SPONSORED: Big wins, deep playoff run highlight SHR’s 2017 season

Posted On Mar 2 2021 by

first_imgStewart-Haas Racing displayed dominance in another successful run as a premier team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017, and one of the constants was Mobil 1’s support in keeping the cars in tip-top performance shape.Since partnering in 2011, engineers from ExxonMobil and Stewart-Haas Racing have formed a close working relationship to boost the lubrication technologies of all of SHR’s vehicles. Mobil 1 motor oil reduces frictional loss in the engines to maximize fuel mileage, increase horsepower and turn more RPMs.Kurt Busch got the team off to a sensational start by winning the season-opening Daytona 500. A last-lap pass gave Busch his first victory in the “Great American Race” and led to an emotional — and memorable — reaction by crew chief Tony Gibson, a Daytona Beach, Florida, native.Busch’s No. 41 Ford surged to the front when more than half the cars in an 11-car lead draft ran short on fuel. But thanks to Gibson’s deft calculations and Busch’s and spotter Tony Raines’ ability to work together and navigate around the rear view mirror falling off the banged-up car, Busch captured the checkered flag in NASCAR’s signature event. In addition to maximizing fuel mileage that was key to Busch’s win, Mobil 1 motor oil reduces rolling resistance, which contributes to increased acceleration on restarts and allows the car to reach top speed.“There is nothing predictable about this race anymore, and the more years that have gone by that I didn’t win I kept trying to go back to patterns that I had seen in the past,” Busch said. “My mirror fell off with 30 laps to go and I couldn’t even see out the back. And I thought that was an omen. Throw caution to the wind.“It just got crazy and wild, and I am so proud of all the drivers at the end. We put on a show for a full fuel run, and nobody took each other out and it was one of the smartest chess games I have seen out there.”Busch’s victory jump-started SHR’s season, one in which it was making the switch from Chevrolet to Ford as the team’s manufacturer. The win proved that all the hard work back at the shop during an extra busy offseason paid off, and Mobil 1 motor oil had a hand in squeezing every bit of fuel mileage out of the No. 41.In the season’s second race, SHR nearly made it back-to-back wins as Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Ford led 292 of 325 laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Harvick eventually finished ninth, but the message was clear that SHR was hitting on all cylinders during the manufacturer transition and would be a force for the rest of the season.Harvick proved this by winning in June at Sonoma for his 36th victory in the Monster Energy Series. The No. 4 Ford had to endure a long green-flag run from the end of Stage 2 and got the job done with the help of Mobil 1 reducing engine temperatures to increasing engine efficiency.Harvick’s teammate Clint Bowyer finished second to hammer home a big weekend for SHR in California’s wine country.From there, the season took several exciting turns but ultimately wound up with Harvick and Busch in the NASCAR Playoffs. Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers had one of the most feared cars at the end of the season with the No. 4 winning at Texas and advancing to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Meanwhile, Busch set a speed record in winning the pole at Texas, marking another big weekend for SHR.Ultimately, Harvick and Busch fell short of their goals of winning a second championship, but turning ahead to 2018, there is a lot to look forward to for SHR, including new energy from driver Aric Almirola, who recently joined the team.Here’s a snapshot view of the 2017 season for Stewart-Haas Racing: Kevin Harvick No. 4 Ford Wins: 2 (Sonoma, Texas) Top fives: 14 Top 10s: 23 Poles: 4 Notable: Harvick won poles early in the season at Atlanta and Texas and then again at Charlotte before breaking through for a win at Sonoma. Harvick won the pole at Darlington, which set up a strong playoff run that included a win in the Round of 8 at Texas. Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers had the No. 4 humming in the playoffs and were a strong championship contender, but the team finished fourth at Homestead-Miami Speedway with eventual champion Martin Truex heading to Victory Lane. Harvick finished third in the final driver standings.Kurt Busch No. 41 Ford Wins: 1 (Daytona 500) Top fives: 6 Top 10s: 15 Poles: 1 Notable: Busch began the season with the aforementioned Daytona 500 victory that came when several teams didn’t calculate their fuel mileage as well as the No. 41 team did and ran out of gas as Busch drove off with the win. The victory put Busch in the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Busch also had top-five finishes at Pocono, Bristol, Darlington and Richmond as he entered the playoffs on a hot streak. However, he could not get past the Round of 16 and finished 14th in the final standings. Busch ended the season on a high note by winning the pole at Texas in record speed (200.915 mph).Clint Bowyer No. 14 Ford Wins: 0 Top fives: 6 Top 10s: 13 Poles: 0 Notable: In Bowyer’s first season with SHR he had his most top-10 finishes in three years and his most top-five finishes in four seasons. Bowyer’s top fives came at Auto Club (third place), Bristol (second place), Sonoma (second place), Daytona (second place), Watkins Glen (fifth place) and Martinsville (third place). With such strong finishes and near-misses, Bowyer appears destined to drive to Victory Lane in 2018 in his second full season with SHR.Danica Patrick No. 10 Ford Wins: 0 Top fives: 0 Top 10s: 1 Poles: 0 Notable: Patrick’s final full-time season with SHR featured an average starting position of 22.1, a career-best mark. The highlight in finishing a race was a top-10 showing early on at Dover. Patrick also led laps in the Coca-Cola 600, one of NASCAR’s crown jewel races. Patrick said farewell to fans in an emotional sendoff at Homestead-Miami Speedway but will return to race in the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500 in 2018 for another team.Aric Almirola No. 10 Ford in 2018 (stats for No. 43 car in 2017) Wins: 0 Top fives: 3 Top 10s: 6 Poles: 0Notable: Almirola comes over to SHR for the 2018 season after six full seasons with Richard Petty Motorsports. Almirola missed seven races last season with an injured back suffered in the early Kansas race. Before his injury, Almirola had top-10 finishes in the Daytona 500 and at Richmond and Talladega. After returning from injury, he finished his season strong with top-10 showings at Talladega, Kansas and Phoenix. That combination of success on a variety of tracks and teaming up with SHR should lead to momentum carrying over into 2018.last_img read more


