Daytona 500 final practice canceled due to inclement weather

first_imgFinal practice for Sunday’s Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), which was originally scheduled for Noon ET, has been canceled due to inclement weather for the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway.NASCAR officials made the call to cancel shortly after 11 a.m. ET as heavy rain continues to fall around the 2.5-mile Daytona Beach, Florida superspeedway.NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying has also been canceled ahead of Saturday’s Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 season opener (5 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).The next on-track action scheduled is the ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 by General Tire at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and MRN, followed by the Xfinity Series race later Saturday afternoon. Stay here for the latest schedule and weather updates.DAYTONA 500 SECOND PRACTICEOnly 27 NASCAR Cup Series drivers were able to lay down a lap before rain put a quick end to Saturday morning’s second practice session for Sunday’s Daytona 500.Brad Keselowski was able to tick off the fastest lap before the red flag was displayed. The No. 2 Team Penske Ford team was forced to roll out a backup car following a crash in the second Bluegreen Vacations Duel race on Thursday night, which means he’ll start at the rear of the field on Sunday.RELATED: Second practice resultsDaytona 500 polesitter Alex Bowman didn’t get a full lap in, but he was able to get his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on the track as they continue to diagnose an issue. Bowman hit pit road halfway through the first Duel race as crew members looked under the hood after Bowman reported the car had lost some power. After returning to the track, Bowman reported the engine had come back to full power, but also complained of a vibration. So far, the No. 48 team has not elected to go to a backup car.On the other hand, Daytona 500 front-row starter William Byron and the No. 24 team were forced to break out the backup car after crashing in Thursday night’s second Duel race. Byron was unable to turn a lap in the Saturday morning session.last_img read more

San Miguel overpowers Ginebra in finals Game 5

first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The San Miguel Beermen did not waste time as it clinched the 2016-2017 Oppo PBA Philippine Cup crown with a 91-85 win over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in Game 5 of the best-of-seven finals on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.After seeing their 81-72 lead go down to 83-82 after a late game run by the Kings, the Beermen leaned on clutch baskets by June Mar Fajardo, Chris Ross and Arwind Santos to widen the lead again to eight with just under a minute left in the game.Fajardo and Santos led the way with 21 points apiece for the Beermen, which captured the league’s Perpetual Trophy for winning the All-Filipino Conference title for three straight years.Alex Cabagnot chipped in 18 markers, while Finals MVP Ross and Marcio Lassiter had 12 points apiece for the Beermen, which claimed its 23rd PBA championship overall.“This championship is not meaningful if not for Ginebra,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria. “They gave us a good fight at ipinakita talaga nila ang ‘never say die’ kaya nasubukan talaga ang mga players ko.”From a slim 19-15 lead at the end of the opening period, the Beermen pulled away late in the second quarter behind Santos, Ross, Fajardo and Cabagnot for a 51-41 lead at halftime.The Beermen widened the lead to its largest with 12 points in the third period on a Cabagnot layup but the Kings refused to give up, leaning on Japeth Aguilar and Sol Mercado to come to within single digits. [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’SMB: 3-PEAT CHAMPS ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Monday, March 6, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’×338.jpg’ attachment=’98825′ attachment_size=’portfolio’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=’14’ appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]The newly-crowned 2016-2017 Oppo PBA Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beermen raise the Perpetual Trophy for winning the All-Filipino Conference title for three straight years after a rousing victory over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in Game 5 of the best-of-seven finals on Sunday. PBA[/av_image] Aguilar finished with double-double 26 points and 16 rebounds, while Mercado and Joe Devance had 20 points apiece for the Kings, which failed to claim its second straight season title after ruling the 2016 PBA Governor’s Cup./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Kenai’s Economy Growing Faster than Surrounding Towns

first_imgEubank: “In the last couple of calendar quarters, they’ve seen negative growth and we’re still north of three and a half to four percent.” Finance Director Terry Eubank gave a presentation to the Kenai City Council Wednesday that broke down sales tax revenues compared to neighboring areas. Another trend pinpointed in Eubank’s research saw that Kenai’s hospitality revenues appeared to be constant year-round as opposed to Soldotna’s which peaks in the summer. The highest level of growth Eubank highlighted is Kenai’s retail sales. In the graph he handed out to council members, one period showed Kenai experience a seven and a half percent growth while Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough only saw around a two percent growth. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai has experienced a jump in economic growth in recent years. Eubank: “That’s all of our retail stores. In FY 15 we had about $162 million worth of taxable sales in that industry. And it’s been maintaining about a 3.8 percent growth for us.” Eubank: “If you look at that same period in the quarter ending in March of 2014, we’ve been significantly above both the borough and Soldotna. That speaks very well for our local economy here in Kenai.” City Manager Rick Koch surmised that may be due to oil field workers in Nikiski residing at Kenai hotels for long periods of time.last_img read more