Mike Nichols won the 500th feature of his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career on Aug. 26 at Dawson County Raceway. (Photo by Kelly Ninas)HARLAN, Iowa – Mike Nichols started racing 20-some years ago with aspirations that didn’t go much further than simply winning a heat race.On Sunday, the overachiever raced to his career 500th IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature victory during Dawson County Raceway’s Connie Jewett Memorial.“Somewhere in early, mid-July, things were clicking pretty good for us and I started thinking that we might be able to get to 500 wins this year,” Nichols said. “I didn’t want to get close and then have it lingering over us all winter.”The Aug. 26 win at the Lexington, Neb., oval was his 39th of the season and came in a stellar field that included David Murray Jr., IMCA’s all-time single division leader with 550 career Modified checkers.Just the second driver in IMCA history to reach the 500 win mark, Nichols used a word of his own making – ironical – to describe having to pass Murray to accomplish the feat.“After my 99th, 199th, 299th and 399th wins, we won the next night out,” he said. “After I won my 499th at Boone County Raceway (on Aug. 17) we raced twice at Shelby County Speedway. It would have been nice to win at my hometown track but I finished sixth one night and third the next.”His IMCA-best total of 34 track championships already includes eight Dawson County titles in the last nine years. Chasing a record-extending eighth national championship, Nichols won features at 11 tracks in four states, including 13 victories in racing to another perfect season at Lexington.“Dawson County is always racy. It fits my driving style and you can run the same gear there on Sunday that you do Saturdays at Harlan,” noted Nichols. “It’s a four-hour trip one way for us but the fans appreciate good racing and we enjoy racing there.”“When I started racing I had hoped to win a heat race. I’ve been a loyal supporter of IMCA weekly racing for more than 20 years and it’s hard to believe the success we’ve had,” said Nichols, who enjoyed a career-best 54 victories in 2016 and won his first IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main event last year. “Divide 500 wins by 20 years and it shows we’ve been able to stand the test of time, and the biggest reason why is the dedication by our entire team.”“My 300th and 400th wins seemed like stepping stones. My 500th feels like a milestone,” he added. “It’s good to have it behind us because now we can concentrate on racing and having fun.”How much longer he’ll be racing and having fun remain to be determined. Nichols turns 41 in early September and is juggling work, college and building a new home as well as racing.“Mother Nature and Father Time are always working against you but I’m still having as much fun racing and helping other guys as I ever have,” Nichols said. “One of the neatest things that happened after I won my 500th feature was when I guy I’ve been helping came up to thank me. It’s cool to see other guys be successful as well.”
New Delhi: Roger Federer has been sent crashing out of the fourth round of the US Open 2018 as Australian John Millman sealed a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 upset over the ATP World no. 2. The remarkable win is Millman’s first against a top 10 player as he became the second Aussie to win against Federer in a grand slam game after Pat Rafter in 1999.The 29-year-old worked tirelessly hard to better Federer’s efforts as the tense game kept everyone at the edge of their seats.ALSO READ: WWE RAW: The Undertaker makes surprise appearance to confront HBK“I felt like a bit of a deer in headlights to begin with, to be honest with you,” Millman said.“The feet weren’t moving. Roger had it on a string, he was manipulating me around the court,” he addedThe 55th ranked Millman was as stunned as the whole world due to the fact that Federer has an unbeaten record (40-0) against players ranked 50 or more at the US Open.ALSO READ: Indian Air Force’s MiG 27 plane crashes near Rajasthan’s Jodhpur“A little bit of disbelief, he’s been a hero of mine. “He’s definitely not at his best, but I’ll take it,” said Millman after defeating Federer.“I got out of a tough second set and really found my feet and started to be a bit more aggressive,” he added.Earlier, Federer blew World No. 30 Nick Kyrgios by straight sets in the third round.Millman is now set to take on World No. 6 Novak Djokovic in the US Open quarterfinals on Thursday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Sports betting company, Betway, and former Ghana captain, Stephen Appiah, have joined forces to organise a project to help and empower former Ghanaian footballers live more productive lives when they retire from the sport.The project dubbed “The Betway 12th Man” was launched at the Alisa Hotel in Accra at an event which was attended by several former Ghanaian footballers as well as the general public.We are excited to announce and launch the #Betway12thman Project ❤️🥳🥳🕺🕺💃The Project seeks to empower and up skill former Ghanaian footballers pic.twitter.com/1wCSLCfOev— Betway Ghana (@betway_gh) February 26, 2020Appiah shared his reasons for partnering with Betway on such a project which would help some of the nation’s best former footballers find a purpose and relevance in the Ghanaian society.Betway Ghana Country Manager, Rex Danquah Jnr, stated the entity was very interested in giving former footballers something more than coaching to do in their retirement days.Apart from Appiah, other footballers who will be on the project include:Ali Jahra, Amankwah Mireku, Awudu Issaka, Adabass Hamdia, Adjoa Bayor, Lydia Ankrah, Dan Quaye, Isaac Amoako, Patrick Villars and Peter Ofori Quaye.The activities in relation to the project will be rolled out in coming days for the benefit of the former footballers as well as the general sporting public.