Carter, Nichols collect Stock Car qualifying checkers

first_imgCayden Carter won the first of two Stock Car qualifying features during the Wednesday night IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s program at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Cayden Carter and Mike Nichols will both look to add to already impres­sive lists of accomplishments on championship night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nation­als fueled by Casey’s.Both were winners of qualifying features Wednesday at Boone Speedway. Carter, from Os­kaloosa, later ran fourth in his Modified qualifier and will start two main events on Saturday while a Super Nationals crown would be the final jewel in the crown for Nichols, from Harlan and a six-time national champion and the division leader with 450-plus career victories.They’ll square off in a game of Rochambeau on Thursday to decide which starts on the pole.“This is what we’ve worked for for the past two weeks,” said Carter, who will make his bid to start a third main event at the same Super Nationals when the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models comes to town on Thursday. “We were pretty confident we could get both cars in. We just didn’t know if we could do it on the same night.”“The only way we could top tonight is to win one on Saturday,” added Carter, who piloted Damon Murty’s back-up ride to the checkers. “It’s nice to be in both main events. Both cars were very well pre­pared.”Top four finishers in each of two qualifiers advance to the big show. Carter led all 25 laps of the first feature, winning handily ahead of Travis Barker of Sioux City, Justin Temeyer of Independ­ence and 2013 Super Nationals champion Brandon Czarapata from Pulaski, Wis.2015 champion Dustin Larson of Rushmore, Minn., 2009 and 2012 king Donavon Smith of Lake City and the 23rd starting Murty, from Chelsea, completed the top four behind Nichols.Nichols enjoyed a couple turns up front in the second qualifier. He passed Trent Murphy for the point on six, lost the lead to Larson on the 10th circuit, then got it back for good following a restart  on lap 15.Two more yellows interrupted the race but there was no catching Nichols before the checkers flew.The eight qualifiers from Wednesday will have a combined 70 Stock Car main event appearances be­tween them.Nichols is in the big dance for the 13th time, Czarapata and Murty both for the 12th, Temeyer and Smith both for the 11th, Larson for his sixth, Barker for his third and Carter for his second.Murty is a three-time runner-up while Nichols has been second each of the last two years. Temeyer is another multi-division qualifier, finishing third in both Stock Car and Northern SportMod main events in 2006.1st qualifying feature – 1. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 2. Travis Barker, Sioux City; 3. Justin Temeyer, Independence; 4. Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; 5. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.; 6. John Oliver Jr., Danville; 7. Randy Brands, Boyden; 8. Kevin Bruck, Dunlap; 9. Marcus Fagan, Adair; 10. Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; 11. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 12. Bob Rebstock, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 13. Dustin Matlock, Oklahoma City, Okla.; 14. Jayden Bears, Smithville, Mo.; 15. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 16. Jeff McCollum, Mankato, Minn.; 17. Derek Moede, Casco, Wis.; 18. Mel Elsberry, Orange City; 19. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis.; 20. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis.; 21. Jason VanSickel, Webster City; 22. Mark Smith, Hennessey, Okla.; 23. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; 24. Greg Keuhn, Trenton, Mo.; 25. Michael Bilyeu, Indianola; 26. Jerry Schip­per, Dike; 27. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; 28. Todd Gereau, Sioux City; 29. Brad Whitney, Trenton, Mo.; 30. Chad Shaw, Trimble, Mo.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan; 2. Dustin Larson, Rushmore, Minn.; 3. Donavon Smith, Lake City; 4. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 5. Ned Kalis, Wells, Minn.; 6. Trent Murphy, Jeffer­son; 7. Devin Smith, Lake City; 8. Bryan Rigsby, Topeka, Kan.; 9. Sterling Sorensen, Portsmouth; 10. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 11. Jake Nelson, Williston, N.D.; 12. Dusty Springer, Colby, Kan.; 13. Tommy Fose, Delphos, Kan.; 14. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan; 15. Jason Schoenberger, Rus­sell, Kan.; 16. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas; 17. David Smith, Lake City; 18. Scott Rein­hardt, Baileys Harbor, Wis.; 19. Michael Murphy, Jefferson; 20. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 21. Wayne Gifford, Boone; 22. Todd Inman, Altoona; 23. Jared Dirks, Rowan; 24. Lavern Carey, Io­nia; 25. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 26. Kellie Schmit, Britt; 27. Kyle Everts, Holland; 28. Craig Graham, Webster City; 29. Brandon Pruitt, Stuart; 30. Shay Curtin, Cresco.last_img read more

