$2,000 is top prize for IMCA Modifieds at Boyd Grand Nationals

first_imgBOYD, Texas – A $2,000 to win feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds headlines the Saturday, Oct. 12 Grand Nationals special at Boyd Raceway.The Modified main is a qualifier for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Twenty cars will start withy a minimum of $100 paid to take the green.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods will both run for $1,500 to win and a minimum of $75 to start. Non-winged IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars run for $800 to win and $200 to start.Top prize for Hobby Stocks is $400. First place in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main pays $150. Purses for the Mods, Stocks and SportMods are based on 30 entries while the purse for the Hobbies is based on 20 entries.Non-transfer pay is $75 for Sprint Cars, $40 for Modifieds, $30 for Stock Cars and SportMods, $25 for Hobby Stocks and $20 for Sport Compacts.All cars will be scored electronically. Transponders and RACEceivers are required; drivers who don’t own their own can rent them for $10.Entry fees are $50 for Modifieds, $40 for Sprint Cars, Stock Cars and SportMods, $20 for Hobby Stocks and $10 for Sport Compacts.All features will be 25 laps.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Pit passes that evening are $15.On Saturday, gates open at 4 p.m., the draw closes at 7:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-11 and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25.More information is available by calling 940 433-5587 or 817 304-2044 and at the www.boydraceway.net website.last_img read more

O’Leary eyeing Gold pot with Riches

first_img He went on: “The horse (Road To Riches) has been on a break since the Lexus. The key to him looks to be keeping him fresh. Even though he’s been going all year, he has been kept fresh the whole time, and is starting to build up again now.” Don Cossack has been a star for Gordon Elliott this term and is bound for the Ryanair Chase but could switch to the Gold Cup should anything happen to Road To Riches. “The plan if all goes well is that Don Cossack would go for the Ryanair. But there’s an awful long way to go to Cheltenham yet. We’re taking nothing for granted and it could depend on nothing happening to the other fella,” said O’Leary. Don Poli is well fancied for both the RSA Chase and the four-miler and could run at Leopardstown next weekend, with Drinmore winner Valseur Lido also in the frame. “I would presume one of them will run in that and that will be a call for Willie (Mullins.) It’s too early to say who will run in what race at Cheltenham. Don Poli is favourite for the two races but we also have Wounded Warrior and Thunder And Roses as options for the four-mile,” said O’Leary. Mullins also faces some difficult choices with his novice hurdlers with Tell Us More, Outlander and McKinley all in the mix for Gigginstown. “Willie will decide too if Tell Us More runs in the Deloitte at Leopardstown or goes straight for the Festival. We also have Sub Lieutenant and Identity Thief in the Deloitte as well so we will see. But I would imagine the Neptune is the race for Tell Us More at the Festival if he gets there.” Elliott’s No More Heroes was the big Gigginstown hope for the Albert Bartlett but was well beaten on Sunday behind Outlander, although a reason for that has emerged. “He scoped rotten after the race so thankfully we have a reason for that performance,” added O’Leary. “He never travelled and never jumped a hurdle but now we know why so we hope the Bartlett is still on for him.” Road To Riches is building up in his preparation for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup and will spearhead a powerful team for Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud. Having won the blue riband event with War Of Attrition in 2006, the team are keen to hit the target again having gone so close with Sir Des Champs a couple of years ago and Noel Meade’s charge has progressed through the ranks this season to be second favourite for the big race. Eddie O’Leary, Gigginstown’s racing manager, told the Irish Times: “The Gold Cup is everyone’s Holy Grail and it is definitely very significant for us.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Week 14 Fantasy Rankings: Defense

