LONGDALE, Okla. – Drivers in three IMCA divisions will celebrate big paydays when Longdale Speedway celebrates the holiday with its Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5 America Proud Firecracker Nationals special.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $1,200 to win and a minimum of $150 to start on opening night and $2,500 to win and a minimum of $225 to start on night two. Both features are 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers.IMCA SportMods race for $1,000 to win and $125 to start on Saturday and $2,000 to win and $150 to start on Sunday. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars vie for $750 to win and $100 to start Saturday and $1,200 to win and $125 to start Sunday.A $500 bonus will be paid to the driver(s) in any division who can win both main events.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be given for both draw/redraw shows. Non-qualifier pay is $50 for Modifieds and SportMods and $35 for Stock Cars.Entry fees each night are $75 for the Modifieds and SportMods and $50 for the Stock Cars. Hard charger, long tow and hard luck awards will be given in each division each night and fireworks follow the Saturday race program.Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Military personnel with ID and kids five and under get in free.Pit passes are $35. A two-day pit pass is $60.More information about the America Proud Firecracker Nationals is available from promoter Glen Thompson at 580 886-5375 and at the www.longdalespeedway.net website.An open practice will be held Friday, July 3.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 ABOARD USS MIDWAY, SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Mike Hopkins was the kid in the candy shop.Syracuse’s 42-year-old assistant coach scampered around the court as spritely as the players — some of which are teenagers — he instructs. He took jump shots on the flight deck of the USS Midway, posed for photos with his fellow assistants Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara and basked in a moment he had never experienced before.“This is sweet,” Hopkins yelled with a smile a few minutes after the Orange took the court. “Are you sh*tting me?”All around him, the reaction was the same. From the moment the Syracuse players and coaches stepped onto the aircraft carrier just after 11 a.m. PST on Saturday, it was a barrage of smiles, picture taking and countless variations of the expression “this is so cool.”On Sunday, No. 9 Syracuse will take part in the Battle on the Midway against No. 20 San Diego State, and from Jim Boeheim to former walk-on Nolan Hart, all were entranced by the amazing spectacle that is basketball on a ship during their practice on Saturday. A game that was almost canceled twice — one for lack of sponsors and again because of weather concerns — appears as though it will run smoothly according to the revised schedule and create a unique new chapter in Syracuse basketball’s storybook.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think it’s great for these players to be in this venue,” Boeheim, Syracuse’s head coach, said. “I’m happy to be here. I think it’s great. It’s a life experience that these guys will be able to think about for the rest of their lives.”The cell phones emerged for tweets and pictures as soon as the Orange exited the bus and climbed the gangway up to the flight deck of the USS Midway. With headphones draped around their shoulders, players and coaches snapped pictures of the hoop, ship and each other.Hopkins, a California native, asked McNamara to take a picture of him and his father before boarding the ship. And once he reached the flight deck where the court is located, Hopkins called the experience “something you’d never do in your life.”With playing outdoors comes the risk of weather-related issues. But Boeheim said on Saturday that the team’s top priority from day one was to strive for the game to be played on the boat.He said San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher, a longtime friend, agreed with him, and they were both pleased that moving the game from Friday to Sunday was feasible.“We’re thrilled to be here,” Boeheim said. “Obviously it was a little more difficult than we had planned. But I think when we saw that the rain was going to be here yesterday, we made, I think, a very difficult decision to move things around a little bit, and I think it will turn out good.”The difficult decision had more to do with the USS Midway Museum than either of the universities involved. With the game being played on Sunday, Veterans Day, it means the museum must close down on what its marketing director, Scott McGaugh, called “the last day of the year we would ever want to close.”Boeheim said on Saturday he hoped members of the military and their families could still tour the ship in the morning before the game, but that won’t be the case. The museum is closed for the full day due to the 4 p.m. tipoff.But he was quick to thank the members of the military — both locally in Syracuse and across the country — for their services, saying these games on aircraft carriers are really to honor those men and women.“I don’t think we can do too much to draw attention to what the military has done for this country, what the military means to us as individuals,” he said.Without them, the game that will surely last in the minds of Boeheim and his players wouldn’t be possible. Michael-Carter Williams called it “a moment to cherish,” and DaJuan Coleman described the overall experience as crazy.So as the team practiced atop a ship so mammoth it’s been dubbed a “city at sea” but whose ceilings are so low most of the players must crouch in their locker room, the allure of basketball on a boat was imparted on Syracuse for the very first time.“I can’t believe we’re on a ship though,” Coleman said. “This is crazy.”[email protected] Comments