Miller Speedway held its seasons championships this weekend.
Auto racing veteran Lorin Johnson of Miller had a great night. He won his 31st feature in the Midwest Modifieds at the speedway and the track championship as well as his 24th Super Stock feature win at Miller Speedway and his third Super Stock track championship. Miller has won eight track championships at his hometown track.
Blayne Baloun of Highmore won his second straight track title in the Street Stocks. Ken Bailly of Mina won the Quad track championship over Lance Habeck of Aberdeen.
In the most exciting title chase, Gary Peterman of Miller came into the night with a one point lead over Curt Manning of Miller. However, Manning finished ahead of Peterman in both the heat and the feature and edged him out by three points for the track championship. Several members of the Manning family have competed at Miller Speedway since its beginning, but this is the first point title for anyone in the Manning family.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL:
Rangers fan falls into stairwell
A male fan was knocked unconscious after falling 21 feet in a stairwell while leaving Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday night in what police were investigating as an accident.
Police Lt. Bobby Mason said early Sunday that investigators were still trying to determine exactly how the 24-year-old man fell while leaving the stadium. The stairwell, near the home plate gate out of sight from the field, consists of a series of flights of steps leading from the upper deck of seats to ground level.
''It doesn't appear that there's any foul play that's involved,'' Mason said after talking to people who were in the man's group and other witnesses. ''There wasn't any fighting or anything like that going on.''
Mason said his understanding was that the man's condition was improving after being transported to a hospital. There was some blood in the area where the man fell.
On July 7, Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone died less than an hour after tumbling over a railing and falling about 20 feet to concrete behind the left-field wall. He had reached out to catch a baseball tossed his way during a game.
Kubel glad stay with Twins
A peculiar week ended for Belle Fourche native Jason Kubel with the relief that he's still in a Twins uniform.
The Twins placed Kubel on waivers earlier in the week, but there were no confirmed reports of a team claiming the six-year veteran. If he had been claimed, that team had until noon Friday to complete a trade with the Twins.
"It's obviously something I don't have control over, but it was a relief," Kubel said before the Twins' 8-1 loss Friday night to Detroit at Target Field.
Kubel becomes a free agent after this season, so his future with the Twins remains uncertain.
He might have an opportunity to prove his value over the remaining 32 games of the season. The Jim Thome trade could give him more at-bats at designated hitter, but manager Ron Gardenhire said he wants to try outfielder Rene Tosoni at DH as well.
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