Three-time NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing Champion Ray Alfalla claimed victory in the first-ever NPAS playoff race at Darlington Raceway for his third win of the 2017 season. The dominating performance vaulted Alfalla into the championship lead as he chases an unprecedented fourth championship in iRacing’s most prestigious oval series.Michael Conti came home second, nearly 1.9 seconds behind Alfalla. Ryan Luza finished third to nearly keep pace with Alfalla in the championship. Logan Clampitt was fourth and Brian Schoenburg came from 24th on the grid to finish fifth, barely beating Bobby Zalenski as the two crashed across the start/finish line.Zack Novak led the field to the green after winning his fourth pole of the year and led the first 29 circuits. However, it was Luza with the long run speed early in the race, and he passed Novak down the backstretch on Lap 30 to gain control of the race. Shortly thereafter, a caution brought the field to the pits for the first time in the evening with Luza maintaining the lead off pit road.MORE: NASCAR-sanctioned drivers compete in iRacing series Then on the ensuing restart Luza made an uncharacteristic mistake that likely cost him a chance at contending for the win when he changed lanes before the start/finish line. The preemptive move earned Luza a drive through penalty, putting him a lap behind.Back at the front, Bobby Zalenski took over the lead when Luza pitted with Alfalla tracking him closely in second. As the run wore on, Zalenski was able to keep Alfalla at bay, but Luza was able to un-lap himself, which would prove important in his rally back to the front.Unable to catch and pass Zalenski on the track, Alfalla turned to pit strategy as he ducked in earlier than Zalenski on Lap 70. With Zalenski staying out until Lap 72, Alfalla made up several seconds on the former leader as they both worked through traffic on their far fresher tires.Alfalla finally cycled to the lead on Lap 89 due to an extended pit sequence with Conti less than a second behind. Zalenski rode in third, still quite a distance behind the leaders despite his two-lap fresher rubber. Alfalla, in fact, began to pull away from everyone as he asserted himself as the driver to beat. The only chance the field looked to have would be a caution or a mistake by Alfalla on pit road.The rest of the field got their wish on Lap 142 when Josh Berry spun and crashed off Turn Two. Alfalla was first off pit road and with everyone having enough fuel to go to the finish, the race was on. For the first 20 laps Conti could maintain touch with the leader but slowly but surely Alfalla started building a gap and was not challenged on his way to the win.Alfalla’s victory allowed him to jump Luza and into the NPAS points lead with two races remaining until the final cut in the playoffs. Alfalla leads Luza by three points and Zalenski is nine markers back. Clampitt holds the final transfer spot, five points behind Zalenski and nine in front of Novak, who struggled to a 17th-place result.Chicagoland Speedway plays host to race two of the NPAS playoffs as all eight title contenders are within 14 points of the final transfer position. Alfalla was definitely the car to beat at Darlington, but if Luza can stay penalty-free Alfalla, Zalenski, and the others will likely have their hands full by the end of the night. Can Alfalla go 2-for-2, or will one of the other seven contenders find the winner’s circle in a bid to upset the favorite? Find out in two weeks on iRacing Live!
Staff reportA Buna man was taken by helicopter to St. Elizabeth Medical Center with serious injuries after he was struck by a passing vehicle on State Highway 62 in Orange County.The Texas Department of Public Safety said the auto-pedestrian crash occurred near the Mauriceville Volunteer Fire Department around 4:15 p.m. Thursday. Bush was issued a traffic citation for failure to drive in a single lane.DPS said no other information would be released. Next UpThe DPS said in an issued statement that a 2003 Ford pickup truck was disabled on the northbound shoulder of SH 62. The driver realized he needed gasoline, got out of his vehicle and was struck by a 2017 Dodge pickup truck.The injured pedestrian was Todd Williams, 44. His passenger, Leslie Marcantel of Deweyville, was not injured.The driver of the Dodge, Edwin Bush, 53, of Kirbyville was not injured.
John Mikel Obi could become the Nigerian with the highest number of appearances in the Champions League, if Chelsea go past the quarter-finals of the competition this season.The midfielder has 56 appearances so far, four matches behind Nwankwo Kanu, who has 60.Since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2006, Mikel Obi has averaged 37 games per season in all competitions.The 28-year-old has also won all the major trophies in England and Europe.Chelsea will take on Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16, when the Champions League resumes on February 16.
Daily reports of hacking and data breaches have become commonplace, causing company reputations to be badly stung.Businesses that previously had not seen the value in investing in cybersecurity are now realizing that cybersecurity measures are essential component of any digital services which they offer. Cybercrime will put a drag of $441 billion on the global economy in 2016, according to a report from the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report.Sean Pike, IDC’s vice president of security products, said that “today’s security climate is such that enterprises fear becoming victims of the next major cyber attack or cyber extortion. As a result, security has become heavily scrutinized by boards of directors demanding that security budgets are used wisely and solutions operate at peak efficiency.”An IDC report estimates that spending on security hardware, software and services will grow by 38 percent over the next four years, reaching $101.6 billion in 2020.David Burg, PwC’s U.S. and global leader of cybersecurity and privacy, said that “what’s becoming clear is that senior execs — CEOs, marketing chiefs and others who worry about digital — are turning to CISOs and saying, OK how do I solve this? It’s not can I do it. The decision to do it has already been made. How do I do this in a way that is secure and safe and minds privacy regulations. It’s an important pivot. To remain competitive, organizations today must make a budgetary commitment to the integration of cybersecurity with digitization from the outset.”