Daytona 500 historic odds: Trevor Bayne’s 2011 victory

Posted On Mar 2 2021 by

first_imgEditor’s note: This week in advance of the Daytona 500, NASCAR.com will look back at some memorable race victories and detail the odds the winning driver had, and which driver in the 2019 field most correlates.Previously: Kurt BuschTrevor Bayne had one previous career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start entering the 2011 season. He had just turned 20 years old the day before the 2011 Daytona 500 went green.Historic Wood Brothers Racing was stuck in a winless streak that stretched back to the 2001 season. The team had won four previous Daytona 500s, including the iconic 1976 version with driver David Pearson — and the long-standing No. 21 car had been retrofitted in 2011 to resemble Pearson’s ride.RELATED: Full Daytona 500 oddsSomething special happened on Feb. 20, 2011, though.With Tony Stewart on his outside, and veterans Mark Martin and Kurt Busch looming, Bayne — the race leader — hammered the final restart in NASCAR Overtime and held off the entire field on the green-white-checkered finish for what many consider to be the biggest upset in Daytona 500 history.Bayne, so green in his own right that he got lost on the drive to Victory Lane, delivered an iconic moment that makes the “Great American Race” so special. And at 80-1 odds, he joined a list of athletes — in NASCAR and beyond — to beat incredibly long odds to triumph at the sport’s highest level.The most comparable driver in this year’s field is …Ty Dillon, No. 13 Germain Racing ChevroletJared C. Tilton | Getty ImagesThere isn’t an 80-1 long shot in the field this year, but there is a 100-1 bet in Ty Dillon — who also is looking for his first career Monster Energy Series win, much like Bayne in 2011.Dillon’s best finish in three Daytona 500 starts is 28th, and he has one career top-10 finish in 90 Monster Energy Series starts.He fits the model of a true long shot at the odds book, but he also fits the Bayne profile of someone not to overlook. Germain Racing uses ECR Engines and moved its headquarters to Welcome, North Carolina, to more closely align with Richard Childress Racing. RCR has an excellent superspeedway program, highlighted by Austin Dillon’s Daytona 500 win last year, and Ty Dillon was raised in the Richard Childress Racing style.last_img read more


