Career-best season helps DeVries soar to eight feature wins, IMCA Lady Eagle award

first_imgSPENCER, Iowa ­­– You’d never guess that there was a time when it was tough to get Kaytee DeVries to the track.Now she’s often the one who decides what track to go to.DeVries made 74 starts in her third Mach-1 Sport Compact season. She had the highest point total among the more than 200 female drivers in eight IMCA divisions to earn her career-first De­sign 500 Lady Eagle award.“We were eager to get the season started so we went to Spring Nationals at Beatrice,” said DeVries, who competed with husband Jay on 73 occasions in 2015. “I was doing pretty good when somebody told me I was leading the Lady Eagle points. That’s when I decided to go for it.”Racing as often as five times a week, DeVries traveled to 10 different tracks in three states. Her efforts were rewarded with eight feature wins and 31 top-five finishes.Most of the tracks DeVries raced at regularly are less than 45 minutes away. Hancock County Speedway in Britt is the furthest tow while Clay County Fairgrounds is conveniently located in her hometown of Spencer.“I do really well on the big tracks and they get some of the best car counts,” said DeVries. “This was the best year of my career and I think a lot of that is seat time and the advice I get from Jay. Our driving styles are different but he’s raced since 2006 so there’s a lot I’ve been able to learn from him.”Seventh in the national standings, DeVries was runner-up to her husband in Allstar Performance Iowa State and Buena Vista Raceway, Clay County Fairgrounds ­­­– where Jay got the title via tie­breaker ­– and Kossuth County Speedway track points.“It’s not easy to race with Jay,” said DeVries, also third points-wise at Nobles County Speedway, fourth at Hancock County Speedway and seventh at Jackson Speedway in Minnesota. “We are both very competitive.”Jackson, one of those big dirt ovals DeVries likes so much, yielded the July 11 feature win that ranked as one of her season highlights.“Jay and I both started in the back row that night and worked our way to the front,” she said. “I won and he finished second so it was a good night for both of us.”Jay also had 74 starts this season. He went to watch when Kaytee finished fourth in her first-ever visit to Redwood Speedway on Aug. 2, then test-drove her car to a feature win 13 days later at Britt.With serious repairs kept to a minimum this season, most regular maintenance work on the DeVries’ regular cars ­– they also have a backup ride just in case ­– was done on Sundays and Mondays. Crewman Dilan Laubenthal helped keep all three cars race-ready.Kaytee is sponsored by Creative Spirits of Okoboji, Clean Edge Flooring of Spirit Lake, Twisted Tattoos of Milford, Luby’s Service Center of Terrill, Wise Construction of Sioux Rapids, Black Earth Java and D-Lube Motorsports, both of Spencer, Central Bale and Grind of Estherville and Fahlenkamp Electric of Hartley.DeVries was a reluctant spectator when she started dating Jay, but developed an interest in rac­ing herself and began wheeling a novice hornet at Fairmont in 2010. She won the track champion­ship in that class at Algona just two years later.“I didn’t like racing at first. Now there are nights when I’m the one who decides where we go,” she said. “One of the things I like most about this class is that it’s affordable. If we moved up to an­other class, we wouldn’t be able to race as much and I don’t know what we’d do because racing has become such a big part of our lives.”last_img read more

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Fantasy Baseball 3B Sleepers: Breakout, undervalued third basemen to add to 2020 draft cheat sheets