Shafer: Wilson won’t practice Tuesday due to ‘upper-body injury’

first_imgSophomore quarterback Austin Wilson won’t practice Tuesday due to an upper-body injury and he is day-to-day, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said during his weekly teleconference Tuesday.Wilson sustained the injury during the fourth quarter of Syracuse’s 38-20 loss to Florida State on Saturday and didn’t return to the field. Freshman quarterback AJ Long, who threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, will take the “dominant” amount of the first-team reps at quarterback during practice this week, Shafer said.Shafer said after Saturday’s game that Wilson had a “pretty good headache,” but called it an “upper-body injury” when asked if it was a concussion and said the same on Tuesday.The head coach added that the Orange’s coaching staff isn’t worried about overworking Long, who sat out the end of preseason camp with a sore shoulder, during practice this week.SU (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) plays Wake Forest (2-4, 0-2 ACC) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday at noon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on October 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Law school to host immigration clinic

first_imgFor Nazeli Khodabakhsh, a second-year student at the USC Gould School of Law, finding opportunities to give back to the community has proved difficult. However, USC Gould has been in the process of developing clinics — one of which is focused on immigration — throughout Los Angeles for students like Khodabakhsh to apply legal knowledge from her classes.USC Gould School of Law will be hosting the immigration clinic on Feb. 24 in partnership with the Armenian Youth Federation Burbank Varak chapter and the Armenian Cultural Foundation. Photo from the AYF West website.The Gould Immigration Clinic will be hosting a Citizenship Clinic on Feb. 24 with the Armenian Youth Federation Burbank Varak chapter and the Armenian Cultural Foundation. The clinic, which will be held at the ACF Burbank Youth Center, will assist legally permanent residents with their naturalization applications. According to Khodabakhsh, a member of the AYF Central Executive, citizenship clinics are just one of the projects the Gould Immigration Clinic facilitates. “The idea is to have students have hands-on experience working with real clients,” Khodabakhsh said. “We’re all supervised by our professors and for the immigration clinic, each one of us gets maybe 10 clients that we’re responsible for throughout the year. We help them file for immigration benefits, different kinds of visas, people seeking asylum — we help with all of that.”While planning the upcoming clinic, Khodabakhsh served as a liaison between the AYF Burbank chapter and the Gould Immigration Clinic. Khodabakhsh added that the partnership between the two organizations allowed them to reach a broader range of people who may be interested in naturalization. “We have sort of like a small army to reach out to individuals and ask, ‘Are you a citizen? Are you interested in becoming a citizen? We have this free project that can help you,’” Khodabakhsh said. “We have different contacts within our communities, so USC is maybe 15 miles away from Burbank but it seems like two different worlds — we really focus on the Burbank area and reaching out to people there but USC has its own contacts and its own people who have been interested in these clinics in the past.”According to Dulce Sanchez, the USC Gould Immigration Clinic’s program manager, the outreach process for clinics begin a month or two in advance. Sanchez was in charge of coordinating citizenship clinics throughout the L.A. area. “We put together the flyers, send them to the community centers, to libraries, churches, adult school community colleges, and share it with folks that may be interested in naturalizing,” Sanchez said. “If there are lawful permanent residents in the area interested in naturalizing, they’ll give us a call at the number listed on the flyer.”Sanchez said that during this process, they also screen the lawfully permanent resident for eligibility to waive an application fee and provide resources for those who cannot afford them. “We have had a lot of folks come to a previous clinic who have expressed interest in naturalizing for some time, but for whatever reason didn’t have the financial means to pay the $725 fee so we’ll go ahead and assist them,” Sanchez said.Sanchez said that the clinic’s other co-sponsor, the ACF, have also helped with outreach, especially throughout the Armenian community. “They’re more tapped into that community, whether it be families that come to their center or are in surrounding areas,” Sanchez said. “I’ve been supervising our students so that they can conduct outreach in the areas nearby, such as Glendale [and] North Hollywood, just so that we can expand this service to as many people as possible. Khodabakhsh said that she finds immigration law fascinating and hopes to help as many people naturalize as possible due to the rights and civic responsibilities that come with becoming a citizen. For example, once someone becomes a citizen, they are granted voting rights and do not have to undergo the risk of getting deported.“Once you have a green card, or [become a] lawful permanent resident, that also allows you to stay, but if you commit certain crimes or anything you could be deported,” Khodabakhsh said. “But a lot of people don’t necessarily know that, and so they’re like, ‘I can stay with a green card forever, I have legal status.’”According to Sanchez, the Gould Immigration Clinic is a resource that is available to all students at USC, especially those who have questions regarding citizenship or are undocumented and are seeking help. Sanchez said that all students can volunteer at the Gould Immigration Clinic and was “in awe” of the work students have been doing, such as helping their community to gain more substantive knowledge on immigration laws.“[Students] are interested in pursuing a career in immigration law, so this has given them a preview of what a career in that field may look like,” Sanchez said. “It’s been a great opportunity for students and I hope that many more students will consider volunteering at our future clinics.”last_img read more