The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing team in the Camping World Truck Series were assessed penalties Wednesday for lug nuts not properly installed in last weekend’s races.The violations were discovered during post-race inspection.Per the infraction under Sections 10.9.10.4 of the NASCAR Rule Book, Scott Graves, crew chief of the No. 19, was fined $10,000 and Buddy Sisco, crew chief of the No. 29, was fined $2,500.The No. 19 Toyota, driven by Daniel Suarez, finished 15th in the Axalta presents the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway.The No. 29 Ford, driven by Chase Briscoe, finished second in the winstaronlinegaming.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, after Christopher Bell edged him in a side-by-side, closing-laps battle.
Thumbs down for Jimmie Johnson because we feel bad about his start of the season. You’ll find your horseshoe if you keep your chin up, Jimmie. F.E.A.R. not (or F.E.A.R., if you prefer). However, with Kevin Harvick’s dominance of Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, the term found new life when other competitors described Harvick’s unusual approach to getting around the track, where he’d ease off the throttle earlier than most entering the corners, hug the bottom of the track, then tiptoe back into the gas to produce a strong run off the turn. (Apparently the new definition of “Harvicking” works; Harvick dominated Sunday.) Most would agree that late winter is the worst for driving. The weather is unpredictable and the roads are riddled with bumps and potholes. It turns out when NASCAR races on Atlanta’s heavily-worn asphalt amidst uncertain weather conditions, it’s not too much different. Here’s what earned our thumbs-up and thumbs-down in the race in the Peach State. Thumbs Up: The Vortex TheoryIt didn’t seem likely we’d watch racing from Atlanta with forecasts predicting rain storms throughout the weekend, but, by some miracle, the entirety of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 happened Sunday, much to the surprise of many.Racer-gone-commentator Darrell Waltrip’s “Vortex Theory” — the idea that dozens of race cars buzzing around a circular track at full song wards off bad weather — may not be based on science, but it seemed plausible in our imaginations this weekend. Aside from a delayed start, there was no impactful rain during Sunday’s race until after the checkered flag.Thumbs up for that magical junk-science vortex keeping the weather at bay in Atlanta Sunday. Thumbs Up: Varying Pit StrategiesWhile it was a very Kevin Harvick-looking day Sunday, a few teams tried to play spoiler — most notably Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano, who both tried to make up time by pitting one fewer time under green flag conditions. The strategy wasn’t quite fruitful, especially after a late-race caution racked up the field in the closing laps when Trevor Bayne’s engine did its best fog machine impression. Still, alternating strategy and trying to steal a win by playing the race differently throughout a massive long green flag run felt like a good, old-fashioned classic NASCAR race.I mean, it makes sense on paper. You stop fewer times, you spend less time going slow. Thumbs up for giving it a try anyway. But, much like in 2014, “Harvicking” is very much a thing again — but it’s a variation of the original meaning. We can’t let the original definition die. It’s too good. Thumbs Down: A “Harvicking” ReduxAfter a 2014 post-race brawl, somebody coined the term “Harvicking” in reference to Harvick’s role shoving Brad Keselowski into a post-race kerfuffle. If you pushed somebody into the path of mayhem, you totally “Harvicked” them. Thumbs Down: Hang in there, Jimmie JohnsonAfter a crash in the Daytona 500 and a spin in Atlanta Sunday, Jimmie Johnson finds himself 35th in points, behind the likes of Gray Gaulding, Mark Thompson and DJ Kennington — the latter two having started only the Daytona 500. That means Johnson is currently the lowest-ranked of all drivers who’ve started both races this season.And while it’s silly to read into the points situation after two races, and with 24 more opportunities to improve before the Playoffs begin, it hasn’t been the ideal start of the season for the seven-time champ. Biggest Thumbs Up of the Week: Three Fingers for DaleAfter Kevin Harvick crushed the field en route to Victory Lane Sunday, he celebrated the same way he did in this race 17 years prior — Harvick’s first win substituting for the late Dale Earnhardt — holding three fingers in the air to pay tribute to The Intimidator.WATCH: Harvick pays tribute to SeniorWhile the emotions of the 2018 win differed from the tear-jerking 2001 race, it’s hard not to like seeing three fingers out the window to remember No. 3.A giant thumbs-up for Harvick’s tribute of a tribute. Is it dusty in here, or is somebody chopping onions? Thumbs down for co-opting the term “Harvicking.”
Mississippi State couldn’t close in Tulane which resulted in its 18th straight road loss. The Bulldogs tied the game with 2:36 remaining but didn’t score again in their 59-54 loss on Saturday.MSU drops to 5-2 on the season. Rick Ray is now 1-21 in road games as Mississippi State’s head coach. His only win came in his first season with the team.Trivante Bloodman made a layup to tie the game at 54-54. The Green Wave scored four straight to win the game. MSU missed three free throws down the stretch. It also missed on all five of its shot attempts in the final 2:36.Travis Daniels led Mississippi State with 13 points and nine rebounds.Gavin Ware and Roquez Johnson were the only other Bulldogs to finish in double digits with 11 and 10 points respectively.MSU’s leading scorer from a season ago, Craig Sword, only played two minutes. The ESPN broadcast said the junior was dealing with flu-like symptoms. Sword has played in only two games this season as he recovered from back surgery.Mississippi State is off for a week before returning to action next Saturday at Oregon State.
Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa, says he will do everything in his power to uphold, respect and promote Liberia’s traditions.He made the statement recently in Brewerville, when he and his deputy for Administration, Varney Sirleaf and others were gowned by Mama Siah Toomey, considered as the country’s Supreme Zoe.Dr. Tokpa said the honor by the women is a challenge to him and promised to do his best with the support of his deputies, particularly Minister Sirleaf.“I am grateful for this honor, but actually for me I don’t deserve it because I didn’t work for it. The honor should have been bestowed on Varney Sirleaf, who has worked so hard to uplift the ministry to where it is today,” he said amid applause.The Deputy Minister Sirleaf expressed gratitude to Mama Toomey for the honor and promised that they will work together as one people. He called on other traditional leaders to support Minister Tokpa. Gowning the ministers earlier, Mama Toomey, head of the traditional Women’s Council of Liberia, said tradition says every Minister being appointed by the president to serve the traditional people must be gowned and officially welcomed to the ministry.“And this is what we have been doing for all the past ministers who came to the Ministry,” said Mama Toomey. She added that the ministry is a very large entity and as such, the minister needs to know its true function owing to its ‘Zoes’ undertone.The Ministry, she noted, has a great impact to make in promoting the true value of our Liberian heritage.The supreme Zoe also commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Cater Center for their remarkable roles in bringing peace to Liberia.She certificated William R. Tolbert, Jr., Chief Zanzan Kawor, Ambassador Juli Endee and Carter Center’s Liberia Country Director Pewee Flomoku.The program was attended by Lofa County Representative Mariana Fofona and other government officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…Govt to initiate Guyana/Brazil joint border committeeIn about two weeks’ time, Guyana and Brazil could have a joint border committee set up to look at the effects of the excessive flooding that had occurred in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), Government said on Thursday.Neighbouring Brazil has been drawn into the loop since the flooding in the region,Colonel Chabilal Ramsurupwhich has already forced residents out of their homes, has been found to not be a “Guyana problem”.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder explained the foregoing and said the flooding was caused by the continued “backing up” of the rivers bordering Guyana and Brazil.“There is bright sunshine…no rain (in Region Nine), but the Ireng and Takutu have been backing up from 25 feet. This is not a Guyana problem. What seems to be happening is the Amazon seems to be backing up in the Rio Negro, which is also backing up into the Rio Branco, which is backed up into the Ireng and the Takutu”, Holder told reporters on Friday.Director General of the Civil Defence Commission, Colonel (retd) Chabilal Ramsurup, has been in contact with the Brazilian Government to determine what can be done about the situation. He said the situation in Region Nine is difficult to influence.According to Colonel Ramsarup, there was a meeting between Guyana and its Brazilian counterpart on Thursday, wherein it was found that the water in the Rio Branco is rising because of heavy rainfall occurring in the north of Brazil.He said there has been sunshine for the entire week in Region Nine. And while theAgriculture MinisterNoel Holderwater has receded somewhat in the Lethem area, all other sub-regions remain flooded.“We advised farmers there to reap all the crops that can be reaped. We advise that they take all the crops to the mills and ensure that we could utilise as much farine and cassava bread as possible,” Colonel Ramsarup detailed. He assured that there is no shortage of food in the region, but said if the situation persists, it may lead to that.He said the CDC is hoping that the rain in northern Brazil eases up, but according to the forecast, there will be rain today and tomorrow. That, he said, will give rise to water again in both the Takutu and Ireng rivers.BerbiceMeanwhile, the Agriculture Ministry already has on the ground some engineers to assess the flood situation in Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne), Agriculture Minister Noel Holder has said.Farmers along the Corentyne Coast have been complaining about the loss of cattle at the Cookerite Savannah. Holder said the situation is a worrisome one for Government as the Canje river continues to overflow its bank.He explained that pumping stations use water from the Canje creek to service the Black Bush Polder, Rose Hall and Albion estates.According to him, the system is so designed that because of the high requirementOne of the flooded roads in Region 9of water from the Canje River, the dry canal was dug, linking the Berbice River to the Canje River to allow water from the Berbice River to supplement the water in the Canje river, so as to ensure there is enough water along the Corentyne Coast.However, over the last month or so, because of excessive water in the upper reaches of the Canje River, the water has been overtopping.“One such area is the Cookerite Savannah, (and another is) the Manarabisi Savannah,” he declared. The result of this flooding, he said, is that farmers who rear cattle on these pastures are encountering inundated pastures. The cattle population is to some extent in jeopardy.He said that while farmers have been complaining that thousands of their cattle have been lost, overhead checks using helicopters by the CDC have not seen that amount. In any event, he said, cattle would usually find whatever high ground they can.According to Holder, it is an area of concern because it is not a drainage and irrigation area, and the water cannot be drained into the Canje River because it is overflowing its bank.According to Holder, the Agriculture Ministry has sent in a team of engineers to look at the situation. They have also begun installing a number of additional pumps to pump the Manarabisi area to drain into the Black Bush Polder area.To this end, Holder said, the NDIA has installed pumps at Lesbeholden, Adventure, Numbers 46 and 49, two pumps at Number 52 Village along with two machines that are cleaning the Fowler Canal to take the water to the Number 66 Creek.Holder said if there is no excessive rainfall over the next few days, the situation could be brought under control.
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