NASCAR returns to the track for the first time since early March for its first race since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down the sports world.The Cup Series makes its best effort to return to some semblance of normalcy by holding its first races in more than two months at Darlington Raceway, host to a 293-lap event Sunday, The Real Heroes 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and the Toyota 500 on Wednesday (6 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The events will be held without fans in attendance and with the track’s property restricted to only a limited group of essential personnel.With a tight schedule of racing on tap to round out the month of May, here’s a primer with helpful information before stock-car racing resumes at the track “Too Tough to Tame.”RELATED: How to follow the race TRACK DETAILSDarlington Raceway is a 1.366-mile track that opened as NASCAR’s first superspeedway in 1950. The track’s last repaving project was completed in 2008. The start-finish line was relocated from what was the frontstretch to the former backstraight in 1997.The track features an oblong, egg-shaped layout, with a wider arc through Turns 1 and 2 than the tighter Turns 3 and 4. Turns 1 and 2 are banked at 25 degrees, while Turns 3 and 4 feature 23-degree banking. Both the frontstretch and backstraight measure 1,229 feet with minimal banking.The next two events will be the 117th and 118th for the NASCAR Cup Series at the historic South Carolina track. Darlington’s first winner was Johnny Mantz, who topped a 75-car field in the 1950 Southern 500 on Labor Day in a time of 6 hours, 38 minutes. The margin of victory for his Plymouth was nine laps over runner-up Fireball Roberts.RELATED: How Darlington’s distinctive design was madeSTAGE LENGTHSSunday, May 17: Stage 1 is set to end at Lap 90, Stage 2 at Lap 185, and the final stage slated to conclude on Lap 293.Wednesday, May 20: Stage 1 is set to end at Lap 60, Stage 2 on Lap 125, with the full distance set for Lap 228.STARTING LINEUPSSince the next two events will be held without practice or qualifying, NASCAR officials will set the starting lineups and determine pit-stall selection based on a mix of factors, including Cup Series owners points, a tiered structure of random draws and previous results.See the full breakdown here detailing lineup procedures for all three NASCAR national series under the condensed race-day procedures.RULES PACKAGEThe 2020 NASCAR rules package for intermediate-sized tracks will be in effect with a tapered spacer used to set a target of 550 horsepower. The cars will use aero ducts in addition to other aerodynamic devices to increase downforce.MORE: Full Darlington, Charlotte schedules | Latest entry listGOODYEAR TIRESAs the Cup Series braces for two Darlington events without practice or qualifying, the first race back will start without any rubber worked into the track’s abrasive surface. That should mean abnormally high wear for the Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials, especially in the first few pit-stop cycles before the asphalt begins to take rubber.Cup Series teams will be allotted 12 sets of tires for the longer Sunday race and nine sets for the Wednesday event.The tire features the same compound and construction that was scheduled to be used March 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway before that event was postponed. Tires that were earmarked for that race weekend will be used at Darlington.“Getting back to racing and doing so at Darlington is a great feeling,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “We’ll come out of the gate by testing teams with one of the most grueling challenges in NASCAR, with the abrasive track surface and tight configuration of ‘The Track Too Tough to Tame.’ Our whole sport has had to become very nimble in coming up with a plan to safely get back to the track. Schedules will change, as will the way we all do business at the race track in the near future, but NASCAR as a sport has always been known for being innovative and able to adapt to ever-changing conditions. We will get back to the track this week and will put on great races for our fans. We’re glad to play a part in leading the way back for professional sports in the country and doing so in a safe, competitive and entertaining manner.” STATS TO KNOW— The track has held a traditional Labor Day spot on the schedule since 2015, but two new Cup Series events for May were created at Darlington, a venue within driving distance to the Charlotte-area hub for the NASCAR industry. Coronavirus restrictions have begun to loosen, but race officials have opted for one-day events that minimize travel and at-track exposure for essential personnel. The last time the raceway held a springtime event was April 2014, when Kevin Harvick dominated by leading 238 of 374 laps in his lone Darlington win.— Joe Gibbs Racing and its affiliated teams have won five of the last seven Darlington events — all with different drivers. Matt Kenseth, who returns to competition Sunday for the first time since 2018, kicked off that string of success in 2013. He was followed by JGR-associated drivers Carl Edwards (2015), Martin Truex Jr. (2016), Denny Hamlin (2017) and Erik Jones (2019). Toyota’s recent run there has impressed, but Chevrolet leads all automakers with 41 Darlington wins in NASCAR’s top division.— Kenseth takes over the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet starting Sunday, but his return isn’t the only one happening at Darlington. Ryan Newman has been medically cleared to come back to the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford after his recovery from serious injuries in a last-lap crash at the Daytona 500 in February. Newman missed the last three races during his recovery time. Kenseth’s most recent Cup start was also behind the wheel of Jack Roush’s No. 6, which he drove in 15 races in 2018.— Kevin Harvick is the only driver to score top-10 finishes in all four Cup Series races so far this season. The Stewart-Haas Racing veteran has a similarly steady streak at Darlington, where he has placed among the top 10 in seven consecutive races.— The last time NASCAR’s top series embarked on a schedule of four races in an 11-day span came in August 1971. Richard Petty swept all four, winning at the Albany-Saratoga Fairgrounds; Islip, New York.; Trenton, New Jersey; and Nashville on the way to his third of seven series championships. Source: Racing Insights LIVE COVERAGETune in to television coverage from Darlington Raceway on FOX (Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET), FS1 (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET) and the FOX Sports App both days. For complete radio coverage, listen in to MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on-air.RELATED: Ways to follow the racesFor a more interactive experience, head over to NASCAR.com or the NASCAR app to check out an enhanced Race Center, live Lap-by-Lap coverage, the customizable live leaderboard with Scanner (which is FREE for both races), and the return of Drive (featuring in-car cameras).Be sure to set your lineup in Fantasy Live and make your picks in the NASCAR Finish Line App!2019 RACE WINNERDarlington Raceway did not host events last May, but Erik Jones made the track’s most recent event on Labor Day a memorable moment. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver rose into contention late and led 79 of 367 laps to notch his second career Cup Series win.RELATED: Odds, lines for DarlingtonACTIVE DARLINGTON WINNERSJimmie Johnson (three); Denny Hamlin (two); Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr. (one each).
De Rito Partners, Inc. releases its recent commercial transactions:>>Jimmy John’s expanding with new location in GilbertJimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches leased 1,600 SF at the Encore Plaza at the SEC corner of Gilbert and Baseline roads. Adrienne Bryant and Bill Bones of De Rito Partners, Inc. represented the landlord in signing the lease.>> Tortas Paquime to open at Market Place on CentralTortas Paquime finalized a lease for 1,360 SF at the SEC of Central and Dunlap avenues. Lizette Fonseca of De Rito Partners, Inc. represented the tenant in the lease. Tortas Paquime specializes in sandwiches called tortas and other Mexican specialties.>> School of Rock set to open second location in AhwatukeeSchool of Rock, a music school offering private lessons and group rehearsals, leased 2,328 SF at The Shops at Kohl’s in Phoenix (Ahwatukee). The center is at the SWC of 48th St. and Chandler Blvd. Gordon Heckaman and Patrick Salcido of De Rito Partners, Inc. represented the landlord in the lease.>> Zia Records to open a new location in TempeDe Rito Partners, Inc. brokers Adrienne Bryant and Bill Bones represented the landlord in signing a lease for 10,380 SF at Huntington Square in Tempe. Zia Records, specializing in selling music, movies and more, will move into the center located at the NEC of Southern and Mill avenues.>> Naber’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill to join Chandler PavilionsNaber’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill will take over the former Ernie’s restaurant at Chandler Pavilions located at the SWC of 54th St. and Ray Rd. Paul Serafin of De Rito Partners, Inc. represented the landlord in signing the lease for 7,575 SF.>> General Dentistry 4 Kids opening new location in PhoenixDe Rito Partner’s, Inc. brokers Lizette Fonseca and Chris Corso represented the landlord in completing a lease located at the NWC of 35th and Glendale avenues. The deal was for 7,264 SF for the dentistry which caters to babies, toddlers and kids of all ages.>> Urban Wear to open first locationUrban Wear signed a lease for 1,478 SF just west of the NWC of 19th Ave. and Camelback Rd. in Phoenix. This will be the retailer’s first location. Adrienne Bryant and John Trujillo of De Rito Partners, Inc. represented the landlord in the deal.>> Nail Rainbow opens under new ownership in GilbertNail Rainbow signed a lease for 1,060 SF at the NWC of Gilbert and Warner roads in Gilbert. Gordon Heckaman and Morey Fischel of De Rito Partners, Inc. represented the landlord in the lease.>> State Farm Insurance renews lease in Central PhoenixAdrienne Byrant and Roger Brevoort of De Rito Partners Inc. represented the landlord in renewing a lease for State Farm Insurance west of the NWC of Central Ave. and Roosevelt St./Portland St. in Phoenix. The lease was for 947 SF.>> Tio Rico Te Ayuda expanding near Central PhoenixTio Rico Te Ayuda Financial Centers to open another location at the NWC of 24th and Roosevelt streets in Phoenix. The lease is for 1,200 SF at the complex located just off Loop 202 and Interstate 10. Trevor Clinch of De Rito Partners Inc. represented the landlord in the deal.>> Barro’s Pizza opening new location in MesaBarro’s Pizza completed a lease to move into the Superstition Promenade at the SWC of McDowell and Power roads in Mesa. De Rito Partners Inc. broker Michael McWilliams represented the landlord in signing the lease for 4,000 SF.>> Former Wendy’s Sold in PhoenixDe Rito Partners Inc. broker Martin Leon completed the sale of a former Wendy’s Restaurant at the SEC of 28th Ave. and Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. The deal was for a 2,399 SF freestanding restaurant with drive-through.>> Batting cage complex opening in Casa GrandeHit Zone, a batting cage complex, will be opening a location in Casa Grande at the NEC of Florence Blvd. and Amarillo St. The deal was for 8,460 SF at the Casa Grande Center. John Trujillo and Trevor Clinch of De Rito Partners Inc. represented the landlord in the deal.>> Wells Fargo Pad Sold in SurpriseA 1.65-acre Wells Fargo pad was sold in Surprise just south of the SWC of Cotton Lane and Greenway Rd. The pad is across from a Fry’s Food and Drug Store and located in a growing trade and residential area. De Rito Parterns Inc. agents Steve Bonnell, Bill Bones represented the seller; Paul Serafin and Bruce Milton represented the buyer in the deal.>> Chopsticks Express opens second locationDe Rito Partners Inc. brokers Bruce Milton, Justin Rihs, and John Palmieri represented the landlord in signing a lease to Chopsticks Express. The deal was for 1,500 SF at Cooper Crossing located east of the southeast corner of Cooper and Baseline roads in Gilbert.
