The race to 2023: Who will be selected to host the Rugby World Cup?

first_img LAST MONTH, France, Ireland and South Africa made their final pitches to host Rugby World Cup 2023. On 15 November, a winning bid will be selected by the World Rugby Council, but next week an independent body will put forth a recommendation. As one bid team told Rugby World: “I would like to see the council vote against an independent company they have paid a bucket-load of money, that sets the criteria.”So with this all-important moment coming next week, we set out and spoke to all three bid teams, to see what they feel sets their one apart and what it would mean to their nation to host the World Cup in 2023.Bid supporters: Sebastien Chabal with Brayley and Dhyreille Lomu, Jonah’s sons. Photo: Getty ImagesFranceSitting in La Résidence de France in the heart of London, the leader of France’s bid, Claude Atcher, is holding court. In a bold move, he details how France’s ability to make money for World Rugby is a vital tool against the stagnation of the game, stating: “If we don’t do anything, in five to ten years you will have two, three to four teams on the same level and that’s all, and rugby will die.”France make no bones about the fact that World Rugby need dosh to spread and improve the sport, so their bid is built on the promise of a big windfall. World Rugby demand that all potential hosts can cover a £120m minimum fee for hosting rights, which must be underwritten by the government, as well as the costs of putting on a World Cup. France and their government have bid more than the £120m, to the tune of £30m, and they have guaranteed approximately £210m for their operating costs (insured by Societe Generale). Like all three bid teams, if selected to host, France would have to pay 5% of their bid fee per year until 2023, starting from 1 March 2018.Back on the financial might of French rugby, Atcher says to the room: “With Japan 2019, we don’t know exactly the most recent figures, but the thinking is that the financial revenue will be less than 2015, Around 60%, 70%, 75%, but probably less than 2015. The result is that between 2019-2023, World Rugby will not be able to invest the same amount of money than between 2011-2015. This is the situation. If France hosts in 2023, I don’t know if World Rugby will get the same criteria to invest, but if they do get the same process to invest money after 2023, they would be able to invest £350m (estimated profits) in terms of financial revenue, which we could guarantee for having RWC 2023 in France.“We are thinking that a French World Cup would mean more revenue than other countries but I don’t have figures for Ireland and South Africa. It’s my opinion.”Timely reminder: Action from the 2007 World Cup final. Photo: Getty ImagesWhich is a roundabout way of saying that they will have significant readies to make up for any lack of projected earnings in Japan in 2019. History is with the French. As Atcher said: “2007 was the most successful tournament for hospitality package sales in the history of the RWC, with 150,000 sold.” This group claim they will be able to replicate the fine player experiences of 2007, while insisting that the TGV train system will transport fans from venue city to venue city at no longer than two hours at a time. Ticket prices will be frozen at 2015 rates, too. They will have 2.58m tickets on sale across their nine venues.And we are told not to fear that the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris will have a negative impact. Let’s focus on the numbers. Atcher sets the metaphorical tills ringing again: “A lot of games will be outside Paris. Only eight games out of 40 will be in Paris so it is not the same market. We have already set up an economic impact study by Deloitte and the result was that probably 450,000 visitors will come to France for RWC 2023. If you look at England it was 410,000 so I think it is realistic. These visitors will buy two tickets per person for their stay in France. At a minimum we are able to sell one million tickets outside France and we will launch the ticketing strategy two years before RWC 2023, which was the case in 2007. We don’t change our strategy.”On the run: Ireland in action at RWC 2015. Photo: Getty ImagesIrelandIreland have never held a World Cup before. In many ways that plays into their hands, but it is also important for them to ally with experienced partners for their bid, explains IRFU chief executive Philip Browne.Over the last five years – yes, they have been at this for a long time – Ireland have been working with Deloitte. They have aligned themselves exclusively with STH – a partnership between Sodexo and the Mike Burton group, who have overseen travel and hospitality for World Cup 2015 and will do so again for 2019 – while the architects tied to London 2012 and World Cups 2015 and 2019, Wilson Owens Owens (WOO), will oversee upgrades to the stadia in their bid package.Ireland have opted to pay the £120m bid fee, and take out hospitality. They have a long-list of 12 venues, across Ireland and Northern Ireland, which will be whittled down to eight for the event, but they will have 2.2m tickets to sell for matches at the rugby and (much larger) GAA stadia. Browne says that the influx into Ireland for the event would bring in “if you were being conservative, at least €800m (£713m) but should be €1.5bn (£1.34bn).”FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREFor Browne, though, this bid has been a unifying experience.