BOONE, Iowa – Twenty-eight of the 30 starters for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational will be elected in a pair of polling sessions this summer.Three drivers from each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds will be elected during polling from July 24-27; 13 more will be elected from an at-large pool of the next 25 top vote recipients between July 31 and Aug. 3.All voting will be conducted through the IMCA Facebook page. One hundred and fifteen drivers are currently vote eligible for the 14th annual Invitational, to be held Sept. 8 during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway.The final qualifying event will be the July 20 Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour show at Knoxville Raceway.“We will notify All-Star drivers immediately after each round of voting and confirm they will be able to attend Super Nationals,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “What has necessitated shorter voting periods this year is the time needed to tailor awards, namely the Velocita firesuits, that All-Stars receive.”Completing the starting grid for the 30-lapper will be All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most 40-point feature wins as of Aug. 31 competing at Super Nationals.All-Star drivers also receive mini-replica drive shafts from event title sponsor Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange.The event pays $1,000 to win and $200 to start.As of June 29 and by home region, the 121 drivers qualified for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot include:Larry Shaw Racing Western Region – Ricky Alvarado, Randy Artz, Chaz Baca, Tanner Black, Randy Brown, Cody Burke, John Campos, Mark Carrell, Kellen Chadwick, Rick Childress Jr., Chris Clark, Casey Delp, Ethan Dotson, Logan Drake, Chase Hansen, Bobby Hogge IV, Eddie Kirchoff, Danny Lauer, Ryan McDaniel, Jeremy Meirhofer, Joel Myers, Jeff Olschowka, Cory Sample, Robby Sawyer, Brian Schultz, Paul Stone, Ricky Thornton Jr., Nick Trenchard, Jesse Williamson, Collen Winebarger and Justen Yeager.Razor Chassis South Central Region – Dean Abbey, Dean Deming, Neal Flowers, William Gould, Kevin Green, Matt Guillaume, Brandon Hood, Josh McGaha, Kevin Sustaire, Eric Tomlinson and Fred Wojtek.Jet Racing Central Region – Drew Armstrong, Eddie Belec, Steven Bowers Jr., Brady Coen, Tate Cole, Curtis Cook, Ryan Gaylord, Jordan Grabouski, Justin Gregg, John Hansen, Daryl Hay, Corey Lagroon, Hunter McDonald, Hunter Marriott, Aaron Monie, Jeremy Payne, Anthony Roth, Johnny Scott, Jeff Taylor, Jesse Taylor, Cole Traugott and Justin Zeitner.Side Biter Chassis North Central Region – Chris Abelson, Austin Arneson, Eric Barnes, Josh Beaulieu, Kyle Brown, John Corell, Troy Cordes, Mark Dahl, Eric Dailey, Russ Dickerson, Tracy Domagala, Corey Dripps, Tyler Droste, Greg Durbin, Patrick Flannagan, Jimmy Gustin, Richie Gustin, Mike Hansen, Mat Hollerich, Jeff James, Mike Jergens, Justin Kay, Billy Kendall, Kurt Kile, Benji LaCrosse, Eric Martini, Colt Mather, Bob Moore, Brian Mullen, Jay Noteboom, Tad Reutzel, Rob Rose, Joel Rust, Ryan Ruter, Lucas Schott, Mark Schulte, Marlyn Seidler, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Jesse Sobbing, Ricky Stephan, Tim Ward, Jeff Waterman, Mike Wedelstadt, Spencer Wilson, Jason Wolla and Marcus Yarie.Dirt Works Eastern Region – Chance Allen, Jason Barnhill, Matt Cole, Myron DeYoung, Keith Lamphere, Chaz Pray, Kyle Rutkoski, Kyle Strickler, A.J. Ward and Will Ward.
When the UW women’s soccer team plays at home, it’s hard to stop them. Thursday night was no different. Wisconsin defeated Loyola-Chicago 3-0 to move to 4-2 in six home games this year. “We are always happy to get a win at the McClimon,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “It is a big confidence booster [to get a victory], especially against a team like Loyola.”Right away the Badgers came out firing on all cylinders, scoring two goals in the first 17 minutes of play off the foot of junior forward Tricia Krombach.”It was fun [to score two goals], but I have to give credit to my team,” Krombach said. “I was just the person who ended up being in front of the goal.”After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, the Badgers held the Ramblers scoreless in the first half. Further, the Wisconsin defense did not allow Loyola-Chicago to post a shot on goal. In the second half, UW continued its swarming defensive play. It held Loyola-Chicago scoreless once more to extend its shutout streak to two games, but not before junior Sherri Ferron capped the Badgers’ dominant night with a goal of her own in the game’s final minutes. “A two-goal lead is the scariest lead in all of soccer,” Wilkins said. “One goal gives them a momentum change, and then you have to battle back. I was very proud at the end for Sherri to be calm and collected and finish.” While the Badgers scored three goals for the first time since Sept. 7 against UC-Santa Barbara, the key to victory was the team’s defensive play. Wisconsin was able to shut down sophomore Cynthia Morote-Ariza, the Ramblers’ offensive leader and record-holder for goals in a season.”The whole team has been concentrating on it, realizing that we needed to work on our play defensively,” junior goalkeeper Jamie Klages said, who picked up her fifth shutout this season. “We also realized we needed to work on scoring goals, so this week has turned out well so far in both of those categories.”Further, after allowing two quick goals to Penn State late in the first half last Friday, the Badger defense has held its opponents without a goal over its last 232 minutes of play. However, the goal by Ferron was the first second half goal for the Wisconsin offense in its last six games.This weekend, Wisconsin travels to Champaign, Ill., for a Big Ten matchup with the University of Illinois (7-4, 2-2). The Illini, who also will face Northwestern at home on Friday, are currently sixth in the Big Ten standings. The Badgers sit in eighth.Illinois enters the weekend after an impressive 6-0 victory over Iowa at home. Through five games at home this season, it is 4-1 at home.”We just need to stay focused,” Klages said of the upcoming matchup. “It is a hard place to play; they have a lot of people behind the goal and all that kind of stuff. Playing consistent and hard for 90 minutes is what we have to do to come away with a victory.”The keys to victory for the Badgers will be securing a first half lead and scoring two or more goals. The Illini are 6-1 when leading at the half and 7-0 when their opponents score fewer than two goals in the match. Leading the way offensively for Illinois is senior forward Ella Masar with six goals in 11 games. Overall, in 11 games this season, the Illini have outscored their opponents 27-12.”We need a strong collective effort defensively,” Wilkins said. “Illinois has some great attacking personalities with Chichi Nweke and Masar up front. We need to make sure we keep numbers in front and do well one v. one and then get numbers to attack.”