SLAYTON, Minn. – The only doubleheader of the 2014 tour is on tap this weekend for the Redline Racing Parts North Star Series. Five IMCA divisions see series action on Friday, June 13 at Murray County Speedway in Slayton and again Saturday, June 14 at Arlington Raceway.Three defending champions, Jim Larson in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Matt Looft in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Nate Coopman in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts, take point leads to Slayton. Also on top of the standings in their respective divisions are Josh Meyer in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and Justin Luinenburg in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Friday. Hot laps are at 7:15 p.m. with racing to follow.Spectator admission is $11 for adults and free for kids 10 and under. More information about the Murray County program is available by calling 507 220-3511 and at the www.murraycountyspeedway.net website. IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars and non-sanctioned hobbies are also on the Saturday card at Arlington. The grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m.Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids. More information about the Arlington date is posted on the www.arlingtonraceway.com website or available by calling 507 380-6998 or 507 964-5947. Pit passes are $25 and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance, special series and local track points will be awarded each night. Redline Racing Parts North Star Series Top 10 Point Standings Modifieds – 1. Josh Meyer, Fairmont, 113; 2. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, 107; 3. Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, and Dalton Magers, Redwood Falls, both 99; 5. Jeff Larson, Lakefield, 98; 6. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Jerry Wren, Howard Lake, and Mat Hollerich, Good Thunder, each 97; 9. Jason Fisher, Lakefield, 91; 10. Greg Jacobsen, Sherburn, 89. Stock Cars – 1. Jim Larson, Rushmore, 118; 2. Gary Mattison, Lamberton, 102; 3. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, 98; 4. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, 96; 5. Chris Palsrok, Sibley, Iowa, 91; 6. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, 72; 7. Ken Tietz, Belle Plaine, 71; 8. Rich Gregoire, Russell, 68; 9. Chris Meyer, Silver Lake, 65; 10. Andy Altenburg, Truman, and Trent Schroeder, Worthington, both 61. Northern SportMods – 1. Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 118; 2. Nick Johansen, Tyler, 110; 3. Justin Remus, New Ulm, 103; 4. Danny Myrvold, Heron Lake, 85; 5. Bruce Egeland, Marshall, 83; 6. Nathan Chukuske, Sherburn, 77; 7. Nick Dieter, Brewster, 76; 8. Jason Andrews, Estherville, Iowa, Randy Winter, Winnebago, and Benjamin Chukuske, Sherburn, each 74. Hobby Stocks – 1. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, 118; 2. Cory Probst, Worthington, 114; 3. Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, 107; 4. Kevin LaTour, LeSueur, 96; 5. Neil Forsberg, Slayton, 88; 6. Marc Janssen, Worthington, 87; 7. Matthew Olson, Morton, 82; 8. Tim Kennedy Jr., Round Lake, 74; 9. Wes Jahnz, St. James, 73; 10. Eric Gillette, Slayton, 70. Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, 120; 2. Kyle Ewert, Glencoe, 105; 3. Stephanie Forsberg, Slayton, 73; 4. Alan Lahr, Nicollet, and Ben Wilhelmi, Redwood Falls, both 72; 6. Nathan Sukalski, Elmore, 63; 7. Terry Blowers, Waseca, and Dan Knish, Kilkenny, both 39; 9. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 38; 10. Megan Lappegard, Spencer, Iowa, and Kyren Porter, Madison Lake, 37.
Allan Simonsen’s death after a spinout cast a pall over the 24 Hours of Le Mans.The race still had more than 23½ hours to go, but there was no call to stop it on Saturday after the first driver fatality in 16 years.Simonsen’s partner Carina, the mother to their daughter born last year, made sure of that.It was her “specific request” that Simonsen’s team, Aston Martin Racing, continue the world’s most renowned endurance race in honor of the Dane.Just 10 minutes into the race, Simonsen spun and skidded into the barrier at the Tertre Rouge corner where cars typically reach speeds of up to 105 mph. The 34-year-old Simonsen was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries, race organizers said. …The violence of the impact showed as a tire from Simonsen’s car rolled on the track while a door hung wide open. The race was held up for nearly an hour to repair the guard rail. “Tragically, and despite the best efforts of the emergency services in attendance, Allan’s injuries proved fatal,” Aston Martin said in a statement.Simonsen’s death marked the first driver fatality since 1997 when Sebastien Enjolras was killed in pre-qualifying. The last driver fatality during the race was Jo Gartner in 1986.Simonsen was participating for the seventh time at the endurance race, which is won by the team that completes the most laps in 24 hours with up to three drivers alternating. He finished second in the GT2 class at Le Mans three years ago. He clocked the fastest time in qualifying on Thursday in the GTE-Am class.Jean Todt, the FIA president, and Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest which organizes the race, paid tribute to Simonsen.“Allan was an extremely talented and experienced sportscar driver who had raced in every corner of the world and was highly respected by his peers and his team,” they said in a joint statement. “For many in endurance racing, Allan was above all a good friend who displayed his passion for racing on and off the track. His loss will be felt by the FIA, the ACO and the greater motorsport family.” Simonsen and Danish co-drivers Kristian Poulsen and Christoffer Nygaard were leading the GTE-Am class in the world endurance championship after topping their category at Silverstone in April and finishing second in Spa-Francorchamps last month.“Aston Martin Racing will not make any further comment until the precise circumstances of the accident have been determined,” Simonsen’s team said.Toyota Racing team president Yoshiaki Kinoshita expressed his condolences, along with drivers from around the world.Formula One driver Jenson Button tweeted: “Allan Simonsen RIP. Such a tragic loss. A true fighter & a true racer. Safety is something we need 2 improve on in Motorsport.”IndyCar Series leader Helio Castroneves tweeted: “Very sad to know about the fatal accident of Allan Simonsen on Le Mans today. Praying for him and (his) family.” Another IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan tweeted: “Such a tragic news on the passing of @AllanSimonsen. Sad day in motorsports again. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
In Cultural Centre of Bihać, traditional manifestation The Athlete of the year was held, and member of body building club ‘TNT’ Fikret Bosnić was proclaimed best sportsman of 2012, who won the first place at Balkans Tournament in mix pair and third place in singles competition.The cup was given to Fikret Bosnić by mayor of Bihać Emdžad Galijašević, and added that sport must be in the focus of the municipal administration.Best team is handball team ‘‘Bihać’’, while Harun Sadiković was chosen the best young sportsman, and Husein Ramić the best coach.Best team of disabled persons is Basketball club ”Una-Sana” in male category and in female category is the bowling club ”Bihać”.