first_imgThe third base rankings are loaded heading into the 2020 fantasy baseball season, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the 3B sleeper section on your draft cheat sheet. Finding the right undervalued players or potential breakouts in the mid-to-late rounds is how you maximize your draft, and fortunately there are several prime candidates at the hot corner. Because all are eligible at other positions (in fact, one isn’t even eligible at 3B yet), you can easily stock your team with a few of these guys and have the kind of interchangeable depth needed to win leagues. As with most of our sleeper lists, the running theme is “playing time”. If the players below get regular at-bats, they will have been undervalued in your draft. If they don’t, then they’ll be little more than useful fill-ins in daily transaction leagues or DFS contests. But we all know that even if a player doesn’t appear to have a clear path to regular at-bats in March, that can change in a hurry, and the players below are all capable enough to produce as soon as they get the chance.  More 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorAustin Riley, Braves (OF). Riley got off to a torrid start last year before eventually fading down the stretch. He still finished with 18 HRs in just 80 games and will compete for a starting job this spring. He’s only eligible at OF heading into the season, but if he gets regular playing time, it will likely be at 3B (or DH), which is why we’re still including him here. The 22-year-old slugger has the potential to put up massive HR and RBI totals, and while his high K-rate will always keep his average low, Riley is still being undervalued in drafts. ​Other 3B-eligible players we’ve highlighted as sleepers elsewhere: Carter Kieboom, Nationals (SS), Scott Kingery, Phillies (2B), Ian Happ (OF) DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetFantasy Baseball 3B SleepersPosition eligibility based on Yahoo default settings (10 games played or 5 games started)Tommy Edman, Cardinals (also eligible at 2B and OF). Edman played enough last year (92 games) that he’s not a secret, but he still might be undervalued by a large swath of the fantasy community. The 24-year-old switch-hitter can play virtually anywhere on the field, and after batting .304, swatting 11 homers, and swiping 15 bases in the majors last season, it’s clear he can produce worthwhile fantasy numbers. With fewer third basemen stealing an appreciable amount of bases, Edman can provide unique value if you’re willing to wait for your 3B.2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Yandy Diaz, Rays (1B). Much was made of Diaz’s noticeably more muscular physique last year, and he put it to good use by clubbing 14 HRs in just 79 games. A foot injury limited his playing time, but Diaz showed his upside. With a relatively high BB-rate (10.1 percent) and low K-rate (17.6 percent), Diaz has a good hitting profile that should translate to solid all-around numbers across a full season. Playing time is the only worry — and it’s a legit worry — because Diaz isn’t great with the glove and the Rays have a host of competent players who can play 1B/3B/DH. That said, if Diaz can stick in the lineup, he’ll far outproduce his draft position.2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each teamYoshi Tsutsugo, Rays (OF). Tsutsugo is one of those players competing with with Diaz for playing time, even if indirectly. The 28-year-old lefty has been playing professionally in Japan the past 10 years, posting a .284/.382/.525 line with 205 career HRs. Even though he’s eligible at 3B and OF in Yahoo leagues, he could also play 1B and DH, so there will be plenty of ways Tsutsugo can get into the lineup. Whether he can stick there consistently is another thing, but if he can, he has plenty of upside. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverNick Solak, Rangers (2B). Solak impressed in his 33-game stint in the majors last year (.293/.393/.491 line), which isn’t a surprise considering he was dominating at Triple-A (.347/.386/.653). It is a bit disappointing he didn’t run much (seven total SBs last year) after swiping 21 bases at Double-A in 2018, but Solak made up for that by hitting 32 homers between Triple-A and the majors. He’ll have to compete for a starting job, but if he can prove capable on defense, Solak will be a hot commodity. Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsJon Berti, Marlins (SS, OF). Bereti doesn’t fit the mold of a typical sleeper. First starters, he’s 30 and doesn’t have a regular spot in the lineup, but the speedy utility player is still expected to be in the Marlins lineup most days. If he is, he’ll steal a good amount of bases (17 in 73 games last year) and pop some homers (six last season). It’s unclear if Berti will be much more than a one-category contributor, but even if he’s just stealing bases, he’ll still have value. last_img read more

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New House economic package includes $2.25 billion for biofuels

first_imgWASHINGTON — The $3 trillion economic recovery plan introduced in the U.S. House includes $2.25 billion for the biofuels industry. Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, a Democrat from Dubuque, is part of the House Biofuels Caucus that lobbied for the assistance.“This is obviously a meaningful step towards protecting our producers and providing relief to this vital sector of our economy that means so much to our state, to our agricultural community, also to rural Iowa and our cities,” Finkenauer says.Under the plan, ethanol and biodiesel plants would get payments based on the gallons each produce.“At a rate of 45 cents per gallon for fuel produced between January and May of this year,” Finkenauer says, “and then for plants forced to shut down, the bill provides 22.5 cents per gallon on the amount produced during the same period last year in 2019.”There are eight biofuels plants in Finkenauer’s congressional district which covers the northeast quarter of Iowa.“And I know they are struggling,” Finkenauer says. “Just last month the ADM ethanol production plant in Cedar Rapids shut down, furloughing 90 workers.”Growth Energy, a trade group for the industry, projects biofuels production has been cut in half due to the pandemic and the Trump Administration waivers for oil refineries, so they don’t have to blend ethanol into gasoline. Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, is also a member of the House Biofuels Caucus. She says the downturn in the biofuels industry is having a devastating economic impact, leading to rural job losses and falling corn prices.last_img read more

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Nurmagomedov challenges Mayweather to a fight

first_imgUFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia raises his champions belt upon the arrival in Makhachkala on October 8, 2018.Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout by way of submission during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. / AFP PHOTO / Vasily MAXIMOVMixed martial arts fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has taken a page out of Conor McGregor’s playbook and issued a challenge to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather.Nurmagomedov’s challenge came in a video posted on Instagram by Mayweather’s promoter Leonard Ellerbe who indicated he ran into the UFC fighter at a fight card in Russia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMcGregor made millions last year by taking on Mayweather in lopsided boxing match. Mayweather appeared to toy with McGregor in the early rounds before stopping the Irishman in the 10th to improve to 50-0.Last weekend, Nurmagomedov retained his UFC lightweight crown, beating McGregor by fourth-round submission. He then climbed out of the Octagon to fight with a member of McGregor’s entourage who had been taunting him. McGregor also took some punches from members of Nurmagomedov’s team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Usain Bolt fumes over drug test notice Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments “Let’s go Floyd. We have to fight now: 50-0 versus 27-0,” Nurmagomedov said with Ellerbe standing next to him smiling. “We are two guys who never lose. In the jungle there is only one king. Of course, I am the king because he cannot drop McGregor but I drop him easily. Let’s go.”Nurmagomedov did not say whether he wished to fight Mayweather in a boxing or UFC match. Like McGregor, the Russian has no previous experience as a professional boxer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

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