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Velimir Šonje, Archival Analytics: Croatia has too few hotels and that is the key reason for the low level of added value


first_imgTourism is one of the few economic sectors in Croatia with significant potential for attracting new investments, employment and wage growth, as well as increasing Croatia’s competitiveness in the global market, but a prerequisite for activating this potential is ensuring a more favorable business environment that will attract investors.  That is the conclusion of the analysis. “The contribution of different types of tourist accommodation to added value and economic development”Which he made Velimir Šonje from Archival Analytics and presented at the Tourist Briefing organized by the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT). In the structure of the domestic tourist offer, hotel accommodation accounts for only 16 percent of the total number of beds, and in this segment 40 percent of the total added value in tourism is created.  Attachment: As shown at the Tourist Briefing, Croatia today has an added value per employee in hotel tourism of about 35 thousand euros, and the most competitive tourist countries such as Italy, France and Spain realize about 50 thousand per employee. “Croatian tourism with the current structure of the offer is vulnerable and unsustainable. If we want to remain relevant on the global tourist map, we must necessarily raise the quality of the overall offer because Croatia can only compete with quality. Croatian hotel companies therefore invest significantly more than the average, but the current environment and low profitability in the hotel industry do not allow the launch of a new wave of investment. In this context, we see the announced reduction of VAT to 13 percent on a part of tourist services as a “fire measure”. It is necessary for the Government to continue bravely because we are still uncompetitive with investors. The average VAT on tourism in the Mediterranean is 10 percent and until we catch that average we will not be of interest to the biggest investors. In addition, we need to remove as actively as possible other obstacles to the investments of tourism companies, which we continuously point out”, said Veljko Ostojic, director of the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT). To jump in productivity, taxes and barriers to investment need to be reduced   Source: Croatian Tourism Association / Photo: Borna Filic / PIXSELL Despite the highest tax burden in the Mediterranean, Croatian hotel companies invest significantly more than the Mediterranean average, HUT points out. The rate of investment in domestic hotel companies measured as a percentage of gross value added is a high 56,4% (2017), which is almost 4 times more than in Greece and Italy and almost twice as much as in France.center_img As the mentioned analysis showed, hotel accommodation, which makes only 16 percent of the total accommodation offer, currently has about 3,7 times higher value added per bed compared to accommodation in real estate for short-term tourist rental, which currently makes 60 percent of the total offer. Therefore, the launch of a new investment cycle in hotels is a prerequisite for the next phase of development of Croatian tourism. Croatia has by far the lowest share of hotel beds in the total offer among relevant tourist European countries, and only a comparable high percentage of beds in real estate for short-term tourist rental has Montenegro. It is a suboptimal structure that does not allow for maximum economic effect and endangers the sustainability of tourism, the analysis points out. “Croatia not only lacks small hotels, but it generally lacks hotels as well as larger, specialized hotel companies, and hotels of higher categories and branded hotels ” Šonje points out and concludes that the current pace of investment does not guarantee the repositioning and restructuring of Croatian tourism on the tourist map of the Mediterranean, especially given the lack of investment in quality hotel facilities. “Croatia has too few hotels compared to tourism-relevant European countries and this is a key reason for the low level of added value created in tourism. Croatian tourism is not a homogeneous activity, on the one hand we have a huge share of real estate for short-term tourist rent that creates low added value, and on the other hand we have a serious tourism business that invests, develops destinations and tries to keep pace with growing competition in the Mediterranean. Croatia is now at a turning point. A new investment cycle and an increase in the added value of the offer can only be achieved by strongly encouraging investment in new higher-level capacities that will enable the development of a modern offer and ensure the sustainability of Croatian tourism.”, said Velimir Šonje from Arhivanalitika.  According to Šonje, this jump in productivity of about 40 percent in Croatia can be achieved in a relatively short period of a decade, but the precondition is to significantly increase the attractiveness of investing in tourism, especially in high-quality hotel facilities, which is the goal. subordinate the tourism strategy for the coming period.  The whole analysis ”The contribution of different types of tourist accommodation to added value and economic development”Which was made by Velimir Šonje from Arhivanalitika for the needs of HUT, read in the attachment  Veljko Ostojic, HUT / Photo: Borna Filic / PIXSELL The contribution of different types of tourist accommodation to added value and economic developmentlast_img read more


