SPORTS DIGEST || Fritter, Teeters win at Sharon Speedway
Fritter, Teeters win at Sharon Speedway
Tracy Fritter, Jacob Teeters and Blaine Schlechty were winners during Friday’s Apple Festival Nationals races at Sharon Speedway.
Fritter led all 15 laps of the Leader Chassis Mod Lite feature withstanding pressure from Mercer Raceway Park all-time winner Mark Marcucci and a late challenge by Rod Jones and Alan Dellinger.
Teeters survived a pair of 360 spins and nine caution periods to win his first career feature at Sharon. Teeters’ $300 victory came in the 15-lap Joe’s Radiator Service Sportsman Dwarf Car feature event.
Schlechty captured the six-lap Junior Sprints victory.
Strollo to speak to Curbstone Coaches
Youngstown State University Athletic Director Ron Strollo will be the guest speaker at Monday’s luncheon meeting of The Curbstone Coaches at The Avion Banquet Center. The event begins at noon and the public is welcome to attend.
Keselowski takes Xfinity race
Brad Keselowski ran down Kyle Busch with 16 laps to go and drove away to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway.
Keselowski’s pass came in heavy lapped traffic and marked the third time he’d used a superior car to catch Busch on a long run. Busch had a better short-run machine and had to be wishing for a late caution to give him one last chance for his 92nd career victory in the series.
The final green-flag run lasted 89 laps, giving Keselowski his 36th career series victory and fourth in 17 starts at Richmond.
“He’s a great racer and when you can race with him you know you’re having a good day, especially in this series,” Keselowski said.
Busch led five times for 182 laps, and Keselowski led four times, but for just 34 laps.
“Right at the end I was able to pounce, and that’s a testament to the team,” Keselowski said.
Elliott Sadler, an Emporia, Virginia, native who is winless this season, and now winless in 29 career starts on the 0.75-mile oval where he grew up coming to races as a kid, nevertheless clinched his second consecutive regular season championship with a fifth-place finish.
Thompson captures LPGA event
Lexi Thompson pulled away from Lydia Ko on Saturday to win the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship for her second victory of the year and ninth career LPGA Tour title.
Tied with Ko entering the final round at Brickyard Crossing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Thompson closed with a 4-under 68 for a four-stroke victory over Ko. The 22-year-old Thompson finished at 19-under 197.
Ko had a 72. The New Zealander is winless in more than a year.
Thompson broke a tie with Ko and took the lead for good with birdies on Nos. 9 and 10. But she bogeyed No. 11, hooked her tee shot at No. 16 into the water en route to another birdie, and hit through the green and settled for par at No. 17. She closed with her sixth birdie of the round.
Thompson is projected to jump from third to second in the world ranking, passing Sung Hyun Park.
USA starts strong in Walker Cup
The first day of the Walker Cup started brilliantly for the United States.
It ended the same way, thanks largely to two Southern Californians.
Collin Morikawa and Norman Xiong teamed up for a record-setting victory in the morning foursomes and then won their afternoon singles matches to help the United States take an 8-4 lead over defending champion Britain and Ireland on Saturday at Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course.
Morikawa and Xiong beat Harry Ellis and Alfie Plant 8 and 7 in the alternate-shot morning match.