IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (May 15) – Before Friday night, Regan Tafoya had never won an IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature in the State of Idaho, and he’d never won a feature in a torrential downpour.Now he’s done both.Tafoya led the all but the first circuit in the Dirt Wars main event at Idaho Falls Raceway shortened from 30 to 20 laps due to deteriorating visibility and track conditions. The $1,000 victory put him on the ballot for this September’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.“I always thought Idaho Falls owed me one,” said Tafoya, after taking the checkers ahead of Jake Donnelly and Joey Price. “We went up there in 2003 to race for regional points and my steering wheel fell off while I was in the lead with three laps to go. I was able to go there and get redemption for a win I should have had in 2003.”Tafoya started on the pole but watched Don Baisch zoom ahead on the first lap Friday. He was back in front when the second lap was scored and managed to stay there despite the series of yellows that prevented him from building up any sizable lead.Travis Metz tried inside several times before hitting a slick spot in the track and falling off the pace. Donnelly kept up pursuit but ran out of laps.Rounding out the top five finishers were Brian Wordelman and Emery Wells.The victory was the fourth this season for Tafoya, who also counts career-first wins in Nevada and Utah so far in 2015.Jesse Baldwin was the $750 IMCA SportMod feature winner. Chuck Delp was second and Kenny Vollmer took third.The Saturday night program during Idaho Falls’ season-opening weekend was canceled.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Regan Tafoya; 2. Jake Donnelly; 3. Joey Price; 4. Brian Wordelman; 5. Emery Wells; 6. Jason Donnelly; 7. Travis Metz; 8. Don Baisch; 9. Reed Payne; 10. Chris Clark; 11. Charlie Johnson; 12. Mike Yost; 13. Casey Delp; 14. K.C. Perez; 15. Bert Beech; 16. Tony Steward; 17. Blake Lyle; 18. Lonnie Timmons; 19. Corey Kortnum; 20. Ron Moser; 21. Rowene Kesler.SportMods – 1. Jesse Baldwin; 2. Chuck Delp; 3. Kenny Vollmer; 4. Allen Riley; 5. Dale Smith; 6. J.R.Flores; 7. Brock Aeschbacher; 8. Kendra Vollmer; 9. B.J. Haslam; 10. Colton Jackman; 11. Rich Mueller.
THE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) will attempt an ambitious project next week. The association’s president, Steve Ninvalle, will make a bid to walk 100 miles within 48 hours. The reason? To raise funds to send a team of boxers to the Caribbean Development tournament in Barbados.The tournament started in Guyana last year and had 13 countries participating. The host team won the most medals.“This is the most important and prestigious tournament in the region. For some reason sponsorship is unbearably slow even though we have written to all and sundry. It is hoped we would have a better response from the general public,” Ninvalle declared.“We also hope that it would raise awareness of the sport of boxing which pound-for-pound has done better than any other.”The walk is scheduled for December 2 to 4 and will commence in Corentyne, Berbice and end in Georgetown. The hope is that it can realise a further $2M needed to get the team of 13 boxers, five referee/judges and three coaches to the Mecca of Caribbean tournaments.The walk has already produced results as USA-based promoter Seon Bristol has pledged $1 000 for every mile covered. In addition K. Juman-Yassin, president of the Guyana Olympic Association, has handed over $500 000 to assist the team’s travel to Barbados.Yassin has also promised to accompany Ninvalle for a part of the walk. President of the Guyana Table Tennis Association, Godfrey Monroe and Athletics Association of Guyana Aubrey Hudson have pledged to be a part of the walking party.Next week’s walk will be the second time that the GBA president attempts a 100-mile trek. In November 1994 he teamed up with amputee William France to cover the distance in order to raise funds for France to purchase a prosthesis.
Barcelona took a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals with a resounding 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday’s quarterfinal first leg at the Parc des Princes.Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi combined to set up Neymar for a slick opener in the 18th minute, and Luis Suarez added two brilliant strikes in the second half to seemingly seal matters.Gregory van der Wiel’s effort was deflected past Marc-Andre ter Stegen by Barca substitute Jeremy Mathieu to give PSG some hope late on.But Laurent Blanc’s side have it all to do in next Tuesday’s second leg at the Camp Nou.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith