LONGDALE, Okla. (May 4) – Mike Petersilie raced to the biggest win of his career at Longdale Speedway’s IMCA Night on Wednesday.As a bonus, his daughters Lexus, Hailey and Kassy stayed up late to watch the event on IMCA.TV and won a Tweet Your Seat contest T-shirt.Petersilie drew the pole for the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event and had to regain the front spot from Kevin Sustaire late in a contest that ran caution-free all 20 laps.The $1,000 checkers, the top win money-wise of Petersilie’s 17 seasons on the track, put him on the ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Sustaire, Clay Sellard, 11th starting Cole Traugott and Ken Schrader rounded out the top five. William Gould started behind Petersilie and ended in sixth while Kenny Wallace was seventh.“It was a neat accomplishment on a dry slick track,” Petersilie said. “It feels good to be able to win a race like this. While it’s easier to do from the pole, you still have to stay in front of that caliber of field.”The win was the second this season for Petersilie, also first to the checkers on April 22 at Salina, and came in a new 1st Class Classis by Xtreme Motor Sports ride.“It was our second win in nine starts in that car and we’ve got some more top fives,” he noted. “The season has been pretty good for us.”Kale Westover’s IMCA SportMod victory was worth $500 and came in from of ninth starting Kip Hughes, 17th starting Jeff Autry, Michael Shenberger and 12th starting Darren Hacker.IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winner Dale Richardson earned $400 for his efforts. Mark Smith, 11th starting Landon Maddox. Logan Macy and Hesston Shaw were next across the stripe.Both Westover and Richardson won from outside row two starting spots.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Mike Petersilie; 2. Kevin Sustaire; 3. Clay Sellard; 4. Cole Traugott; 5. Ken Schrader; 6. William Gould; 7. Kenny Wallace; 8. Jon Herring Jr.; 9. Hunter McDonald; 10. Tanner Black; 11. Kent Bright; 12. Randy Wilson; 13. Danny Womack; 14. Jason Hilliard; 15. Danton Odell; 16. Scott Edwards; 17. Thomas Hall; 18. Edward Bayouth; 19. Jessie Hoskins; 20. Troy Gemmill.SportMods – 1. Kale Westover; 2. Kip Hughes; 3. Jeff Autry; 4. Michael Shenberger; 5. Darren Hacker; 6. Jeffrey Kaup; 7. Slade Roach; 8. Kaleb Roach; 9. Daylon Bergeron; 10. Courtney McCartney; 11. Jessie Hoskins; 12. Jimmie Wright; 13. Jay Arnold; 14. Cullen Hill; 15. Jeff McIntosh; 16. Claude Roach; 17. Kenny Wallace; 18. Bryan Root; 19. Michael Buzan; 20. Peyton McIntosh; 21. Brandon Kenny; 22. Mike Roach.Stock Cars – 1. Dale Richardson; 2. Mark Smith; 3. Landon Maddox; 4. Logan Macy; 5. Hesston Shaw; 6. Travis Baird; 7. Lance Waddell; 8. Ryan Bohnstedt; 9. Gregory Gutt; 10. Paul Taylor; 11. Kenny Sorrels.
As for coping with rising public expectations, Jones insisted: “There has been no higher expectation than within the team.“We started out the first day wanting to be the best team in the world. So that’s where we wanted to go.“Three weeks ago, we were hopeless, I was going to get the sack, Owen couldn’t kick a goal. So we don’t tend to listen to that noise.”Jones reckoned a pivotal moment in England’s progress had been a 31-21 Six Nations win away to France that saw them to a 2016 Grand Slam.“In any team’s development you have wins that are important and losses that are important,” he said.“We started the game probably within ourselves and it took us until the second half to find ourselves.“It’s a great lesson for this week that we have to go out there and make the game, take the game to South Africa.“Our whole mindset this week about is taking the game to South Africa, playing with no fear. Where can we take our game to? What level can we take our game to?”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: England captain Owen FarrellTokyo, Japan | AFP | England coach Eddie Jones has urged his side to “play with no fear” against South Africa in the World Cup final, despite the Springboks’ history of physical intimidation.The Springboks have played to their physically imposing forward strength during the 2019 World Cup — most notably in grinding out a 19-16 win over Wales that took them to Saturday’s showpiece match in Yokohama.While also boasting plenty of power up front, England have played more expansively in knockout wins over Australia (44-16) and reigning champions New Zealand (19-7).“We’ve had four years to prepare for this game,” Jones told reporters after naming an unchanged starting XV for the final.“We’ve got good tactical clarity about how we want to play, we’re fit. So we want to play with no fear on Saturday, just get out there and play the game.”Jones, Australia’s coach when they lost the 2003 World Cup final and a consultant to the Springboks side that beat England in a Paris final four years later, added: “We know South Africa aren’t going to give us the game, they are going to come hard.“They’ve got a history of being the most physically intimidating team in the world, so we’ve got to take that away from them.England will kick off as the world’s number-one ranked side, with South Africa second but Jones insisted that was of “no concern” when the final gets underway.– ‘Noise’ –England captain and goal-kicker Owen Farrell, retained at inside centre in a dual playmaker set-up with fly-half George Ford, added: “We’ve done all the preparation in terms of on-field stuff. We’ll make sure the mental side of it builds up from now.”