Morris is magnificent in IMCA Modified feature win at I-37

first_img“This new car from David Stremme is incredible,” exclaimed Morris. “It’s certainly been a game changer in my program. We’ve been trying so hard and getting close so many times. To finally put it all together definitely made for an emotional night.”  Chris Morris became a first-time IMCA Modified feature winner with a convincing run to the checkers Saturday at I-37 Speedway. (Photo by J.M. Hallas) Even that didn’t deter him as he diced through, increasing his margin to a half track as the white flag waved. With the crowd on its feet, C. Morris crossed the line ahead of Green and Pittaway. By J.M. Hallas Cody Leonard, who denied Morris his first-ever win in the season opener, was on the charge moving up to fourth. Stretching out his lead to a full straightaway, Morris only had slower traffic to contend with. PLEASANTON, Texas (April 6) – Everyone loves a first-time winner and when that person overcomes a physical challenge, even his competitors show their respect.  “To hear people like Kris Workman say that I’m an inspiration really humbles me. I’m glad that I can be that for people and show that just because you have a disability things can be done. You can do anything you want. I’m really looking forward to seeing Kris get in his car and get going again.”  “I knew I had to get to the front quick otherwise I’d lose ground on the guys. Holes opened up on the inside where I could go good, so it worked out perfect. We made it to the front in two or three laps and stayed up front from there. It was awesome, I just wanted to keep turning laps until I ran out of fuel.” center_img Using only hand controls, Chris Morris dominated the IMCA Modified 20-lapper Saturday at I-37 Speedway and grabbed the victory much to the excitement of the crowd. There was hardly a dry eye in the place.  Morris, who started ninth, saw the bottom open up on green and quickly moved up behind leader Jamie Campbell, Bill Pittaway, and defending track champ Rick Green. “That race with Cody on opening night was so fun. I may have come up short in that race, but it was a win in my book. We raced each other clean, it was fun, I had a blast. This race makes up for it. That race and this one are probably the top two races of my career.”  “I try to focus on my own race and not look back for who’s coming. I just make sure I hit my marks every lap. When I got up on the lappers I knew I just to pick my way through clean. It just all worked out good.” Feature results – 1. Chris Morris; 2. Rick Green; 3. Bill Pittaway; 4. Cody Leonard; 5. Chris Carroll; 6. Jamie Campbell; 7. Donald Banker; 8. Marcus Mikulencak; 9. Mike Morris; 10. Rob Sanderson; 11. Landon Bednarz; 12. Justin Delgado; 13. Dillon Tindall; 14. Jason Borlace; 15. Chris Jones. He picked off third from Green then got by Pittaway for second. Using the bottom, Morris pulled alongside Campbell on lap three and had the top spot on lap four, bringing Green along to second. From there, he began to stretch out his advantage. last_img read more

Richards grateful to Mancini

first_img Press Association Mancini, who was sacked earlier this month, often appeared to have issues with Richards and regularly questioned his fitness or form, or used him sparingly but the right-back has spoken in glowing terms of the Italian, who oversaw FA Cup and Barclays Premier League victories in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Richards, speaking on the club’s post-season tour of the United States, said: “Mancini did fantastic in the three years he was here. The owners have decided they wanted a change and that was up to them but I’d like to thank Mancini for what he did for me – winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Community Shield.” He added: “It was brilliant, I’d never won anything before. I’m happy for that but we are moving forward now, and looking forward to whoever it is going to be and seeing their plans.” Malaga’s outgoing boss Manuel Pellegrini is widely expected to be named as Mancini’s successor after the Spanish season ends on June 1. Indeed, the club have done little quell the intense speculation surrounding the veteran Chilean, which began even before Mancini was dismissed. Richards said: “That’s in the papers and what everyone’s speaking about. But you never know, sometimes late runners come in. “Whoever it is we will give 100 per cent and we’ll be fully behind him.” Richards, 24, has learnt a little bit about 59-year-old Pellegrini from his team-mate Roque Santa Cruz, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Malaga. He said: “He got to the quarter-finals of the Champions League this year. Roque Santa Cruz is out there. I sent him a text about three months ago and he said he was having the time of his life. It’s all been positive from Santa Cruz.” center_img Manchester City defender Micah Richards has thanked former manager Roberto Mancini for the first taste of success of his career.last_img read more

Can Musharraf claim his victory?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOpposition parties that snubbed the vote claimed it was undemocratic and unconstitutional for the U.S.-backed general, who seized power in a 1999 coup, to run while still army chief. The Supreme Court is weighing that argument before permitting the release of official results, though analysts question whether it would dare deny him victory and potentially throw the country into chaos. In total, Musharraf won 671 votes, while the retired judge who was his main rival received just eight. Six ballots were invalid, election officials said. In all, 1,170 federal and provincial lawmakers were eligible to vote. Musharraf dismissed criticism that the boycott had undermined the legitimacy of the election. “Democracy means majority, whether there is opposition or no opposition,” Musharraf, dressed casually in a gray jacket, told reporters on the lawn of his official residence. “A majority – a vast majority – have voted for me and therefore that result is the result.” Speculation persists that if Musharraf is blocked, he might declare martial law, and the army chief appeared annoyed when asked if he would step down as president if the Supreme Court ruled against him. “Let the decision come and then we will decide,” he said. Musharraf’s key international backer, the United States, gave an upbeat response on the conduct of the election, although the State Department stressed that the results were unofficial until the court verdict. “Pakistan is an important partner and ally to the United States and we congratulate them for today’s election. We look forward to the electoral commission’s announcement and to working with all of Pakistan’s leaders on important bilateral, regional and counterterrorism issues,” Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council, said in Washington. The ruling party celebrated Saturday’s vote with fireworks and said it looked forward to parliamentary elections due by January, but their enthusiasm was not shared by a public cynical of Pakistan’s elitist politics and the military’s long domination of the country. “We have a saying that `He who owns the stick, owns the buffalo,”‘ said Ijaz Shah, a grocer relaxing on the lawns in front of the federal Parliament. “If the government really had support, there would have been thousands of people here to cheer it.” Musharraf’s popularity has plummeted since a failed bid to oust the country’s top judge in March and is struggling to contain a surge in Islamic militancy. He has promised to give up his powerful army post if he wins the election and restore civilian rule. The Supreme Court ruled Friday that the official results can be declared only after it rules on complaints lodged by Musharraf’s opponents on his eligibility. Hearings on those petitions will resume on Oct. 17. Musharraf’s current presidential term expires Nov. 15. Although the court this year has issued rulings that have shaken Musharraf’s dominance, analysts doubted it would overturn the result. “It will be extremely difficult for the Supreme Court to undo what has been done today, although that possibility remains,” said Rasul Bakhsh Rais, professor of political science at Lahore University of Management Sciences. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PAKISTAN: Court will decide if president, who won Saturday’s vote, is eligible to keep his job. By Matthew Pennington THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Gen. Pervez Musharraf won an overwhemingly majority in a presidential election boycotted by nearly the entire opposition Saturday, and attention shifted to Supreme Court deliberations on whether he can claim victory. last_img