“What an honor this is to be recognized for the contributions you have made to a major league sport,” said Gage, also the track manager in Roseville for four years. “It wouldn’t be possible without my family’s support and a great bunch of people who surround me.” “This is very cool,” said Kruse, also a nominated twice as promoter at Marshalltown Speedway. “The key thing we have always tried to do is make every night an event, whether through a race or sponsor or whatever. We want to give drivers and fans a reason to be there.” Gage becomes a first-time nominee for RPM’s Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award. Short track racing’s most prestigious award, the ARPY is given annually after voting by promoters. Recipient of the 44th ARPY will be announced Monday, Feb. 10 during the RPM Workshop in Daytona Beach, Fla. “Dennis Gage and the promotional team at 141 are both extremely deserving of their regional awards as well as their nominations for the ARPY,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “It’s good to see them recognized for their years of experience in the industry, as well as for their successful race programs.” The team at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek, Wis., tied for top honors in RPM’s Northern Region. Toby Kruse, Dan Ratajczak and Scott Ratajczak also won that prize outright in 2016 and 2017 and become three-time ARPY nominees. IMCA Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods run at both Silver Dollar and Marysville. Sanctioned divisions at 141 are the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. CHICO, Calif. – Dennis Gage, operator and promoter of California IMCA venues Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico and Marysville Raceway in Marysville has won the Southwest and Western Region promoter of the year award given by Racing Promotion Monthly. Gage, who has managed Chico for 10 years and Marysville for five years, has been involved in motorsports for more than 50 years starting in 1962. He has crewed, raced, been a track official and ended up taking on track publicity and announcing in 1973.
MIDDLE-ORDER batsman Tawhid Hridoy hit a superb century and Afif Hossain produced a fine all-round performance as Bangladesh defeated Canada by 66 runs to notch up their second victory in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 and strengthened their chances of progressing to the Super League stage from Group C.Tawhid scored 122 and Afif backed up his half-century with figures of five for 43 as Bangladesh successfully defended 264 for eight by dismissing Canada for 198 with three balls to spare. Bangladesh, who had finished third in the home event in 2016, had earlier beaten Namibia by 87 runs on the opening day of the tournament on Saturday.In the other Group C match of the day, England launched their campaign with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Namibia after Will Jacks (73 not out) and Harry Brook (59 not out) added 130 runs for the unbroken third wicket in just under 15 overs as the 1998 champions achieved the 197-run target with more than half the quota of overs remaining.Scores in brief:Group CEngland beat Namibia by eight wickets, John Davies Oval, Queenstown.Namibia 196-9, 50 overs (Shaun Fouche 44, Nicol Loftie-Eaton 36; Luke Hollman 3-41, Tom Sciver 2-30, Harry Brook 2-32)England 198-2, 24.1 overs (Will Jacks 73 not out, Harry Brook 59 not out; Gerhard Lottering 2-33)Bangladesh beat Canada by 66 runs, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Christchurch.Bangladesh 264-8, 50 overs (Tawhid Hridoy 122, Afif Hossain 50, Mohammad Naim Sheikh 47; Faisal Jamkhandi 5-48)Canada 198 all out, 49.3 overs (Arslan Khan 63, Pranav Sharma 34 Asif Hossain 5-43.Player of the Match: Afif Hossain (Bangladesh)Today’s fixtures:India v Papua New Guinea, Bay Oval, Tauranga (Group B)Ireland v Pakistan, Cobham Oval, Whangarei (Group D)
Following a successful start to Pac-12 play, USC’s men’s tennis team will take on conference foes Stanford and California at Marks Stadium this weekend, marking the Trojans’ third and fourth Pac-12 matches of the season.Comeback kid · Junior Roberto Quiroz fought his way back into the national rankings this season after 10 consecutive singles victories. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (20-2, 2-0) have won 11 consecutive matches, and look to continue their streak against the No. 52 Cardinal (9-2, 2-0) and the No. 18 Bears (12-3, 2-0).After a brief stint atop the national rankings, the Trojans enter this weekend’s conference matchups at No. 2 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s national team rankings.Senior captain Ray Sarmiento leads USC in individual rankings with the No. 3 spot in the nation, a career high for the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native.Following in Sarmiento’s footsteps are No. 12-ranked junior Yannick Hanfmann, No. 44-ranked junior Jonny Wang, No. 56-ranked junior Roberto Quiroz and No. 100-ranked sophomore Max de Vroome. Hanfmann is ranked 12th in the country, while Wang, Quiroz and de Vroome are ranked 44th, 56th and 100th, respectively.Sarmiento and Hanfmann have climbed up to the No. 5 spot in the doubles rankings together, while senior Michael Grant and freshman Nick Crystal are ranked No. 60.Crystal has been partnering up with Quiroz lately, and the duo has yet to lose a match.The two were instrumental in USC’s success last weekend, a road trip during which they took home 6-1 wins against Oregon and Washington. The Trojans insist that they will keep their competitive juices flowing against the Cardinal and the Bears.“We try to prepare mentally for each match the same way and make sure we are 100 percent ready to go every match,” Sarmiento said.Stanford, California and USC are all 2-0 in Pac-12 play, with the Cardinal and Golden Bears both racking up wins over Utah and Arizona last week.Stanford boasts the No. 55-ranked singles player in the nation in Maciek Romanowicz, but has no ranked doubles teams. Cal, on the other hand, has two ranked singles players in No. 70 Ben McLachlan and No. 89 Campbell Johnson. The Bears also can claim two ranked doubles teams: Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton are ranked No. 14 and McLachlan and Andre Goransson are ranked No. 67.“Right now, Cal is better because of the [rankings] but Stanford has [its] history and we can’t underestimate [that],” junior Roberto Quiroz said.Indeed, the Cardinal have won 17 national championships in men’s tennis, just behind the Trojans, who have earned 20 national titles — the most of any team in the country. Stanford is also the only men’s tennis team other than USC to have won the national championship four years in a row.Though Stanford has fallen out of the national spotlight recently, the Trojans still treat each matchup with respect and look at each as a learning opportunity.“Going into this weekend, we just want to keep getting better as a team and make sure we continue to do our jobs individually,” Sarmiento said. “These are just matches that [give] us an opportunity to keep our momentum and move forward.”Moving forward will be important for Sarmiento, who lost both of his singles matches last weekend — his first back-to-back losses of the season.The losses brought Sarmiento’s total record to 18-7 overall on the season, and 10-2 in dual match play. Quiroz, along with de Vroome and junior Eric Johnson, has reached the 20-win club in singles play this season, with Johnson and de Vroome each earning 21 wins. Quiroz has also strung together an impressive 10-match winning streak in singles.This year, the team is trying to rise above and beyond in the Pac-12 conference.“The goal is to give [ourselves] a chance to win the NCAA [Tournament],” Quiroz said. “And yes, I see the team very [focused] on our goals.”The Trojans face the Cardinal today at 1:30 p.m. and the Bears on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Marks Stadium.