BOONE, Iowa – Recipients of contingency awards from the newest IMCA marketing partner won’t have to walk very far to redeem them.Motorsports Warehouse Distributors is currently relocating from Ames to the former JR Motorsports building just off Highway 30 and adjacent to the Boone Speedway grounds.Manufacturers’ Row at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will literally be in the company’s parking lot.“IMCA has a very large customer base. It makes sense to cater to that market in our backyard,” said Brent Antill of Motorsports Warehouse. “We have a lot to offer IMCA drivers.”Motorsports Warehouse will award $50 gift certificates to all last-chance qualifiers at Super Nationals. Those certificates will be good toward purchases from a complete line of racing products and safety equipment.Gift certificates with the same value will be awarded to a top five driver at each event in the Deery Brothers Summer Series and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour beginning next season.Antill’s grandfather started Hap’s Auto Supply in the mid-1960’s and built engines for drivers who competed across the Midwest. The business later became Hap’s Racing, operated by his father, in Ames. Hap’s serviced Boone Speedway with a parts trailer in the 1980’s and 1990’s.“Hap’s was a long-time supporter of IMCA and I’m proud to continue that family tradition into the future with Motorsports Warehouse,” said Antill, IMCA’s national Sprint Car rookie of the year in 1990, a long-time veteran of the winged division and recent inductee into the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame.He worked at Hap’s Racing and JR Motorsports, and built engines at his own shop before opening Motorsports Warehouse in 2014. The company offers a wide variety of products for the winged class as well.More information about products available from Motorsports Warehouse is available by calling 855 599-7223.“We’re really excited about being part of IMCA,” Antill said. “This sponsorship program will be a good deal for everyone involved.”“With the recent leasing of the building on the grounds of Boone Speedway, it was natural to develop a partnership with Motorsports Warehouse that involved them supporting not only the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, but IMCA series events on a regional level,” noted Kevin Yoder, marketing director for the sanctioning body. “We’ve appreciated their desire to work with us as we make plans for America’s Racin’ Vacation and look forward to building a relationship that lasts well into the future.”
The Scotland skipper has played just 13 games since announcing he was taking an extended break from football in November 2011 when he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. The 29-year-old has undergone numerous operations and been put on a strict dietary regime in a bid to correct his stomach condition and allow him to resume playing duties. Press Association But a definitive date for his comeback still eludes him and his medical advisors. Now Fletcher – who will miss the start of the Barclays Premier League campaign, including United’s first match against away to Swansea on August 17 – has made the decision to stay away from David Moyes’ squad until he is ready to rejoin them on a permanent basis. He said: “I’m staying away from the training ground right now just because it is difficult being there when you are not actually training. “I’ve spoken to the manager, he seems great and we have discussed the plan going forward. I just can’t wait to go back when I’m ready to get back training, not just plodding around no use to anyone.” Fletcher last went under the surgeon’s knife in January but while a timescale has not yet been placed on his return to action, he believes there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. “It’s been very frustrating,” he said. “I’ve struggled for three years. But knowing that it is hopefully coming to an end and that I can get back playing football to the level I expect to be playing is exciting. “I’ve got to believe that will be the case and I do. I’ve not been told there is a reason why that won’t be the case, so positive thinking is the only way I can get through these situations. “I’m still in the hands of the surgeons at the moment – I’ve not actually started training yet. Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has banned himself from entering the club’s Carrington training ground until he has beaten the illness which has blighted him for the past three years. “I’ve been doing my own little bit in the gym, which is keeping me ticking along nicely and I’m waiting for the surgeon to give me the go ahead to join in training. “I don’t have a timescale for when I will be back playing really. Hopefully it is not going to be too far away in the distant future. I just need to be patient. After all I’ve gone through I think it’s important that I’m patient. “If it means a few extra weeks to get myself right, then so be it.” Moyes took over as United boss this summer following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Fletcher has already had discussions with the former Everton manager about how best to manage his condition and has also held similar talks with new Scotland boss Gordon Strachan. And the player stressed both men are giving him their full support. He said: “I’ve had a chat with the new manager at United that will remain between the two of us. It was a positive conversation and he’s been very much in favour of letting me get on with my recovery. When I’m ready to come back, that’s when he will look at me in terms of the playing side. “It’s the same with Gordon Strachan. I’ve been in touch with him. He’s been very positive and enthusiastic.” Fletcher’s last appearance for Scotland was in the 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Belgium last October. Since then the two defeats in the three Group 1 fixtures that followed his last outing have counted the Dark Blues out of the race for next year’s finals in Brazil. The side travel south to face England at Wembley on August 14 and the national side’s captain admits missing out on that match is just as painful as watching his team-mates suffer on the international stage. He said: “It’s always difficult watching the team lose – but it’s difficult watching them win because you want to be part of it. “I wish I was going to Wembley playing but in these circumstances I’ve just had to think about myself and try and get back to where I want to be.”
He is available after leaving Inter following 10 years at the San Siro and Pearson remains upbeat over the deal. Pearson said: “Cambiasso is still a possibility. There’s been progress over the weekend so I’m more hopeful than I was on Friday and Saturday but until there is a definitive answer I’m loath to talk too much. But I am hopeful it can be done in the next couple of days. “We’ve been trying to do business and it has not materialised so far. But hopefully this week we can still do business and bring players in that we want to bring in. “I recognise there is a need for added numbers and we have to do that in this window. There are subtle differences this year to last year. “We’ve been very positive but it is nice to have different options. “Two or three hopefully is the aim. It would be nice to be able to achieve that.” Leicester host Shrewsbury, where Pearson started his career, in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday without Danny Drinkwater (hamstring), Jamie Vardy (thigh) and Matty James (shin). Pearson added: “Danny will be introduced back into training this week so may be available for the week. Matty’s shin is still sore so we will have to take that one at the right pace especially with a break coming up.” Manager Pearson confirmed talks have progressed with the former Inter Milan midfielder, who is available on a free transfer. The ex-Argentina international could be in before Leicester host Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. Press Association Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is eyeing three new players before the end of the transfer window as the Foxes close in on Esteban Cambiasso.