By Lonnie WheatleyMUSKOGEE, Okla. – Things are definitely on an upward trend at the 3/8-mile Outlaw Motor Speedway clay oval near Muskogee, Okla.Following a successful test ‘n tune and Spring Fling Enduro, the second full season of racing action under the track ownership of Jessie Hoskins officially gets underway with the Friday and Saturday, April 1-2 Azalea Festival Nationals featuring a full slate of championship action on both nights.“It looks like we’re headed into an awesome year of racing here at Outlaw Motor Speedway,” track promoter Chris Smith commented. “The track and facilities are looking great and we’re excited to get the season started.”The season-opening Azalea Festival Nationals on April 1-2 will include two full nights of competition for each of the track’s championship chase divisions of Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, grand nationals and pure stocks.Racing action goes green at 8 p.m. on Friday with the Saturday card firing off at 7 p.m. All applicable IMCA points will be awarded each night.With the track set to fire up with the official season-opener next weekend, the past weekend’s test test ‘n tune attracted 60 cars with another 47 entries from five different states taking part in the 100-lap, $1,000-to-win enduro.“The Test ‘N Tune and Enduro went really well. It set a great tone for the 2016 season ahead,” Smith said.The complete Outlaw Motor Speedway schedule for 2016 is available at the www.outlawmotorspeedway.net website.General admission tickets are available for $10 each night with senior citizens and military admitted for $8. Children ages 6-12 are admitted for $5 with five and under free. Pit passes are available for $30 with pit passes for children 6-11 $15.Outlaw Motor Speedway is located southwest of Muskogee, OK, on U.S. 69 to the Wainwright exit, then 0.1 mile west. It is approximately 12 miles north of the I-40 and U.S. 69 interchange.The track phone number is 918 625-6200.
The City of Sunrise is hosting a full day of free celebrations on Wednesday, July 4. Looking for a traditional start to your Independence Day? Be in position at 9:00 a.m., when our “Animation Comes to Life” Parade winds its way west along Sunset Strip from NW 12th Street to City Park (6700 Sunset Strip, Sunrise 33313). You’ll see colorful floats, costumed characters, marching musicians, and more! From the end of the parade until noon, enjoy a Family Fun Day complete with refreshments and activities for kids. The excitement continues with a Concert and Fireworks outdoors at the BB&T Center (One Panther Parkway, Sunrise 33323). The gates open at 4:30, and parking and admission are free. This year’s live entertainment includes three amazing bands and a fantastic fireworks display: 5:00 p.m. – Skotch Bonnett Band (reggae and R&B) 6:15 p.m. – Mr. Nice Guy (classic rock) 7:45 p.m. – Grand Funk Railroad (classic rock from The American Band) 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks The event also features a children’s fun zone, and a wide selection of food and beverage vendors. For attendees’ safety, the following items cannot be brought into the event area at the BB&T Center: backpacks, bags larger than 12” x 12”, coolers, glass bottles, alcohol, weapons, drones, fireworks, pets, and bicycles. (Bring a lock to secure your bike in the lot.) All bags will be searched. The City of Sunrise Concert and Fireworks celebration is presented by Wheelabrator Technologies and sponsored by the BB&T Center, the Florida Panthers, Ed Morse Sawgrass Automall, Metropica, Memorial Healthcare System, the Sun-Sentinel Media Group, The Beach 102.7 FM, The Ticket 790 AM, and Bahama Breeze. For more information, visit www.sunrisefl.gov/july4, or call the City of Sunrise Leisure Services Department: (954) 747-4600.
0Shares0000Chelsea’s Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League match against Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on August 27, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 27- Chelsea lifted Antonio Conte’s spirits ahead of the crucial final days of the transfer window as goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory over woeful Everton on Sunday.Conte has spent the last few weeks grumbling about Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets, and with the window closing next week, the Blues boss is hoping to bolster his depleted squad with several signings. Against that troubled backdrop, it was essential Chelsea signed off before the international break with three points to keep in touch with Premier League pace setters Manchester United.The champions achieved that aim with ease as Fabregas opened the scoring in the first half at Stamford Bridge before Morata bagged his second goal since his club record £58 million ($74 million) move from Real Madrid.Conte’s men have now won two in a row following their shock opening-day defeat against Burnley, but they won’t have many less demanding victories than this one against a lethargic Everton side who barely broke sweat.Although Morata scored again, the Spain striker was a diffident figure for long periods and Conte knows Chelsea’s hopes of more silverware rest on him being given extra options to juggle the demands of a gruelling season.Everton’s first league defeat of the season was a frustrating end to what had been a positive week for Ronald Koeman’s men after they drew at Manchester City and qualified for the Europa League group stages.Back from suspension, Fabregas came in for Tiemoue Bakayoko and was immediately in the thick of the action when Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye escaped with a yellow card after catching the Spaniard with a crude studs-up lunge.Quickly monopolising possession, Chelsea threatened an early goal as William’s penetrating run teed up Morata in the penalty area.But Morata opted to pass and the chance was gone when Pedro lifted an ambitious bicycle kick over the crossbar.David Luiz took a direct approach moments later, bringing Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into action for the first time with a low strike from just outside the area.Pedro followed suit with another long-range effort that had Pickford sprawling to his right to save.– Killer blow –Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata (left) vies with Everton’s defender Mason Holgate during their English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London on August 27, 2017Chelsea’s relentless pressure was rewarded in the 27th minute.Fabregas flicked a pass to Morata and timed his run perfectly to receive the Spaniard’s headed return ball in stride, nudging in front of Leighton Baines to guide a deft finish past Pickford for his first goal of the season.Although Everton had a draining Europa League assignment at Hajduk Split on Thursday, even that couldn’t completely excuse a desperately uninspired display.It was only a matter of time before Chelsea made them pay again and it was Morata who delivered the killer blow in the 40th minute.After referee Jon Moss played the advantage following a foul on Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta had time and space to whip over a pin-point cross and Morata punished the flat-footed Everton defence with a header beyond Pickford from 10 yards.Pedro almost made it three just after half-time with a curling effort that whistled wide before Everton finally carved out a chance.Sandro Ramirez had only Thibaut Courtois to beat when he raced onto Wayne Rooney’s pass, but the striker’s miscued shot was in keeping with his side’s limp performance.Normal service was soon resumed as Chelsea peppered Pickford’s goal, with Pedro shooting wide and Moses firing too close to the keeper.Despite Chelsea’s commanding position, Conte remained typically hyperactive on the touchline.A calmer head will be required when he returns to the transfer maelstrom.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)