Northern Reliability appoints Iversen new CEO

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgNorthern Reliability, an electric power solutions provider based in Waitsfield, has announced that Jim Iversen is assuming the role of president and CEO of the company. Iversen, formerly Chairman and CEO for M&I Strategic Partners and business consultant for Northern Reliability, brings experience and vision to his new role.Iversen has been a business leader in the industrial controls field, focusing on supply chain solutions, for over 25 years. His hallmark style includes inspiring others to see what is possible while building roadmaps for success.’This is an exciting moment for Northern Reliability as we chart our path for success with Jim Iversen at the helm. His proven leadership skills will be a huge asset to the company,’said former CEO and founder of Northern Reliability, Jeff Mack.‘I am very excited about joining the Northern Reliability team,’said Iversen. ‘I look forward to leading this company through its next phase of innovation and partnering with our clients to provide reliable back-up and remote power solutions.’Jim is joining the team at a time when the company is experiencing rapid growth as it enters new markets.‘Jim’s combined engineering and business background make him an ideal choice for the company and this next phase of growth that we are embarking on,’said co-owner and Vice President Greg Moffroid.Northern Reliability’s core slate of products, Solar Power Systems (SPS Systems), Solar Obstruction Lighting (SOLS Series), Controllers and Remote Monitoring (SC Series), Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS Series) and Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), create real energy solutions for utilities, telecommunication providers, government applications, remote and island communities and for disaster preparedness needs.About Northern Reliability, Inc.Northern Reliability (www.northernreliability.com(link is external)) is a solutions focused engineering company that designs, builds and services stand-alone electric power systems for customers needing reliable continuous power for their business or community. Our systems provide renewable energy for critical off-grid applications, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and provide energy security and independence from conventional energy sources. Northern Reliability’Delivering Power, Anywhere. WAITSFIELD, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Northern Reliability 7.17.2013last_img read more


GMP customers reducing energy use at peak times to save money with Empower Rate

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power residential customers have a new option for saving money on their electric bills with the Empower Rate, a pilot program which provides incentives for reducing energy use at peak times. This program is voluntary and could benefit those customers who are interested in saving money by reducing their energy use for up to ten “critical peak energy days” throughout the year.“As Vermont’s Energy Company of the future, finding new ways to empower our customers to save money is really important to us,” said Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power’s Chief Communication Executive. “These innovative rate options will reward customers directly for partnering with us to reduce energy a few days each year when the electric system is experiencing extremely high use.”Green Mountain Power has received approval from the Public Service Board to offer two new residential rates that include reduced rates for most days of the year. During other “critical peak days,” when energy demand and cost for that power is particularly high, rates for these customers will go up. For customers who are able to reduce their use during those hours, they will save money, but if they find they are unable to reduce use at those times, typical customers on the rate will break even, compared to the standard rate.The two Empower rates are Rate 9 for customers who typically pay the same rate 24-7, and Rate 14 for customers who pay different rates according to the time of day they use energy, but in both cases the rates will be higher during the Conservation Days. Typical customers who are able to reduce use during conservation days have the potential to save up to 4.5 percent annually on Rate 9 and 3.1 percent for customers on Rate 14. Customers must have a smart meter to join and make one-year program commitments each year.Empower Rates:Basic residential Critical Peak Pricing Option (Rate 9)(link is external)On this plan, during critical peak periods, customers will be asked to reduce their energy use between noon and 8 p.m. on up to ten days between May 1st and September 30th.Savings will vary depending on your energy use and flexibility curtailing during peak periods.Residential Time-of-Use and Critical Peak Pricing Option (Rate 14)(link is external)This plan is for customers who can limit energy use year-round during peak periods during the day, Monday through Saturday, and can reduce their use between noon and 8 pm on up to ten days between May 1 and September 30 during critical peak periods.Savings will vary depending on your energy use and flexibility curtailing during peak periods.“We are excited that we have found a way that customers can save money with very little risk,” Carlson continued. “And this is a great way for customers who choose to be more proactive about their energy use to get involved and reduce use during peak days. This strategy will help save money for all customers as we transform our energy future.”When electricity use is very high, more expensive generating sources are needed, and so reducing energy use during peak periods reduces the cost of electricity overall. Customers signing up for Empower rates will be notified the day before a Critical Peak Pricing event, which can occur up to ten times a year between May 1 and Sept. 30 when GMP may hit peak loads. During those Conservation Days, customers would be alerted to the need for a reduction in their energy use.“I’m really happy that I have a pretty simple way to save money,” said Doug Olufsen, a residential customer from Hinesburg. “It won’t be hard for me to manage my energy use for a few hours a summer, especially when I know my bills will be lower and others will benefit too!”For more information visit www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external) or call 888-835-4672.Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external). Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower. Source: GMP. 8.9.2016last_img read more


