Further amendments made to 2019 Late Model rules

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – On the heals of the PRI trade show last week, several clarifications and rule amendments have been made to the IMCA Late Model division for 2019.As announced in November, bump stops will be legal for use in the division; however, “spring” bump stops will not be permitted. All bump stops must be of rubber or a similar material composition.Additionally, spring rubbers will be allowed as well for the 2019 racing season.“Although confusing on the surface, these two issues are separate and will be treated as such during inspection,” stated IMCA President Brett Root.As previously announced, a 604 Chevrolet Performance engine option will be new in 2019.Drivers utilizing a spec engine must run an unaltered one inch carburetor spacer. The approved spacer is the Governor spacer no. 100 125000 with four .95-inch restrictors, no. 100-125095.“The restrictor plate on the spec engines will be a work in progress throughout 2019, We’re reviewing dyno numbers as this release is being produced,” said Root. “We’ll do our best to monitor the on-track performance of the two engines options and make the best decisions possible as the season progresses. Joe Hayes and Randy Anderson will be actively involved in those decisions”Hayes was recently named the Late Model Division Director while Anderson remains the Late Model Division Competition Director.“I’m confident in both Joe and Randy and I think the IMCA Late Model division has taken some very good steps in the right direction this off-season,” stated Root.As announced last month, door plates are now mandatory for the division. The plates can be securely welded or bolted to the outside of driver side door bars and must maintain a minimum size of 16” by 26.”Rules for the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season will be the same as those in place for the Deery Brothers Summer Series.2019 rules are posted on the IMCA website and will be published in the December issue of Inside IMCA. Next year’s tentative Deery Series schedule is to be announced later this month.last_img read more

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MBB : Syracuse ranked No. 1 in AP, ESPN/USA Today polls

first_imgSyracuse rose to the No. 1 ranking in both the Associated Press Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll on Monday, marking the first time SU has ascended to the top spot since the final week of the 2009-10 regular season.Following losses by Kentucky and Ohio State — the top two teams in last week’s polls — this past weekend, SU jumped two spots in each poll from the No. 3 ranking. Syracuse (10-0) received 51 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll and 28 of 30 first-place votes in the coaches’ poll.The Orange defeated George Washington 85-50 on Saturday, while the Wildcats fell to Indiana and the Buckeyes lost to Kansas.Following SU’s win over GW, Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine said he saw Ohio State lost earlier in the day and watched a little of the Kentucky game. But even with the speculation SU would assume the top spot, he didn’t get too hyped over the notoriety.‘For us, it don’t matter,’ Jardine said after the game. ‘No. 3, No. 2, No. 1, it’s still the same.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOhio State ranked second behind SU in both polls, garnering seven first-place votes in the AP Top 25 and two first-place votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 coaches’ poll. In the AP, Kentucky, Louisville and North Carolina round out the top 5. Kentucky, Louisville and Duke complete the top 5 for the ESPN/USA Today poll.The Orange’s next game is Saturday at North Carolina State (6-3), and it’s SU’s first true road game of the season.The last time Syracuse held the No. 1 ranking, it lost in its first week as the top team, falling at Louisville. Orange junior guard Brandon Triche stressed SU will be able to remain focused and ‘humbled,’ even as the No. 1 team, because of the constant competition for playing time.‘We just got to treat it like we’re the underdog,’ Triche said after the GW game. ‘We have to get better, and I think this year more than anything we have a lot of guys who are humbled. It’s so much competition even just being on the bench, everybody wants to play, so it’s not going to be a letdown for us.’mcooperj@syr.edu  Published on December 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Summit tackles issue of plastics in ocean

