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NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle star LE Tonglet readies for Dodge Nationals in Pennsylvania

 

LE Tonglet in action (photo by National Dragster courtesy NHRA)

 

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE’S LE TONGLET BELIEVES HE CAN RECREATE REGULAR SEASON SUCCESS AT DODGE NHRA NATIONALS

 

MOHNTON, Pa. – A class-best five wins during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season showed the type of performance Pro Stock Motorcycle’s LE Tonglet is capable of this year. It’s also why Tonglet won’t let a slow start to the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship get him down heading to this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Tonglet lost in the second round in Charlotte to teammate and reigning world champ Jerry Savoie, also dropping the points lead to event winner Eddie Krawiec. But pointing back to the type of performances he had repeatedly on his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki, Tonglet fully expects to be back in prime form at the second stop of the NHRA’s six-race playoffs.

LE Tonglet (photo by National Dragster courtesy NHRA)

“It’s just getting back on track,” said Tonglet, who trails Krawiec by 48 points. “Every weekend in the Countdown is a very important one and we go into every race with the same mentality, and that’s to go rounds and try to win the race. We’re hungrier than ever and we’re going to give it our best shot. We’ve got two bikes capable of winning every race and the championship.”
Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1, including live final eliminations coverage starting at 2 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Sept. 24. The stop at Maple Grove Raceway is the middle race in a string of three straight events to open the Countdown to the Championship, and Tonglet is ready to get back on track.
He was incredible throughout the regular season, winning five times in a seven-race span, taking the points lead into the playoffs. But he wasn’t pleased with qualifying sixth in Charlotte and even more disappointed in having to race his teammate in the second round. A defeat to Savoie opened the door further for Krawiec, and Tonglet, who has 15 career wins, knows it is important to stop that momentum at Maple Grove Raceway. Krawiec has back-to-back wins, leading Hector Arana Jr. by 52 points, teammate Andrew Hines by 58 points and Savoie by 61.
“We didn’t qualify to the best of our abilities and you never want to meet your teammate in the second round,” said Tonglet, the 2010 PSM world champion. “That’s good for our competition and bad for us. I know Andrew and Eddie were happy to see us meet up. They’ve really turned the corner, but I know we can beat them. It’s a matter of getting our ducks in a row. I feel like we can outrun them and we just have to focus on making good, clean passes.”
Teaming up with Savoie has been beneficial for both riders, bringing two proven talents together. Both Tonglet and Savoie won championships as part of a one-bike team, and their success as a tandem this year ensures they will be in the title conversation until the end. But for Tonglet to return to the top spot, he needs to impress this weekend at the Dodge NHRA Nationals.
“I have all the confidence in the world in (crew chief) Tim (Kulungian) and everyone on the team,” Tonglet said. “They are great at what they do and Tim’s a hell of a tuner. I go to every race and feel confident, and that’s huge as a rider. Anytime you can take any jobs or stresses away from the rider, it can really help. Jerry and I bring out the best in each other.”
Back-to-back Top Fuel world champ Brown looks to rebound after an early Charlotte loss, chasing seven-time 2017 winner Steve Torrence and Doug Kalitta, the Charlotte winner and points leader.
Robert Hight took the Funny Car points lead with a win in Charlotte, and will look to hold off reigning world champ Ron Capps and defending event winner Johnson.
In Pro Stock, everyone is chasing red-hot rookie Tanner Gray, who took the points lead with his Charlotte win to open the Countdown to the Championship.
The event features thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. After Nitro qualifying, fans can watch the spectacular Hanna Motorsports First Strike and Top Secret Eastern Raider Jet Funny Cars. They are thrust driven propelled by jet engines with pre-run flame shows.
As always, fans can interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers. Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
Before the race, the Mopar Mega Block Party will jump start the Dodge NHRA Nationals for the second consecutive year, with a full slate of free, fan-friendly activities from 4-10 p.m. on Thursday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. The event includes a home run derby with Mopar drivers and NHRA personalities, the unveiling of Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett’s dragster with a wrap celebrating the Mopar brand’s 80th anniversary, and special recognition for retiring Mopar Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson. Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators, an NHRA driver autograph session, live bands, an all-Mopar car show, fireworks and more will also be part of the festivities.
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 1:45 and 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call 610-856-9200. Tickets also are available online at www.maplegroveraceway.com. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders, military and first responders can save 20 percent on general admission tickets at the gate. For more info, visit www.NHRA.com. ;
RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

OHSAA releases highlights from Board of Directors Meeting

News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association

Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D.

