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Flores Goes Back-To-Back at Field Filler Fairgrounds

May 31, 2012 Comments off

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CONCORD, NC (May 29, 2012) – Ranier Racing Karting driver Ryan Flores was victorious for the second time this season at Field Filler Fairgrounds in the Memorial Day 63. Teammates Austin Banker came home second and Neal Lewis won the pole. Click here to watch the full race video courtesy of STIX FX Entertainment.

Flores qualified second, but was forced to the rear of the field for winning the Dale Earnhardt Memorial 61 last month. From the drop of the green, the No. 58 Tony Stewart Racing, Tim Russell Inc., Honda of Prestonsburg,Trent’s Tires kart was on a mission to get to the front. By the end of the first segment, Flores found himself running second behind teammate Neal Lewis after a daring three-wide maneuver going into turn one. As segment two began, the aggression picked up as drivers were banging doors and forcing tight passes around every corner. After getting shuffled to the backside of the top-five, Flores worked his way up to second and battled hard with teammate Austin Banker for the lead as the second segment concluded. As segment three began Flores took little time getting to the lead, utilizing a late race restart. In the end,Floreswas able to hold off a rash of challenges from teammates and the rest of the competition to give Ranier Racing Karting their second win of 2012.

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Banker, making his first start of the season for Ranier Racing Karting, qualified the No. 28 Tony Stewart Racing, Tim Russell Inc., Honda of Prestonsburg,Trent’s Tires kart in fourth. Despite early contact, Banker was able to recover and move the No. 28 into third by the end of the first segment, giving Ranier Racing Karting a sweep of the top-three. As segment two began, Banker made a spirited charge towards the front and took the lead for the first time at the quarter-mark of the 25-lap segment. At the completion of segment two, Banker led the Ranier trio with Flores and Lewis rounding out the top-three. As the third and final segment went green, Banker found himself in a shootout with teammateFloresand ultimately surrendered the lead on a late restart, bringing the No. 28 home in second, giving Ranier Racing Karting their first one-two finish of the season.

Lewis lined-up from the pole on Monday, qualifying his No. 8 Tony Stewart Racing, Tim Russell Inc., Honda of Prestonsburg, Trent’s Tires kart with a lap of 5.94 seconds, a new track record.  From the drop of the green, Lewis appeared to have the dominant kart, leading every lap of the first segment for the second consecutive race. Segment two began with a similar look, Lewis taking off and leading early. That was until a rash of cautions found Lewis shuffled out of the top-spot and back to third by the completion of segment two. As the final segment began, the No. 8 looked poised to regain the lead until contact forced Lewis to the pits, ending his afternoon early.

Points of Interest

-Neal Lewis set a new track record at Field Filler Fairgrounds with a lap of 5.94 seconds.

-Ranier Racing Karting swept the front row for the second time in 2012 with Lewis in first at a 5.94 and Flores in second with a 5.98.

-Ranier Racing Karting had all three karts in the top-four after qualifying with the No. 8 first, No. 58 second, and the No. 28 fourth.

-For the first time this season, Ranier Racing Karting sweeps the top-two spots on the podium withFlorestaking home the checkered flag and Banker coming home second.

-Ranier Racing Karting wins for the second time this year and for the second consecutive race at Field Filler Fairgrounds.

You Can See Ranier Racing Karting’s No. 8, 28, and 58 Karts at Field Filler Fairgrounds On The Following Dates:

Wednesday, July 4th

Tuesday, September 11th – “And They Say You Shouldn’t Worry About Ben Laden 500”

Sunday, October 14th

Wednesday, October 24th

Tuesday, November 6th


SOUP’S ON: Super Bowl XLVI Prediction

February 5, 2012 Comments off

This year, we as sports fans get to see a rematch of one of the greatest games in Super Bowl history. As I look at these teams, the Giants and the Patriots, I can only think “Where the hell did these guys come from?”

I mean honestly, if you were to tell me in Week 9 when these two played each other that this would be a prequel to the Super Bowl; I would have laughed in your face. But here we are, watching the countless hours of pregame shows and listening to the Nostradamus’ that are Chris Berman, Terry Bradshaw and, the always intelligent, Michael Irvin predict who will win this Sunday. For me, it all comes down to this:

The New York Giants thrive under pressure, especially on the road. Eli Manning made a name for himself during their 2007 run by winning on the road. This team is built around being the underdogs.

Although I think that Vegas was very generous in favoring New England by three and a half, the Giants should be considered the underdog in Super Bowl trophies only. The Giants defense, led by the most prolific front four I have ever seen, will give Tom Brady fits all evening long. Brady doesn’t like to be hit, and I see the Giants doing nothing but hitting the man with the best looking wife in football.

Meanwhile, the Giants offense suddenly has more weapons than North Korea.

Victor Cruz has come seemingly out of nowhere this season and has cha-cha’d his way into becoming one of the elite receivers in the NFL. On the opposite side of the huddle, Hakeem Nicks has had a very solid season, catching 76 balls for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns. Throw in Mario Manningham with 39 catches for 532 yards and four touchdowns, and the Giants have a lethal triple threat at wide receiver. Although this trio isn’t as explosive as the Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston trio in Arizona during their Super Bowl run, these Giants receivers have come into their own in the Big Apple. Compile that with the MVP-like performance this season by Eli Manning, who has now placed himself among the elite quarterbacks of the NFL, the Giants are the ones to watch out for come Sunday.

For New England meanwhile, the key to beating New York is to shutdown their pass rush and continue to utilize their two unbeatable tight-ends. Both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have had career years, combining for 2,237 yards and 24 touchdowns which are 43 percent of Tom Brady’s total passing yards for the season and 62 percent of his total touchdowns. Meaning that both Gronkowski and Hernandez are in for big days Sunday given Gronkowski ankle is OK and that they can break through to New York’s secondary.

However, their defense must continue to show up like it has throughout this postseason. If the defense of the regular season shows up, I see the score quickly getting out of hand and this Super Bowl becoming more lopsided than Super Bowl XL. But, let’s be serious here, the Patriots have Tom Brady. As long as he is on the field, the Patriots have a chance to win and if Chad Ochocinco makes his presence known, we may have the first person with a last name of nothing but the Spanish words for “eight” and “five” score touchdown in a Super Bowl.

In the end, The Giants defensive line will be too much for Tom “you can’t touch him because there will be a flag” Brady to handle and New York will take Super Bowl XLVI 35-30. Making Eli the better Manning and allowing Peyton to once again overshadow Eli by not knowing where he will play football next year.

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