IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars to headline U.S. 36 show on Friday

first_imgAlong with the Sprint Cars, the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods are also racing. Sprint Cars will run under the draw and redraw format.  Also, at intermission, X-Factor Motorsports is holding a Kids Coin Drop. To add to the intermission fun, SportMod driver Koby Rigsby has also put together a bike giveaway.  OSBORN, Mo. – This Friday, Aug. 7, the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars headline a big night of racing at U.S. 36 Raceway with a $1,200 to win and $250 to start show. Stock Cars are also running the Shocker Chassis Six Pack Shootout. Six drivers will be voted into the exciting bracket style event, which will be run at the end of the night. The voting link is available on the U.S. 36 Raceway dirt track Facebook page.  The pit gates open at 5 p.m. The grandstands open at 6 p.m. with hot laps at 7:30 p.m. and racing is at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15 for general admission, senior and military are $12 and children 12 and younger are free. Pit passes are $35.last_img read more

I do get affected by failure: Virat Kohli

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli is not only one of the most successful captains India have had, but also a run-machine. In fact, there seems to be no way that he can fail. But he did fail when it came to the semi-final test against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup and Kohli has revealed that he too does get affected by failure just as any other human would.“Do I get affected by failures? Yes, I do. Everyone does. At the end of the day, I know my team would need me. I had the feeling so strong in my heart that I am going to come not out and make India go through that tough phase [in the semi-final].“But then again, maybe that was my ego talking because how can you predict something like that? You can only have a strong feeling or maybe it was a strong desire to do something like that,” Kohli told India Today.Kohli wants to leave behind a legacy which other will follow. In fact, the team has already become one of the best when it comes to the longest format of the game, winning both at home and on foreign soil.“I hate losing. I don’t want to walk out and say I could have done this. When I step out on the field, it’s a privilege. When I walk out, I want to have zero energy. We want to leave behind a legacy that future cricketers will say we want to play like that,” he said.Speaking after the second Test against Bangladesh, Kohli though said there was still some time before this Indian team can be compared to the Windies one of the 1970s and 1980s.“I can only say we are at the top of our game. You can’t judge a team’s dominance with seven games. You’re talking about a West Indies side which did it for 15 years,” Kohli said.“So, when we all are close to retiring then you ask me this question. How the decade has gone playing together. Not after seven games. Seven years yes but not seven games,” he smiled.Kohli said the mindset has changed as they now know they can beat any team in the world. “I think there is still time (to compare). But we are quite excited how we are playing and what the challenges are. Going forward we will be playing New Zealand now. Now the frame of mind is to get to the next series in test cricket. Not like we are finished playing at home let’s see what happens abroad. We are waiting to play Test cricket. That mindset has changed. Now we know if we play well we can win anywhere in the world. That’s a very nice and exciting feeling to have within the change room,” he said. IANSAlso Read: Virat Kohli bridges gap with Smith, Mayank enters top 10Also Watch: Jyoti Kendra Siksha Karmi staged sit in demonstration in front of Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyaan officelast_img read more

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Zach Hyman returns: What it means from an analytics standpoint