“My first conversation was with GAA – we needed to bring stadia to the party and having Croke Park (the third largest stadium in Europe) was something you had to have, for me.“My second conversation was with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. We have had unprecedented levels of support.“It has been a thrill to be a part of this. For governments in the north and south, it has been incredible to work as the sole agents on the bid. It would be hugely beneficial to the whole island of Ireland and we’ve had great support from the UK government. Rugby has always been a unifying force.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight Big voice: Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar. Photo: Getty ImagesThe other device to catch the eye for the Irish is their insistence they can bring in outsiders better than any other, thanks to their “global diaspora of 70m”. Effectively, they hope World Rugby will want to tap into the vast number of people of Irish extraction or who identify as Irish, around the world. Browne puts this number at 40m in North America – 35m in the US, 5m in Canada – while heralding the draw of the Ireland-All Blacks fixture of 2016, when 62,300 watched in Chicago, the largest attendance for a rugby game in the US.But for those waiting for the money to talk, there are key points for you. Firstly, they “do not want people to be priced out” so project that ticket prices can cost up to 20% less than tickets during RWC 2015 – as cheap as €15 (£13) in some instances. And lastly, with up to 2.4m beds needed, a price charter will be in place to ensure that there is not a hike in the cost of a hotel stay during the event. With World Rugby guaranteed the money from all three bid teams, Ireland’s hope is that breaking new ground – in terms of being a first-time host and in courting the North American market – is alluring to the decision-makers.Moment in time: South Africa’s Francois Pienaar lifts the trophy in 1995. Photo: Getty ImagesSouth AfricaSitting with Rugby World in the lobby of the Royal Garden Hotel in London, Jurie Roux looks relaxed. He is in a pragmatic mood too.“If you think about World Rugby – and this is where I am open and frank about these things – it’s all about the profit and delivering a tournament,” SA Rugby CEO Roux says. “If you are really honest with yourself, the World Cup should be in some Euro-centric environment, every four years. Because that’s where you will make the most profit on an annual basis.“We are able to make a massive profit every 20 years. We can’t have a World Cup every four years – our government won’t be able to sustain paying a guarantee every four years, and probably some of the others won’t be able to. London will be. In terms of getting the game out there, spreading it, offering something new, Africa’s absolutely vibrant and can do that every 20 years.”Saying this, South Africa have slapped the most money on the table for a first-up fee, adding an additional £40m to the £120m initial bid cost set out by World Rugby. Roux explains: “The reason for that is that we are African-centric, we are weak against the euro, so that’s a commercial model where to compete with the euro we have to put down a bigger guarantee because most likely our commercial programme will not reap the same as Europe (bids). But we have put down a commercial guarantee as well.”They have set out to pay an additional £35m to tack onto commercial revenue. But there are two selling points that the South Africans, who have not hosted the tournament since 1995, hope will appeal. First is the cost of potential overheads: “What we believe is our real cost differentiator and profit differentiator is that we can deliver everything at 50-60% of the price in Europe… we can save another £25-50m off the baseline (cost) of a Rugby World Cup.“We are able to do hotels cheaper, we are able to do travel cheaper, we are able to do labour cheaper, we have legislation in our country that prohibits any other sporting event happening whilst we are there so we don’t have to pay off municipalities etc to open their stadiums for us – all of those agreements are in place. The cost of labour is extremely cheap due to the currency.”Man in charge: CEO of South Africa Rugby Jurie Roux. Photo: Getty ImagesSecondly is their location. Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime destination for so many. As Roux puts it: “Definitely our diversity and our vibrancy is a big part of our bid. You can go to beaches, winelands, mountains and a game park. You can literally dive with great white sharks in the morning and be watching lions kill an antelope in the evening at a game park, or have a lunch in the winelands the next afternoon. I think that we are providing something – it depends on what you like. I think we provide something more and people don’t come to Africa that often.”South Africa have also offered to buy out the hospitality – though unlike the other two bids, they have underwritten this themselves and will look for partners at a later date. They would also buy out the travel packages.While France can offer the TGV service of two hours, Roux believes that the relatively low cost of travelling by air, plus the fact you can reach one of the seven venue cities in a similar timeframe – Johannesburg to Cape Town takes two hours, means the diversity of their nation can be appreciated fully.The 2010 FIFA World Cup was a hit in Africa, and many of those larger stadiums would be used for the Rugby World Cup. So twinning those with the traditional venues of Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria and Ellis Park in Jo’burg will add up to more tickets than the other two, with 2.9m tickets set to be available. Roux says that it is part of the country’s events strategy that there must be cheaper tickets accessible for “the average South African”.Those are the three RWC 2023 bids – and the final decision is imminent. The prize: The William Webb Ellis Cup on display With a decision set to be made, we talk to those in charge of bids from France, Ireland and South Africa for Rugby World Cup 2023.last_img read more

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Carceleros encierran presos en huelga

first_imgFiladelphia12 de septiembreMiles de prisioneros en toda Pensilvania han sido confinados en sus celdas desde el 29 de agosto. Fue entonces cuando el secretario del Departamento de Correcciones del estado, John Wetzel, declaró un cierre indefinido de todas las instalaciones bajo su jurisdicción.El encierro, que comenzó pocos días después de la Huelga Nacional de Prisioneros (del 21 de agosto al 9 de septiembre), es el más evidente de una serie de tácticas represivas a las que el estado ha recurrido en respuesta a la huelga. Fue programado para adelantarse a algunas de las principales acciones de huelga planificadas por los prisioneros.Atacado al derecho a un abogadoUna semana después del cierre, Wetzel apareció junto al gobernador de Pensilvania Tom Wolf, quien anunció una serie de nuevas políticas que constituyen una represión sin precedentes sobre los derechos de los prisioneros. Entre las muchas políticas mezquinas y punitivas, como prohibir que los prisioneros tomen fotos con sus visitantes, también hay nuevas medidas que sistemáticamente niegan a los prisioneros su derecho a la privacidad con un abogado.Toda la correspondencia enviada a los prisioneros debe ahora ser transportada a una instalación de terceros en Florida, donde será abierta y fotocopiada antes de que las copias sean enviadas a las respectivas prisiones para ser entregadas a los destinatarios previstos. Dado que, al menos, en teoría, los funcionarios de prisiones no pueden abrir ningún correo que contenga correspondencia legal, excepto en presencia de su destinatario, se ha introducido un nuevo método absurdo para evitar esta protección.Un prisionero en una facilidad estatal describió cómo se hace esto: el correo se coloca en una caja de laboratorio para el manejo de materiales peligrosos donde se abre. El sobre y el contenido se pasan luego a otro oficial de correcciones con guantes de neopreno, que los fotocopian. Las copias se entregan al prisionero, mientras que los originales se mantienen en poder de las autoridades de la prisión durante 15 días. Después de eso, las autoridades dicen que serán destruidos.Tanto en la teoría como en la práctica, este arreglo termina el derecho restante que los prisioneros tenían a las comunicaciones privadas con un abogado. Los funcionarios de prisiones y correccionales ahora sabrán de antemano cuando un prisionero planee reunirse o se ponga en contacto con abogados, así como las estrategias legales que planean usar para ganar su caso. “Y dado que las prisiones son un ala de la fiscalía, esto constituye una violación atroz de nuestros derechos”, dice Bryant Arroyo, prisionero abogado y ambientalista de SCI Frackville que exitosamente desafió un historial de abusos del DOC.Crisis de salud: falsa y