Sports Digest: Molenaar Classic Saturday at Illiana Motor Speedway

2013-07-04T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:46:12Z Sports Digest: Molenaar Classic Saturday at Illiana Motor Speedway nwitimes.com
July 04, 2013 9:15 pm

Auto racing

MOLENAAR CLASSIC SATURDAY AT ILLIANA: Illiana Motor Speedway will present the 14th annual Molenaar Classic Midseason Championship events Saturday along with “Fireworks you can feel” by the Mad Bomber.

The annual event is held in honor and memory of Harry Molenaar and his wife, Signe. The Molenaars were the founders and long-time owners of Illiana, creating the original dirt speedway after World War II.

Highlighting the evening’s program will be the Schepel Buick GMC Super Late Model Mid- Season championship feature, The Legendary Harley Davidson Motorcycle ceremonial tribute lap, plus a field of VanSenus Auto value Turbo Stocks, Legends, Pure Stocks and Bandoleros.

Gates will open at 4 p.m.; time trials will be at 5:30, and the first race will start at 7. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children aged 8 to 12.

For details, call (219) 322-5311, or go to www.illianaspeedway.com.

NASCAR CONFISCATES ROOF FLAPS FROM 31 TEAMS: Thirty-one cars, including 16 in the Sprint Cup Series, failed inspection before Thursday's practices at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR confiscated the teams' roof flaps, which are designed to keep cars on the ground during spins and wrecks at high speeds, for further inspection. Penalties could be possible.

The cars involved included all three Joe Gibbs Racing entries (Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth), all three Roush Fenway Racing entries (Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.), all three Michael Waltrip Racing entries (Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip) and both Roger Penske Racing entries (Joey Logano and defending series champion Brad Keselowski). Cars driven by Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne, Casey Mears, Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola also failed inspection.

The roof-flap spacers had been illegally machined down to reduce weight.

NASCAR inspectors made those Cup teams install new, unaltered roof flaps before drivers were allowed on the track for the first of two practices.

 

Pro baseball

RAILCATS FALL IN EXTRA INNINGS: Peter Barrows' two-run home run in the bottom of the 12th inning gave Sioux City a 5-3 victory over the visiting RailCats on Thursday.

The RailCats are 4-2 in extra-inning games this season.

The RailCats and Explorers will complete their four-game series today. Ari Ronick (4-3, 4.47 ERA) will start for the RailCats against Sioux City's Richard Salazar (3-1, 4.30 ERA). The radio broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. on Lakeshore-FM (89.1).

 

Pro hockey

CANADIENS HIRE GOALIE COACH WAITE AWAY FROM HAWKS: Stephane Waite, who helped shape goalies Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi for the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, is the Montreal Canadiens' new goaltending coach.

Waite is taking over on Thursday for Pierre Groulx, who was let go at the end of the season. Waite had been the Blackhawks' goalie coach for 10 years, winning the Cup twice in that time.

Now he will work with Canadiens veterans Carey Price and Peter Budaj. Montreal also selected Zach Fucale in the draft on Sunday.

This past season, Waite — the brother of former NHL goalie Jimmy Waite — helped Crawford and Ray Emery win the Jennings Trophy awarded to the goalies with the league's best goals-against average.

 

Pro football

LAWYERS SAY EX-BEARS PLAYER WITH TAX WOES IS BROKE: An attorney for former Bears player Chris Zorich, whose tax problems landed him in court, says his client is broke.

Zorich pleaded guilty in March to failing to file federal income tax returns from 2006 to 2009. Zorich faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine when sentenced, which is scheduled for July 12.

In a court filing Wednesday, his lawyers said the 44-year-old Zorich is worth $302,000 but owes $348,000 to the state of Illinois due to a case concerning the questionable finances of his charity.

The filing noted Zorich will likely owe about $90,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.

Zorich was on Notre Dame's 1988 national championship team. He played for the Bears from 1991 to 1996, ending his career with the Washington Redskins.

 

Pro golf

GAINEY, WAGNER START HOT AT GREENBRIER CLASSIC: Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner each shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday to share a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Greenbrier Classic.

Webb Simpson and Jin Park were close behind after 64s. Daniel Summerhays, Tag Ridings, Steven Bowditch and Neal Lancaster were another shot back.

Players could lift, clean and place their balls after rain fell prior to the start of play.

Gainey and Wagner had bogey-free rounds in the morning. Wagner was 8 under after 12 holes but finished with six straight pars. Both could use a good week in West Virginia. Wagner doesn't have a top 10 finish this year. Gainey's best showing is sixth.

Bill Haas, the winner at Congressional last week, had a 68, while Phil Mickelson came off his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open with a 74.

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