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Ward tops 100 win mark with twinbill sweep at I-96

first_imgA.J. Ward won his career 100th, and 101st, IMCA Modified features at I-96 Speedway on Aug. 26 at I-96 Speedway. (Photo by Samantha Szczepanski)IONIA, Mich. – The track where A.J. Ward started his racing career became the track where he won his career 100th and 101st IMCA Modified features.Ward, from Ionia, Mich., became the 54th driver in division history, and just the second IMCA Modified driver this season to reach the 100-win mark, topping both scheduled and make-up features on Aug. 26 at I-96 Speedway.“I started racing here in a street stock. It’s good to be able to get my 100th win at my home track,” he said. “With the rainouts we’ve had it looked like I might not have a chance to get it here but everything worked out.”Ward’s 19th and 20th wins of the season came in his 36th and 37th starts, after back-to-back runner-up finishes at Tri-City Motor Speedway and Crystal Motor Speedway. It was the third time he’d won two features on the same night.His checkers in the opener came after a back-and-forth battle with Brenten DeYoung. Myron DeYoung, another Michigan member of the 100-win club, challenged in the nightcap before Ward eased away to complete the Friday night sweep.“It’s a relief now. I didn’t think it (trying to get the 100th win) was going to affect us but then we had those second-place finishes,” he said. “Then the 100th win finally came and we got busy getting the next 100 by winning the next race, too. That’s a good testimony to hard work.”A five-time winner as a rookie in 2010, Ward now owns double figure victories in four straight seasons, with a career best 24 in 2016.He’s a 14-time winner this season at Lake Odessa and in the driver’s seat to become the first Michigan hotshoe to capture a third straight Dirt Works Eastern Region championship.Stanton’s Rick Stout, the only other driver from Michigan with a regional title on his resume, ruled the East in 1995 and 1996.last_img read more

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Ellen Frowns at ‘Abuses’ on Social Media

first_img– Advertisement – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has denounced the spate of abuses that has been posted on social media by Liberians during the recent elections , suggesting that the country’s democracy is at stake if it continues.The President’s statement came yesterday, less than two hours after Jerome Korkoya, chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), declared campaign open for the runoff between George Weah of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai of the governing Unity Party (UP).The runoff, Korkoya said, will be held on November 7, since none of the 20 political parties that participated in the October 10 presidential elections obtained the 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast as required by the Liberian Constitution.However, President Sirleaf said she has observed that a week following the end of the first round of voting on October 10, her attention was drawn to a surge of abuses displayed on social media (mostly on Facebook) by Liberians, which she said are extremely inimical to the survival of the country’s peace and democracy.“We condemn the abuse and misuse of social media through the use of invectives, hate speech and outright vulgarity, which denigrates adversaries with whom we might hold disagreement,” the President said.She said that in light of the progress her government has made, “I call on our fellow citizens to remain civil, responsible and continue to be tolerant of diverging opinions and views that might not necessarily be favorable to ours.”She said further that resorting to profanities on social media contributes nothing to the national discourse, “but only serves to taint our national and international image.“We must all express our indignation to this unacceptable way of politicking and seek to continue the decent democratic values that have brought us this far as a nation and people,” the President said.As Liberians pat themselves on the back for peacefully voting in the October 10 polls, all must continue to demonstrate the same path of love for country by and through each of their individual actions, she said.The President also admonished that all Liberians should focus on how they will consolidate the democratic gains made over the last 12 years by voting peacefully and nationalistically, respecting the law and keeping the peace for the greater good of Mama Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more