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“We converted it to a Sport Compact. Paul Burger at B & B Chassis put the roll cage in and we figured we’d just race it at Arlington,” said Dostal. “We started building the second car after my first season.” Encouraged by early success, the Glencoe, Minn., pilot targeted the national prize in mid-summer. He scored 25 feature wins in making that goal become reality. GLENCOE, Minn. – Alex Dostal has had a thing for speed ever since he crashed a three-wheeler into the front door of the house at the age of five or six. “Short tracks started to grow on me,” Dostal said. “I think they help you become a better driver because you have to learn to make decisions more quickly.” He counted a dozen wins at Princeton, seven at Arlington and three each at Redwood and at North Central Speedway. “Everything just panned out,” explained Dostal, a first-time national king after finishing fourth each of the two previous years. “I wasn’t planning on racing a Sport Compact but decided to when Princeton Speedway opened. We got three or four wins and I told my dad we were going to see how far we can take it.” His final win of the season came at Arlington Raceway’s Sept. 28 Scott Schoknecht Shootout. Starts 49 Wins 25 Additional Top Five’s 19 “We do have a Stock Car in the garage now but I’m not 100 percent sure on what we’re going to do next year,” he said. “We’re still enjoying what we did this year.” “Racing with the tough competition we have around here has helped me astronomically,” said Dostal, who also earned a third consecutive E3 Spark Plugs Minnesota State crown along with Arlington, Princeton and Redwood Speedway track titles. While the feature wins and championships were great, Dostal said the highlight of his season came when a young fan at Arlington presented him with a picture they’d drawn of his car, which has since been framed and put on display in his shop. The decision to race a Sport Compact, of course, came long after his escapades on three wheels. Dostal helped his father Richard with his truck and tractor pulling, later building an auto cross car to race on a small dirt track complete with jumps and tight corners. HIS CREW: Father Richard, cousin Kayla Dostal, uncle ‘Fast’ Eddie Dostal and girlfriend Margret Rossing. Dostal showed a knack for getting his wins in bunches, carrying streaks of five straight checkers into early August and later to mid-September. His ability to go fast paid off this season with the Mach-1 Sport Compact national championship. Alex Dostal raced to 25 feature wins and the IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compact national championship this season. He is pictured with Speedway Motors President Clay Smith at left and IMCA President Brett Root at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) “I had high hopes we could get it about 15 wins in,” he continued. “We had the national championship in our sights in late July.” HIS SPONSORS: Pro RPM Performance, My Own Body Shop, Matt Gruber Repair and Go For It Gas, all of Glencoe. read more
Asked if he expected Rosicky to stay, Wenger replied: “Yes.” The Arsenal manager added: “We have taken up the option (of a one-year contract extension).” Arsenal are likely to strengthen the squad in the summer, with Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech a reported target. However, it remains to be seen whether the Blues will allow the veteran stopper to join one of their title rivals. The close relationship between Cech and Rosicky is also said to be a factor in any potential £10million deal. Wenger, however, insisted such issues should play no part in any transfer. “Tomas Rosicky is not involved in the transfer market at all, he will be with us next season and we do not use the players for that,” the Arsenal boss said. “Most of the time it is the players who want to join you who come in. Sometimes they might call each other, but we do not get the players to interfere with that.” Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set to stay at Arsenal next season, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The 34-year-old has been on the fringes of the squad this season, making only five starts in the Barclays Premier League. However, Wenger insisted the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker remained integral to his plans for 2015-16. Press Association Arsenal will be out to sign off from their Premier League season with a return to winning ways against West Brom on Sunday, and so take some momentum into the FA Cup final. Wenger’s men laboured through a goalless draw at home to Sunderland on Wednesday night, which was enough to keep the Mackems up and all but secured third place for the Gunners. “We have fought very hard to directly qualify for the Champions League and we want to get over the line and finish the job, which we couldn’t do on Wednesday night. We want to do it in a convincing way on Sunday,” said Wenger, whose side have not scored at home for three games. Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has been troubled a painful knee injury which could put him in a race against time to be fit for both the FA Cup final against Aston Villa on May 30 and also international duty with England in June. “Danny will go out today for the first time, we have to wait for the response to that to know if he responds in a positive way. He could be fit very quickly,” said Wenger. “There is a good chance that he will be available for England, however it is difficult to know. “But certainly if he is not available for the FA Cup final, I can’t see him being competitive enough for England.” Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was not included in the England squad named on Thursday as he continues to recover from first an inflamed groin and then hamstring problem which sidelined him since early March. “It is not impossible (to make the FA Cup final) because he starts full training today. We will see how he responds to that,” said Wenger. “The difference (in not being selected for England) is that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not played in any competition for a long time. That lack of competition takes some time to come back to a good competitive level. “I didn’t tell him (England manager Roy Hodgson) not to pick Oxlade-Chamberlain. He has looked when he played his last game and has then decided.” Wenger added: “Danny Welbeck is not out for a long time and he has nothing at all on any scan, just bone bruising on his knee, that is just the pain that will decide if he is fit or not.” read more
Sports stars mourn rapper Nipsey Hussle’s death in shooting Russell Westbrook made more history Tuesday.The star guard tallied 20 points, 21 assists and 20 rebounds in the Thunder’s 119-113 win over the Lakers. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 to record those numbers in a game. Jerami Grant scored a team-high 22 points for the Thunder while Paul George chipped in 19 points and five steals. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope registered 23 points for the Lakers in the losing effort.Westbrook, an eight-time All-Star and the 2016-17 MVP, is averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10.4 assists this season. He’s shooting 42.7 percent from the field and just 28.8 percent from 3-point range. The 20th PTS.The 20th REB.The 20th AST.Russell Westbrook (20p/20r/21a) becomes the second player in @NBAHistory to record a 20/20/20 game, joining Wilt Chamberlain (22p/25r/21a on 2/2/1968). #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/5Q2VHcRlU5— NBA (@NBA) April 3, 2019The two players are also the only two to accomplish the feat in NBA history.Russell Westbrook joins Wilt Chamberlain as the only players with a 20-point, 20-rebound, 20-assist game in NBA history. Wilt’s came on February 2, 1968 (via @EliasSports). pic.twitter.com/uUd5yaQUGV— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 3, 2019Westbrook dedicated his performance to rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in a shooting in Los Angeles on Sunday. Related News “It’s overwhelming. It’s unbelievable,” Westbrook said during an on-court interview after the victory. “That’s for my bro. I’m just thankful to go out there and compete at a high level.“Thankful to have these teammates. Thankful and humbled to be able to go out there and play the game I love.”The Thunder entered the matchup against Los Angeles having dropped seven of their last nine games. They’ve already clinched a playoff spot but sit in seventh place of the Western Conference standings after the win over the Lakers.The Thunder have four regular-season games remaining.“Each game is important right now, to be able to get our rhythm, get our groove going into the postseason,” Westbrook said. “Regardless of what seed we’re in, it really doesn’t matter. Just going out and playing our best basketball until the end of the year.” Juwan Howard new betting favorite to become next Lakers coach read more