Jimmie Johnson hopes another ‘mistake-free race’ continues upward trend

first_imgJimmie Johnson said he believes he and the No. 48 team are taking steps in the right direction, just in time for one of his best tracks on the circuit.Last weekend at ISM Raceway, Johnson hovered around the top 10 — and even the top five, leading four laps — for much of the day before finishing in eighth place. The result was a welcome sight after finishes of 24th and 19th at Atlanta and Las Vegas, respectively.The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion hopes for more of the same in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), where he’ll take the green flag from the 11th position after opening up the weekend with the fastest lap in first practice.RELATED: Full starting lineup | Johnson leads opening practice“I think last weekend showed that if we have a mistake-free race that we can run in the top five and in the top 10,” Johnson said. “So, we do have some pride in that. Clearly, we’re putting a lot of time and work and effort to get better. So, it’s nice to have those better runs. But it’s not where we want to be. It’s not where I want to be, or Mr. (Rick) Hendrick or (crew chief) Kevin (Meendering) or this whole team (wants to be).”Fortunately for Johnson, the fifth stop of the 2019 season is one where he has a history of success. In 24 starts at the 2-mile Southern California track, Johnson has six victories, with the latest coming in 2016. With that kind of track record, the El Cajon native is cautiously optimistic about his chances of breaking a 63-race winless streak in his home state.“There are tracks that a driver can make a difference at,” Johnson said. “Dover has always been one for me. This track has been one. The one thing that is so different right now is we’re back to a package we’ve run two other times this year. We’re on a high-wear track. I look at Atlanta. It did not go well. Atlanta is similar to this place. So, I’m hopeful that we’ve made our car better since Atlanta for this type of environment.”As the 48 team continues to search for its old winning ways, Johnson’s assertiveness hasn’t changed, but it’s the timing of that assertiveness that has shifted over the years.MORE: Is Johnson a fantasy sleeper pick in Fontana?“We’ve always been aggressive, but for me aggression has changed to short run,” Johnson said. “When I first started, you absolutely had to be aggressive. But it would wear your car out. It would wear your tires out. There are other elements. And you’ve spent 450 miles playing a chess game and respecting one another and then it was all out and restarts didn’t matter as much.“Now, restarts are everything. When you get close to somebody you have to capitalize and get by and not lose momentum. As soon as you lose momentum, you literally just stall out wherever that is in the running order. So, I think we’ve always been this aggressive, but it’s just changed to different parts of the run and different parts of the race.”As unknowns swirl around the complexion of Sunday’s 400-miler with the 2019 rules package, Johnson is focused on what it will take to get to the front and on beating drivers such as Kyle Busch with fast cars and restart prowess — two elements that take on extra importance in Fontana.“We’re trying to celebrate the small victories, but at the same time if you look at the speed that the No. 18 (Kyle Busch) had on the field and his ability to pass, we want that,” Johnson said. “And we’re not going to stop until we get that.”last_img read more

Berea-Midpark Rallies Past Wadsworth, 50-48; Titans Claim District Title

first_img Related Topics NEO HS Staff Written by Don DiFrancescoThe Berea-Midpark Titans claimed the Division I Medina District Title with a 50-48 victory over the defending Division I State champion Wadsworth Grizzlies on March 2.The Titans got out to a sluggish start, trailing 27-22 at the half, but a strong third quarter propelled Berea-Midpark to the finish.Berea-Midpark outscored Wadsworth, 17-13, for the first seven minutes of the second half, before Jada Marone drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Titans a 42-40 lead.The Titans led the rest of the way, but not without drama.Leading 47-45, Lexie Scarton drained one of the biggest shots of the night, a 3-pointer with 1:32 to play to give the Titans a five-point advantage.Marone committed her fifth foul of the night with 43 seconds to play, ending her night and sending Peyton Banks to the line.Banks converted both free throws to make it a one-possession game.The Titans had two opportunities in the final minute to create some breathing room, but missed free throws kept Wadsworth’s hopes alive.Following a missed free throws, Banks was able to get to the line again and split the pair, making it a two-point game.Another missed opportunity on the front end of a one-and-one gave Wadsworth one last chance.Wadsworth had one final chance to tie the game, but missed two free throws with two seconds remaining in the game.The second miss was intentional, but the ball didn’t draw iron and the Titans were awarded possession, holding on for the victory.Marone scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and passed for eight assists.Scarton tied for the game-high in scoring, putting up 15 points, hitting all three of her attempts from long-range in the second half.Lexi Lance led the Grizzlies with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Banks put up 13 points and grabbed nine boards.Wadsworth had the clear rebounding edge, 43-28, and made 16 of its 17 field goals from inside.Berea-Midpark made up for that with a barrage of 3-pointers (11 on the night) and forcing 18 Wadsworth turnovers.The Titans only committed nine turnovers themselves.Miranda Otero, the all-time leading rebounder in Berea-Midpark school history, grabbed 12 of the Titans’ 28 boards.Berea-Midpark advances to face fellow Southwestern Conference rival Lakewood in the Region 2 semifinals on March 7 at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.Tip-off is set for 7 pm.last_img read more

