I-77 Speedway in Ripley announced Monday it will suspend operations at the track while continuing to speak with others about possibly promoting the track.
“The staff has enjoyed working with the fans and racers over the last several months, but the resources needed to make the track successful are greater than those available at this time,” Todd Jones, president of MW Motorsports, said. “Although we are suspending operations, we hope the races have been a positive experience for all those involved. We appreciate the enthusiasm of the racers and the fans.”
Early in the season, I-77 Speedway announced that it would have a point fund for drivers. The track will honor that commitment and will contact drivers when the details are worked out within the next 30 days.
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WEST VIRGINIA OPEN: Josef Dransfeld of Huntington shot 2-under-par 70 to take the West Virginia Open Championship qualifier at the Resort at Glade Springs Resort (Cobb Course) Monday in Daniels.
Cam Roam, also of Huntington, finished second at even-par 72, followed by Hunter O’Neal of Bluefield and Evan Bucher from Madison, tied for third at 73.
Micheal Foust of Hurricane shot 75 to finish tied for seventh and qualify for the championship, which will be held July 19-21 at Edgewood Country Club in Charleston.
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MARSHALL FOOTBALL: Marshall tight end Ryan Yurachek is a nominee for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, an award recognizing college football student-athletes involved in community service.
Yurachek received the nomination for visiting children at the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital and volunteering for the annual Children’s Holiday Toy Drive in Barboursville.
From the 146 nominees, 22 players will receive the award in September.
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UC BASEBALL CAMPS: The University of Charleston baseball team will hold clinics for middle and high school baseball players and a Fall Prospects Camp at Triana Field on the UC campus.
The Middle School Skills Clinic ($75) is July 13 from 1-5 p.m. for ages 12 through 16. The High School Skills Clinic ($100) is July 19 from 1-5 p.m. for ages 12 through 20. The Fall Prospects Camp ($100) is Oct. 15 from 1-5 p.m. for ages 12 through 20.
For more information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Register at ucwvbaseballcamps.com.
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JIU-JITSU AND WRESTLING: The West Virginia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling State Championships returns to Charleston on Aug. 19 as part of Sports Fest 2017. The adult tournament begins at 11 a.m., the children’s at 10:30 a.m. The pre-registration cost is $65. After Aug. 17, the cost goes to $75.