Fairstar’s open stern, semi-submersible vessel, Fjell is expected to load the Energy Exeter in early January and sail immediately afterwards towards a Northern European port to be determined at a later date by Northern Offshore.Hylke van den Berg , director of client services for Fairstar commented: “We appreciate the confidence Northern Offshore has shown in Fairstar. Safely crossing the Bay of Biscay in January requires careful planning and experienced seamanship. Our team at Fairstar has a special connection with the Energy Exerter and we will ensure to use the same care on board Fjell for this voyage as was demonstrated on Fjord two years ago when we safely transported the rig from Kirkenes, Norway to Greece.”Willem Out, chief operating officer at Fairstar added: “Fleet utilisation is now showing a significant improvement in the last few months. The Fjord is underway to the Gulf of Mexico with the Oando Energy Services’ rig Respect. Fjord will proceed to Angola to commence its contract with DSME after discharging the Respect.”Upon completion of the DSME contract, Fjord will perform her first scheduled voyage for the Gorgon LNG Project. During 2011 we have safely transported a variety of drilling rigs for ENSCO, Hercules, Nabors, and Oando . Northern Offshore has been a great client for our company over the years. Even though our future strategy will focus our resources on multi-voyage energy infrastructure projects like Gorgon, Fjord and Fjell have consistently demonstrated their competitiveness as two of the most modern and versatile semi-submersible ships in the global fleet.”Ingmar den Blanken, treasurer at Fairstar stated, “We welcome this contract as an unexpected contribution to earnings in 2012. Both cash flow and EBITDA will increase in the first quarter above our previous expectations.”www.fairstar.com
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The federal government has released a draft plan for an offshore oil lease plan which would include portions of the Cook Inlet, Beaufort, and Chuckchi Seas. The proposed waters cover areas south of Kalgin Island to Kodiak. The Department of the Interior says they’re studying both how the sale could affect the marine environment and the impact on the community with increasing development. Jewell: “We’re particularly interested in hearing from the public and Alaska Native communities about whether these areas are appropriate for leasing and what steps we may need to take to protect these important resources found in them. Again, we look forward to hearing from the public and interested stakeholders before we finalize a program that can both meet our nation’s energy needs and protect our key natural resources.” DOI Secretary Sally Jewell says it’s a balanced proposal, but they’re still soliciting input… To submit public comments online visit regulations.gov and type in Cook Inlet 244. Comments will be taken for the next 90 days.
After a successful staging on Saturday, Ian Forbes, chairman of the organising committee of the Purewater/Jamaica College (JC)/R Danny Williams Invitational meet, said that they are aiming to attract a lot more international participation next year.Forbes told The Gleaner that the meet, which saw over 2,200 athletes from across the island taking part and almost 4,000 spectators exceeded his expectations. He is now hoping that they will be able to attract schools from the United States and the Caribbean next year. “For that to happen, we will need more communication and more marketing,” Forbes noted. International participation The meet, held last Saturday at Ashenheim Stadium on JC’s school ground, was in its 27th staging and, in fact, had some amount of international participation.“From overseas, we had unattached athletes and we also had masters athletes, females who are over 35 years old,” Forbes noted.The organisers are now planning to increase the numbers and to include clubs and institutions. “We are hoping to attract more athletes from outside of Jamaica, some from possibly US high schools and colleges, because in certain parts of the US, it is pretty cold presently. It would offer them an opportunity to get some early season competition. And of course, we are looking towards our Caribbean neighbours to participate as well,” added Forbes. “We need to insist on the benefits of competing in Jamaica – we have a good facility, there are some islands which do not have a synthetic track for their athletes to compete; we have the best coaches in the world; we have talented athletes, who offer very good competition and we have very knowledgeable track and field spectators,” Forbes stated.Forbes underlined that the newly built track is a welcome addition and will help towards preparations for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which will be held from March 24th to 28th at the National Stadium.“The new track has been a huge difference. We used to have coaches complaining about the previous surface but now, there is no complaint. They are all very happy and excited to compete here,” said Forbes. Melena Helias