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first_imgWEST LIBERTY, Iowa – Night number two of the 2017 Deery Brothers Summer Series takes the IMCA Late Model tour to West Liberty Raceway for a Saturday, April 8 show.A top prize of $2,000 is at stake in the main event, scheduled for 40 laps. Minimum start money is $300.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps.Also on the card are IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors ages 62 and over, $10 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.Saturday’s race program at West Liberty is presented by Casey’s General Store, which also gives pole starter and perfect attendance awards at all Deery Series events.More information is available at the www.farleyspeedwaypromotions.com website or by calling 563 744-3620.West Liberty also hosts June 13 and Sept. 22-23 events during the 31st annual Deery Series.Nick Marolf was the winner when the tour opened last Saturday at 34 Raceway. He’ll bring the lead in both special series and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national point standings to West Liberty this weekend.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Nick Marolf, Wilton, 43; 2. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 41; 3. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 39; 4. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, and Matt Ryan, Davenport, both 38; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 36; 7. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, and Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, both 35; 9. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland, 34; 10. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb., 33; 11. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill, and Jay Johnson, West Burlington, both 30; 13. Curt Schroeder, Newton, and Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, both 29; 15. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, and Curt Martin, Independence, both 26; 17. John Emerson, Waterloo, 25; 18. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, and Rob Toland, Davenport, both 23; 20. Jona­than Brauns, Muscatine, 21.last_img read more

first_imgPaul took the big shots and he made the key passes.Griffin was given an added responsibility this season, with the Clippers shifting to a motion offense in which the ball could end up in anybody’s hands, and that was part of the plan. He could even dribble the ball up court now and again, the power forward giving the guards a ball-handling break.“He’s always done it, but obviously when you lose a Chris Paul you put the ball in his hands more,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Griffin the playmaker. “You put the ball in everyone’s hands more. Our ball movement has been better and Blake has been a better passer.“When I first took this job, the first thing someone told me was, ‘You’re going to be shocked by Blake’s passing.’ The statement shocked me because you didn’t see it as much. And they were right. I mean, he has the ability to see the floor. The ability was always in him.”THE TEODOSIC EFFECTThe departure of Paul hasn’t exactly destroyed the Clippers’ ability to set each other up for baskets. They are averaging 21.8 assists through the season’s first 47 games, not far off last season’s average of 22.5 with Paul directing their play. Blake Griffin the passer doesn’t get nearly the love that Blake Griffin the dunker or Blake Griffin the 3-point shooter or Blake Griffin the rebounder does. There’s more to Griffin’s game than brute strength or offensive muscle this season, though.After all, he is the Clippers’ second-leading playmaker, averaging a career-best 5.4 assists going into Friday’s game against the Grizzlies in Memphis. Only point guard Milos Teodosic, whose job it is to ensure the ball ends up in the right hands, is averaging more at 5.5 assists.Griffin’s previous career-best was in 2014-15, when he averaged 5.3 assists.The Clippers changed their style of play after trading future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets during the offseason. The ball was in Paul’s hands in all situations, especially when the Clippers ran a pick-and-roll dominated offense. Teodosic, a 30-year-old rookie from Serbia, has stepped into the void.Overall, the Clippers are only 23-24, but are 13-7 with Teodosic in their lineup. He injured the plantar fascia in his left foot in the first half of the second game of the season, Oct. 21, and sat out 22 games. He missed two games for rest and three others after aggravating the injury.“He’s a savant basketball-wise,” Rivers said of Teodosic. “He’s a great passer. He has a great feel. It’s still his first year in the NBA. Defensively, it’s tough for him. He’s never played against athletes with this speed, so we’re trying to put him on the right guys.“He’s also never played more than 30 minutes a night, so you have to be careful with that. He’s just a great guy to have on your team. He’s just got a great spirit. He’s one of those guys you like being around, to be honest. … He is important for our ball movement. It’s infectious.“There are guys who are like that. They just pass so much everyone wants to join in.”ROAD WARRIORSThe Clippers face the Grizzlies on Friday in Memphis and the Pelicans on Sunday in New Orleans before returning Tuesday to Staples Center to play host to the Portland Trail Blazers. The Clippers then play seven of their next 10 games on the road.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more