first_imgD/ST, perhaps more than any other position, is reliant on matchups. Sure, you can stick with “who got you there”, but it’s more than a little risky. Our Week 14 fantasy defense rankings are here to help with your tough start ’em ,sit ’em calls in the first round of the fantasy playoffs, including what to do with the Bears and finding a sleeper defense that might be available as a waiver wire pickup.Chicago has been a rock for its owners all season, but this week it gets the second-worst matchup for fantasy D/STs when it faces the Rams on Sunday night. If you want to start the Bears, there are two angles you can lean on: It’s a home prime-time affair, and the Rams have allowed five sacks three times this year. If those narratives don’t sell you, you need to hit the wire.  WEEK 14 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | DraftKings | FanDuel6Detroit Lions @ Cardinals. Detroit has been among the worst fantasy D/STs this year, but a look at its game log reveals very few favorable matchup. In fact, after facing the Jets and 49ers in Weeks 1 and 2 (when the Lions had eight sacks, two takeaways and a D/ST touchdown), it’s been nothing but mediocre to tough opponents. The Cardinals have played much better the past couple weeks, but they’ve still been among the five most generous offenses to D/STs all season. Detroit still has a lot of upside in this one.7Washington Redskins vs. Giants. When these teams met in Week 8, the Redskins had seven sacks, two takeaways and limited New York to 13 points. At home, Washington has similar upside despite some injuries. The Redskins’ pass rush alone will give Eli Manning problems.8Tennessee Titans vs. Jaguars. Cody Kessler’s Jags starting debut ended with six points, three sacks, and one turnover — not a trainwreck but not great either. Tennessee has trouble producing takeaways, but its pass rush has been better lately and its done a great job keeping RBs out of the end zone. Leonard Fournette might be able to crack the code and limit the Titans’ ceiling, but we’ll take our chances against Kessler in a prime-time road matchup.  9Los Angeles Rams @ Bears. The return of Aqib Talib helped the Rams limit the Lions passing game last week, and we know the pass rush is always going to be a problem (11 sacks the past three games). If Mitchell Trubisky is out again, the Rams will be a top-five play, but as it stands, they still have plenty of upside, as Trubisky could be rusty/limited.10Dallas Cowboys vs. Eagles. The Eagles don’t turn it over often, but they’ll allow sacks and can become one-dimensional. Dallas has posted 14 sacks and eight takeaways over its past five games, giving the Cowboys a fairly high floor in front of a raucous home crowd. WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 14 Fantasy Defense RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues1New Orleans Saints @ Buccaneers. Tampa QBs haven’t thrown an INT in two games, which is crazy considering they had at least two in every game from Weeks 3 through 11. New Orleans owes the Bucs some payback after giving up 48 to them in the season opener, and with 20 sacks and 11 takeaways in the past four games, you be hard-pressed to find a hotter D/ST right now. 2Los Angeles Chargers vs. Bengals. The Jeff Driskel Era didn’t get off to a great start, with Cincinnati allowing four sacks and three takeaways while scoring only 10 points at home last week. Now headed to L.A., the Bengals will have a tougher time against the Joey Bosa-led Chargers, who have disappointed a bit lately but have demonstrated big-play ability most of the year. 3Buffalo Bills vs. Jets. Josh McCown has only thrown one INT in each of the past two games, but with Sam Darnold due back to face the Bills, expect the picks to be flying. Even if the Jets can manage to hang onto the ball, they’re not going to score, as shown by their average of 12 points per game over their past six. Buffalo has had nine sacks and five takeaways while allowing 17.3 ppg over its past three, and that includes a 10-point, three-sack, two-takeaway showing against the Jets in Week 10. A home matchup should only give the Bills a higher ceiling.4Denver Broncos @ 49ers. The Broncos have looked like the Broncos of old lately, racking up nine sacks and nine takeaways in their past three games. A hot start by Nick Mullens has given way to what we all expected (seven sacks, seven takeaways over past three games), making this a prime opportunity for Denver.5Pittsburgh Steelers @ Raiders. Pittsburgh isn’t quite as takeaway happy as we’d like, but it gets sacks. Oakland can’t block, as shown by its 22 sacks allowed over