first_img“I knew I had to keep my momentum up. I was a little hesitant about going to the top,” he said. “There was a lot of moisture on the bottom. I knew if I could just hit it right I could hold the bottom better. I knew where to enter and where to come off.” Braaksma passed veteran Bob Moore on the 18th of 25 laps, then led the defending track champion through lapped traffic and across the finish line. The win paid $1,500 and put Braaksma on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. The only caution of the contest came on lap seven; Moore took over second following the restart and caught Stephan two laps later.  Chris Abelson, Stephan and Jason Brees completed the top five. The main event field was represented by drivers from six states and Monday marked the first opening event held outside Iowa in the 11-year history of the tour. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. “I remember when I was younger watching the Dirt Knights and wondering what it would be like to race with them,” Braaksma said after loading up the car, trophy and check. “I definitely didn’t think I’d be where I am now.”  Feature results – 1. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa; 2. Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; 3. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa; 4. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 5. Jason Brees, Meriden, Iowa; 6. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa; 7. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, Iowa; 8. Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa; 9. Matt Bonine, Onawa, Iowa; 10. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 11. Chad Ten Napel, Sioux City, Iowa; 12. Sean Barragan, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; 13. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; 14. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa; 15. Jeff Berens, Dakota Dunes; 16. Jason Schneiders, North Sioux City; 17. Darin Roepke, LeMars, Iowa; 18. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif.; 19. Devon Schlumbohm, Sioux Falls; 20. Chris Mills, Sioux City, Iowa; 21. Chris Clark, Jackson, Wy.; 22. David Brown, Kellogg, Iowa; 23. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa. Braaksma was the fourth different leader in the tour lidlifter. Troy Cordes led the first circuit before Ricky Stephan sped by.  JEFFERSON, S.D. (July 20) – Ethan Braaksma grew up watching the IMCA Modified Dirt Knights and wondering what it would be like to race with them. On Monday night, the young Iowan became a first-time winner when the 2020 Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour opened at Park Jefferson Speedway.  Ethan Braaksma impressed in winning the Monday night Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour opener for IMCA Modifieds at Park Jefferson Speedway. The checkers came in just his career fourth tour start. (Photo by Jim Steffens) Other winners at Park Jefferson were Mike Moore in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Justin Luinenburg in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Andy Hoffman in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Cody Thompson in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. Braaksma had started fifth and was up to second before midway. He completed his own pass for the lead and pulled away from the pack the last eight times around the oval. Night two of the tour takes the Dirt Knights to Buena Vista Raceway in Alta, Iowa, for a $1,000 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event on Wednesday, July 22. That race program will be broadcast by Speed Shift TV. Braaksma had raced a Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod for four years before moving to the Modified last season. He made his first tour start at Park Jeff last July, breaking and pulling off the track after just a couple laps. last_img read more

first_imgHow does it feel?How does it feelTo be without a homeLike a complete unknownLike a rolling stone ?#WATP— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 22, 2016 Joey Barton, 33, is set to swap Turf Moor for Ibrox Joey Barton has given Rangers a verbal assurance that he will sign for the Ibrox club, it is understood.The 33-year-old free agent had a 12-month offer on the table to stay at Burnley but has decided to go with the longer-term security offered by the Glasgow giants.He will now pen a two-year deal after being impressed by Mark Warburton and his Light Blues set-up.The former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR player met with the Gers boss last week while being shown round Ibrox and the club’s Murray Park training base.Barton had hoped his move north would signal a return to European action but has not been put off joining the Scottish Championship winners despite seeing their Europa League hopes evaporate with Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Hibernian in the final of the Scottish Cup.He now becomes Rangers’ fourth summer signing, joining Accrington Stanley pair Josh Windass and Matt Crooks as well as former Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter.Warburton will see the signing as a major coup as he prepares to do battle with Celtic and their new manager Brendan Rodgers next term.Barton was named Burnley’s club player of the year as he helped lead Sean Dyche’s side back to England’s top division as Championship winners.He has now given Rangers the nod following a day of speculation about his future, sparked when the one-cap ex-England midfielder took to social media to post some cryptic tweets.The first was posted online shortly after 11pm on Sunday evening and quoted lyrics from Bob Dylan’s hit ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, ending with “#WATP” – short for ‘we are the people’, a chant often heard being sung by the Ibrox faithful.Then at 2pm on Monday, he also wrote: “Tough decision but it’s now made. Onwards and upwards from here.”He added “#Rollupandspendyourlastdime” – a reference to lyrics from the Roy Orbison song ‘Penny Arcade’, another favourite of the Rangers support. Tough decision but it’s now made. Onwards and upwards from here. #Rollupandspendyourlastdime— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 23, 2016 1last_img read more