first_imgSo, what do all these numbers mean? Basically, they mean that Tavares and Kapanen are clicking — a CF% of 59.38 and an HDCF% of 50 without Hyman in 136:07 of ice time — and that with him back, the production should only get better, because Hyman connects well with Tavares. According to Natural Stat Trick, in the 56 minutes and 49 seconds that Tavares, Kapanen and Hyman were on the ice together 5v5 last season, they had a CF% of 56.59 and more scoring chances (55.70 percent) than the competition. The question now is whether they can reproduce that. Hyman noted that his linemates did their job, with Kapanen creating space and Tavares being strong on the puck. What the Maple Leafs need, however, is for them to finish.All statistics are from Natural Stat Trick. UNIONDALE, N.Y. — After missing the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first 19 games this season to complete his recovery from a torn ACL, Zach Hyman returned to the lineup Wednesday night, slotted back in his usual spot alongside John Tavares. While he wasn’t on the ice for Tavares’ late goal or assist on new linemate Kasperi Kapanen’s goal, Hyman’s presence was felt throughout the game.”I thought he was great,” Tavares said after the Leafs’ 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders. “I think the intangibles he brings, the work ethic, you could just see. So many things he does well, how much pressure he puts on the opponent, does such a good job of getting on the forecheck and recovering pucks. I thought he was great for me and [Kapanen] that way,” In 17 minutes and 37 seconds of ice time — about 20 seconds longer than his average game last season — Hyman showcased the game for which he is known. He put pressure on the Islanders while recording one shot, one hit and had three attempts blocked. According to Natural Stat Trick, his Corsi for percentage (CF%) was 58.33 at 5v5, with nine scoring chances — four high-danger chances, including one individually — for and seven scoring chances against.”I felt good, felt strong. I didn’t worry about my knee, which is good,” Hyman said postgame. “I thought I just went out there and just tried to play my game, just kind of pick up where I left off six months ago. It’s a long time but I felt good.”MORE: Hockey analytics 101 — Introduction to core conceptsPicking up where he left off is just what the Leafs need. Last season, Hyman netted 21 goals and added 20 assists in 71 games while playing mainly with Tavares and Mitch Marner. Over the course of the season, the trio had a CF% of 53.63 with 512 scoring chances for (SCF), of which 200 were high-danger. Tavares and Marner had the best seasons of their careers, posting career highs with 47 goals and 88 points and 26 goals and 94 points, respectively.”Lot of good success last year and built some good chemistry,” Tavares said prior to Wednesday’s contest. “Want to pick up where we were and continue to get better.””We played together all last year,” Hyman said of Tavares after the game. “He’s a great player to play with, easy to play with and it makes my job easier coming back and playing with a guy like that.”The issue now is that Marner will be out for a few weeks with a high-ankle sprain. Without Marner in 2018-19, Tavares and Hyman combined for a minus-11.11 relative goals for percentage (Rel GF%) at 5v5; when the trio was together, the percentage was 7.75. That’s quite a dropoff. The one positive is that CF% showed an uptick from 53.63 to 57.35, meaning the chances were there for the pair but they just could not finish.As of Wednesday night, Kapanen is now on the other flank. While it was only one game, the trio combined for a CF% of 59.09 at 5v5 with a SCF percentage of 57. Both of those stats placed the line in the top two among the four lines, as did its relative SCF (3.30); they had the best percentage of high-danger chances for (HDCF%), at 57.14.As coach Mike Babcock noted postgame, “they spent a lot of time in the offensive zone.”last_img read more

DD Motoring: The newest Prius, now with a plug!