Neovite sponsors Ironman age group champ Louise Collins

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgLeading the charge for colostrum in the sports nutrition category, Neovite has continued its support of elite triathletes by sponsoring 25-29 age group Ironman Hawaii World Champion and 220 magazine age group female athlete of 2010 Louise Collins.Louise Collins has been competing in triathlon and Ironman for the past four years and has been using Neovite throughout her winter training period. She noted, “As an elite athlete combining working full time with twenty-five hours of training a week, as well as eating healthily, I am always looking for products that can help me remain injury and illness free.“I have suffered in the past with glandular fever when I was a rower, so Neovite has helped me to keep my health consistent in my winter training blocks and has prevented me from getting those annoying coughs and colds.”Collins goes on the say, “I have already noticed some differences in my training, throughout the winter months, where the combination of 40 hours a week of work and 25 hours a week of training puts a lot of stress on your body. Neovite has helped, as certainly there have been times in the past few months where I think I would have had to start missing sessions. In the past year I have not had any coughs or colds and have not missed any sessions from my training plan.”John Rolfs, Managing Director of Colostrum UK Ltd, the Neovite brand owner, added “Exercise induced gut disorders are common in triathlon, the popular description is ‘runner’s trots’. Here, the body’s response to increased permeability is to clear the gut contents, giving rise to symptoms such as diarrhoea to avoid toxins from gut organisms entering the bloodstream, as these lead to heatstroke which can result in damage to the internal organs.“Our latest study gives us the medical science to improve endurance performance and heat stress tolerance.”Neovite colostrum is the first milk produced by cows during the first 48 hours after birth. Colostrum provides newborns with the essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids they need to make it through the first days of life. The product is imported from New Zealand from the surplus after the calves have been fed. It is a rich source of bioactive components such as immunoglobulins, cytokines, interleukins and growth factors.www.neovite.com Relatedlast_img read more


