10-05-2017 Tri-City Area Sports

Busch battles for first place finish at Dover

The sixteen drivers who began the NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship have completed the first round of three races, and four drivers were booted from the balance of racing.

Sunday’s 2017 Apache Warrior 400, held at Dover International Speedway, was won by Kyle Busch.

Busch took the checkered flag in the 29th race of the season and earned his fourth victory of the year. It also marked his second consecutive win this season.  He now has a total of 42 career win trophies on the mantle at home.

Busch led 30 of the race’s 400 laps. He was chased by Chase Elliott, who finished in second place after leading a race-high 138 laps.

Jimmie Johnson marked his best finish in a while; he took third place and led five laps.

Martin Truex Jr. led 51 laps on his way to a fourth place finish.

Kyle Larson landed in fifth place. He led 137 laps.

Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Series race featured 15 lead changes and four caution periods for 24 laps.

The 16-driver field was whittled down to 12 drivers who will compete in three more races, which make up the Round of 12.

Moving one step closer to claiming the championship title at Homestead were Truex Jr., Busch, Larson, Brad Keselowski, Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, Elliott, Matt Kenseth, and Jamie McMurray.

The four drivers who did not make the cut were Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Newman.

The Round of 12 race tracks will include Charlotte Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Kansas Speedway. Following the running of events at those tracks, the field will be chiseled down to eight drivers.

Teams will be at Charlotte for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500. Austin Dillon won the race in May of this year but is out of the running for the championship. With Truex Jr. leading the pack, can he get a win which guarantees him a spot in the next round? Tune in to find out!

Hildebrand claims top spot in AQB race

By Kristy Noack

Tim Hildebrand is now the sole leader of the Tri-City Record Armchair Quarterback contest after he posted a 7-1 weekly record and improved to 39-9 overall.

Hildebrand and five other local football fans try their hand at predicting eight high school, college, and professional gridiron games each week.

One game is selected as the tie-breaker game. The contestants must determine how many points will be scored in that contest. Should any of the AQBs reach a tie for the week with their records, the tie-breaker game is used to determine their ranking.

Hildebrand, RoxAnn Rodney-Isbrecht, Chris Leach, and Bryan Conrad went 7-1 last week, with the Coloma/ Kalamazoo United or Iowa/ Michigan State or Green Bay/ Chicago game keeping them from a perfect 8-0 record.