GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2017) The loyal fans of NHRA Pro Stock drag racing in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will be able to vote their favorite category driver into the NHRA K&N Horsepower Challenge, a special bonus event for the factory hot rod class.
The K&N Horsepower Challenge will be held Saturday, April 1, during the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The lucrative event is open to eight drivers, seven of which will be determined by points earned at NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. The eighth spot will be decided by the fan vote.
“The racers in the Pro Stock category look forward to the K&N Horsepower Challenge each year to prove who is the best in the category,” said Graham Light, NHRA senior vice president of racing operations. “The specialty race features the top Pro Stock drivers and allows the fans to be involved in the selection process by voting for the eighth finalist.”
Greg Anderson raced to victory last year in the K&N Horsepower Challenge in an uncontested final round when teammate Jason Line’s car broke on the starting line. Anderson’s Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro lost traction at the start, but he was able to cruise down the track to claim his fifth victory in the lucrative Pro Stock all-star event. With the victory Anderson earned $50,000.
Voting is open now and will end on Monday March, 27 at noon Eastern. Fans can go to NHRA.com to vote: http://www.nhra.com/KNChallenge. Fans can vote once and they must have a Facebook page to vote.
The winner of the fan vote will go up against the other seven entries in a three-round shootout in Las Vegas. The champion of the K&N Horsepower Challenge race will win a $50,000 grand prize. The runner-up will receive $10,000 with $3,000 to the two semifinalists and $2,500 to the four first-round finishers. If a driver doubles-up by winning the specialty event and the national event, that driver will win a $25,000 bonus.
Drivers that have already clinched a spot into the K&N Horsepower Challenge include Greg Anderson, Jason Line, Bo Butner, Shane Gray, and Vincent Nobile.
The following Pro Stock drivers are currently eligible for the fan vote: Jeg Coughlin, Kenny Delco, Erica Enders, V. Gaines, John Gaydosh, Tanner Gray, Joey Grose, Matt Hartford, Mark Hogan, Tom Huggins, Allen Johnson, Deric Kramer, Alex Laughlin, Kevin Lawrence, Chris McGaha, Alan Prusiensky, Dave River, Drew Skillman, Val Smeland, Curt Steinbach, Richie Stevens Jr., Aaron Strong, Shane Tucker, and Charlie Westcott.
Pro Stock points standings can be found at http://www.nhra.com/k-n-horsepower-challenge/kn-points
Drivers began accumulating points from qualifying points starting at the 2016 DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas and continued to earn points through the 2017 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 16-19.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.
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|COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS SIGN DEFENSEMAN MARC-ANDRE BERGERON TO ONE-YEAR, TWO-WAY NHL/AHL CONTRACT
|COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL Contract for the rest of the 2016-17 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Bergeron, 36, has posted 82 goals and 153 assists for 235 points and 214 penalty minutes in 490 career NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers from 2002-13. He posted career highs in goals, points, penalty minutes and games played with 15-20-35, 38 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 75 games with the Oilers in 2005-06 and helped the club reach the 2006 Stanley Cup final with 2-1-3 and 14 penalty minutes in 18 playoff contests. The blueliner has notched 7-8-15 and 39 penalty minutes in 57 career NHL playoff games. He most recently recorded 1-8-9 with nine penalty minutes in 25 games split between the Lightning and Hurricanes in 2012-13.
The Trois-Rivieres, Quebec native has posted 3-6-9 with eight penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 13 games with the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters this season. He ranks second-T among club defensemen in goals. The 5-9, 198-pound blueliner has tallied 19-65-84 with 171 penalty minutes and +47 plus/minus rating in 162 career AHL games with the Monsters, Norfolk Admirals, Hamilton Bulldogs and Toronto Roadrunners.
Bergeron played for the ZSC Lions in the Swiss’ National League A from 2013-16, posting 18-60-78 with 100 penalty minutes and a +50 plus/minus rating in 135 games. Originally signed by the Oilers as a free agent on July 20, 2001, Bergeron spent four seasons playing junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1997-01, registering 86-144-230 with 529 penalty minutes and a +21 plus/minus rating in 249 career games with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Shawinigan Cataractes.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 7 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, CD 102.5 FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.
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|COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed center Zac Dalpe off waivers from the Minnesota Wild and assigned him to the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The club has also placed left wing Matt Calvert on Injured Reserve (oblique strain).
Dalpe, 27, has posted a goal and two assists for three points with nine penalty minutes and an “even” plus/minus rating in nine games with the Wild this season. He has added 2-0-2 and an “even” plus/minus rating in 12 games with the AHL’s Iowa Wild.
The Paris, Ontario native has tallied 12-12-24 with 23 penalty minutes in 128 career NHL games with the Wild, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes since making his NHL debut in 2010-11. He recorded career highs with 4-3-7 in 55 games with the Canucks in 2013-14. The 6-2, 199-pound center has also collected 89-87-176 with 76 penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus rating in 250 career AHL games with the Iowa Wild, Rochester Americans, Utica Comets, Charlotte Checkers and Albany River Rats. Originally Carolina’s second round pick, 45th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft, Dalpe played two seasons at Ohio State (CCHA) from 2008-10, recording 34-36-70 and 44 penalty minutes in 76 contests.
Tickets for all home games are currently available for purchase online at BlueJackets.com, Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.
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DAYTON HOSTS VCU ON SENIOR NIGHT IN A TOP 50 RPI SHOWDOWN
With an eight-game winning streak and the A-10 regular season championship on the line, the University of Dayton Flyers host the VCU Rams on Senior Night, Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. On-court Senior Night ceremonies will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. ET. In addition, Dayton’s 1967 team that reached the NCAA championship game 50 years ago will be recognized during the first half.