realEl DOC afirma que varios funcionarios de prisiones han enfermado en las últimas semanas, principalmente en la región occidental del estado. Los primeros recuentos de este tipo comenzaron el 6 de agosto, pero hay escepticismo sobre los pocos detalles que se han revelado. No ha surgido un patrón claro de enfermedad. En un incidente, se le administró Narcan a un oficial, que se usa para tratar sobredosis de narcóticos, pero no está claro en qué circunstancias.Otro caso que presuntamente contribuyó al encierro involucró a un guardia que escoltaba a un prisionero que, según afirmó, “parecía” estar bajo la influencia de una droga. Más tarde, ese guardia desarrolló una “erupción en su frente” y fue al hospital unas horas antes de ser dado de alta. El DOC está usando estos incidentes menores para sugerir que una crisis de salud generalizada y repentina entre el personal es la razón del cierre sin precedentes.De hecho, hay una crisis de salud generalizada en las cárceles de todo el país, que es uno de los factores que incitó al paro nacional. El agua tóxica, los niveles de temperatura inseguros y la negativa de atención médica son condiciones extremadamente peligrosas que son causadas por las políticas de DOC.Periódico WW-MO prohibido, prisioneros acosadosEste encierro es solo el último de una serie de nuevos casos de represión que los prisioneros han denunciado en los últimos meses. El mismo periódico Workers World-MO ha sido notificado de que se ha prohibido la distribución de tres números recientes en las instalaciones de Pensilvania, donde más de 300 prisioneros son suscriptores y quizás miles sean lectores. La razón dada para esta censura – el tercer incidente este año en que WW-MO se ha prohibido en las prisiones de Pensilvania – fue su reportaje sobre la huelga nacional de prisiones.Por semanas hasta el primer día de la huelga, el escáner de iones que supuestamente realiza pruebas de sustancias tóxicas o ilegales comenzó a emitir docenas de falsos positivos en SCI Frackville. Los guardias rechazaron más de 20 visitantes por día, lo que encendió las tensiones entre internos y oficiales. Desde el cierre, los confinados en Frackville informan que se les está sirviendo comida inservible (bananas podridas, por ejemplo, y arroz aguado y frío con brócoli y coliflor) y experimentan retrasos en la entrega de alimentos de la comisaría, por los que tienen que pagar.Este verano también ocurrió el tan esperado cierre del famoso SCI Graterford, sitio de una de las peores condiciones de agua tóxica en el estado. Los confinados fueron trasladados a una nueva instalación de $400 millones llamada SCI Phoenix, solo para ser recibidos por guardias que habían destruido sus propiedades, embarrando sus ropas con comida y tierra y triturando su correo y documentación legal mientras iba en tránsito. Varios prisioneros informaron que sus propiedades habían sido destrozadas y garabateadas con insultos raciales y dibujos de esvásticas. Al menos un recluso fue hospitalizado debido al acceso inconsistente a la medicación necesaria.Entre los trasladados a SCI Phoenix estaba Michael Africa Sr., uno de los nueve miembros de la Organización MOVE que fue arrestado en 1978 y falsamente condenado por dispararle a un policía de Filadelfia. Es uno de los muchos miembros restantes de MOVE 9 que finalmente podrán estar en libertad condicional en los próximos meses. El encierro no solo coincide con la próxima audiencia de libertad condicional de Michael Africa, que está cerca, sino que también previno una acción de huelga. Los prisioneros tenían la intención de lanzar un boicot a las compras telefónicas y a la comisaría el 2 de septiembre.Desde el cierre del 29 de agosto, los prisioneros han protestado gritando consignas y golpeando sus puertas al unísono durante horas enteras. Algunos bloques de celdas también han comenzado a rechazar la comida. Esa misma táctica fue implementada por prisioneros retenidos en el Centro Penitenciario Industrial de Pensilvania, quienes iniciaron una huelga de hambre a principios de este verano para protestar por un cierre.Cuando Wetzel y Wolf anunciaron sus nuevos cambios radicales, no se hizo ningún anuncio en español ni en ningún otro idioma, a pesar de la considerable población carcelaria que no habla inglés, según Bryant Arroyo, quien es bilingüe.La represión continúa bajo los DemócratasEl gobernador Wolf es uno de varios demócratas que asumió el cargo con una agenda supuestamente “progresista”, y desde entonces ha entrado en asociaciones de alto perfil con supremacistas blancos reaccionarios. Wolf llegó al poder junto al alcalde de Filadelfia, Jim Kenney, quien eliminó los campamentos de protesta que surgían alrededor de la ciudad dándole poder a la policía para golpear a los manifestantes y destruir sus propiedades. Incluso llevó excavadoras para cavar la tierra por