Driver Don Gumke passes away in Arizona

first_img“He’s the reason I got into stock car racing back in the day,” said John Corell, who first raced with Gumke in a late model in the late 1970s. “I helped him build a car in my dad’s garage and we were best buds ever since.”  Nicknamed The Grinder, Gumke had followed the Dakota Classic Tour and was sixth in the IMCA Modified points race at Jamestown last season. Gumke had raced in Late Model and Modified divisions beginning in the 1970s, earning the respect of fellow competitors and a legion of fans.  Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haut Funeral Home in Jamestown.  “Don was a racer’s racer. He was a good ambassador for racing for decades in North Dakota,” echoed Joren Boyce, who was beginning his own career when Gumke was already well established in the sport and became a customer of his Dakota Engine Builders shop. “It was exciting to see him back in a race car. He was always a thumbs-up, give you a smile kind of guy.” “Don was just a nice guy, pretty soft-spoken, friendly and competitive,” continued Corell. “Everybody took a liking to him.” center_img The long-time driver, businessman and former owner of his hometown Jamestown Speedway passed away in Somerton, Ariz. He was 66.  “I’ve known him since I started racing at 16. Don was a mentor to everybody. He had owned an engine shop and helped countless people get started racing,” Jamestown promoter Tim Baldwin said. “I’m going to remember him as a good person who did things the right way. He was a legend on and off the track.” A member of the club that had operated the speedway, Gumke was at the promotional helm there when it received two business of the year awards and continued to have a hand in track prep at Jamestown.  JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Don Gumke, a fixture in the North Dakota racing community for more than four decades, died Tuesday night.last_img read more

Michael Gbinije: ‘I thought it was poor officiating today’

first_img Published on January 2, 2016 at 5:36 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 MIAMI — Michael Gbinije played the worst game of his Syracuse career on Saturday. He shot 3-of-14 from the field, 0-of-7 from 3, 4-of-9 from the free-throw line, and committed a career-high eight turnovers. In turn, Syracuse (10-5, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) lost to No. 13 Miami (12-1, 1-0), 64-51, in a game that SU led by as many as 12.Gbinije was hounded all game by Miami guard Angel Rodriguez, and said that the refs allowed too much contact on SU’s end of the floor.“I thought it was poor officiating today,” Gbinije said. “I would like to share this. After like a minute and 10 into the game, I went up to one of the refs and said ‘Why are you calling touch fouls on this end and we’re getting hammered on the other end and you’re not saying a thing.’ He says ‘I know, I know that you’re right. I got you.’“He’s basically admitting that he knows what’s going on. It’s like a minute and 10. I told him it’s too late.“I just want that one to get off my chest.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGbinije went on to say that he thought Miami deserved to win. But he was visibly frustrated as he scored a season-low 10 points despite taking 14 shots, a number he’s eclipsed just three times this season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

first_imgWellington Police Notes: Monday, September 12, 2016:•3:40 a.m. Chelsie M. Seyfert, 25, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for owner permit operation of uninsured vehicle.•3:40 a.m. Officers investigated failure to give proper signal, driving while license is suspended and no proof of insurance in the 600 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•3:40 a.m. Officers conducted a warrant service for Kay County, Okla. for unauthorized use of a vehicle.•3:53 a.m. Casey M. Williams, 25, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Kay County, Okla. for unauthorized use of a vehicle.•3:53 a.m. Casey M. Williams, 25, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving while license is suspended, no insurance and fail to signal a turn.•7:34 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the area of 15th and G, Wellington involving vehicles operated by juvenile female, 15, Wellington and Irene F. Monson, 43, Wellington.•10:38 a.m. Officers took a report of a suicide attempt in the 200 block S. Haslet, Wellington.•11:40 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•1:16 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.•1:20 p.m. Officers took a report of found wallet in the 1100 block N. B, Wellington.•2:48 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 200 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•7:15 p.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident report in the 600 block E. Harvey, Wellington involving an unknown driver and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Celestina J. Sparman, Wellington.•7:43 p.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 1100 block E. 4th, Wellington.•8:43 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery in the 800 block N. Jefferson, Wellington by known suspect.•9:24 p.m. Devon J. P. Corp, 18, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic battery.•10:45 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1200 block E. 4th, Wellington.last_img read more

Pacer Taylor is back

first_imgJamaica’s fast bowler Jerome Taylor could be in action for the West Indies when Sabina Park hosts its 50th Test next weekend. In a release yesterday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said the bowler had indicated that he has come out of retirement and is available for selection for Test cricket. This decision, the WICB said, means he is now available for selection in all three formats of the game. Last July, the 32-year-old fast bowler had announced his retirement from the longest version of the game. “I believe I still have a lot of cricket left in me and I know I can still offer a lot to West Indies cricket in the Test arena,” said Taylor. “If selected, I will look to put my best foot forward and give my all for the team. We have some young players in the group at the moment and I believe with my experience, I can add to the team going forward.” Taylor has played 46 Tests, taking 130 wickets at 34.46 apiece, with best figures of six for 47 against Australia in June, 2015 at Sabina Park. He has also scored 856 runs, with a top score of 106 against New Zealand in December 2008 at University Oval in Dunedin. Chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board’s selection panel, Courtney Browne, welcomed Taylor’s decision to come out of retirement. “It is good to see that Jerome has decided to come out of retirement and make himself available for Tests once again. When you look at the volume of cricket we have this year, we will need to look at all the resources we have available, and having someone of his ability and experience adds value to our player pool,” Browne said. West Indies are preparing to face Pakistan in a three-match Brighto Paints Q Mobile Cup series later this month, starting with the historic 50th Test at Sabina Park.last_img read more