Jordan Grabouski raced to a career third IMCA Modified national championship this season. He’s now fifth on the all-time wins list for the division with 203 career feature wins. He is pictured with Speedway Motors President Clay Smith at left and IMCA President Brett Root at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)BEATRICE, Neb. – A season that saw the highest of highs and the lowest of lows ended with Jordan Grabouski winning a career third IMCA Modified national championship.Grabouski, from Beatrice, Neb., topped 30 features in adding to a trophy collection that already included hardware from 2011 and 2016.The joy of his latest achievement was more than offset by the passing of son Jagger shortly after his birth on July 4.“It was a bittersweet season,” Grabouski said. “It was definitely a roller coaster season for us. We were glad to have won the national championship but there were nights when it wasn’t easy for us to race.”“My wife Whitney and I are extremely thankful and incredibly blessed to have an amazing support group of family and friends,” he continued. “We could never thank everyone enough for all the love and prayers that have followed the loss of our son.”Along with the Jet Racing Central Region prize, Grabouski earned track titles at Beatrice Speedway and Eagle Raceway, as well as his career-first Nebraska State crown.He completed a perfect season at Beatrice with his career 200th win in the division on Aug. 17.“It meant a lot to us to win a state championship and we had a lot of fun in a Stock Car (winning six times) but it seemed like we had to fight for a lot of things,” said Grabouski, who ended the season with 203 checkers, fifth on the all-time list for the division. “A lot went into our perfect season at Beatrice. I believe you create a lot of your own luck and when we sit back and look at what we were able to accomplish, it’s unreal.”By track, Grabouski collected 13 checkers at Beatrice, nine at Eagle, four at US 30 Speedway, two at Boone County Raceway and one each at Junction Motor Speedway and Osborne County Speedway.His first win of 2018 at Beatrice was also Grabouski’s record-extending career 10th Spring Nationals victory.“When I was growing up and going to the races, the Johnny Saathoff-David Murray Jr. rivalry was at an all-time high,” he said. “I drove for Ben and Melissa Novotny early in my career and won my first Spring Nationals in 2008 in one of their cars. It’s amazing to look at the success we’ve had.”Wins-30 Top Five Finishes-45 Starts-50HIS CREW: Josh Houseman, Bryson Fralin, Eric Ebeling, Steve Durman and Jackson Weeks.HIS SPONSORS: Twin Rivers Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Penner Insurance, AJC Wiens Custom Farming, Orange Bowl, J’s Grill and Pub, Wrightway Hay Harvesters and Nelson Tree Service all of Beatrice; Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton; Abbie and Jace Grabouski and Zeck Ford, both of Leavenworth, Kan.; Wojo Painting and Moock Trucking, both of Lincoln; Schmidt’s Inc. and Schmidt Machine, both of Fairbury; PBS Rentals of Crete; Hergott Farms of Gilead; Sasse Farms of Diller; Side Trek Bar & Grill of Harbine; Novotny Ag and Brynn Novotny Motorsports, both of Jansen; Brinkman Racing and Fabrication of DeWitt; Terry Phillips Racing of Springfield, Mo.; GRT Race Cars of Greenbrier, Ark.; VP Heartland of Manhattan, Kan.; Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Fast Shafts of Des Moines, Iowa; Sybesma Graphics of Sanborn, Iowa; Jordan Hanisch Photography and BigWorms Racing Videos, both of Williams, Iowa; CPD Racing Shocks of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Real Racing Wheels of Independence, Iowa; Speedwerx Headers of Forest Lake, Minn.; Kevko of Fairmont, Minn.; Strange Oval of Morton Grove, Ill.; Quarter Master of Lake Zurich, Ill.; Simpson of Brownsburg, Ind.; Wehrs Machine and Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; Sweet Manufacturing of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Keyser Manufacturing of Coopersville, Mich.; Integra Shocks of Coopersville, Mich.; Jones Pulley Systems of Ottsville, Pa. Bulldog Rear Ends of Lancaster, Pa.; Hooker Harness of Cranbury, N.J.; FK Rod Ends of Southington, Conn.; Ricochet Shock Guards of Brush, Colo.; Icon Pistons of Carson City, Nev.; Wilwood of Camarillo, Calif.; and Total Power Batteries of Vista, Calif.
Press Association Ben Foster could end his West Brom injury nightmare next month. But the England international is due to resume training next week – in a huge boost to his Euro 2016 hopes – and could be available by the end of November. “Ben is hopefully on the grass next week, that’s getting closer for us,” said Pulis, ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Leicester. “I don’t think people have mentioned it as often as they could have, in respect to missing such an influential player – and an influential player in the dressing room as well. “It’s been a little bit of a setback but the lads have coped very well with it.” Deputy Boaz Myhill has kept six clean sheets in 10 Barclays Premier League games this season to earn praise from Pulis and keep summer signing Anders Lindegaard on the bench. “He is a very sound lad, he knows the score and the game. It’s interesting to see how he has coped with it,” Pulis said. “Anders has been a good back up and that helps. The year before I was at Crystal Palace and we had (Julian) Speroni. We bought (Wayne) Hennessey in and Speroni went up another level. “Bo has done exceptionally well. One person doesn’t keep clean sheets, it’s got to be the whole team. “That’s very important people recognise it. It’s not the centre-backs, it’s everyone together as one unit. It’s a tough season.” The goalkeeper is set to resume training as he continues his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury. Foster has been out since March and was expected back this month but suffered a setback which boss Tony Pulis thought would keep him out until Christmas.
A route 47 minibus driver was on Friday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for raping a 14-year-old girl.Adrain BrandtAdrian Brandt denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Fabayo Azore. The charge stated that Brandt sexually assaulted the teen on October 7, 2018, at Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Brandt is no stranger to the court. On March 30, 2014, he was released on $40,000 bail by Magistrate Faith McGusty on a dangerous driving charge. He was also the prosecution’s main witness in the July 29, 2013 Mandela Avenue, Georgetown shooting where one person was killed.