Honda gives local drivers chance to race on world-class circuits from home


first_imgTopics : HPM’s business innovation and marketing and sales director Yusak Billy said the simulator championship was a medium for beginners in racing competition to hone their skills and gain new experiences in participating in a world-class racing event.Communication strategy manager Adhi Parama Suganda said the online racing competition was part of Honda’s commitment to maintaining its consistency in campaigning for local racing competitions. “We want to spread the excitement of racing competition to a bigger audience through the event, he said in Thursday’s presser. “This virtual racing competition will give [the participants] a taste of competing on world class racing circuits from their own home,” he added. To be able to participate in this tournament, one needs to have the racing simulator, which is on the market for around Rp 4.5 million and the racing simulation platform rfactor 2, which can be purchased for around Rp 150,000. All participants will be competing in a Honda Civic Type R sport version on six selected world-class circuits, with the Suzuka circuit in Japan, Sepang International in Malaysia and Silverstone in England among other circuits.Riyan Adisaputra, one of the race participants, acknowledged that he had to go all out when competing in the qualifying rounds as it required a high standard of racing skills. He recognized Suzuka as the hardest circuit to deal with as it offered endless surprises at every turn.“I am targeting the professional category in this event and intend to go all out in doing it,” Riyan, an IT manager, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.  However, when asked whether the cash prize was his main reason for participating in this event, Riyan shrugged and said that for an adrenaline addict like him, the opportunity to experience the feeling and tension of world-class racing was way more important.‘In fact, I would race in an actual racing car if I were given the opportunity,” Riyan, who also sees this as a way to let off some steam during the lockdown, said.center_img The fact that the world of sport is now beginning to restart after a three-month hiatus does not mean it leaves the virtual stage empty. While waiting for Formula One to fix its protocols for the upcoming Austrian reopening on July 3, for example, e-sports have offered alternative yet world-class experiences for racing aficionados.One of racing’s big names, Honda, through its automotive firm Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) has opened registration for the Honda Racing Simulator Championship (HRSC), which will take place from July 4 to Aug. 29. Qualifiers will be held from June 15 to Aug. 4. As many as 60 drivers with the highest points from the qualifiers then will be categorized into two classes, professionals and amateurs. These selected racers are going to race in the official event.The driver with the highest score in the professional category will be awarded Rp 30 million, the second best gets Rp 20 million and the third-placed driver will be awarded with Rp 10 million. As for the best amateur driver, he or she will be awarded with Rp 5 million in cash, the second best will bring home Rp 4.5 million and the third driver will get Rp 3 million.last_img read more


Chapel Hill home up for sale after family moves on from Monopoly memories


first_imgThe bathrooms are modern.Mr Marshall said the family had originally migrated from Sydney and thought Chapel Hill would be a convenient area to live, and their theory proved to be true.“We were aware of the lifestyle advantages of moving there but once we were there, we really thought, ‘Far out, we’ve struck gold here’,” he said.“We can walk everywhere and it’s so nice to be able to jump on the bike tracks nearby and go for a ride.“It’s a really cracking suburb.”The home is 230m from Cubberla Creek Reserve Playground and 1km from Kenmore Plaza Shopping Centre. Timber floors flow throughout the bedroom.The living space opens out to an alfresco dining area at the rear of the house, and looks out to the inground pool, the place where the family spent a lot of time in the warmer months.“We practically lived in the pool,” Mr Marshall said.“It was a contemporary house and it really suited our lifestyle.”Upstairs are the home’s four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a media room. The backyard has a pool and alfresco dining area.Adam Marshall said the living room of the two-level home was where they gathered to spend time together and was its heart.“We’re a bit nerdy,” Mr Marshall said.“We like to have a board game on a Friday night and all get beaten at Monopoly by my son.“The living area downstairs was a place we spent a lot of time because it was large enough for us to all hang out.” REAL ESTATE: 16 Noreen St, Chapel HillCOMMUNITY Chest: Pass Go and move to Noreen St.The Chapel Hill home, at 16 Noreen St, has borne witness to many a Friday night Monopoly loss and triumph at the Marshall family’s weekly board game night.center_img The kitchen at 16 Noreen St is modern.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The first floor of the home has a study, powder room and separate laundry, as well as an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area. The floorplan of 16 Noreen St, Chapel Hill.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02last_img read more


