Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour crown comes at start of Jeffrey Abbey’s stellar IMCA Stock Car season

first_imgMinnesotan Curt Lund won the next two events, also at 281. Abbey won the final two IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features, held at 281 Speedway on the same day due to inclement weather. Each checkered was worth $750 while the tour title that accompanied the sweep paid $5,000. “We did have an advantage over the guys from the Northern Region,” said Abbey. “These were tracks we race weekly or on a regular basis.” The Comanche, Texas, pilot had never won two features in the same division on the same day before. Starts 5             Wins 3          Additional Top Five’s 1 HIS CREW: Father Randy, brothers Westin and Dean, Justin McCullough, Eric Stuber and Dakota Holder. HIS SPONSORS: Abbey Racing of Comanche; Dustin Davidson Racing of West; Don Wile Racing of San Angelo; 121 Towing and Recovery of Salado; Star 1 Roofing and CRS Suspension, both of Midlothian; Muir­head Motorsports of Mabank; Dirt Defender of Waxahachie; Mark Herring Race Engines of Plainview; 517 Designs of Whitney; Black Flag Bodies of Elm Mott; Dynamic Drivelines of Des Moines, Iowa; and KS Engineer­ing of Albert Lea, Minn. Abbey would prove to be a regular visitor to victory lanes around the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region, winning 18 of 29 starts at seven different tracks this season.center_img Three-time winner Jeffrey Abbey was champion of the Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) Five of those victories came at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, four more at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. He’d won both Stock Car features at Abilene Speedway’s Ice Breaker, the second show doing double duty as opening night for the tour. COMANCHE, Texas – A first-time accomplishment in an already much accomplished dirt track career made Jeffrey Abbey champion of the Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour. “We didn’t plan to race a Stock Car so much this season,” he said. “It turned out to be a pretty good season.” “We’d watched the tour last year. We were looking for some races to go to in February and the tour seemed like a good way to start the year.”last_img read more

Panel talks Trump’s impact on immigrants

first_img“If people have their way, ‘we’re gonna be alright,’” moderator Manuel Pastor said, quoting rapper Kendrick Lamar, as he ended a post-election discussion on immigrant integration at the USC Caruso Catholic Center.Natalie Reyes, a senior majoring in sociology and law, history and culture, appreciated Pastor’s humor and said that it lightened the “fear and anxiety of the undocumented community.”Pastor moderated a panel of four members, focusing on immigrants’ emotions post-election and the effects President-elect Donald Trump will have on the undocumented community. The event hosted around 100 people.The panel consisted of local immigrant rights advocate Anthony Ng, USC professor of political science Jane Junn, Citi Community Development Senior Vice President James Alva and Ismahan Abdullahi, director of civic engagement and community partnerships at Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans.Ng spoke about his personal experience as an undocumented immigrant and how Trump’s election has affected him personally.“The first three days after the elections were filled with fear. I felt that I was hated as a person of color,” Ng said. “A lot of us are still coping, but this fear is not going to make us stop fighting and stop hoping.”The panelists described their post-election sentiments and the impact the results are having on their daily lives. Abdullahi, who is Muslim and a Somali refugee, said that the negative rhetoric by Trump has “affected our hearts and minds, and some of us are living through the fear.” She said that in the past year, hate crimes have increased 67 percent.“Ten years ago, I could go to a quiet place to pray. The comfortability is not there anymore,” Abdullahi said. “We need to be more inclusive so individuals can exercise their rights as Americans.”Along with personal accounts about immigration on the panel, Alva quantified the effects  a pathway for undocumented Americans to become citizens would have on the economy. He also explained how Citibank invests in immigration advocacy organizations.“We provide funding to nonprofit organizations to help people become citizens,” Alva said. “The economy would increase between 37 to 52 billion [dollars] if people become citizens.”Junn also explained that nearly 65 percent of voters, regardless of party affiliation, support a comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway toward citizenship.After the panelists spoke, Pastor invited Linda Lopez, Los Angeles’ head of immigrant affairs, to speak about the city’s efforts to help undocumented locals, especially with the increase in hate crimes, which she said “brings the city great concern.”“We are committed to our immigrant community here in L.A.,” Lopez said. “When it comes to law enforcement, Chief Beck has said they won’t comply with the federal government to deport people. This is the moment where we can build a bridge in our community.”With regards to Los Angeles being a sanctuary city, Lopez explained that there is “different terminology” when it comes to sanctuary cities and said that the city has “really focused on policies and practices towards our immigrants” — for example, with Special Order 40 that prohibits LAPD from contacting residents specifically to ask about their immigration status.Pastor also explained that for students, the event was important to shift focus to children and refugees who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, in response to the President-elect’s rhetoric.Reyes said she felt an atmosphere of unity at the event and plans to equip herself with more information to be good ally to her undocumented friends and family. “There’s still that fear for the unknown, especially with a lot of the promises Trump has made to repeal Obama’s executive orders, that have helped undocumented immigrants come out of the shadows,” she said. “It is important to build these communities and ties between different ethnic groups, so that the voices are stronger, so people can see that undocumented people contribute a lot more to society than what we know of.”last_img read more