The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network and is available with live streaming audio and stats at DaytonFlyers.com.
Dayton leads the Atlantic 10 with a 14-2 record. The Flyers, who are also 23-5 overall, lead VCU by one game with two games to play. UD is led by a trio of double-digit-scoring seniors – Charles Cooke (16.3), Kendall Pollard (13.9) and Scoochie Smith (13.1). Cooke leads the team in rebounding (5.3) and Smith leads in assists (4.3).
A fourth senior, Kyle Davis, has been spectacular since returning from an ankle injury and moving into a sixth-man role. In the last nine games ago, Davis has made 13 of 21 two-pointers and 10 of 17 three-pointers with 14 assists and four turnovers.
The senior group of Kyle Davis, Scoochie Smith, Kendall Pollard, Charles Cooke and Jeremiah Bonsu own the program record for most victories in a class with 101.
The Class of 2017 has 101 victories in their first 131 games, seven wins ahead of the pace set by the previous record holders, the Class of 2011 (Chris Wright, Devin Searcy, Peter Zesterman and Logan Nourse).
AWESOME IN THE ATLANTIC 10
Dayton’s 14-2 record in the A-10 matches the best start in the program’s history.
In 2002-03 UD finished conference play at 14-2.
The Flyers have won 50 of their last 62 A-10 regular season games.
UD is 7-1 against A-10 teams with winning records in conference (George Mason, La Salle, Richmond, St. Bonaventure twice and Rhode Island twice).
Dayton has won 11 of its last 12.
Since the start of the 2013-14 season, UD is 34-14 in games decided by five points or less.
During the eight-game winning streak, Kendall Pollard is averaging 16.3 points, 5.4 rebounds while shooting .554 from the field.
Charles Cooke has scored in double figures in all but two games he’s played this year.
The Flyers have won 20 of their last 23 when Kyle Davis scores in double figures.
Davis leads the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.571) in conference play.
When Ryan Mikesell shoots 50 percent or better from the floor, UD is 12-1 this season.
Scoochie Smith is averaging 5.4 assists the last eight games. He is ranks third in assists (4.6) and fourth in the A-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) in league-only games.
The Flyers are 29-3 the last three years when Darrell Davis connects on two or more three pointers in a game. UD is 10-0 this year.
With Josh Cunningham in the lineup, the Flyers are 7-0, four of those wins on the road.
Xeyrius Williams has scored in double figures in four of the last six contests. In his last six appearances, he’s averaging 11.0 points.
Dayton is 22-1 this year shooting 40 percent or better from the floor.
UD is shooting .491 from the floor in victories this year and .370 in its losses this season.
The Flyers are 42-1 when limiting opponents to 60 points or less in the last five seasons and 8-0 this year.
UD has won 35 straight games when scoring 80-plus points.
Dayton has won 42 of the last 47 games when three or more players score in double figures.
UD has hit at least one 3-pointer in 299 straight games.
Dayton has rallied from double-digit deficits in three of the last four games.
The Flyers have forced 10 or more turnovers all but one game this year.
VCU leads the series 7-3.
The Rams won earlier this year, 73-68, at the Siegel Center on Jan. 27, 2017.
Dayton closes the regular season on the road against the George Washington Colonials on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET.
The A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship is in Pittsburgh March 8-12.
GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY DOUG HAUSCHILD; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS
Feb. 28, 2017 || Blue Jackets at Canadiens || Bell Centre || 7:30 pm ET
Columbus: 39-16-5 (83 pts.) || 17-7-4 (38 pts.) on Road || 3rd Metropolitan || 3.28 GF / 2.40 GA
Montreal: 33-21-8 (74 pts) || 18-9-4 (40 pts.) at Home || 1st Atlantic || 2.74 GF / 2.55 GA
11-9-2 (6-5-1 on Road)
Nov. 4 – at CBJ 10, MTL 0… Dec. 23 – at CBJ 2, MTL 1… Feb. 28 at Montreal
Dec. 1 – at MTL 2, CBJ 1… Jan. 25 – at CBJ 5, MTL 2… Jan. 26 – CBJ 5, at MTL 2
* Columbus has won four-straight in the series, outscoring Montreal 22-5
* The Jackets are 7-of-12 (58.3 pct.) on the power play in the last three games of the series
* Columbus is 4-1-0 in the past five games, outscoring opponents 22-9
* The line of Boone Jenner (3-4-7) and Cam Atkinson (5-2-7) centered by Brandon Dubinsky (4-8-12) have combined for 12-14-26 over the past 11 contests
* The Jackets are one of three teams to rank in the top-five in both goals-for and goals-against, ranking fourth in both categories
PLAYERS TO WATCH IN TONIGHT’S GAME
* 10 Alexander Wennberg - Has posted multi-point games in three-straight (2-4-6) and four of the past five (2-6-8) and is currently fifth in the NHL in assists (40)
* 13 Cam Atkinson - Tallied two goals on Sunday to set a career high with his 28th and 29th goals of the season (5th-T in NHL) and is one point from setting a new career high (27-26-53 in 2015-16)
* 47 Alexander Radulov - The forward leads Montreal in assists and ranks second in points with 14-28-42
* 67 Max Pacioretty - Canadiens’ captain leads club in goals and points with 29-24-53 in 62 games, ranking 5th-T in the NHL in goals.
Montreal Canadiens retired numbers
||Date of honour
||October 7, 1995
||October 26, 1985
||December 4, 2009
||October 9, 1971
||March 11, 2006
||November 8, 2014
||November 2, 1937
||October 6, 1960
||February 16, 1985
||November 12, 2005
||November 12, 2005
||December 10, 1975
||December 4, 2009
||November 18, 2006
||November 19, 2007
||February 23, 2008
||January 29, 2007
||November 22, 2008
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