After change of plans, Williams corrals Red River IMCA Stock Car Tour crown

first_imgGary Williams won two features en route to the Red River IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Tour crown. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) Williams was fourth the next night at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, then duplicated his KSP showing with another flag-to-flag run at 281 Speedway. He was runner-up in another star-filled feature at Big O Speedway. HIS SPONSORS: Crazy J Kettlekorn of Desert; Jeff Reynolds Electric of Godley; Chad Jones at Big Iron Service in Bells; and Steve Ott and Steve O. Motorsports of Ardmore, Okla. “For me being a 50-year-old guy, I felt like I was racing better than I did when I was 16,” he added. “For a 50-year-old dude, I went out there and did a pretty good job.” How fast? BONHAM, Texas – Gary Williams was better than good the first four nights and good enough on the last night of the Red River Tour for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. “We weren’t even planning to run the whole tour. Then we won the first night out at Kennedale Speed­way Park,” the Bonham, Texas, driver said. “We had been chasing some things and what we found worked. We knew we had a fast car.”center_img Williams won two features, with second- and fourth-place finishes as well going into the finale at home track Southern Oklahoma Speedway. “It was really good to be able to win this tour, racing with the combination of guys who are that good,” Wil­liams said. “We’re not a high dollar team. My son Shelby (fifth in the tour points) and I have homebuilt chassis and camped in a trailer on the way. I kind of felt like the underdog.” Starts 5                    Wins 2        Additional Top Five’s 2 He started 17th that evening and was up to sixth before breaking a spindle bolt. Wobbly tire and all, Williams still managed to earn the tour title with a 14th place finish. HIS CREW: Wife Lisa, son Shelby and Mark Prater.last_img read more

Flames sign Tobias Rieder, Zac Rinaldo to one-year, two-way deals

first_imgTobias Rieder has switched sides in the Battle of Alberta.The 26-year-old center signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames worth $700,000, the team announced Sunday. Rieder was invited to Flames training camp on a professional tryout at the beginning of the month. Rieder last played for the Edmonton Oilers, with whom he signed a one-year contract in July 2018. The 2018-19 campaign could not have gone worse for Rieder, who failed to score a single goal for Edmonton in 67 games and was the subject of public scorn by Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson as a result.MORE: Complete list of all 31 NHL teams’ UFA, RFA playersRieder proved during his time with the Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings that he can contribute at the NHL level, however. The Landshut, Germany, native set a career high with 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) in 2015-16 with Arizona and reached double digits goals in each of the four seasons he played prior to joining the Oilers. He has amassed 128 points over 379 career NHL games. Now in southern Alberta, Rieder hopes to rekindle his career with the reigning Western Conference regular-season champions.Calgary also signed left winger Zac Rinaldo, who also came to camp on a PTO, to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700,000. He failed to impress with the Nashville Predators last season, managing just a goal, three points and 47 hits in 23 games. He also played in three AHL games with the Preds’ AHL-affiliate Milwaukee Admirals, notching an assist.Rinaldo, 29, has never managed to hit the 10 point-mark in a season at the NHL level, his career-high being nine points with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011-12; despite that, he’s impressed with over 140 hits in all but one season of his seven-year career. As a hard-hitting forward, Rinaldo can be a physical presence that can engage in puck battles, stand up for his teammates and be a force to be reckoned with on the ice. If he’s not up with the Flames, he could prove to be an asset in the AHL with their affiliate Stockton Heat.last_img read more

GP RCMP looking for missing woman

first_imgRCMP are asking for your help as they hunt for a missing 33-year old Grande Prairie woman.Police say she goes by “Jody” or “Jessie” with the last names “Hockett” or “Smith” and was reported missing by a concerned family member on February 27th. The woman was last seen on February 22nd getting into a car at a Grande Prairie hotel. “Jody” is described as white, about 5’5″ tall and 140lbs. with blue eyes and long blonde hair. – Advertisement -If you have any information on her whereabouts, Grande Prairie RCMP would like you to call them (780-830-5700) or Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477)last_img