first_imgThere’s something very old and connected about Toyota’s newest addition to its Hybrid range. Twenty years in Ireland giving us an electric/petrol Hybrid car that looked after everything itself, now Toyota decided to give us one with a plug!There are two sides to a battery the plus side or positive and the negative side. When it comes to powering a family car with anything other than a petrol or diesel power plants people pull on the negative side to change.The new Plug- In Prius hybrid from ToyotaIt’s nearly twenty years since I first took a Toyota Prius from Kelly’s Toyota on a test drive to Dublin for the weekend loaded down with prams, cots, and wanes. Two decades on Toyota announced in January this year that they just past the 10 million mark for sales of their Toyota Hybrid which would go to prove that the positive believers in the Toyota Hybrid are winning hands down. Advertisement Getting connectedThey called it the quiet revolution in the late 40s when the ESB brought electricity to rural Ireland for the first time which transformed the lives of many.We might think we have come along way since then but when it comes to change we are slow enough to embrace it. Its hard to believe it now but people were afraid to take electricity into their homes back then. Today in a home it’s the one thing that can’t manage without.Toyota has silenced the critics of electrically powered hybrids over the years by looking after all of the charging of their Hybrid cars from within the car in that it didn’t need charging from an external power supply. This new Plug In Prius Hybrid still does all that with its 1.8 petrol engine if you want but by giving the option of a plug-in charge it makes the driver much more involved in the plan that Toyota has set out. Advertisement On Monday and Tuesday this week we were out in the New Prius Plug In. Ours came in emotional red metallic (Maroon really) but what a head turner it was.One of the the most beautiful cars that Toyota have ever produced the New Toyota Prius Plg-In Photo Brian McDaidThe Toyota Prius PHV which we drove this week courtesy of Kelly’s Toyota in Letterkenny.Photo Brian McDaidThe regular Prius Hybrid looks great but this one is drop dead gorgeous. It looks more Italian than a Japanese design with its four part headlights and sweeping grill and the rear of the car is higher giving the car a lovely wedge shape design. The last time I saw two fuel flaps on a car was on an old Jaguar XJ6. In those days they were there to look after the pure thirst of the beast.282 miles per gallon!This has two fuel flaps and in the case of the petrol fuel tank is has been filled once when it was registered back in July and a month on it has 1,090 kms on the clock and is still three-quarters full. Toyota says it can do up to 282 miles to the gallon and like you I thought that’s not possible but when you consider that I had this Prius for two days and I never heard the engine start once in that time.From the second fuel flap the car can be plugged in and charged every time its parked up and if it’s doing short runs up to 50 km it can run on its battery power only. A recent test driving around Dublin by Toyota produced a return of 120 MPG in heavy traffic.I drove the Prius to Cresslough and back and when you know you have the option of the petrol in reserve it’s amazing how much you can become a part of Toyota’s Hybrid team. The new Hybrid has bigger batteries and a more powerful electrical motor the car never feels under powered when it’s in electric mode and even I test drove this car I can tell you nothing about the power of the petrol engine because I planned my journey in advance by making sure the batteries were fully charged and in turn never had to use the engine.It costs approximately €3 to charge the batteries and can be charged in the electrical charging points dotted over the country. Also when you buy one of these new Prius, Toyota will work in association with the ESB to fit a special charging point free of charge at your home. Ferrari or Alfa Romeo! Nah Toyota Prius Hydrid Plug In which we drove this week. Photo Brian McDaidThe team The first option is when you step into this car Toyota give you with a car that can just be simply placed in ‘drive” and away you go. It will take care of everything beautifully, manage the charging of the battery always be in the right gear with its brilliant CVT transmission and do what it has done so successfully for the last two decades and sold over 10 million hybrid cars world wide.The second option is to play a bigger part in the cars effort to conserve energy. For the short time that I had the plug in Prius I found when I was charging the batteries I was also thinking about the journeys I would be doing later that day. When I was driving the car I was thinking about the finer points of driving a car with an automatic gearbox, something the late Joe Kelly of Kelly Toyota had a great belief in.I was using the b setting on the automatic gear box to recharge the batteries through the brakes on the many down hills in Donegal. I was always looking to carrying momentum when I could, years ago we did the same trying to get as many miles as possible out of the fuel we were using in cars that were sore on fuel, now with the Toyota Prius Plug In we have one of the most fuel efficient cars in the world and as a driver of this car you get a great opportunity to conserve energy.At the end of every journey in the Toyota Prius the car will flash up a report on your efforts. I started off getting 75 out of 100 and would get a tip on how to achieve and improvement. Petrol tank still at three quarters full which was filled a month ago on the Prius Toyota Plug-In .Photo Brian McDaidOne of my best scores in driving the new Prius Plug- In Hybrid from Toyota. Photo Brian McDaidThe highest I managed was 94 out of 100 which I was delighted with but the credit should go to the Prius Plug-In to produce these results.These cars are extremely well engineered but are not cheap starting at £37,000 and the car that I drove was the luxury model which had the highest quality of leather interior fitted. The surround sound from the JBL system in the Prius that we drove has to be experienced to be believed.I do not know how they managed this but the music for its speaker system sounds bigger than the interior size of the car does. The Prius Plug In is a very advanced car and will suit anyone who wants to get into conserving energy. All in all the Prius was the bench mark that has said the course over the years and is now a house hold name.Their development work over the years in Hybrid Power is now used in all of the hybrid cars through out the Toyota range and Now Prius is progressing to the next level of development of plug in Hybrids but still offering their conventional arrangement in the current Prius cars.Happy motoring folksDD Motoring: The newest Prius, now with a plug! was last modified: August 16th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:carelectrichybridmotoringpriusToyotalast_img read more