Sports and Outdoors

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

N-B Slideshow: Wells runners compete in regional races

In our latest slideshow, Wells high school cross country teams compete in regional races. (Photos by Paul Beitler)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Chandler on active roster

With Teddy Bridgewater’s status still up in the air for tonight’s game vs. the Packers and only two quarterbacks on the roster (Bridgewater and Christian Ponder), the Vikings signed QB Chandler Harnish, who was signed to the practice squad earlier this week, to the active roster.
To make room for Harnish, the Vikings waived WR Rodney Smith.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

33rd Annual Eldora Speedway Event Showcases Variety of Open Wheeled Cars, Winged & Non-Winged


33rd Annual Eldora Speedway Event Showcases Variety of Open Wheeled Cars, Winged & Non-Winged

ROSSBURG, Ohio — A smorgasbord of racing may well be the best description for the 33rd Four Crown Nationals scheduled for Sept. 19, 20 at Eldora Speedway.
Over the course of two days, the historic one-half mile clay oval will host multiple open-wheeled divisions, beginning with the winged World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series and the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds on Friday.
Saturday will see the three national non-winged series of the United States Auto Club (USAC) — Midget, Sprint Car and Silver Crown divisions in their only same-day appearance together on the 2014 schedule.
As if all that isn’t enough, members of the Vintage Auto Racing Club (VARC) will host a display and on-track exhibition, while the USAC Quarter Midgets will be competing on Little Eldora Speedway.

Coming into Friday’s chase, four different WoO winners have found their way to Eldora’s victory lane in as many contests this year. With this being the final 2014 WoO showing at Eldora, the balance of the field is hoping to keep that streak going and make it five different winners.

Among the hopefuls is 20-time WoO champion Steve Kinser. The Bloomington, Ind., veteran is making his final Eldora appearance as a full-time WoO point follower and would like nothing better than to close out that campaign with his 36th WoO win at Eldora. The traveling Outlaws have completed 149 races at Eldora and Kinser’s 35 victories sets him high atop the all-time win list.

Shane Stewart (Tulsa, Okla.) and David Gravel (Watertown, Conn.) captured their first-ever Eldora WoO wins when the tour invaded in May, while the recently retired Sammy Swindell (Germantown, Tenn.) captured the final checkered flag of his storied career on July 11. The next night saw Australian driver Kerry Madsen increasing his Eldora win total to three with a convincing $50,000 Kings Royal victory.

For the Modifieds, it will be their final tune-up before the three-day UMP Fall Nationals (October 2, 3, 4). Earlier in the season, teammates Jeff Babcock (Wayne, Ohio) and Matt Westfall (Ludlow Falls, Ohio) traded wins with three apiece before Jacob Hawkins (Fairmont, W.Va.) and Jonathan Taylor (Saltsburg, Penn.) moved in to end that streak with their recent ventures into victory lane.

When Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) captured April’s USAC Sprint Car main event at Eldora, it inched him closer to August’s historic moment when he moved past veteran Tom Bigelow (Whitewater, Wis.) to become USAC’s all-time leading feature winner with 53 checkered flags. Darland is hoping to retain that momentum Saturday night as he comes into the event only three points behind Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) in the cumulative 2014 USAC National Sprint Car Series point chase. Bacon has yet to score an Eldora USAC Sprint win while Darland has amassed five.

Rico Abreu (Rutherford, Calif.) turned the trick in the USAC Midget portion of the Four Crown last year and rides into Saturday as the current point leader with a comfortable margin over veteran charger Tracy Hines (New Castle, Ind.) and young upstart Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.).

Closing out Saturday’s tripleheader will be the time-honored Silver Crown division. Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), winless in Eldora action thus far, leads the point chase over Hines, Bobby East (Brownsburg, Ind.) and last year’s Four Crown winner Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.).

Each night’s card will include full racing programs of Heat Races, B-Features as needed and the concluding A-Features.

During the daytime, the future stars of racing will be honing their Quarter Midget racing skills on the adjoining Little Eldora Speedway and the VARC members will be on hand with their biggest display of the year to bench race and retell the history of their restored race cars.

Autumn Owls at Ouabache State Park

Autumn Owls – Sept. 27, 2014 at Ouabache State Park

All programs for this event will be held at the Campview Shelter in the middle of Campground A.

2:00 pm What a “Hoot!” – LIVE Owls – Part 1
Discover fascinating facts about two of Indiana’s common owls and meet some up close! Join interpretive naturalist, Jennifer, as she sheds some light on these nocturnal wonders.

3:00 pm Owl Make- it/Take-it
Use your craftiness to create an owl masterpiece as a souvenir.

4:30 pm What a “Hoot!” – LIVE Owls – Part 2
Meet another resident owl of Indiana. Join interpretive naturalist, Teresa Rody, as she unveils the mysteries of this silent flyer.

