At-large balloting complete, 18 more All-Stars announced

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Two more former race winners joined the field for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational through the at-large round of voting.Jay Noteboom, winner of the 2005 and 2008 events, and Chris Abelson, the 2011 race winner, are among 18 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers advancing from the second round of balloting, which ended on Friday.Noteboom will start his career ninth All-Star event, more than any other driver, on Friday, Sept. 9 during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway. Abel­son takes the All-Star green for a sixth straight year.They’ll be joined by first-time All-Stars Kyle Brown, Brian Irvine, Travis Hagen, Cody Laney and Lance Mari; and second-time starters Kellen Chadwick, Corey Dripps, Cody Gearhart, Ryan Ruter, Kelly Shryock, Ricky Stephan and Jason Wolla.Starting career third All-Star Invitationals are Scott Hogan, Jeremy Mills and Kevin Sustaire. Ricky Thornton Jr. was elected to the All-Star grid for the fourth consecutive year.The 10 All-Stars elected in the first round were Ethan Dotson, Kevin Green, William Gould, defend­ing race winner Jimmy Gustin, Richie Gustin, Hunter Marriott, Brad Pounds, Scott Ses­sions, 2014 race winner Kyle Strickler and Jeff Taylor.Completing the field of 30 will be All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most 40-point feature wins compet­ing at Super Nationals.The All-Star field is now comprised of drivers from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas.Voting by region and at-large was conducted through the IMCA Facebook page. The All-Star Invita­tional pays $1,000 to win and is a qualifying event for the 2017 ballot.last_img read more

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Reports: Dave Roberts to be named LA Dodgers manager

first_imgDave Roberts will be the Dodgers’ next manager, according to multiple reports Sunday night.Roberts was the San Diego Padres’ first base coach from 2011-13 and their bench coach the last two seasons. He has never managed at any level.As an outfielder, Roberts starred at UCLA before playing 10 major league seasons for five different teams from 1999-2008. He broke through as an everyday player after being traded to the Dodgers prior to the 2002 season, then was traded to the Boston Red Sox in July 2004. His stolen base in Game 4 of that year’s American League Championship Series helped the Red Sox win the game and ultimately come back from a 3-0 deficit in the series.Roberts, whose father is African-American and mother is Japanese, would become the first minority manager in Dodgers history. Roberts can expect to face the same high expectations as Mattingly, himself a first-time manager when he succeeded Joe Torre in 2011. The Dodgers enjoyed five winning seasons in Mattingly’s five years, including National League West titles the last three.General manager Farhan Zaidi said last month that he expected the Dodgers to have a younger roster than the group that earned close to $300 million in 2015, a record.Among Roberts’ first tasks: hiring a coaching staff. Wallach is expected to join Mattingly as the bench coach in Miami. Roenicke has been hired as the Angels’ third base coach. Davey Lopes, who was the Dodgers’ first base coach the last five seasons, took the same job with the Washington Nationals. The team has yet to make an official announcement, and Roberts isn’t expected to be introduced Monday. According to several reports Sunday, his contract has yet to be finalized.The Dodgers parted ways with Don Mattingly on Oct. 22. The following week, Mattingly was named manager of the Miami Marlins.Nine candidates reportedly interviewed for the job over the last month: Roberts, farm director Gabe Kapler, third base coach Ron Roenicke, bench coach Tim Wallach, former Padres manager Bud Black, Mets bench coach Bob Geren, former Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez and University of Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad.Kapler was considered the early favorite for the job. Only he, Roberts and Black received second interviews. Neither Kapler nor Roberts have experience managing at the major league level, aside from one game in June that Roberts managed on an interim basis.The Dodgers have had nine managers since moving to Los Angeles in 1958 – seven since Tommy Lasorda’s final game in 1996. Roberts would become the 28th manager in the history of a franchise that began in Brooklyn in 1884.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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