Borrowed motor, top line take Madden to victory lane

first_imgCorey Madden topped Monday’s second Hobby Stock qualifying feature, on opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 3) – A borrowed motor and the top groove took Corey Madden to the win­ner’s circle in Monday’s second IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s qualify­ing feature for Hobby Stocks at Boone Speedway.The eighth starting Madden passed John Watson for the lead with six laps left, earning the front spot in the middle row in the Saturday night main event.Lining up behind him will be the rest of the top eight finishers, Watson, Jeff Ware, 2016 champion Andrew Burg, 14th starting Adam Ayers, 13th starting Andrew Claus, 16th starting Drew Barglof and 26th starting Dawson DeBoer.Last year’s runner-up Madden and Watson, the runner-up in 2016, will both make career eighth Super Nationals main event starts.Burg is in the big dance for the seventh time, Barglof the fourth, and Ware the third. Ayers, Claus and DeBoer all are first-time qualifiers.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Corey Madden, Avoca; 2. John Watson, Des Moines; 3. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb.; 4. Andrew Burg, Carlisle; 5. Adam Ayers, Adair; 6. Andrew Claus, Spencer; 7. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids; 8. Dawson DeBoer, Little Rock; 9. Benji Irvine, Oelwein; 10. Bob Daniels, Des Moines; 11. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 12. Dustin Graham, Boone; 13. Wes Jahnz, St. James, Minn.; 14. Michael Kimm, Vinton; 15. Lenny Tucker, Jefferson, S.D.; 16. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 17. Trevor Holm, Chandler, Minn.; 18. Zac Smith, Mason City; 19. Dylan Nelson, Adel; 20. Seth Janssen, Ogden; 21. Aaron Shearn, Sioux City; 22. Sal Hernandez, Columbus, Neb.; 23. Austin Jahnz, Lewisville, Minn.; 24. Todd Bass, Des Moines; 25. Nick Foster, Menlo; 26. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb.; 27. David McQuiston, Van Meter; 28. Leonard Loftus, Des Moineslast_img read more

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic remains positive on Champions League hopes

first_img The in-form Hammers have won their last three matches to move within a point of Tottenham in fourth place. Upton Park boss Bilic is continually playing down their chances, insisting no one at the club is thinking about a top-four finish despite their fine season so far. Steve McClaren’s side are in deep trouble lying second from bottom, but showed signs of life when they battled back to draw 3-3 with Manchester United in midweek. “They are definitely improving,” added Bilic. “They had a slow start; a new team, a new manager, new everything. “They are a massive club which in recent seasons had slow starts or difficult seasons. But they have improved, they have a good squad, great individuals, great strikers. “They made a good comeback against Manchester United and they are on a high, so I expect a difficult game at a great stadium.” Press Association Slaven Bilic believes positive thinking could keep West Ham in the race for a Champions League spot. But even the laid-back Croatian had to admit, in his own inimitable way, that there is no harm in trying. “If you ask me if we are thinking about it realistically and starting to be a little bit big-headed about the Champions League, no, we are not,” he said. “We know that we are West Ham and we are enjoying the season and we are respecting every opponent without being afraid of them, and that’s it. “Are we favourites now to finish in the top four? We are not. But nobody can take the hope and the belief out of you. “My philosophy in life is that there is nothing wrong with being confident, optimistic or positive. For me, on the contrary, you have to be like that if you want to get any chance to make it, whatever you do in your life. “If you go to take a driving test and you say ‘I can’t do it’, of course you’re going to fail. If you got on a date and you’re approaching a girl in a nightclub and you think she’s going to tell you off and all that, no chance. “But if you are positive, you have a chance. For the Champions League, or whatever – top 10, or staying up. Sunderland believe they can stay up. You have to do it, without that there is no chance.” West Ham travel to Newcastle on Saturday looking to set a club record of nine straight unbeaten Barclays Premier League matches. last_img read more

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