the past five games. Pittsburgh will get pressure and force the Raiders into a few mistakes. MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup Builder17Carolina Panthers @ Browns18Cleveland Browns vs. Panthers19Minnesota Vikings @ Seahawks20Houston Texans vs. Colts21Kansas City Chiefs vs. Ravens22Philadelphia Eagles @ Cowboys23Arizona Cardinals vs. Lions24Indianapolis Colts @ Texans25San Francisco 49ers vs. Broncos26Baltimore Ravens @ Chiefs27Green Bay Packers vs. Falcons28Miami Dolphins vs. Patriots29Atlanta Falcons @ Packers30Cincinnati Bengals @ Chargers31Oakland Raiders vs. Steelers32Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Saintscenter_img Week 14 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | KickerFortunately, there are options. The top of our rankings is filled with widely available sleepers, from the Bills (vs. Jets) to the Lions (@ Cardinals) to the Jets (@ Bills). The underrated Redskins (vs. Giants) and Titans (vs. Jaguars) also look good, and the resurgent Saints (@ Bucs) are also available in more than half of Yahoo leagues. Even on the road, they’re in play against turnover-prone Jameis Winston.In addition to the Bears, the Vikings (@ Seahawks), Ravens (@ Chiefs) and Texans (vs. Colts) are solid D/STs taking a tumble. Only the Ravens appears truly unplayable out of that group, but the other two have lower ceilings than usual.Note: These rankings will be updated with analysis during the week, so check back for updates. ​WEEK 14 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKings11New England Patriots @ Dolphins. The Patriots always seem to find a way to get defensive fantasy points even though they’ve had more than two sacks only twice all season. They’ve made up for that lately by keeping the score low, allowing fewer than 18 points in four of their past five games. The Dolphins scored only seven points while allowing a pair of sacks and takeaways in New England in Week 4, and even though Ryan Tannehill has looked good the past two weeks, but consistency has always been an issue for him.12Chicago Bears vs. Rams. Chicago has feasted on mostly favorable matchups this year, but the few times they’ve had unfavorable matchup on paper, they’ve shown upside. Even if we throw out Weeks 1 and 2 against Green Bay (because of Aaron Rodgers’ injury) and Seattle (offensive line issues) when the Bears had 10 sacks, four takeaways and two D/ST touchdowns, Chicago still racked up three takeaways in Week 7 against New England (though it did allow 38 points and only managed one sack). This matchup figures to be similar, so if Chicago can keep the Rams under 28 points (a tall task but very doable), it should still be usable. Factor in the home prime-time aspect, and Chicago has some upside.13New York Giants @ Redskins. This is not a drill — Mark Sanchez is expected to start for the Redskins this week. The Giants have been mostly awful for fantasy purposes this year, but they’ve been hot lately, racking up nine sacks, eight INTs, a fumble receovery and a defensive TD in the past four games. That includes a big performance against backup Bears QB Chase Daniel last week. They can come through again this week.14New York Jets @ Bills. Perhaps amazingly, the Jets only have one takeaway since Week 6, and when these teams met in Week 10, Buffalo torched the Jets for 41 points. With Josh Allen playing fairly well, it might not look like there are many reasons to trust the Jets, but Allen is still a rookie prone to mistakes, which we saw last week when he took two sacks and Buffalo turned it over three times against the Dolphins. 15Jacksonville Jaguars @ Titans. Jacksonville is coming off its best defensive performance of the season, shutting out the Colts and producing three sacks and two takeaways. The Titans have allowed 14 sacks in its past three games, and when these teams met in Week 3, Jacksonville limited them to nine points and sacked Tennessee QBs three times. We still question how much fight Jacksonville will have in a road prime-time matchup, but there’s obvious upside here.16Seattle Seahawks vs. Vikings. Like the Jaguars, this proud-but-disappointing defensive just had its best performance (three sacks, three takeaways, defensive TD). The Vikings — specifically, Kirk Cousins — have been inconsistent lately, allowing multiple takeaways in four of their past five games. Once again, we have a “home prime-time factor” in play here, and we all know that means even more in Seattle.last_img read more