Heartland Park open again with Sunday shows for four IMCA divisions

first_imgTOPEKA, Kan. – The green flag flies again this season at Heartland Park, with four IMCA sanc­tioned divisions running Sunday nights on the 3/8-mile dirt oval located on the south side of To­peka.Now owned by Chris Payne, the facility will be promoted by brothers Larry and John Lowrey. Weekly race programs will feature Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.“We have a lot of drivers in all these divisions in the area,” Larry Lowrey said. “Our decision to sanction the Modifieds speaks for itself. They’re the class everyone wants to see and we’ve got a lot of the best Modified drivers around this area.”Track officials are putting the finishing touches on the 2016 schedule at Heartland Park, which also includes events on the ¼-mile asphalt drag strip and 2.5-mile asphalt road course.Tentative opening night on the dirt track is April 24. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season would continue into September.The Lowreys had promoted Heartland Park in 2006.“We had a lot of success operating this track. I’ve worked at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta as an­nouncer and run the website In The Pits. My brother and I have taken notes from all the tracks we’ve been to over the years,” said Lowrey. “We’ve been carrying that notebook around since 2001 and we’ve learned a lot from other promoters. We’ve compared IMCA’s rule package and affordability to outlaw tracks and we like their philosophy.”A single event was held at the Heartland Park oval last season. Work to get the surface race-ready will start as soon as weather allows this spring.“We will get the track into race shape. The surface is good now, but we’ll assess it again before deciding how much we have to do,” Lowrey explained. “We’re going to work at getting more driv­ers back into racing IMCA or coming back into the sport.”“We have a goal to bring in the hard core fan and new race fans. You can go to other tracks that charge $12 for admission and a family of four has spent almost $50 just to get into the stands. Our adult admission is going to be $8,” he continued. “We want to bring in a whole new genera­tion of race fan.”Lowrey anticipates sharing drivers with another new northeast Kansas venue, Atchison County Raceway, as well as Thunder Hill.Atchison County sanctions its Modifieds and Stock Cars with IMCA beginning this season. The Modifieds, Stocks, Hobbies and Northern SportMods return to Saturday shows at Mayetta.Local points earned at all three tracks will apply in IMCA’s Jet Racing Central Region for Modi­fieds and in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for Stock Cars. ThunderHill and Heartland Park are both part of the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region for Hobby Stocks.last_img read more

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Clinton Foundation Report A Call to Action

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described a recent report compiled by the Clinton Foundation as timely and impressive and a call for formidable action towards the achievement of gender equality, as well as the promotion of the well-being of women globally.According to a dispatch from New York, President Sirleaf made the remarks on Monday, March 9 when she served as Chief Launcher of the Clinton Foundation Report at the Best Buy Theatre in New York.The Report gave a vivid account of what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference 20 years ago, and provides an insight into the gaps, as well as measures the world can perform in achieving the lofty goals established in Beijing, China, she stated.The compiled report, titled: “Not There Yet,” is a Data-Driven Analysis of Gender Equality on a global scale and takes into consideration what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference on gender equality in 1995.That conference’s Platform for Action is an agenda for women’s empowerment and aims at accelerating the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and at removing obstacles to women’s active participation in all spheres of public and private life through the equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making.This means that the principle of shared power and responsibility should be established between women and men at home, in the workplace and in the wider national and international communities.She pointed out that several reform processes have been carried out with laws instituted to give more economic power to women. As a result, more women in different parts of the world are now in Parliament; while others are competing vigorously in professional areas of science and business once dominated by men.“Despite these gains,” President Sirleaf said, “the gaps are clearer, and the global community must endeavor to eradicate social inequality and enhance women’s participation in development processes.”Sharing the platform with President Sirleaf, the President of Croatia, Madam Kolinda Grabar-Kifarac, said that the promotion of women’s rights and the creation of opportunities for the realization of their potential is vital to the advancement of every society.“As such,” she stressed, “no effort should be spared towards championing women’s empowerment.”The Bill, Hilary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation launched “No Ceiling: The Full Participation Project” in 2013 to advance and inspire the full participation of women and girls around the world.Meanwhile, the Clinton Foundation, through former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, joined by Melinda Gates, the co-host of the program, expressed thanks and appreciation to President Sirleaf for honoring their invitation to participate in the launch of their book, the dispatch said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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