LINCOLN, Neb. – The growing number of sanctions is reflected in an expanded Eagle Motorsports awards program for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars this season.In its third year as title sponsor for the division, the Lincoln, Neb., sprint car chassis manufacturer and high performance parts retailer will give $100 gift cards to every IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car track and special series champion.Weekly sanctioned tracks for 2015 are located in Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Texas. Special series will be based in California, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. “We’ve renewed our partnership with Eagle Motorsports for at least another two seasons, with the option to extend it even further than that and we’re very pleased to be able to make that announcement,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Eagle has pledged additional support to each track and series IMCA sanctions, which is a big commitment factoring in a really undetermined ceiling as the RaceSaver Sprint Car division continues to expand.” “We’ve already doubled the number of champions we’ll crown from last year, and we continue to forge new relationships every week,” Yoder concluded. Eagle also helps furnish a portion of the $6,500 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in national standings for the winged class. Drivers must display two Eagle Motorsports decals on their race car to be eligible for shares of that point fund; gift cards and point fund checks will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. Information about Eagle-built chassis and parts is available by calling 402 438-0392, on Facebook and at the www.eaglemotorsports.com website.
A Broward woman is behind bars this weekend, facing a child abuse charge for allegedly leaving her toddler in a hot car for hours.Police say that 32-year-old Lauderhill resident Shantrell Mitchell told them she forgot her daughter in the back seat of her car while she shopped for three hours at BJ’s Wholesale Club on North Powerline Road in Fort Lauderdale last Tuesday.However, surveillance video shows the woman looking into the back seat of her car during that timeframe.According to the arrest report, Mitchell tried to cool the child down when she found her suffering from heat exhaustion. The report states, “Mitchell described that she poured iced tea on the victim child’s head and also had her drink some.”An employee at the market called 911.When paramedics arrived, they recorded the girl’s body temperature at 105 degrees, and said that she was experiencing convulsions.The report adds that her condition “drastically improved due to treatment,” first at Holy Cross Hospital, then at Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.Mitchell’s police report states that she tried to get family members to watch her daughter on Tuesday afternoon before driving to the market with the girl.Surveillance video shows the woman getting out of the car and opening the passenger door on the driver’s side, “where the child victim is seated.” She then locks and shuts the door, and walks away.“Common sense — unreasonable to believe she would not have seen her child in the car seat while manually locking the side passenger door where the child was seated,” said prosecutor Eric Linder.Police also describe Mitchell’s actions as “intentionally leaving the child victim in the locked vehicle.”She has no prior criminal record, and is charged with aggravated child abuse, which is a first-degree felony. Bond was set at $10,000, and Mitchell remains in custody.
After snapping a five-match losing skid, the Wisconsin men’s tennis team (9-10, 1-6 Big Ten) will look to put a conference winning streak together as it travels to the state of Indiana this weekend to face the Purdue Boilermakers and the Indiana Hoosiers.The Badgers were finally able to break through with their first Big Ten victory April 8 against a struggling Penn State team, which possesses an identical conference record to Wisconsin’s.As the Badgers fight to climb out of the dungeon of the Big Ten standings, head coach Greg Van Emburgh is relieved to have notched the first win of the conference season.“It was just huge, as far being able to turn the season around, that was a huge win for us,” Van Emburgh said. “It was a great confidence booster for the guys, the morale after the match was so much better.”The confidence of the team will prove to be an important factor this Saturday against the Boilermakers, as they lead the Badgers by just a single game in the Big Ten standings. Wisconsin has owned Purdue as of late, winning the last eight matches.The Boilermakers are in a comparable spot to the Badgers at this point in the season – Purdue was similarly stunted by a Big Ten losing streak before defeating a weaker conference opponent.Sophomore Rod Carey understands that attacking two conference opponents this weekend is crucial to salvaging the regular season.“They’re really important to the team because it’s a way for us to get some momentum,” Carey said. “If we could get two wins there that would be good for the team.”Carey was able to individually bounce back from a five-match losing streak with a three-set victory against Penn State’s Russell Bader in the No. 2 position, a spot he has played in the past five matches. The Bahamas native was originally starting at the No. 5 slot, but his consistent effort has improved his rank in the lineup.An additional alteration to Wisconsin’s lineup has been an involuntary one due to the injury suffered by junior Billy Bertha. The captain hasn’t seen action since April 1 in a loss at Northwestern, in which he partnered up with sophomore Alex Robles in their second consecutive match as a pair.Van Emburgh is looking forward to seeing his captain back on the court.“We’re hopefully going to get Billy back in there … at least in the doubles, if not the singles as well,” Van Emburgh said.As the Badgers hit the road this weekend, they will be mindful that they have only earned one victory away from the Nielsen Tennis Center. That win came against an Idaho squad that held an 8-6 record at the time of the match.Solving the equation for road success will be pivotal for the Badgers, as three of their last four opponents will be played on the road before they participate in the Big Ten tournament.The team is confident about its opportunity to win away matches down the final stretch of the regular season.“They should take a lot of confidence into the remainder of the season,” Van Emburgh said. “I think from here on out, the matches that we’re playing are really going to be winnable matches and tennis is really a mental sport.”After its contest with Purdue, Wisconsin matches up with a more dangerous Indiana club that defeated Notre Dame, a top-40 team that Wisconsin fell to early in the non-conference season.Despite a steep hill to hike, the Badgers know they have much room for improvement. A slate of underclassmen has yet to hit its full potential and none of the Badgers are scheduled to graduate before the 2012-2013 campaign.“We shouldn’t give up; we should work hard, keep doing the right things on and off the court,” junior Alexander Kostanov said. “Even if we wouldn’t succeed in this season, it is going to pay off during next season.”