7:00 pm Movie
Enjoy a family-friendly movie about owls. Feel free to bring your own chair and/or a blanket.
Following the Movie Owl Prowl**
Step outside for a short hike as we attempt to call-in some owls.
** weather permitting

Parents and children are encouraged to attend Ouabache’s interpretive programs together. Children under age 10 must bring an adult.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Eldora Announces 2015 Date for 1-800-CAR-CASH Mud Summer Classic

Marquee NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Event Remains One-Of-A-Kind
As Only Dirt Race on NASCAR National Series Schedules

ROSSBURG, Ohio (Aug. 26, 2014) — The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Eldora Speedway in 2015. Officials from Eldora and NASCAR announced that Wednesday, July 22 will be the third annual 1-800-CAR-CASH Mud Summer Classic at the legendary high-banked, half-mile dirt oval in rural Ohio.

Eldora maintains its position as the only dirt track on any of the 2015 NASCAR National Series calendars. Pricing for tickets and campsites will remain consistent with previous years.

The announcement, which coincided with the release of the 2015 schedules for all three of the NASCAR National Series – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series –was broadcast live on FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR RaceHub and NBC Sports Network’s NASCAR America.

With confirmation of 1-800-CAR-CASH Mud Summer Classic, scheduling of Eldora’s traditional Major Events is now complete:
· Thursday-Friday-Saturday, June 4-5-6: $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream® (21st annual)
· Friday and Saturday, July 17-18: $50,000-to-win Kings Royal® Weekend (32nd annual)
· Wednesday, July 22: 1-800-CAR-CASH Mud Summer Classic (third annual)
· Thursday-Friday-Saturday, Sept. 10-12: World 100® Weekend (45th annual)
· Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-26: Four Crown Nationals® (34th annual)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Send a card or letter to Paul George

From the Indiana Pacers:

Starting today at noon, a banner will be placed in the Entry Pavilion of Bankers Life Fieldhouse for fans to sign and send their well wishes to Paul.

The banner will be in the Entry Pavilion until after the Indiana Fever game on Friday, Aug. 8.

After that, the banner will be hung at the Fieldhouse.

Cards and Letters:

Fans wishing to send cards or letters to Paul to wish him well in his recovery may send them to:

Get Well PG
125 S. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dillon to defend, Benning to grab attention, Larson to return to dirt

From Eldora Speedway:

ROSSBURG, OH (July 17) – Austin Dillon will be returning to defend his title, Norm Benning will try to capture the attention of the racing world one more time and Kyle Larson is returning to the dirt.   These are just some of the highlights from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry list released this week for Eldora Speedway’s 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic.   The Tuesday and Wednesday (July 22 and 23) event remains as NASCAR’s only dirt-track race in any of the sanctioning body’s three national series.

NASCAR’s return to the dirt last year came after a 43 year absence and was a huge hit; the Eldora grandstands overflowed and live television coverage produced near-record ratings.

When the checkered flag flew after the 150-lap chase around Eldora, it was an excited Austin Dillon leading the way.   Dillon, now chasing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors, cultivated last year’s Mudsummer Classic win through several years of Eldora track time as he nurtured his racing career.   That track time included UMP DIRTcar Modifieds and Late Models filtered in between his NASCAR venture that has  included the Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series and now the Sprint Cup Series.

The grandson of Richard Childress will be joining his brother, Ty Dillon, in his pursuit of a repeat win.

While Austin Dillon and 24 other drivers were locked into the 150-lap Mudsummer Classic last year  by virtue of their qualifying laps and heat race finishes, five positions remained open through a 15-lap ‘Last Chance Race’.

It was in this race that the crowd riveted and the social media world lit up.   The final laps produced a gritty, fender rubbing, battle between veterans Norm Benning and Clay Greenfield for the fifth and final starting spot in the epic Mudsummer Classic.   The under-funded Benning was relentless in his fight, and after trading paint coming off the fourth turn, inched his way into the finale and the spotlight.   Pit road erupted in delight of Benning’s tenacity and fellow competitors greeted him with high-fives all the way to his pit stall.   Within minutes Benning’s moves rocketed him to a spot within the top 10 trends on social media giant Twitter.

While he relished that moment, Benning is hoping that this year his attention can be centered around an earned spot via qualifying or one of the heat races.

Kyle Larson, who joins Austin Dillon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year chase, came upon the Eldora scene full force in 2011 when he captured all three legs of the USAC (United States Auto Club) portion of the Four Crown Nationals.   His well-chronicled dirt track exploits caught the eye of the NASCAR world; leading into his current high-profile Sprint Cup ride.    Larson savors every opportunity he has to return to the dirt, and will be aiming to improve one-position from his Mudsummer Classic runner-up finish of 2013.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will move into the pits on Tuesday (July 22) and undergo technical inspection at 1:00 p.m.  After the NASCAR garage closes at 6:00 p.m., the Sunoco American Late Model Series will take to the Eldora high banks for a complete racing program.

NASCAR competitors will begin their practice session at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, with the qualifying laps taking place at 5:10 p.m. and the preliminary racing getting underway at 7:00 p.m.   A special Late Model program will also be included on Wednesday.

Remaining race tickets and campsites for the Mudsummer Classic or any other exciting Eldora event, are available by going online to Additionally, tickets and campsites may be purchased through the Eldora offices during normal business hours by calling (937) 338-3815 or on race day.

Race fans and race teams can get behind-the-scenes access by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, hitting ‘Like’ at and view video highlights at Mobile device users can access the Eldora Speedway app for the iPhone, iPad and Android which are available for download via iTunes and Google Play.