CASES: What can happen when toilets are based on identity rather than biology


first_imgFamily Research Council Issue Brief February 2017Family First Comment: This is the key point…“This has led to concerns that such policies—particularly insofar as they permit biological males to use facilities designated for women or girls—could threaten the privacy and safety of the general public, and even lead to an increase in voyeurism and sexual assault. It is important to note that the concern is not that transgendered individuals are more likely to be sexual predators, but rather that sexual predators could exploit such laws by posing as transgendered in order to gain access to women and girls.”“Gender identity” non-discrimination laws—particularly those that apply to schools and “public accommodations”—authorize people to use sex-separated facilities (such as restrooms, locker rooms, and showers) that correspond to their subjective, psychological “gender identity,” rather than their objective, biological sex. This has led to concerns that such policies—particularly insofar as they permit biological males to use facilities designated for women or girls—could threaten the privacy and safety of the general public, and even lead to an increase in voyeurism and sexual assault. It is important to note that the concern is not that transgendered individuals are more likely to be sexual predators, but rather that sexual predators could exploit such laws by posing as transgendered in order to gain access to women and girls. Beyond this, when companies such as Target implement any-sex bathroom/dressing room policies, it encourages criminals to take advantage of these policies to commit crimes. Transgender activists have scoffed at these suggestions, essentially denying that such incidents even occur, but below is a list of publicly reported incidents in which men violated the privacy of women in bathrooms, locker rooms, and other private spaces, demonstrating that the concern about safety and privacy is legitimate:1. WPRI: Man Charged With Voyeurism in Target Bathroom (January 17, 2017)Lincoln, R.I. – A man was charged with video voyeurism after he placed a camera in a Target bathroom. 2. Fox News: Man Used Cellphone to Record Woman Undressing at Target in Dallas, Tex. (September 15, 2016)3. ABC 7: Man Seen Recording Women in Target Changing Room (September 12, 2016)Brick, N.J. – A man was observed reaching under the stalls of a unisex dressing room with a cellphone in a Target store to record women.4. FOX 4: Man Accused of Taking Photos in Target Dressing Room (September 7, 2016)Dallas, Tex. – Police were seeking a man who is accused of pointing a cellphone camera at a woman in a Target changing room.5. Post Register: Transgender woman arrested for voyeurism at Target (July 12, 2016)Ammon, Idaho – A biological male claiming to be a woman was arrested after taking cellphone pictures of a woman in the adjoining stall of a women’s dressing room at a Target store. The man, who was dressed as a woman, ran out of the store after the victim attempted to confront him.6. Bedford Police: Man Arrested for Recording Juvenile Girls in Target Dressing Room (June 24, 2016)Bedford, N.H. – A man was arrested after he was caught recording juvenile girls in a dressing room at a Target store.7. WDAY 6: Man Caught Placing Cellphone Under Dressing Room Door in Target (June 16, 2016)Bismarck, N.D. – A 16-year-old girl reported that a man used a cellphone to record her inside a Target dressing room by placing the phone under her stall door.8. FOX 25: Man Caught Looking over Changing Room Wall in Target (June 14, 2016)Revere, Mass. – A man was seen peering over a Target changing room wall into the next stall where a young female was changing.9. The Daily Caller: Security Guard Arrested for Removing Man from Women’s Bathroom (May 19, 2016)Washington, D.C. – A female security guard who worked at a grocery store was arrested for removing a male from the women’s restroom after he entered dressed as a woman. When the security guard asked the man to leave, he refused saying he identified as a woman. The security guard physically removed the man from the women’s restroom. The man called the police on the security guard upon leaving the store.10. Fox News: Man Used