NASCAR founder’s great-grandson wins K&N East race

first_img“It’s so cool to come here to Pensacola and win. This is a track with so much prestige.”—Ben Kennedy Ben Kennedy captured his first career win in dominant fashion — leading the NAPA Auto Parts 150 wire-to-wire as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East made its inaugural visit to Five Flags Speedway on Saturday. ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. Kennedy grabs first career K&N Pro Series East win in home state of Florida Earlier in the day, Kennedy established himself as the one to beat at the half-mile track in his home state — topping the speed chart in practice and winning the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying.The 21-year-old from Daytona Beach held off multiple challenges throughout the 150-lap event and maintained command even after his sizeable lead was erased by a late-race caution.”It’s so cool to come here to Pensacola and win,” said Kennedy. “This is a track with so much prestige, and this is phenomenal.”Fifteen-year-old series rookie Gray Gaulding had to settle for second, with John Van Doorn third. Brett Moffitt came home fourth, followed by Kenzie Ruston. Bryon Ortiz, Dylan Kwasniewski, Sergio Pena, Ryan Gifford and Brandon Gdovic completed the top 10.Kennedy, the great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., got his first NASCAR win last year in the Euro-Racecar Series in Tours, France. This was his first win in the U.S. and came in his 30th NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start. His previous best finish was third (twice).Kennedy was one of five drivers in the field with previous experience at the Pensacola track. He has twice competed in Super Late Models at Five Flags.The NAPA Auto Parts 150 will be televised on SPEED on May 2 at 3 p.m. ET.The next event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule is the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on April 25.For more results, audio, photos and information, go to hometracks.nascar.com.last_img read more

Petar Ćorluka takes over Hotels Baška voda?

first_img“With the hotel “Croatia” it is a fantastic tourist complex that has the prospect of becoming a high quality hotel resort. Petar Ćorluka has shown that he strives for excellence in both BiH and Zagreb, and such an investor guarantees a foundation for quality tourism in Baška Voda”, Said for Slobodna Dalmacija, the director of the hotel Baška Voda, Jakša Medić. Photo: TZO Baška Voda By the way, Petar Ćorluka is the owner of the company Marea Alta, as well as one of the most successful companies in BiH, Violeta from Grude, and the leading brand of hygiene products in the region. At the beginning of 2019, after a series of attempts, the Ministry of State Property sold the Hotel Hrvatska, located in the center of Baška Voda, for HRK 46 million and 126 thousand to the Makarska company Marea Alta. center_img Ćorluka already owns a hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is the Colors Inn hotel located in Sarajevo, and now it obviously has serious plans to turn Baška Voda into a quality destination with the construction of a 4-star hotel and resort. How it brings Free Dalmatia, Ćorluka became the owner of the tourist resort “Urania” in Baška Voda, and signed a pre-agreement with Hotels in Baska Voda and the final purchase agreement is expected to be taken over and signed on 15 October. Ćorluka is also reportedly interested in building a 5-star hotel in Makarska.last_img read more

Dodgers’ options on Day 1 of draft might include a familiar name

first_img“We’re definitely trying to be conscious of being reckless,” Gasparino said. “The quality of our farm system does help. I think the number of picks we have helps. It just gives you a little more confidence and ability to take more risks.”The Philadelphia Phillies have the first overall pick. There’s no overwhelming consensus as to who it will be, with experts freely interchanging a handful of names among the top teams. But Gasparino said this draft has depth; more in the 10-to-50 range than a year ago.“Our big picture view is the same: take the best talent available,” he said. “Andrew (Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations) and Farhan (Zaidi, the general manager) are really supportive on the long view of this. If we don’t sign the player, we get the pick back and we go find more talent next year. That part of it hasn’t changed.”The Dodgers have one pick in the second round, 65th overall.The third through 10th rounds are Friday and the 11th through 40th rounds are Saturday. The Dodgers can thank Kyle Funkhouser for the 36th overall pick in this year’s amateur draft. Funkhouser, a right-handed pitcher for the University of Louisville, was drafted by the Dodgers a year ago, but chose not to sign. By rule, the Dodgers were awarded an extra pick after this year’s first round as compensation; once all the other compensation picks were awarded. They will also draft 20th and 32nd, the latter as compensation for losing Zack Greinke in free agency, when the annual amateur draft begins Thursday.In what would be a strange twist of fate, Funkhouser might wind up a Dodger again.Though he expected to see his stock, and his signing bonus, rise in a comparatively weak 2016 draft class, Funkhouser got off to a slow start this year. Eight starts into his senior season he was 3-3 with a 5.56 earned-run average. In eight games since, Funkhouser is 6-0 with a 2.25 ERA, but that little hiccup could leave him available to the Dodgers at 20, 32 or even 36. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Scott Boras, Funkhouser’s advisor, said the pitcher would be open to a reunion. They have the papers to prove it: Funkhouser signed a re-consent form that would allow him to be drafted and sign with the Dodgers again.Billy Gasparino, the Dodgers’ director of amateur scouting, said the organization respected Funkhouser’s decision to return to college last year.“We still like Kyle a lot,” Gasparino said. “We like the family. We have no hard feelings at all that’s going to prevent us from selecting him again.”That’s a fairly solid endorsement. Maybe the best reason to bet on a reunion is that the Dodgers liked Funkhouser enough to draft him once before.Then again, if ever there were a year for the Dodgers to take a risk in the first round, this might be it. Their farm system has been ranked as baseball’s best, they hold three of the top 36 picks, and their first-round pick last year, pitcher Walker Buehler, is really only joining the organization now. Because he had Tommy John surgery last August, Buehler might not throw a pitch to a live batter until instructional league play begins in September.last_img read more