How LeBron James has been so historically durable

first_img• Out of a possible 1,244 career regular-season games, James has missed just 67 appearances. That’s taking into account his heavy career minutes average (38.6 mpg) as well as 239 career playoff games.• Going into Tuesday night’s game, James had played in 156 straight games including the playoffs. Recall that one of the most dramatic moments of last year’s four-game sweep by the Warriors in the Finals was arguably after it was over: James revealed he had played three games with a broken hand.• In the past eight seasons, James has only missed three or more consecutive games twice. Twice! He has missed a few games the last few seasons for rest and small ailments, but he has not missed significant time since missing eight consecutive games with knee and back injuries in the 2014-15 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.• By comparison to the players in his own draft class, James is well ahead of them all in regular-season games played: Consider Carmelo Anthony (1,064), Zaza Pachulia (1,059) and Dwyane Wade (1,006). They are all more than a full season behind James. The closest contemporary is Kyle Korver, who has played in 1,133 games.James takes great pride in being physically ready to play. By all accounts, he is maniacal about treatment and preparedness. He often stretches in front of the media pregame in the locker room with the help of a trainer. He ices when he needs to, tries to sleep as much as he needs to, is cautious about what he eats. He knows every little advantage he can get on Father Time needs to be taken seriously.So it injured his pride as well when he was too hurt to come back in the game Tuesday night. At the same time, he said he expected the Lakers to find their next man up if he isn’t able to play Thursday, which is starting to look like the case. He didn’t seem to have many long-term worries.Why would he? It’s rarely ever happened before.“With me, with injuries,” he said, “I am never too concerned about them.”MUST-SEE CHRISTMAS TVWere you watching the game last night? If so, you were far from alone: The metered rating was a 6.5, which was the highest-rated Christmas Day game rating since … when LeBron played Golden State in 2015.Only three more meetings left with the Warriors in the regular season. The Lakers feel this is a good start.– Kyle GoonFa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-links Playing for the King – The Lakers were able to muscle past the Warriors despite losing LeBron mid-game.McGee misses his ceremony – The Warriors will push back the center’s ring presentation to February.Measuring up? – Ahead of the game, I took a look at what the significance of playing the Warriors was as the Lakers look to find their way.Social media miscue – LeBron apologized for using an offensive song lyric in an Instagram post.A different kind of Ball game – The New York Times took a look at Lonzo Ball’s second season and how his circumstances have changed.A Game of Zones Christmas – I’m sorry. I just love these silly videos. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Oh, you telling them about that?”It was a light-hearted moment, but a reminder of the tone-setter in the locker room. Discussing minor injuries is not something LeBron would do.That makes it all the more surprising to see James go down in the middle of the Lakers’ 127-101 victory over the Warriors. To a man, the Lakers said they knew if he could have come back, he would have. He stretched out his injured groin, and he tried to take steps, but he was in clear pain. It wasn’t going to happen.“I’ve never really seen him injured,” Kuzma said. “If he has to go to the locker room you know it’s something serious because he does a hell of a job taking care of his body. You can count on one hand the number of times he’s been hurt.”That’s barely an exaggeration. As we wait for the all-important MRI result, it’s worth remembering how James has earned a reputation as the league’s Iron Man: Editor’s note: This is the Dec. 26 Purple & Bold newsletter. To sign up to receive the newsletter in your inbox – go hereA recent scene from the Lakers locker room: After the win over the New Orleans Pelicans last Friday, a reporter asked Kyle Kuzma if he had taken a knock in the game – he had looked stiff at various stretches, and was seen on the bench trying to stretch.Kuzma said his hip had been tight before tip-off, and pretty much stayed tight throughout the game. From across the room, LeBron James piped up to shout over the scrum. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more