todo el Ayuntamiento la misma mañana que los campamentos fueron removidos.La nueva política penitenciaria con respecto al correo legal es una gran ayuda para el fiscal en jefe Larry Krasner, cuya oficina de fiscalía ha llegado a un obvio acuerdo con la Orden Fraternal de la Policía para mantener a Mumia Abu-Jamal en prisión hasta que las condiciones lo maten. Los abogados de Mumia, que se encuentra recluido en SCI Mahanoy, están en una lucha constante con la oficina del fiscal de distrito por la divulgación de archivos que demostrarían mala conducta procesal y judicial en el caso de Mumia. La oficina de Krasner ha destruido los documentos o los está reteniendo. Eso debería demostrar lo peligroso de que todo el correo legal para los prisioneros en todo el estado esté ahora básicamente a la vista de los fiscales y funcionarios de prisiones.WW-Mundo Obrero continuará protestando en nombre de los prisioneros cuyo derecho a leer esta publicación se niega ilegalmente. Además, el Abolitionist Law Center solicita que cualquier informe de abuso o violación de los derechos relacionados con el encierro se informe a [email protected] thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Deputy Doherty questions Chief Medical Officer’s advice to Health Minister

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Homepage BannerNewsPlayback Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Deputy Doherty questions Chief Medical Officer’s advice to Health Minister By News Highland – May 16, 2018 Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous article388 Donegal women travelled to UK for an abortion between 2012-2016Next articleMichael Duffy named Player of the Month News Highland A National Director in the HSE has admitted none of the assurance systems in the health service worked to alert them women were not being told about the audits of their cancer smear tests.The Oireachtas Health Committee has also heard there was a clear failure to escalate the issue within CervicalCheck.Meanwhile, questions have been raised about whether or not the Chief Medical Officer’s knowledge of the CervicalCheck disclosure policy influenced his advice to the health minister.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says it’s important to know the nature of the advice, when he raised the issue during leaders questions:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/doherty3pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+last_img read more

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Utah-BYU Rivalry Set For Saturday; Utah Declares a Red-Out

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Saturday, BYU and Utah reconvene for the “Holy War,” as the teams meet for the 98th time in a series dating back to 1922.The Utes have dominated this series of late as they have won eight of the last nine overall and have an all-time series lead of 60-34-4.BYU’s athletic department considers this a 57-31-4 series lead for Utah as they do not acknowledge the years of athletic competition when the institution was known as “Brigham Young Academy.”The Cougars last defeated the Utes in 2009 and in Salt Lake City in 2006.The Utes lead the all-time series at Salt Lake City 39-17-3.Utah, fresh off of clinching a Pac-12 South title by virtue of Oregon’s 31-29 win over Arizona State Saturday, leads the nation in red zone defense as they only allow touchdowns on 59.4 percent of times the opponent gets inside their 20-yard line.The Utes are also fifth nationally in rushing defense (95.5 yards per game) and tied for sixth in the country in tackles for loss (8.1 such stops per game).This will be Utah’s Senior Day and 14 will be honored, including All-American candidates in punter Mitch Wishnowsky and kicker Matt Gay. In honor of the rivalry game, the Utah athletic department has declared this game a red-out and encourages all of the  Utes faithful to wear red attire.This senior class at Utah has gone 34-16 (.666) and 3-0 in bowl games.The Cougars come into this game at 6-5 and with the 45-10 win over New Mexico State last Saturday on their Senior Day, are now bowl eligible.In what has been a mercurial season for the Cougars, a win over their bitter rivals would leave a positive taste in the mouths of the BYU faithful. However, across the board in Las Vegas, the sports-books have made Utah a 13.5-point favorite as of Monday afternoon.You can listen to this game online at midutahradio.com, by clicking on the KSVC link or by listening to AM-980 and 100.5 FM. Tune in at 7:30 pm for the pregame show, followed by the 8:00 pm kickoff. November 19, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah-BYU Rivalry Set For Saturday; Utah Declares a Red-Out Brad James Tags: Arizona State/BYU Football/Holy War/Las Vegas sportsbooks/Matt Gay/Mitch Wishnowsky/New Mexico State/Oregon/Pac-12 South/Utah Football Written bylast_img read more