 

www.OHSAA.org |  twitter.com/OHSAASports |  facebook.com/OHSAA

 

For Immediate Release – September 21, 2017

 

OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled September meeting Thursday morning at the OHSAA office. The following are highlights from the meeting. Complete meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org.

 

-          By a 7-2 vote, the board denied a proposal from the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association to extend the season two weeks due to the new NFHS-mandated pitch count regulations.

-          By a 9-0 vote, the board approved a proposal from the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches to add two qualifiers to the state track meet in the running events only. Previously, 16 qualifiers advanced to the state meet, with most races consisting of two heats with eight runners each. Since Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium has a nine-lane track, two additional qualifiers can compete. After the top four finishers from each of the four regional tournaments advance to the state tournament, the additional qualifiers will come from the two fastest times recorded at the four regionals.

-          In addition, the board approved the new two-year divisional breakdowns and tournament representation for track and field. Divisional breakdowns for the 2017-18 sports are posted at:http://ohsaa.org/School-Resources/Divisional-Breakdowns/2017-18

-          Since the board’s June meeting, 24 member schools were penalized for committing infractions of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The list of infractions and penalties is always included in the complete meeting minutes, but media members may request the list in advance from Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Communications, at tstried@ohsaa.org.

-          The OHSAA Foundation Student Leadership Conference will be held Tuesday, October 3, at the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University. The annual conference welcomes 1,500 students, making it the largest student leadership conference in the country. Details and school registration information is posted at:http://ohsaa.org/aboutohsaa/ohsaafoundation/studentleadershipconference

-          The board reviewed the attendance and financial reports from the 2017 spring sports regional and state tournaments:

o    For the first time in many years, the baseball tournament resulted in a financial net loss ($3,205). The total attendance for the state tournament at Huntington Park was 12,522.

o    The softball tournament resulted in a financial net loss of $300, which is less than the typical net loss. The state tournament at Akron Firestone Stadium drew 7,437 fans.

o    The inaugural lacrosse tournament resulted in net proceeds of $73,492. Of note, the tournament begins at the regional level (similar to the OHSAA football postseason) and lacrosse is designated as an emerging sport with different financial parameters, including team entry fees.

o    The boys tennis state tournament at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason drew 1,122 fans and resulted in a financial net loss of $2,702.

o    The two-day high school track and field state meet drew 27,409 fans and resulted in proceeds of $21,824.

o    The inaugural 7th & 8th Grade State Track Championships drew 1,927 fans and resulted in a financial net loss of $9,019.

-          Four vacancies on District Athletic Boards have been filled on an interim one-year basis. They include the Class AAA Representative in the East District, which has been filled by Ray Hibbs, Athletic Administrator at Cadiz Harrison Central High School; the Female Representative in the Southwest District, which has been filled by Jan Wilking, Athletic Administrator at Cincinnati Wyoming High School; the Ethnic Minority Representative in the Central District, which has been filled by Jeff Sheppard, Supervisor of Student Activities for Columbus Public Schools; and the Class A Representative in the Southeast District, which has been filled by Mark Rose, Athletic Administrator at Portsmouth Clay High School.

-          The 2017 regional cross country sites and dates were approved by the board and are posted at:http://ohsaa.org/Portals/0/Sports/Cross%20Country/CCregionals.pdf

-          The board approved the winter sports manuals, which will be posted on their respective sport pages at OHSAA.org.

Recent Headlines at OHSAA.org

Sept. 21: Student manager keeps Oak Hills girls volleyball team focused (WCPO)

Sept. 19: OHSAA Releases First Weekly Football Computer Ratings

Sept. 11: At your kids’ games, it’s better to be seen than heard (Columbus Dispatch)

Aug. 30: OHSAA Foundation to Host Nation’s Largest Student Leadership Conference Oct. 3

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tim Stried; COURTESY OHSAA INFORMATION SERVICES

 

Dayton Flyers Volleyball ready for A-10 action at St. Louis Friday night

Women’s Volleyball | 9/21/2017 3:00:00 PM |

#UDVB to Open @Atlantic10 Action at Saint Louis Friday

DAYTON – The University of Dayton volleyball team is set to open Atlantic 10 Conference play at Saint Louis Friday night. First serve is set for 8 p.m. ET at SLU’s Chaifetz Pavillion.

About Dayton
Dayton (8-6) has its four-match straight-set winning streak snapped this past weekend after dropping games to Western Kentucky and Ohio State at the Buckeye Invitational. Junior Lauren Bruns was named the Atlantic 10′s Player of the Week after averaging 4.69 kills/set in a 2-2 week for the Flyers and she leads the team with 3.75 kills/set (2nd A-10) on the season. Senior Amber Erhahon leads the conference with a .429 hitting percentage (13th NCAA) and is also the team’s blocks leader with 1.15 blocks/set (4th A-10).

Scouting Saint Louis
Saint Louis (3-10) has won three of its last four matches heading into conference action after starting the season with a nine-game losing streak. This past weekend, SLU went 2-1 at its own Billiken Invitational, taking down Little Rock and Louisiana Tech. Saint Louis is led by Maya Taylor with 3.24 kills/set (7th A-10) while Sien Gallop serves up 0.80 aces/set (2nd A-10). Mackenzie Long is the team’s leading passer with 3.35 digs/set (9th A-10).

Series Stuff
Dayton and Saint Louis have previously met 48 times with the Flyers holding a 32-16 advantage in a series that dates back to 1978. UD has won nine consecutive and 17 of the last 18 meetings between the two including a 3-2 win in the finals of the 2016 A-10 Championship hosted by SLU in St. Louis.

RPI Rankings
In the final NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI) of 2016 posted Monday, Nov. 28, Dayton came in at 33 according to NCAA.com. Saint Louis was ranked 81 at the end of last season. 2017′s first RPI ranking will be released by the NCAA on Oct. 2.

Flyer Facts
• Tim Horsmon is in his ninth season overall, and fourth since 2007, as head coach of the Flyers in 2017. His record at Dayton is 223-63 and his career win-loss mark sits at 399-227 in 19 seasons as a head coach. Horsmon is the program’s second-winningest coach behind only R. Elaine Dreidame who amassed 310 wins 1970-79.
• Over the last eight seasons (2009-2016), the Flyers have recorded a 106-9 (.923) mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play, including a perfect 14-0 mark in 2016, 2015 and 2012 and a 15-0 record in 2010. UD suffered only one conference loss in 2014, 2011 and 2009.
• Dayton has won the Atlantic 10 Regular Season title 13 times (2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001, 1998). The Flyers have won the A-10 Championship title a league-record 11 times (2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003) and made their 12th NCAA appearance in program history in 2016.
• The Flyers finished the 2016 regular season with a 28-1 overall record and a 14-0 Atlantic 10 mark, finishing in first place in regular-season league play. 2016 was the program’s 38th winning season.

Last Time Out
In a neutral-site match hosted by then 25th-ranked Ohio State at Capital Center in Bexley, Ohio, Dayton was upended by OSU, 3-0. Junior Lauren Brunsled all attackers with 15 kills and senior Amber Erhahon chipped in 10 kills in the finalé of the OSU Buckeye Invitational. For her play over the weekend, Bruns was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Bruns A-10 Player of the Week
Junior Lauren Bruns was honored as the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week on Monday, Sept. 18. Bruns led the Flyers averaging 4.69 kills per set over the week. She recorded a career-high 22 kills while hitting .600 on Friday in a 3-0 win over Northern Illinois. The outside hitter from Versailles, Ohio, tallied 14 kills against Western Kentucky and followed that with 15 kills against No. 25 Ohio State on Saturday. For the week, Bruns had an attack percentage of .358 and scored 4.92 points per set for UD.

MATCH PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Jenna Willhoit; COURTESY DAYTON ATHLETICS

 

Big Ten Network to honor Penn State’s 2016 Football season Friday at 7 p.m.

 

Big Ten Elite: 2016 Penn State Football to Debut Friday

Big Ten Elite special airs at 7 p.m. on Big Ten Network

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; September 21, 2017 – The 2016 Penn State Football season will be immortalized in a Big Ten Elite special that debuts Friday at 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. The show will also air following the Penn State volleyball match versus Nebraska, which is live on BTN.

 

The Big Ten Elite will feature exclusive interviews with coaches and student-athletes from the 2016 Big Ten Championship team. A listing of all Big Ten Elite: 2016 Penn State Football airings is available at http://btn.com/shows/big-ten-elite/.

 

The 2016 Penn State Football season was one that fans will long remember with a nine-game winning streak, a Big Ten Championship, Rose Bowl berth and a record-setting offense. All totaled, 33 school records were broken during the Big Ten Championship season, including every major passing record. Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Saquon Barkley and Big Ten Championship game MVP Trace McSorley led the offense, while All-Big Ten selections Marcus Allen, Garrett Sickels, Jason Cabinda and Evan Schwan guided a defense that was among the best in the country in penetrating the backfield.