Senator Micciche Wants Answers Over Wildfire Management

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) sent a letter last Thursday requesting a meeting with federal officials to investigate why efforts to fully extinguish the Swan Lake Fire were significantly scaled back in June. Senator Micciche: “It’s time we had answers. Fire management policies on federal lands near Alaskan communities must adequately protect human life and property. If that’s not the case, then federal policies need to change.” The lightning-caused fire began on June 5 and was nearly under control at around 38,000 acres in July when efforts to fully extinguish or contain the fire were reduced. In mid-August, a high-wind event dramatically increased the size and risk of the fire overnight, according to a press release from the office of Micciche. Micciche: “We were led to believe federal policies allow fires to burn when there is no immediate threat to life and property to improve moose browse and overall forest health. While these policies make sense when fires are in remote areas, not all wilderness is created equal. In this year of record low relative humidity and record high temperatures that followed a winter of low snowfall and a dry spring, the policy of ‘Letting It Burn’ seemed ill-advised.”   Micciche said he is currently arranging a venue and date for the meeting, to be held sometime between November 4-11. Micciche extended invitations to U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan; Congressman Don Young; Representatives Ben Carpenter, Gary Knopp and Sarah Vance; Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige; and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, in addition to officials from the U.S. Forestry Service, Fish and Wildlife; Chugach and Kenai National Wildlife Refuges; State Forestry; Department of Public Safety; and the Department of Transportation. Photo provided by the Great Basin Incident Management Team. Media provided by the office of Senator Micciche.last_img read more

Gotze could leave Bayern due to poor relationship with Guardiola

first_imgGermany international Mario Gotze could leave Bayern Munich due to his dissatisfaction with the treatment given to him by coach Pep Guardiola, according to Bild. Bayern’s victory over Real Madrid as lifted a bit of the pressure on Guardiola, after criticism aimed towards the coach due to their penalty-shootout defeat against Wolfsburg in the German Super Cup last Saturday. 06/08/2015 Gotze, scorer of the goal which gave Germany the World Cup title in Brazil, he has shown himself to be dissatisfied that “maybe” Guardiola will rely on him more next season, after spending time on the bench. CEST The newspaper has referred to a few statements from Gotze during the pre-season Audi Cup tournament, after Bayern beat Real Madrid 1-0 courtesy of an 88th minute Robert Lewandowski strike. According to Bild, the world champion has three options: get a starting place and be therefore satisfied, maintain a tense relationship with Guardiola, or the coach won’t renew his contract and therefore there will no longer be a problem. EFE Upd. at 12:53 last_img read more

Claudio Bravo booted out of Chile team’s Whatsapp group

first_img According to a report by La Tercers, the Whatsapp group named “banda pitillo”, which Chile captain Bravo shared with Arturo Vidal, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara and Jean Beausejour no longer exists.  20/10/2017 Echan a Claudio Bravo del grupo de Whatsapp IN SPORT.ES Upd. at 13:58 sport.escenter_img Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is going through a bad spell. Relegated to the bench with his club and eliminated from the World Cup qualifiers with his country, he’s now got problems with his international teammates. The controversial message posted by his wife, Carla Pardo after Chile were knocked out of the World Cup has not gone down well.  Now, some of the starts of La Roja have created a new Whatsapp group, which Bravo has not been invited to: “La Roja sin sapos”. A title which would appear to be directed at the Chile captain.  CEST It would confirm the rupture which exists among the Chile players after Bravo’s wife spoke of “drunks” at a time when many people were singling out Arturo Vidal for criticism.last_img read more

Straker spins a web through

first_imgDDCA TURF 1 REVIEW – SEMI-FINALS It took a sublime performance from spinner Jarryd Straker to topple the fearsome Buckley…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Nick Creely last_img