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13 states now represented by Sprint Nationals entries

first_imgEAGLE, Neb. – The nearly 120 drivers pre-registered for the Aug. 31-Sept. 3 IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nationals made the trip to Eagle Raceway from coast to coast and border to border.Thirteen states are represented by early entries for the fifth annual IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car event. Sunday’s feature pays $2,500 to win and a minimum $1,250 to start, with a generous num­ber of contingencies to be awarded as well.The starting field of 27 will be determined through qualifying on Sept. 1 and 2 and in last-chance qualifying on Sept. 3. Friday and Saturday qualify­ing features both pay $700 to win while Satur­day’s Jake Ita Memo­rial pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start.Gene Ackland, Martell; Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn.; Bruce Allen, Mankato, Minn.; Justin Allen, Gaylord, Minn.; Brandon Anderson, Montgomery, Texas; Shayle Bade, Lincoln; Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D.; Ethan Barrow, Bloomington, Ind.; Brett Becker, Odessa, Texas; Jason Becker, Seward; Tom Belsky, North Platte; Clint Benson, Papillion; Nate Berry, McCook; and Greg Black, Des Moines, Iowa.Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan.; Daren Bolac, Moyock, N.C.; Gregg Bolte, Fremont; Brandon Bosma, Round Lake, Minn.; Mike Boston, Lincoln; Johnny Brown, Orange, Texas; Nick Bryan, Lincoln; Jake Bubak, Arvada, Colo.; John Carney, Lubbock, Texas; Dwight Carter, Lincoln; Toby Chap­man, Panama; Dalyn Cody, Prior Lake, Minn.; Kyle Colwell, Knox, Pa.; Taylor Courtney, Fort Worth, Texas; and Luke Cranston, Holcomb, Kan.Blake Dacus, Fletcher, Okla.; Jason Danley, Lincoln; Joey Danley, Lincoln; Michael Day, Green­ville, Texas; Jack Dover, Springfield; Keith Dragoo, Greenwood; Tyler Drueke, Eagle; Ken Duke Jr., Selinsgrove, Pa.; Chris Ennis, Bakersfield, Calif.; Claud Estes, Godley, Texas; Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas; D.J. Estes, Mansfield, Texas; Matt Etzelmiller, Keller, Texas; and Tony Ever­hart, El Cajon, Calif.Chad Fegley, Eagle; Monty Ferriera, Fresno, Calif.; Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas; Kyle Ganoe. Thompsontown, Pa.; Bill Garrow, Lincoln; Jimmy Grasso, Omaha; Trevor Grossenbacher, Lin­coln; Adam Gullion, Lincoln; Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas; Jaremi Hanson, Dillsburg, Pa.; Rick Hansen, Omaha; Jerald Harris, Harrisonburg, Va.; Bob Hildreth, Iowa Falls, Iowa; Brandon Hor­ton, Omaha; and Mike Houseman Jr., Des Moines, Iowa.Jacob Hughes, Hartford, S.D.; C.J. Hulsey, El Paso, Texas; J.D. Johnson, Wichita, Kan.; Kaleb Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mike Johnston, Des Moines, Iowa; Mike Keeton, Glenallen, Va.; Chris Kelly, Moore, Okla.; Ryan King, Bennet; Chad Koch, Lakeside, Texas; Cody Ledger, Omaha; Ron Love, Lincoln; Doug Lovegrove, Waverly; Charlie McDonald, Jefferson, Texas; and Austin McLean, Loveland, Colo.Jesse Mack, Visalia, Calif.; Jason Martin, Lincoln; Scott Meisner, Fresno, Calif.; Justin Melton, Lewisville, Texas; Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas; Jason Miller, Omaha; Mike Moore, Des Moines, Iowa; Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa; Danny Nekolite, O’Neill; Neil Nickolite, Bellwood; Rod Ort, Lewisberry, Pa.; Blain Petersen, Essex, Iowa; Boyd Peterson, Ithaca; Ryan Price, Glenallen, Va.; and Shon Pointer, Grand Island.Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas; Matt Richards, Lincoln; Terry Richards, Denton; Steven Richard­son, Liberal, Kan.; John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas; Frank Rodgers, Lucas, Iowa; Chris Roseland, Carter Lake, Iowa; Dan Satriano, Papillion; Jeremy Schultz, Stewart, Minn.; Blake Scott, Pauls Valley, Okla.; Trevor Serbus, Olivia, Minn.; Troy Severin, Ashland, Va.; Andy Shouse, Ok­lahoma City, Okla.; Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa; and Stu Snyder, Waverly.Randy Sterling, Morrisdale, Pa.; Michael Stien, Ceylon, Minn.; Tyler Thompson, Des Moines, Iowa; Joel Thorpe, Urbandale, Iowa; George Tristao Jr., Tulare, Calif.; Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas; Koby Walters, Liberal, Kan.; Charlie Ware, Hallieford, Va.; Mark Watkins, McConnellsburg, Pa.; John Webster, North Platte; Chase Weiler, Lincoln; Nate Weiler, LaVista; Jed Werner, Codell, Kan.; Ty Williams, Arcadia, Okla.; and Ben Woods, Newton, Iowa.Sprint Nationals begins with an open house and practice on Thursday, Aug. 31. The event will be broadcast by IMCATV and is presented by Precise Racing Prod­ucts and NMC Cat Rental Store.last_img read more

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