BOONE, Iowa – Drivers competing in the Sept. 5-10 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will take home more than $6,000 in lap money and cash bonuses.The first bonus of the week will be the $25 per lap led paid by Centex on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5 to the winner of the Southern SportMod main event.Both Modified qualifying feature winners each night Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 7, 8 and 9 get $100 bonuses from Derr Farms.Malvern Trust and Savings Bank provides $500 toward the purse for Thursday’s non-qualifier Dash for Cash Deery Brothers Summer Series feature.Gray Machine & Welding of Rock Island, Ill., pays $25 to the frontrunner for each of 30 laps of the Fast Shafts All-Star Modified Invitational Friday evening. The winner also receives an E-Z Bend tubing bender.Four race of champions events are on the Saturday, Sept. 10 card.One hundred dollars is at stake each time one of the 12 laps are scored in the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds.From start to finish, the companies paying lap money to the leader are Golden Empire Towing, Intensitee, Cookie’s Sauce & Seasoning, Walmart, Fareway, Diamond Oil, Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa, Ames Ford Lincoln, Saints Avenue Café, Baymont Inn & Suites, Dirt Modified Magazine and Derr Farms.Leading the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars will pay $75 for each of 10 circuits, courtesy of Todd’s Taxi, Intensitee, Cookie’s Sauce & Seasoning, Walmart, Fareway, Diamond Oil, Ames Ford Lincoln, Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa, Wheelock’s Service and Saint’s Avenue Cafe.Friesen Chevrolet and Big Daddy Race Cars pay $50 to the leaders on each of the 10 circuits in BSB Manufacturing Northern SportMod Race of Champions and the Stephenville Starter Hobby Stock Race of Champions, respectively.A $250 bonus will be awarded to the Northern SportMod main event champion if they are participating with EQ heads. The same bonus will apply to the winner of Saturday’s Hobby Stock main event.The Joie of Seating awards $250 cash to the champions in all divisions participating with a LaJoie-built full containment seat; $100 cash bonuses will be presented to any qualifying feature winner in the same seat.Karl Chevrolet bonuses of $250, $150 and $100 go to the top three Modified, Northern SportMod and Hobby Stock finishers with crate engines.Bushore Transmissions gives $100 bonuses to the highest finishing Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod customers in their respective main events.Golden Empire Towing gives $200 cash awards to drivers of the best appearing Modifieds and Northern SportMods with the Represent Your State theme.
The Trojan track and field teams will be heading to Seattle, Washington, this weekend to compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships. The women’s team will seek to hold onto their title for the third year in a row, while the men’s team will attempt to dethrone Oregon, who narrowly beat them last year.The MPSF ITFC is a competition created in 1992 and designed for Division I West Coast schools. This year, 14 men’s teams and 19 women’s teams will be in attendance. Though the Trojan men’s team is looking solid, as they are currently ranked ninth in the nation by the USTFCCA NCAA Division I National Team Computer Rankings, they will have to be wary of strong competition from Oregon’s squad, which is ranked second on that list, and Washington’s, which is ranked twelfth. Meanwhile, the No. 10 Women of Troy will have to battle Oregon’s first-ranked roster and Washington’s seventeenth-ranked team.Though the women of Troy aren’t number one in the nation, junor sprinter Destinee Brown is still convinced that she and her teammates have targets on their backs. Brown said she is willing to do whatever it takes to earn the victory.“I feel like we’re definitely the team to beat,” Brown said. “[Personal records] are great, but I would rather win than PR. But if I have to PR to win, then that’s what we’re trying to do.”Coach Caryl Smith Gilbert echoes the sentiment. Though most teams facing SC this weekend are not ranked, she acknowledges that competition will still be tough.“At the end of the day, the ranking doesn’t matter,” Gilbert said. “It’s about what you do on the day. There are a lot great teams and a lot of great competitors in the conference that want to make sure to give us a run for our money.”The men’s squad will make their second-ever appearance at the indoor event, and their good performances so far this season suggest that it will be a strong one. Most notably, two weeks ago, in the Tyson Invitational men’s triple jump event, junior Eric Sloan set a personal record (55ft, 10.50in) to win the competition and claim the farthest jump by a college athlete this season. Sophomore Randall Cunningham placed fourth in the high jump (7ft, 3.25in) at the Tyson long jump event.The women’s lineup is also looking very competitive. USC currently holds the MPSF ITFC women’s 1600m relay record (3:33.58), which was set last year. It may be beaten, as the quartet of sophomore Kendall Ellis, junior Amalie Iuel, senior Jaide Stepter and Brown set a school record (3:28.82) at the 2016 Tyson invitational in the women’s 1600m relay. Also at the 2016 Tyson invitational, Iuel set personal records in the women’s 400m (52.52) and in the women’s 60m HH (8.504). The same day, Katerina Berdousi placed second overall with a PR of 4:57:43 in the women’s 1600m, and Rebekah Ent posted a PR of 2:12:91 in the women’s 800m to place seventh overall.Following the MPSF ITFC, the Trojan track and field athletes can look forward to closing out the indoor season with the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, in early March.