Mission accomplished: Dotson is Modified champion at Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 7) – The goal Ethan Dotson set when he started coming to the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s was achieved Saturday night.  Drew Armstrong of Alexander, Ark., won the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds and Ocheyedan’s Elijah Zevenbergen won the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars. Dotson led all 40 laps of the Modified main event at Boone Speedway, outrunning 2016 champion Ricky Thornton Jr. of Adel, Cody Laney of Torrance, Calif., and defending champion Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls in the race to what proved to be $5,800 checkers. “This (win) means everything to me,” he added. “This is the biggest dirt track race in the world.” From Bakersfield and the first Californian to win a Super Nationals crown in any division, Dotson weathered five cautions before midway, then a stoppage on the 22nd of 40 laps when intermittent rain brought about a quick track prep session.  Smith and Logue had both won first championships in 2014. “We’ve been coming to Super Nationals for about six years now,” said Dotson, fourth in main events for the Northern SportMods in 2014 and for the Modifieds last year. “The first time we wanted to get in the tech tent. Then we wanted to win the show.” More than 800 drivers in six divisions competed over the course of the Sept. 2-7 Super Nationals, including 229 Modifieds and an event record 203 Stock Cars.  Two-time champions were Devin Smith of Lake City in the Stock Cars and Johnathon Logue of Boone in the Northern SportMods. Two other events saw their first repeat winners, Corey Madden of Avoca in the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks and Doug Smith of Lake City in the BSB Manufacturing SportMod Race of Champions.  Twenty-six states, Canada and Australia were represented by entries at the 37th annual Super Nationals, which saw a total purse of $300,000 and $60,000 in contingencies awarded. Saturday night champions at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, pictured from left with IMCA President Brett Root, were Dylan Nelson, Hobby Stock; Devin Smith, Stock Car; Ethan Dotson, Modified; and Johnathon Logue, Northern SportMod. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) Thornton, looking for his second championship of the week after winning Monday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Model main event, challenged but never made his bid for the lead stick. Also of note, Hesston Shaw became the first Oklahoma driver to make the Stock Car main event, and brothers Cody Stone and Cory Stone were the first from New Mexico to make the Hobby Stock show.  Thornton also qualified for the Stock Car headliner, becoming just the second driver to qualify for three main events at the same Super Nationals. Smith held Abe Huls of Carthage, Ill., at bay while Logue bested another former race winner, hometown foe Jake McBirnie, in the Northern SportMod show.  And Dylan Nelson of Adel earned his first Super Nationals title with a convincing run at the front of the Hobby Stock field. Second went to Dunlap’s Kevin Bruck.last_img read more

Will Former Boca Principal Lose his Job Today Over Holocaust Controversy?

first_imgThe former principal at Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton, who has been reassigned may be terminated today as a result of reportedly making controversial comments about the Holocaust to a parent in an email.William Latson was just reassigned to a new district position after he told a parent in an email in 2018,“I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”On Monday, the Palm Beach County School District stated that Latson was reassigned “out of an abundance of concern and respect for the students and staff of Spanish River Community High School.”On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott tweeted that he spoke with Dr. Donald Fennoy, the Superintendent of the Palm Beach County School District, and believes Latson should’ve been fired, not reassigned.CBS12 News obtained Latson’s farewell letter he sent to school staff members, disputing the reason for his removal.The letter states, “I have been reassigned to the district office due to a statement that was not accurately relayed to the newspaper by one of our parents.” He went on to say, “It is unfortunate that someone can make a false statement and do so anonymously and it holds credibility, but that is the world we live in.”Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy is expected to release a recorded statement to address the development, concerns, and future job status with Latson.last_img read more