Bridgehampton School Bond Passes

Posted On Oct 16 2020 by

first_imgSupporters of the Bridgehampton School looked on anxiously Thursday night, September 13, as election clerks tallied piles of paper ballots on a table in the corner of the gymnasium. Although the early tally looked bleak, judging solely from the thickness of the “no” pile, in the end, the district’s request for $4.7 million more in funding for a major renovation project was approved by a 132 to 98 margin.“Let the construction begin,” said Superintendent Robert Hauser. “I’m looking forward to the excitement of a new future for this school. The community is going to see this place dramatically changed.”District voters, in December 2016, had originally supported a $24.7 million, 35,000-square-foot construction project that would have more than doubled the size of the school. The project called for a new library and classrooms, a new gym, locker rooms, and fitness center; the conversion of the existing gym into an auditorium; and the elimination of several modular buildings on the district’s campus that have been in service long beyond their anticipated lifespans.But by the time the New York State Education Department issued a building permit for the project this summer, the economy had picked up steam and the cost of construction had risen to the point that two separate bid solicitations came in way over budget.District officials said they could not reasonably scale back the plans without changing scope of the project so much that it would require submitting a new bond issue to the voters. They instead sought the additional funding, which they believe will provide them with a sufficient cushion.Hauser said the bids will be advertised as early as next week, allowing the school board to award contracts in early October with an eye toward a November 1 groundbreaking. The district expects the project to be finished by the summer of 2020.The superintendent said district officials and their construction representatives were confident that prices would not have risen so much in the 120 days since the first bids were received to put the project in jeopardy again. He added that since June is typically a very busy time for construction projects, the district might actually receive slightly lower bids this time around.The Bridgehampton School serves students in prekindergarten through high school. Enrollment has grown from 150 to 225 in the past decade. Although the district remains one of the smallest on the East End, there is a need for more space allocated to providing a broad range of educational services for students.Besides being the bond vote, Thursday was also Back-to-School Night. Teachers sat at tables set up around the gym meeting with parents, while voting took place on the other side of the room.School board president Ron White said he was relieved the bond vote passed, but said he was troubled by the large number of “no” votes. “We still have more work to do,” he said. “We have to convince them of how special and important this school is.”Hauser, who said he was “overwhelmed” by the successful vote, was busy texting the results to John Grillo, the district’s architect, and others involved in the project. “Wow,” responded Grillo. “Congrats. Now, let’s get to work.”[email protected] Sharelast_img read more


Stena RoRo charters trio

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_imgDue to the flexible configuration of the three vessels, which were built in Germany in 2007, they can be employed in both the Stena RoRo and Stena Line networks, said the company.The 11,407 dwt ships each have an overall length of 165.75 m and beam of 23.4 m, as well as a service speed of 20 knots, and a ro-ro capacity of 2,150 lane metres.The contract is the first to be based on the Bimco ROPAXTIME charter-party agreement, which is a new contract framework that aims to streamline ro-pax operations.  www.stenaroro.comwww.godbyshipping.filast_img read more


Bumper retention rates point to City optimism

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_img73% Trainee retention rates – a key indicator of market sentiment – have risen across all the magic circle firms, with an average 91% of trainees being taken on as newly qualified associates this autumn. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer reported the highest autumn retention rate of 93%, 10 percentage points more than last year. Meanwhile Linklaters’ retention figure leapt from 73% to 91%.On average, the five firms each had 45 trainees of which 41 were taken on.Freshfields’ trainee development partner Craig Montgomery said: ‘We are very pleased to be keeping on a high proportion of our August 2019 qualifying intake, reflecting the firm’s continued commitment to recruiting, developing and retaining top talent.’ 87% Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Allen & Overy 92.5% 89% 77% 91% 83% 93% Linklaters Firm nameAutumn Retention Rate 2019Autumn Retention Rate 2018 Clifford Chance Slaughter and May 80% 86%last_img read more


UWP anticipates resignation from ‘accused executive member’

