash in the next round today. read more
LAKE MILLS — A Mason City man accused of kidnapping a Lake Mills woman has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and has been sentenced to ten years in prison.38-year-old Kristofer Voigt is accused of entering a residence in the 200 block of Park Street in Lake Mills in the early morning hours of November 7th, where he allegedly threatened to slit the throat of a woman inside the home.Voigt is then accused of taking the woman to another home in Lake Mills, another apartment, and then to a home owned by Voigt at 334 9th Northeast in Mason City. Authorities entered the residence at about 5:00 PM that day, with officers finding the woman and taking her to the hospital for treatment.Voigt was arrested and later charged with second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary, both Class B felonies that carry up to a 25 year prison sentence.Voigt had pleaded not guilty to the charges with his trial scheduled to start today, but he filed a written plea of guilty on Tuesday to a charge of third-degree kidnapping, with the burglary charge being dismissed.District Judge DeDra Schroeder sentenced Voigt to ten years in prison with credit for time served and issued a $1000 fine. read more