Ajax legend Van Loen: Man Utd better for De Ligt than Juventusby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax defender Mattias De Ligt should sign with Manchester United over Juventus, according to club legend John Van Loen.De Ligt is heavily favoured to sign with the Old Lady this summer. But Van Loen, who won the UEFA Cup with Ajax, says the 19-year-old is better suited to English football.”I think Manchester United is perfect for De Ligt,” the former striker explained to Goal.”I hope De Ligt rejects Juventus’ offer – Italian football does not suit him and the Premier league is much better and stronger.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves wing-back Adama Traore: Reading offers us momentumby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves wing-back Adama Traore says they can build momentum with a Carabao Cup win over Reading tonight.Wolves go into the tie on the gap of their draw with Crystal Palace.Traore told the club’s website: “It will be important to build momentum, but whether it’s against Reading or whether it’s against anyone else, we always want to win.“It was the same against Crystal Palace – we got a point, but for everyone, we wanted to win. In any game, and whatever is the team, we go out to work and win.“But even if we don’t win games, we always have a positive mind. We have no excuses not to win games, and this is why we fight and work to do it.”On showing character at Selhurst Park, he continued: “It was a tough game and we wanted more, but we stayed in shape, we worked hard, and we kept believing – that is the important thing.“We had a lot of chances to score, the first-half in particular, but we didn’t finish it, so we have to think about the positive things, but we have to keep working, we have to improve in our game and we showed we can do it.“When you have chances and the goalie does well or it’s not going in, you get frustrated, but you have to keep going, keep believing and even if we have one man less, two men less, we will keep fighting together.”
eli apple asked if he likes menIt’s well-documented that coaches of NFL teams come up with some strange questions to ask NFL Combine participants. Ohio State’s Eli Apple may have been asked the strangest of all.Friday morning, Apple, appearing on CSN Philly’s The 700 Level, revealed that a coach on the Atlanta Falcons staff asked him if he likes men. Here’s the quote, via CSN Philly:“The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, ‘So do you like men?’ It was like the first thing he asked me. It was weird. I was just like, ‘no.’ He was like, ‘if you’re going to come to Atlanta, sometimes that’s how it is around here, you’re going to have to get used to it.’ I guess he was joking but they just ask most of these questions to see how you’re going to react.” The Falcons, for the record, have already released a statement on the matter. In it, they apologize to Apple.You can see video below. Apple at first isn’t sure whether to answer the question truthfully – but obviously, he does.Your browser does not support iframes.Clearly, this isn’t a good look for either the Falcons or the NFL. We’ll see if there is any more fallout.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies recently hosted a fundraising game for the Fort St. John SPCA, raising a total of $716.The night included pin-the-tail on the Husky, the selling of homemade dog treats, and a 50/50 raffle with 25 percent going towards the SPCA.Sabrina Trobak, Huskies Chair, feels the Huskies did pretty good with raising funds for the one night fundraiser. “I think we did pretty good. We raised $716 for the SPCA. I talked with Candice from the SPCA and she was really appreciative and grateful and then we had some leftover homemade dog treats as well, so we dropped them off for them.”Trobak says this was one of three fundraising games the Huskies participated in this season.“It’s the last of our fundraising for the hockey season. So we’ve done one for women’s cancer, one for men’s health, and this is our third one for the SPCA.”Trobak adds that this year was about making the community aware that the Huskies are part of the community.“We’re really just this year trying to make people aware that we are doing some things for the community, so hopefully it just continues to draw more and more crowds and the more crowds we have, the more people are willing to donate.”For more information and updates on the Huskies, you can visit their Facebook page.
CALGARY, AB – The contract for engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPC) for the Pipestone Processing Facility in Alberta was awarded by Encana to WorleyParsons.WorleyParsonsCord will provide EPC services for the Pipestone Processing Facility, a 200 MMcf/day sour, shallow-cut gas plant with acid gas injection and 24,000 bbls/day of raw condensate processing capability.This contract award follows the completion of several recent projects by WorleyParsonsCord for Encana, including fabrication and construction of the Tower Gas Plant, the Saturn Gas Plant and the North Central Liquids Hub. “We are pleased to be awarded this contract by Encana and look forward to continuing our relationship and delivering this important project,” said Andrew Wood, Chief Executive Officer of WorleyParsons.Keyera Partnership, a subsidiary of Keyera Corp, will own the Pipestone Processing Facility and provide processing services to Encana once the facility is complete.
Taipei: A US envoy on religion has described China’s internment of an estimated 1 million Muslims as a “horrific situation.” Sam Brownback, US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, on Tuesday called for an independent investigation into the detentions and the release of those being held. China has already angrily protested Brownback’s remarks last week in Hong Kong criticising Beijing’s polices on religious minorities and accusing the country of being “at war with faith.” China at first denied the existence of the internment camps in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, but now says they are vocational training facilities. In a telephone news conference with journalists, Brownback appeared undeterred by Beijing’s ire, describing China’s explanations as “completely unsatisfactory answers.” China is listed by the US among the worst violators of religious freedom.