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first_img 1136 Views   6 comments LocalNewsPolitics UWP anticipates resignation from ‘accused executive member’ by: Dominica Vibes News – March 8, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton (file photo)An executive member of the leadership of Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) may soon resign, a press statement issued on Tuesday 8 March 2016 indicates.The statement issued by UWP Leader, Lennox Linton indicates that the executive member has been facing allegations of serious inappropriate behavior towards a minor.While the statement notes that the allegations have been denied but the individual has been charged under the Sexual Offenses Act and that the party is firmly committed to “the balanced, holistic development of our children as we strive to make Dominica the best”.Mr Linton, who apologized for the widespread hurt and disappointment this development has caused, said the party believes that “resignation from office, at least while the matter is before the court, is the only honorable course of action available to public officials in the leadership of political parties facing such allegations of serious inappropriate behavior”.If the accused executive member does not resign, Mr Linton said the “appropriate organs of the Party will be engaged to act decisively in the public interest and for the general well-being of the Party”.Here is the letter issued by Mr Linton in its entirety;Roseau, Dominica, March 8th, 2016 – The policy direction of the United Workers Party on the rights and development of children is articulated at page 63 of our 2014 Social Contract to rescue and rebuild Dominica:“Children will hold pride of place in the best place to live, the best place to work and the best place to enjoy life. UWP Team Dominica wholeheartedly embraces its responsibility to ensure the rights of our children are respected, protected and fulfilled. We agree to comprehensive reviews of the laws relating to the well-being, happiness and development of our children…“A top priority on our agenda to revise existing laws will be the Sexual Offenses Act. Specifically, we are committed to ensure that parents, guardians or caretakers will no longer be allowed to use hush money to obstruct justice for our children.“Whether it requires changing existing laws, creating new ones or establishing appropriate systems and facilities, UWP Team Dominica is fully committed to help families protect children’s rights and create an environment where they can grow into the realization of their full creative potential…”We stand firmly behind these commitments to the balanced, holistic development of our children as we strive to make Dominica the best. Over the past week, an executive member of the United Workers Party has been facing allegations of serious inappropriate behavior towards a minor. The allegations have been denied but the individual has been charged under the sexual offenses Act.On behalf of the leadership of the UWP Team Dominica, I apologize for the widespread disappointment, hurt and discomfort among nationals at home and abroad caused by this most regrettable development. This is not a fall that defines us. It is a stumble that caught us by surprise. Rest assured that the lessons learned have strengthened our resolve in the mission to advance human dignity.In this sad but extremely necessary episode in the national struggle to defeat the scourge of child abuse, the member of our team has the right to a defense as much as the alleged victim has a right to have the matter justly prosecuted without fear or favour; affection or ill-will.If we don’t give the complaints of abused children the importance they deserve in the judicial process; if we shut them down through payments to parents; if we intimidate them and trash their truth with legal technicalities; then the menace of child abuse will continue to wreak havoc without let or hindrance.We believe that resignation from office, at least while the matter is before the court, is the only honorable course of action available to public officials in the leadership of political parties facing such allegations of serious inappropriate behavior. And that is precisely what the UWP Team Dominica expects of the accused executive member.Alternatively, the appropriate organs of the Party will be engaged to act decisively in the public interest and for the general well-being of the Party.We empathize with the families on both sides of this matter. We pray for God’s love, guidance and protection as these hurting families deal with the difficulties and challenges that will emerge as the wheels of justice turn”.last_img read more


Police says that alleged kidnapping report is false

Posted On Sep 26 2020 by

first_img 718 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Police says that alleged kidnapping report is false by: – March 11, 2019 Sharing is caring! Deputy Chief of the Dominica Police Force, Lincoln Corbette made a statement that the alleged report regarding the kidnap of the missing teen is indeed false.Rhianna Serrant was reported kidnapped on the morning of Mar.9, 2019 in the village of Point Mitchel by two masked men in an unknown vehicle.On Mar.10, 2019, Serrant was reported discovered in a healthy state in the village of Stockfarm by a Stockfarm resident according to the Dominica Police Force.Corbette reported, “Infact, investigations have confirmed thus far, that this report is false. From all the investigations we have done, it is conformed that the date was pre arranged and that she had way advanced plans to leave her parents home and be with some person.”He also firmly said that the young lady was not abducted and that he is disturbed by the public’s opinion of the Police department  not offering any assistance.“In fact, from the moment this report was made, we have done many many searches and you would have seen us on the road doing our duty and we have spent a lot of resources, looking and searching from all angles for this young lady.”Corbet conveyed that Serrant did not intend to be found according to investigations.last_img read more