It’s All-Star Weekend for NASCAR, as the Cup Series is in Charlotte for the 33rd annual All-Star Race tomorrow night. Joey Logano is the defending winner of the event, and is one of the 16 drivers who have already qualified for the race. Before the main event, 20 drivers will compete in the Monster Energy Open. The three stage winners and a wildcard voted in by fans will advance to the feature race. Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race will begin at 5:30pm Saturday on WEBO.
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are teaming up with Mirabito Energy Products to recognize veterans of the United States Armed Forces next weekend. All active duty and retired service members will be able to claim a free ticket to any Rumble Ponies game during Memorial Day Weekend. Binghamton will host the Hartford Yard Goats at 7pm Friday and Saturday, 6:35pm Sunday, and 1pm Monday. Current and former members of the military can present a valid ID at the box office to claim a free ticket to any of the games.
NASCAR will take over primetime tomorrow night, as the Monster Energy Cup races under the lights of Kansas Speedway live on WEBO. Kyle Busch is the defending champion of the Go Bowling 400 and is still looking for his first victory of 2017. Motor Racing Network coverage will start at 6:30pm tomorrow on WEBO.
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are home all weekend at NYSEG Stadium against the Akron RubberDucks. Tonight’s game begins at 7:05pm with fireworks following, while the teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader tomorrow at 12:05. They will wrap up their series on Sunday with a Mother’s Day matinee at 1:05pm. Tickets are available online at bingrp.com or at the box office.
Tioga Downs will host horse racing all weekend, with post times at 6:50pm tonight and tomorrow and 1pm Sunday.
After 21 years, the Waverly baseball team has finally been crowned champions of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Sophomore pitcher Bradey Roney gave up only three hits in a complete game shutout and senior Zach VanHouten drove in two runs as Waverly defeated Union Springs 7-0 in last night’s Large School Championship at Dunn Field in Elmira. In the small school title game, Tioga gave up two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as they lost to Trumansburg 2-1. In softball, Tioga won their fourth-straight IAC title with a 15-1 blowout of Moravia at Cornell. Pitcher Mariah Culver fired a one-hitter.
In NASCAR, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr got the best of race leader Kyle Busch in a side-by-side duel on the next-to-last lap yesterday at Talladega Superspeedway, charging to his first career victory and ending a 101-race winless drought for Roush Fenway Racing. As heard on WEBO, Stenhouse made his big move during overtime after a push from Jimmie Johnson and then held off the rest of the field to claim victory in his 158th career start. The win marks Roush Fenway’s first trip to a Cup Series Victory Lane since Carl Edwards won at Sonoma Raceway in 2014. Aric Almirola won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.
After two weeks of short track racing, NASCAR drivers will go to the other extreme as they try to conquer the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. The Xfinity Series will race the Sparks Energy 300 tomorrow. Motor Racing Network coverage will begin at 12:30pm on WEBO. The Monster Energy Cup will race the Geico 500 on Sunday. Brad Keselowski is the defending champion of the event. MRN coverage of the race will start at 1pm on WEBO.
The Owego Free Academy Athletics Department recognized 11 student-athletes yesterday who are planning to participate in college athletics next year. All 11 signed their commitment letters in the OFA Lobby yesterday in front of the student body. Here is the full list of the student-athletes and where they will be attending:
- Cole Paradies, Basketball, Wells College (Div. 3)
- Caleb Marshall, Football, Alfred University (Div. 3)
- Micah Marshall, Football, Alfred University (Div. 3)
- Mason Ford, Lacrosse, Maryville University (Div. 2)
- Joe Kuchinski, Lacrosse, Wilkes University (Div. 3)
- Tyler Short, Track & Field, Bryant and Stratton College (ICA)
- Clayton Wolfe, Track & Field, University at Buffalo (Div. 1) or Binghamton University (Div. 1)
- Bella Coleman, Volleyball, University of Virginia (Div. 1) or University of Rochester (Div. 3)
- Makenna Kallin, Volleyball, Fredonia State (Div. 3)
- Savannah Terry, Volleyball, Elmira College (Div. 3)
- Devin Horton, Wrestling, Alfred State (Div. 3)
The sport’s most popular driver has announced that he will retire at the end of this season. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made the announcement this morning. He has struggled this season in his return from a season-ending concussion last year. Our partners from MRN and PRN will have more on this news in today’s NASCAR Fix at 6. Jimmie Johnson won yesterday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway that was heard live on WEBO. The seven-time series champion passed Kevin Harvick with 21 laps to go and held on for his second career win at Bristol. With the victory, he becomes the first driver this year to win back-to-back races. The race was postponed from Sunday by heavy rain in Tennessee. Both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Monster Energy Cup will race in Richmond this weekend.