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

Son Hueng-min vows to get even better for Tottenham

first_img Press Association The South Korea international, who cost a reported £22million from Bayer Leverkusen towards the conclusion of the summer transfer window, has scored three goals in three games, all of which were victories, since his arrival. The latest was the only goal of the game in Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace, a match in which he was consistently among Tottenham’s biggest threats, and it came four days after he scored twice in a 3-1 Europa League defeat of FK Qarabag. Spurs next host rivals Arsenal in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, but despite the potential intensity of the occasion, Son, after revealing that he first learned of the rivalry while playing in Germany, has revealed he is planning to mark his first North London derby with a further demonstration of his true ability. “I haven’t adapted to the Premier League yet,” Son said. “I want to do much better and prepare as well as I can. “I understand what the club invested in me. I’m getting a lot of help from my team-mates and coaches and that’s why I want to do even better. “I heard about the North London derby when I was in the Bundesliga. I want to prepare well and do well on Wednesday.” After Sunday’s victory, manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke of Son bringing Korean food to the training ground for his team-mates and the club’s staff, and the forward explained that he did so to thank them for their attempts in helping him to settle in London and that he is already planning on doing so again. “I wanted to say thank you to my colleagues and staff for welcoming me to Tottenham and I wanted to introduce Korean food and culture to the players,” he said. “That’s why I brought in it. “It was traditional Korean food including barbecue, seafood pancakes and various different foods from Korea. “They loved it so much, especially the coach, he had so many plates. He enjoyed it so much and the players as well. “I would like to do it again if there is a chance. “I ordered it from a very famous Korean restaurant in London. They organised everything. It is called Bibigo restaurant in Soho.” center_img Son Hueng-min believes that he can considerably improve on the impressive form he has already shown since joining Tottenham. last_img read more