 

The Nittany Lions won their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1994 and fourth overall with a thrilling 38-31 win over Wisconsin. The victory earned Penn State its fourth Rose Bowl berth in program history. The Nittany Lions finished the season No. 5 in the CFP rankings and No. 7 in the Amway Coaches and Associated Press polls, which was the highest finish since 2005.

 

The fourth-ranked Nittany Lions visit Iowa for the first time since 2012 Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. The game can also be heard on GoPSUsports.com and the Penn State Sports Network.

 

Single-game tickets for the 2017 Penn State football season presented by PSECU are available for three home games (Indiana, Rutgers, Nebraska). For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing new 2018 season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit www.PSUnrivaled.com, call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office weekdays from 9 a.m-4:30 p.m. More than 9,000 new season tickets have been sold and the season ticket allotment for 2017 has been exhausted.

 

- NITTANY LIONS -

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Kristina Peterson; COURTESY BIG TEN NETWORK & PENN STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Motorsports mourns death of race car driver Bruce Leven

(courtesy of ISC Archives & Research Center)

Bruce Leven

June 12, 1938 – Sept. 15, 2017

 

During the late 1970s and 1980s, Seattle businessman Bruce Leven pursued his dreams and competed at the top level of North American sports-car racing.

He was born in Chicago on June 12, 1938, and two years later moved with his family to Seattle.

In 1964 the ambitious entrepreneur bought Bayside Disposal as a one-truck, one-employee waste-and-scrap hauling business in Seattle, built it into a very successful concern and then sold the company in 1987 as a vertically integrated 400-truck, 500-employee, multi-state operation. Subsequently, he purchased several other disposal and landfill businesses and operated them until he died on Sept. 15.

His affinity to the Porsche marque began in the ’70s when he owned and raced different Porsche models in local SCCA competition, earning the 1977 B-Improved Production-class regional championship. He subsequently raced in the Trans-Am Series and was the 1979 Rookie of the Year, then moved into IMSA Camel GT competition with an ex-Brumos Porsche 935.

As a gentleman racing driver, Leven surrounded himself with international stars that led to the success of his privately-entered Bayside Disposal Racing team – including three victories in the Twelve Hours of Sebring (1981, 1987, 1988). He enlisted such drivers as Peter Gregg, Hurley Haywood, Al Holbert, Scott Pruett, Hans Stuck, Bob Wollek, and others to compete in the IMSA GT series in Porsche 935s and 962s, and Dominic Dobson and Jeff Andretti in Lola open-wheel racers in the CART Indy Car series.

In Leven’s best-ever 1987 season his team earned six wins, with drivers Jochen Mass and Bobby Rahal finishing third and fifth in the IMSA championship despite entering only half the races. For good measure, three-time Le Mans winner Klaus Ludwig also contributed to that dream season with a solo win of his own. Leven was very proud that his small private team achieved such great success against major factory-backed efforts from Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar and Nissan.

Leven disbanded the racing team in the 1990s and turned his attention back to business. His love of cars and things mechanical led him into other new ventures as well. He founded the Bayside Automotive Group - consisting of several new-car dealerships in the Seattle area, including two Bayside Porsche franchises – and Lake Union Air, a commercial float plane business.

In his later years, Leven returned to his first love: building and showing customized cars and hot rods. Not surprisingly, he achieved great success in this endeavor as well, winning numerous prestigious awards, including multiple Best of Class wins at SEMA, the National Roadster Show, and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association national events. His last project, a custom 1951 Ford Club Coupe was chosen as the 2016 SEMA Grand Turismo Award winner and will appear in a future edition of Sony’s popular PlayStation video game. The Ford has continued to rack up accolades across the U.S., including the Gene Winfield Award, three Goodguys Builders Choice Awards, Custom Rod of the Year finalist (Scottsdale Goodguys), PPG Dream Car and will be featured on the Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube channel.
He was a true Renaissance man with multiple passions. In addition to his business and racing endeavors, he was also an avid boater, aviator, studied collector of Western American Art, outdoorsman and world hunter, amassing such achievements as the African “Big 5” and North American 29 “Super Slam.”

Leven leaves behind many close friends in the racing and business community, along with four children – Bruce (Melinda) Leven II, Michael Leven (C. Roxanne Robbin), Scott (Debbie) Leven, and Cydnee Stockton – and nine grandchildren – Jansen Leven, Troy Leven, Morgan Leven, Miranda Stockton, Alex Leven, Jack Stockton, Adrian Leven, Chad Leven and Shay Leven.

There are no memorial services scheduled at this time.

 

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF JUDY STROPUS

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