Abbey packs a career’s worth of highlights into championship-filled 2016 season

first_imgJeffrey Abbey (center) raced to his career-first Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod national crown this season. He is pictured with Speedway Motors President Clay Smith at left and IMCA President Brett Root at right. Speedway Motors is title sponsor of IMCA Weekly Racing. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)COMANCHE, Texas – Jeffrey Abbey packed a career’s worth of highlights into his fourth Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod season.Along with the national championship, the Comanche, Texas, High School Senior won the division’s debut at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s just four days after celebrating his 18th birthday.And while more than doubling his career win total in the class to 47, he paced track point races at Boyd Raceway and Kennedale Speedway Park while reigning again in Allstar Performance Texas State standings.“We had a good year last year and didn’t change much. We freshened the engine and freshened the shocks,” said Abbey, the national runner-up in 2015. “We came into this year hoping to get more wins and run for the national championship.”“I couldn’t pick out a season highlight. Winning Super Nationals and the national championship were both outstanding,” he continued. “And I ended the season winning the Bryan Mize Memorial at 85 Speedway. If you’d told me at the start of the year that I’d do all that, I wouldn’t have believed you.”Ten of Abbey’s point season checkers came at Boyd, seven more at KSP as he defended track titles at both. He also won twice at Red River Speedway and Southern Oklahoma Speedway, and once at both Heart O’ Texas Speedway and 85.He also ventured to Abilene Speedway for a $1,700 Southern Challenge payday in mid-October.“I like the competition in this class. It’s one of the toughest around,” Abbey stated matter-of-factly. “There are good cars no matter what track you go to.”Abbey’s older brother Dean is a two-time national champion in the same division and now races an Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, while younger brother Westin was most recently crowned champion of the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.There’s a friendly competition between the three about who has the most wins or more big checks on display in the shop. Another brother, Steven, was the national Southern SportMod rookie of the year in 2009 and raced with Jeffrey at a post-season special in 2015. He works for Penske Racing where he is a data engineer and was on the pit stand every race this season for IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud.“Southern SportMods are the first division I ran on dirt. Dean taught me everything I needed to know,” said Abbey, who has worked his way up from the go-kart, bandolero and legend classes. “We bounce ideas off each other and right now I’ve got things figured out.”He’ll attend Texas A & M this fall and plans to major in mechanical engineering.“I’m going to stay in the SportMod in the near future,” Abbey said, “But I will moved to a Modified. It’s only a matter of time.”Starts: 54Wins: 23Additional Top Fives: 25HIS CREW: Father Randy, brothers Dean and Westin, and Robert Scrivner. HIS SPONSORS: Abbey Racing of Comanche; Berta Built Bodies of Waco; 517 Designs of Whitney; TM Racing of Keller; Swenson Shocks of San Antonio; Brass Monkey Racing Products of Ada, Okla.; Tumbleweed BarBQue of Stephenville; Dynamic Drivelines of Des Moines, Iowa; and KS Engineering of Albert Lea, Minn.last_img read more

Cisse fitness setback leaves Newcastle short of striking options

first_img Press Association Sport understands the 30-year-old Senegal international will be out for four to five weeks after having a procedure to address the groin problem which has seen him miss the last five games. Head coach Steve McClaren revealed last week that Cisse had returned to training after a third opinion on the injury which suggested he may not require an operation, but warned that could prove not to be the case. Newcastle’s search for striking reinforcements has taken a new twist after it emerged that Papiss Cisse will be sidelined for a month after undergoing surgery. Cisse’s absence means summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored his fourth goal for the club in Tuesday night’s 3-3 Barclays Premier league draw with Manchester United, remains the Magpies’ only fit specialist striker. They have been tracking a series of possible additions in that department in recent weeks, but with Chelsea’s Loic Remy and QPR’s Charlie Austin now looking unlikely potential signings and Wolfsburg front man Bas Dost facing a six-week lay-off with a broken bone in his foot, the field has dwindled somewhat. West Brom’s Saido Berahino is among a list of players whose situations are being monitored, but the Magpies are far from lone potential suitors. McClaren has been boosted this week by the addition of midfielders Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet to his squad, although there is speculation that Cheick Tiote could leave as a result, with Shanghai Shenhua on his trail. But the goals Newcastle scored against Manchester United were their first in five games in all competitions and added strike-power is a major focus for the club’s recruitment wing. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tyus Battle continues maturation process as freshman season nears conclusion

first_img Published on March 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman As a byproduct of that, there’s a lot that goes into a 20-point performance from Battle too. Where Andrew White might get to that number by exclusively hoisting 3s, Battle’s ability to score almost anywhere on the court is what makes him so good.Only one of his seven 3-point attempts fell through on Wednesday, but he compensated by crashing the paint as aggressively as he has all season. Battle converted three and-1 layups against the Spartans, and the visitors weren’t committing soft touch fouls on the freshman.Battle attacked three UNCG defenders under the basket to draw his first and-1, coaxed 6-foot-8 R.J. White into hacking him from behind as he laid in a second and-1, and the third came on that highlight-reel jump move.“Those are moves I thought he would always do,” freshman Taurean Thompson said, “but his confidence is getting up. He’s always been the person that could score a couple and get going.“It was real good seeing that move from him.”Battle readily acknowledged there are some moves, for whatever reason, he won’t unveil at the beginning of a game. He has to build up to them, get in a groove and just react. It’s a process Battle’s expedited as he’s accrued more experience, but there’s still a way for him to go.Thompson thinks his fellow freshman still relies too heavily on his jump shot. Battle knows he’d be better served to drive the paint even more than he’s started to. Syracuse coaches just want him to have the confidence to shoot more.All together, there’s plenty for Battle to work on. As he reacts accordingly, his ceiling is only getting higher.“He’s getting better this year,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’ll get better. They all do.” Comments With two defenders closing in on his path to the basket, Tyus Battle didn’t have to think about his next move. He just reacted, improvising a jump move between Jordy Kuiper and Kyrin Galloway to plant himself under the basket for an and-1 layup.Even the freshman was impressed with his own ad-libbing. He slapped the ball with one hand after the whistle and dropped a sly grin toward the Syracuse bench. Battle can’t draw an explanation for everything he does on the court, and that’s OK.The Orange doesn’t mind in the slightest.“That’s how you’re supposed to play basketball,” Battle said. “You’re supposed to react to what the defense is giving you and just try to make the right play.”For the dynamic 6-foot-6 guard, that could mean going up for a quick 3 on the first possession of the game. It could mean zipping a half-court pass for a transition layup, or leaping between two defenders blocking his way to the paint. Battle’s shown he can do all of the above, and he did it all in top-seeded SU’s (19-14, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) 13-point win over eight-seeded UNCG (25-10, 14-4 Southern) on Wednesday night. As Syracuse extended its season at least another game — coming at home against Ole Miss at 11 a.m. on Saturday — there’s no reason to think Battle’s maturation won’t continue.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe tallied 20 against the Spartans, scoring at least that many points in three of the last four games. But more important, as the Orange prepares to lose up to three of its best players for a second year in a row, Battle’s fortified himself as SU’s best hope for next season.The ball will be in his hands more than ever, an exciting possibility for a player as multi-faceted as Battle is.“I don’t think he has one in particular,” Tyler Lydon said of Battle’s best attribute. “I think he has a few. His athleticism, his skill set, his ability to score, his mindset and everything.“There’s a lot that goes into him.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more