Chip Ganassi Racing makes changes to pit-crew lineup before Richmond race

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. — Chip Ganassi Racing made changes to the pit-crew lineup for its two-car operation ahead of this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.“In the whole offseason, we built around trying to build what we thought was our best group,” said Matt McCall, crew chief of the Ganassi No. 1 Chevrolet for Kurt Busch. “Everybody’s still new that everybody had a chance to be different players, so that’s where we’re at right now. Just moving a couple different people around and see how it works out.”Bryan Jacobsen moves to front tire-changing duties for the Ganassi No. 42 Chevrolet driven by Kyle Larson. He served last week in that role for the No. 00 Chevrolet of StarCom Racing, which has a developmental pit-crew partnership with Ganassi. Jacobsen replaces Steve Price, who takes Jacobsen’s place on the StarCom No. 00 driven by Landon Cassill.RELATED: CGR team page | Kurt Busch driver pageOn the No. 1 Ganassi Chevy driven by Kurt Busch, Daniel Kincaid replaces Ken Pozega as front tire changer. Cory Baldwin, who was with the Front Row Motorsports No. 34 pit crew last week at Bristol, will change rear tires for the No. 1 this weekend. Pozega is on this weekend’s roster for Front Row’s No. 34, listed as the rear-tire changer. He is also listed as a member for the backup pit crew for both Ganassi entries.“I don’t know for how long, if it’ll be permanent or whatever,” Larson said after qualifying 14th Friday. “I think it’s good to spice things up and try something different. I feel like our pit stops have lacked the last couple years, so just searching to try to get our stops better and hopefully it’ll help our races out a little bit.”McCall indicated that Chip Ganassi Racing was fortunate to have the luxury of a deep bench for its pit crew personnel, but that the changes put in place this weekend were by no means permanent. He also told NASCAR.com that no single issue stood out as the impetus for the pit crew shake-up.“No, and the guys we’ve changed, I would say the odds of them getting back on the team are still there,” McCall said. “I think it’s going to be a moving target for a while if we can find the right combination. Some of it is purely related to overall averages. It’s not been one thing or the other, like, ‘oh, we’ve left this lug loose five times.’ It’s none of that. It’s just more or less trying to find some consistency.”RELATED: Dive into the 2019 statsConsistency is also the quest for the No. 1 team in Busch Pole Qualifying. Busch has found solid results in his first year with the Ganassi organization, with six top-10 finishes in the first eight races this season. But he’s had to achieve those results coming from far back in the starting grid. Busch’s average finish of 8.6 is third-best in the series, but his average start of 20.1 equals the largest disparity between the two numbers among Cup Series regulars.McCall says there’s no single factor there, either.“For the most part, we’ve come off the truck close, we’ve practiced OK, but when qualifying rolls around, we’ve not been anywhere close to where anyone can drive it,” McCall said. “So it’s not been good. … It’s building a notebook, for sure. That’s the biggest thing. Then there’s things that he’s looking for that are different for qualifying than what we’re accustomed to giving him, so once we get that built up, I think it’ll be a little more straightforward hopefully.”In addition to building a wealth of notes and information, McCall has also been finding chemistry in his first season paired with Busch, whose fiery personality often comes through on the team communications.“It’s been fun, man,” McCall said. “The intensity level is high, which is good. I think that’s what it takes to have a chance to win races. His mentality is the same as mine. I like the edge side, that he gets really pissed off at me because I think there’s a little bit of drive there that makes you try to make sure you’re not missing some details.”last_img read more

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JA Education Minister visits South Florida to join fight against child…

