EUNICE, N.M. – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars get top billing at Cardinal Speedway’s Kelly Sheen Memorial Shootout on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27.Winner’s share of the purse for the ninth annual event has been increased to $3,000. Taking the green in the Stock Car feature pays a minimum of $200.Qualifying is Saturday with 25-lap features on the Sunday program. Bigger paydays have been announced for the other sanctioned divisions as well.IMCA Modifieds now race for $2,000 to win and $150 to start their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier while Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods race for $1,400 to win and $75 to start. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for $800 to win and $75 to start.All feature winners receive a 55-gallon drum of fuel in addition to their share of the purse and $100 will be paid to the hard charger in each division. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and New Mexico State points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Mountain Time Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday. The draw closes at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. both days.Spectator admission is $10 and kids six and under get in free. Car and driver is $35 and pit passes are $20.Gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice runs from 7-10 p.m. Friday, May 25. General admission for that session is free while pit passes are $20. Food and beverages following in the pit area are provided by Kendall’s Kountry Meat Market.More information is available by calling promoter Toby Herring at 575 441-1941.
Jones has endured a difficult season at Old Trafford, suffering a couple of injury absences that have restricted him to just 16 starts in all competitions. Yet his value to United has been in evidence over the last two months. “Jones is going to be a phenomenal player,” said Ferguson. “He has a fantastic influence, no matter where he plays.” Press Association Sir Alex Ferguson has tipped Phil Jones to become one of Manchester United’s greatest ever players. Whether it was keeping Real Madrid quiet after being handed a defensive midfield role in the Bernabeu, subduing Stoke from his right-back station or strolling through Monday night’s Premier League-title clinching effort against Aston Villa at centre-half, Jones has excelled. The last player capable of filling such a wide variety of roles was John O’Shea. And ultimately, that versatility prevented the Irishman from holding down a regular berth in Ferguson’s team. At 21, one senses that will not happen to Jones. It is just that Ferguson himself does not know where his talents are best suited. Ferguson added: “He has an instinct for the game and a drive about him. “I have no idea where his best position is. He could play anywhere on the pitch. But he will be one of the best players we have ever had.” High praise indeed, underlining why Jones has previously been compared to Duncan Edwards, who was only 21 when his life was tragically cut short in the Munich air crash.
4 4. Is Chelsea hero Petr Cech one of the ready-made stars Brendan Rodgers will sign in January? Now click the arrow above to see a midfield tank Liverpool should pursue! – Thibaut Courtois fine form for the Premier League pacesetters sees the Czech shot-stopper, 32, warming the bench for Jose Mourinhos side. Cech wont want his career to end with a whimper though and a deal could be agreed for him to swap clubs, especially considering Rodgers lack of faith in Simon Mignolet. A fee of £7million has recently been mooted but Arsenal are also interested as Wojciech Szczesnys form dips. 4 4 4 3. Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin can shore up midfield for the Reds… now click the arrow to see which striker in the prime of his career could bolster the Reds’ frontline! – Arsenal missed out on signing the France international last summer as Southamptons exodus saw them cling desperately to one of their last remaining star names. It worked out well for the Saints but as Schneiderlin continues to impress its only a matter of time before he moves on. Liverpool fans may be concerned about the possibility of signing another player from Southampton for big money, but his work in front of a back four is something the Reds often poor defending would surely benefit from. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is targeting players who are the finished article in January.After seeing captain Steven Gerrard announce his intention to leave Anfield at the end of the season, the Northern Irishman wants to bring in established stars rather than continue with the club’s model of snapping up young talents from across Europe.He said: “A large part of our squad is young players but there’s no doubt that if you want to take steps forward, you need to sign ready-made players.“The model at the football club is clear in that the owners want to bring in young players in order to develop and create them into world class players.“Of course, that can be a longer and more difficult process. It is certainly something I know the owners look at. They know that not every player can be a developer.“If you’re going to keep progressing, you also need those ready-made players.”So who should Rodgers be looking to sign this transfer window? Click the arrows above to find out… 2. Andre-Pierre Gignac could be the answer to Rodgers’ striker woes – France international Andre-Pierre Gignac, 29, has been a regular goalscorer in France and only failed to hit double figures in one season out of the last seven. A tally of 12 strikes so far this campaign (up to 6 January 2015) have seen several sides register interest, especially as his contract runs out at the end of the campaign. If they fail to land him they could also cast their eyes towards Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling or Sevilla and Colombia star Carlos Bacca. 1. Is Nicolas N’Koulou the stopper who can plug Liverpool’s leaky defence? – If Rodgers is looking to tighten up at the back they could do worse than look towards Cameroon international NKoulou. The 24-year-old already has 51 caps for his country and has played more than 100 times for Marseille in three years and could be available for £6million in January. Alternatively, he could also look at fellow Ligue 1 star Loic Perrin, who has excelled with Saint Etienne.