BOONE, Iowa – Super might not be adjective enough to describe the purse shares and contingency awards drivers competing at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will earn over the course of the 34th annual event.When 800-plus drivers from coast to coast and border to border exit Boone Speedway, they’ll have earned shares of an approximate $285,000. Add in another $60,000 or so in contingency awards and it’s clear that Super Nationals will continue to be the most prestigious, top-paying event for grassroots racers.“Our goal has always been to maintain reasonable entry fees and admission prices while still providing the best possible purse structure at Super Nationals and we accomplish that in conjunction with a lot of great contingencies,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “The addition of Southern SportMods to Super Nationals and pre-registration numbers for all divisions has been very positive.”Saturday’s Modified main event pays a minimum of $2,000 to win and $1,000 to start. The champion earns a $100 bonus for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts made previously to Super Nationals, making for a possible $7,000 payday.Two qualifying features for Modifieds will be held each night Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a payout totaling $11,260.The Stock Car main event pays a minimum of $1,000 to win and $300 to start. The champion’s bonus is a potential $2,500, $50 for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts.Modified drivers are guaranteed $300 providing they race each night Wednesday through Saturday. Stock Car drivers are guaranteed $200 if they race Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.Northern SportMods race for a minimum of $1,000 to win and $100 to start, Southern SportMods for $750 to win and $100 to start, and Hobby Stocks for a minimum of $600 to win and $100 to start.There’s a $25 per start up to 50 starts bonus for both divisions, which could add up to $1,250 to each champion’s share.Saturday champions’ engines will be claimed and sold at public auction in the infield at Boone following the conclusion of that night’s program. Proceeds will be divided among all other drivers in the respective main events.The Deery Brothers Summer Series event boasts the regular Late Model tour $2,000 to win, minimum $300 to start purse, plus a bonus of as much as $1,500 based on $30 for each of as many as 50 starts.Tuesday’s Sport Compact champion can double his or her $250 winnings with a $5 bonus for each of up to 50 starts. Taking the green flag in that main event pays a minimum of $50.All seven Super Nationals champions receive posted payouts before leaving the speedway. Bonuses will be presented during the national awards banquet in Lincoln, Neb., in November.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to President Bush: Get a smoking tent. A lair like the one he has rigged in the courtyard outside his office in Sacramento – where lawmakers from both parties can go to “smoke a stogie” and “schmooze” – he said, could be the first step toward finally creating bipartisan cooperation in Washington. “Dividing people does not work, but division is what Washington represents. For too long this town has been about divide and conquer,” Schwarzenegger chided Monday in a speech at the National Press Club. “You can’t catch a socially transmitted disease by sitting down with people who have ideas different than yours.” In town for the annual meeting of the National Governors Association, Schwarzenegger’s speech was his first major address in Washington, D.C. Coming as Schwarzenegger bounces back from a dismal 30 percent approval rating and reaping praise for working across party lines on health care and climate change, Schwarzenegger suggested federal officials would do well to follow his lead. “I don’t claim to be Gandhi or anything like that, because I contributed in 2005 to polarization myself. It was too much about us versus them and it was a terrible mistake.” He urged Congress to pass immigration reform that includes a guest-worker program and grants citizenship to illegal immigrants, calling it a “totally reasonable, centrist approach.” He also reminded Republicans that his universal health care proposal includes coverage for the children of illegal immigrants. At the same time, he called on Democrats to “stop running the president down” and chided them for the nonbinding resolution that passed the House opposing Bush’s plan to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq. “All of this effort is being spent on bitterness and maneuvering. Imagine if all that were spent to build a consensus?” Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano said that as a Democrat in a Republican state, she understands Schwarzenegger’s motivation and praised his call for reform. “In states where our voters’ registration is of the opposite party, it forces you to really think through what your position is and think respectfully about what the other side’s position is,” Napolitano said. Back at home, however, Republicans are increasingly irritated by the bipartisanship spiel, said Tony Quinn, GOP analyst and co-editor of the California Target Book. “The governor has bad relations with his own party,” Quinn said. “They don’t think he’s been nonpartisan. They think he’s been too close to the Democrats. “There isn’t really any bipartisanship in Sacramento. There’s Schwarzenegger’s brand of Republicanism,” he said. Also Monday, Schwarzenegger outlined his health care plan for Bush and stressed the need for the federal government’s help. “If our state is successful, then other states will follow,” he said. Schwarzenegger avoided criticizing Bush’s proposed budget, which includes cuts directly at odds with the governor’s plan. Asked about those cuts, Schwarzenegger instead praised Bush’s proposed income tax deduction. He also signed an agreement with the governors of New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon and Washington to develop a regional target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Schwarzenegger is scheduled to meet today with a host of Democrats, including California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He also is scheduled to meet with the entire California congressional delegation on health care and other issues. “We’re hopeful that we’re really going to get a meaty, issue-filled, bipartisan meeting,” said Kyra Jennings, spokeswoman for Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, who has complained in the past that delegation meetings with Schwarzenegger were simply glorified photo-ops. As for this year, Jennings said, “This is the beginning of the journey. This is the first time Democrats are in the majority, so it’s a whole different ball game.” [email protected] (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more
1 Antonio Rudiger Chelsea and Roma are neck and neck in the race to sign Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger.Jose Mourinho is keen on the powerful 22-year-old, who has already won six caps for Germany.However, according to Sky Italia, Roma’s initial enquiry over his availability was immediately rebuffed by the Bundesliga side.But Rudi Garcia’s men are set to go back in with a big-money offer for Rudiger this weekend, in the hope the former Borussia Dortmund youth star will move to Serie A.Chelsea could also submit a bid of around £20m for the centre-back in the coming days, but Roma may move more quickly as they seek a replacement for Alessio Romagnoli.Rudiger, who is contracted to the Mercedes-Benz Arena club until 2017, has yet to reveal if he wishes to leave Germany this summer. read more