first_imgEducation Minister Ruel Reid Newly appointed Jamaica Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid, takes the campaign for child abuse awareness to South Florida this Saturday, as scheduled keynote speaker for the PROTECT THEM Gala. Hosted by the local NUH GUH DEH campaign against child abuse in Jamaica and the Diaspora, Minister Reid will address the nation’s current efforts in protecting its children, and outline ways the Diaspora can contribute.Child abuse prevention will be a critic issue under his tenure, says Minister Reid in an interview with National Weekly. “We are working with UNICEF [United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund] to train our teachers to spot abuse, as well as change how they relate to their students,” said Minister Reid. “We are also working on our parenting program to better equip our parents on how to handle discipline.”But meaningful change will also require a cultural shift in discipline, says Minister Reid, particularly for children with behavioral conditions, as too often children with developmental challenges suffer abuse because parents and institutions are unable to manage.“We need to understand more as a society about childhood development,” says Minister Reid. “If children have biological challenges, schools and families need to recognize and accommodate children that need special support. They can’t be abused because they behave differently.”The Minister is encouraging the Diaspora to contribute in any way they can to the Ministry’s new initiatives targeting these needs, from provide safe facilities for children escaping chronic abuse, to curriculum reform to help integrate students with behavioral conditions such as autism.“The Diaspora can contribute by fundraising. Children in abusive environments need to be in safe homes, and homes and boarding institutions require extensive funding,” says Minister Reid. “The Diaspora can also help by speaking out. Write articles, post on social media. Make your voices be heard though your consulates. Collective influence can bring pressure on this issue.”“We thought it ideal for Senator Reid to be invited to address this critical manner of preventing child abuse affecting children in Jamaica, the USA and elsewhere,” said the founder of the NUH GUH DEH campaign, Lavern Deer. “We are extremely pleased that even as the new administration in Jamaica grapples with the challenges of government, Senator Reid, who has three very critical portfolios coping with, has taken time out to attend the gala and join us in this very important struggle.”Senator Reid who is also the principal of Jamaica College (JC), one of Jamaica’s oldest high schools, took leave from that institution to accept Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ invitation to join his Cabinet after the Jamaica Labor Party’s general election victory on February 25.Referred to as the “reluctant politician” Senator Reid is generally regarded as an “outstanding educator” among Jamaica’s education circles, and has been targeted by previous administrations to serve under the education portfolio.Kevin Turner of Miramar, who was a senior at Jamaica’s Munro College when Senator Reid began his teaching career there in 1996, describes the minister as “not only an A-class educator, but someone who take the positive development of youth very seriously. He’s ideal for addressing the need to protect young people from all forms of abuse.” . Senator Reid was conferred with the Jamaican Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in 2011, and formerly served as chairman of Jamaica’s National Council on Education, and chairman of the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training.Also at Saturday nights Gala, Florida State Representative, and Hazelle Rogers, and Angela Messam, wife of Miramar’s mayor Wayne Messam, will be honored with the PROTECT THEM Humanitarian Award. Both women are being honored for “their outstanding efforts in the community to educate, integrate and motivate via information-sharing, as well as their proven ability to make a difference in the lives of the people they’ve touched through their work and community involvement.”The gala will take place on Saturday, April 23, starting 6 p.m. at the Carolina Golf Club in Margate.last_img read more

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“Overboard” and “Bad Samaritan” among this week’s new releases

first_imgPhoto Credit: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures / Pantelion Films(LOS ANGELES) — The following movies open nationwide on Friday:* Overboard — This reboot of the 1987 comedy of the same name stars Anna Faris as a working mother, unjustly fired by a spoiled, wealthy playboy — played by Eugenio Derbez — whose yacht she’d been hired to clean. When he loses his memory after falling of the boat, she exacts her revenge by convincing him they’re married and he’s poor like her. Also starring Eva Longoria, John Hannah and Swoosie Kurtz. Rated PG-13.* Bad Samaritan — A pair of small-time crooks — played by Robert Sheehan and Carlito Olivero — stumble upon a woman, portrayed by Kerry Condon, being held captive in a home they intended to rob. Rated R.* Tully — This dramedy, from Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody — the team behind Juno, Jennifer’s Body and Young Adult — stars Charlize Theron as a mother of three facing a mid-life crisis who benefits from the insightful wisdom from kind and caring a nanny, played by Makenzie Davis. Rated R. (TRAILER CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT)Opening in limited release on Friday:* RBG — This documentary examines the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Rated PG. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Filipino flyweight Genisis Libranza wins by 4th round TKO

first_imgBenefits of township living Genisis Libranza during the official weigh-in. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLAS VEGAS—Shortly after undefeated John Leo Dato scored a knockout win to get things going, another Filipino in Genisis Libranza was not to be outdone after pulling off a stoppage of his own.Libranza stopped Carlos Maldonado in the fourth round of their eight-rounder in the flyweight division.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted The 25-year-old Libranza unleashed combinations while pinning a helpless Maldonado against the ropes before the referee halted the fight.Genisis Libranza unloads on Carlos Maldonado in the closing seconds of the fourth-round and the ref ultimately had to step in 🙅‍♂️#PacThurmanFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEight-division World Champion Manny Pacquiao faces World Champion Keith Thurman for WBA supremacy! BUY NOW: https://t.co/AeIXwbC2Dr pic.twitter.com/1dVgnzCJs5— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) July 20, 2019 Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Libranza picked up his second consecutive win on US soil after beating Gilberto Mendoza five months ago in Carson, California. He hiked his record to 19-1, 11 KOs.Filipino fighters are off to a great start as they kicked off the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman card with a pair of dominant victories.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer MOST READ Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’center_img MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Unbeaten Filipino Dato gets Pacquiao-Thurman card going with KO win ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division View commentslast_img read more

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