first_imgA crowd of students watched as Cassandra Davis, a representative of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, held up two identical jars, one with several moon jellyfish and the other with a plastic bag. Davis said that though humans could tell the two jars apart, on the open ocean it might not be so easy for the sea turtles that may confuse the plastic with their prey.“They’re going to be drifting along, often in the same currents,” Davis said. “When they are out in the ocean current, they look and act like jellies. It’s easy to see the confusion when you hold them side by side.” The demonstration took place at the Plastic Bag Ban Summit, hosted in the Trojan Ballroom on Wednesday afternoon by the Benioff Ocean Initiative at UC Santa Barbara in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The summit included a panel discussion on the ways plastic waste manifests in the ocean ecosystem and its impact on humans, as well as what actions need to be taken to address the pollution.The Aquarium of the Pacific is hoping to raise awareness by using the jars to demonstrate just how easy it is for marine life to become confused and ingest plastic. Davis said that even if the sea turtles do not directly eat the plastic, the jellies on which they feed may. The plastic, and the chemicals from it, stay in the system of the jellyfish, then travel up the food chain until they reach the animals at the top.This makes humans vulnerable as well, Davis said. Most plastic remains in the stomach of fish, posing a threat to people who consume this part of the fish. Furthermore, schooling fish, like sardines, are caught and ground into feed for domesticated animals, making it possible for the plastic contaminants to enter the human body through chicken. Jennifer Brandon, a Ph.D. candidate who is researching microplastics through the SCRIPPS Institute of Oceanography, said that one of the biggest misconceptions about plastic waste pollution in the ocean is that it takes the form of a large island of trash in the middle of the ocean. The reality is that garbage patches, which tend to occur at convergence points of major currents, only consist of a few large pieces of plastic waste. The rest is what has been called “microplastic.”“Most of the plastic in the ocean is very small,” Brandon said. “Ninety percent are smaller than a quarter of an inch, but we started to realize that these pieces are even more dangerous. They are much harder to clean up and much easier to eat.”Brandon said that an increasing number of bottom-feeders have been found with plastic in their stomachs, which can impact predators at the top of the food chain. Studies conducted by the SCRIPPS Ocean Institute have found that about 34 percent of gooseneck barnacles examined had plastic in their guts. In South America, these organisms are considered a delicacy, creating a direct path for plastic to be ingested by humans.Other studies have been conducted on copepods, one of the most abundant organisms in the world. In an experimental setting, they have been proven to eat plastic, and Brandon said that because they are one of the key building blocks for the entire oceanic food chain, the implications could be devastating.According to Brandon, plastic smaller than one-third of a millimeter across escapes most nets, making it difficult to measure how much of it is actually in the ocean. Because of the tendency for plastic to break down into infinitely smaller pieces, it is possible that this form of plastic, called “nanoplastic,” is the most prevalent. Roland Geyer, an associate professor at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, said that there are also studies being conducted to determine which countries contribute most to the plastic problem. “Out of the top 20 countries, 18 are South Asian,” Geyer said. “This is because they have high a population density along with recent economic development, so they use a lot more plastic, especially in packaging. They also don’t have the infrastructure to deal with plastic waste. It’s the perfect storm.” The United States also appears in the top 20, due to its large population and coastal areas. Panelists agreed that California has pioneered the way for increased environmental regulation, inspiring the laws of other states as well as across the globe, but said that issues in combatting plastic pollution still remain. For example, plastics are currently manufactured to withstand whatever they are being used for, making it very difficult to dispose of them properly. To address this problem, panelists emphasized that the solution may need to come from the industries that manufacture plastics, rather than relying on the government.last_img read more

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Atlético offers € 15M to PSG for Cavani, according to ‘Jugones’

first_imgCavani, who has lost 20 games this season due to injury, hurries his final hours as a PSG player. In recent weeks, he has refused to enter the Parisian calls, in a sign that he wants to leave the club as soon as possible.Meanwhile, this Tuesday his still coach, Thomas Tuchel, has been asked about the departure of Cavani and Kurzawa: “Nothing new from any. Today Edi was not with the group.” Edinson Cavani He is getting closer to being an Atlético de Madrid player. According Jugglers of La Sexta, PSG has unlocked the operation and the rojiblanco club would have raised the offer for the Uruguayan striker to 15 million euros. If there is finally agreement in the next few hours, the arrival of the international Charrúa to Madrid would be imminent, since it seems that the brother and representative of Cavani would have already closed his contract with the club rojiblanco for two and a half seasons. Who is still the top scorer in the history of the PSG has lost ownership in recent months, and I barely counted for Tuchel, Since Icardi arrived in the French capital, he has preferred the Argentine to play the important games.last_img read more

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