Cellphone to Record Woman Undressing at Target in Frisco, Tex. (May 2016)11. CBS DFW: Shopper Upset Man Allowed to use Women’s Dressing Room in Ross (May 17, 2016)Mesquite, Tex. – In May of 2016, a woman was in a Ross Department store dressing room when she heard a man’s voice in the dressing room. She reported this to the manager who informed the woman that, despite the man being dressed as a male and having a 5 o’clock shadow, the man was “representing himself as a woman today.” The Ross manager informed the woman that if she was bothered by this, she would need to wait until he was finished.12. Mass Resistance: Female Office Worker Encounters Man Urinating in Ladies’ Room Exposed (February 21, 2016)Waltham, Mass. – A woman said that when she walked into a women’s restroom at her place of employment she saw a man, through an open stall door, sitting on a toilet urinating, with his private parts exposed. She reported that she immediately turned around and left the restroom, and felt unsafe about returning to that restroom again.13. NY Daily News: Seattle Man Undresses in Women’s Locker Room at Local Pool to Test New Transgender Bathroom Rule (February 17, 2016)Seattle, Wash. – In February of 2016, a man, dressed as a male, walked into a women’s locker room at a local pool and proceeded to undress. The women in the locker room attempted to kick him out, but the man refused saying, “The law has changed and I have the right to be here.” The man returned to the locker room later that day when young girls were there changing for swim practice.14. NBC Washington: Man Dressed as Woman Arrested for Spying into Mall Bathroom Stall, Police Say (November 17, 2015)Fredericksburg, Va. – In May of 2015, Richard Rodriguez, a 30-year-old man dressed in women’s clothing, attempted to film a woman in a bathroom stall. The victim told police she saw a bag “protruding from underneath a neighboring stall.” When she confronted the suspect, the man dressed in women’s clothing exited the stall and entered another stall next to another woman. Rodriquez was charged with three counts of unlawful filming of a nonconsenting person and three counts of peeping.15. KTLA5: DA: Cross-Dressing Man Secretly Taped Women at Macy’s (May 14, 2013)Palmdale, Calif. – In May of 2013, Jason Pomare, a 33-year-old male, dressed as a woman multiple times in order to secretly videotape women in women’s restrooms. A woman reported to security officers that there was a man, wearing a wig and dressed as a woman, acting suspiciously in the women’s restroom in Macy’s. Pomare was charged with six counts of unlawful use of a concealed camera for purposes of sexual gratification.16. Oregon Live: Cross-Dressing Sex Predator Sentenced for Clackamas Aquatic Park Crimes (October 27, 2011)Oak Grove, Ore. – In July of 2011, Thomas Benson, a 39-year-old male with a prior conviction for sexual abusing children, was arrested and charged with unlawful contact with a child and unlawfully being in a location where children congregate because, dressed as a woman, Benson entered the women’s locker room at the Clackamas Aquatic Park to talk with children. When he left the Park, Benson left in men’s clothing. Benson was followed out of the Park and he fled. Benson was later arrested.17. Abc7news.com: Police: Calif. Locker Room Suspect Used Disguise (October 22, 2010)Berkeley, Calif. – In October of 2010, Gregorio Hernandez, a 29-year-old male, was arrested for disguising himself as a woman twice to get inside a UC Berkeley women’s locker room. Once inside, the man used his cell phone to photograph women in the locker room.18. WSBTV: Police: Man Undresses in Front of Children in Walmart Restroom (March 24, 2010)Calhoun, Ga. – In March of 2010, Norwood Smith Burnes, a 51-year-old male, was arrested and charged with public indecency, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespass for undressing in front of children in a women’s restroom at a Walmart. When the police arrived, Burnes was wearing women’s clothing.19. The Mercury News: San Jose Sex Offender Wearing Fake Breasts, Wig Arrested for Loitering in Women’s Restroom (January 26, 2009)San Jose, Calif. – In January of 2009, Richard Rendler, a 60-year-old male and registered sex offender, was arrested for wearing fake breasts and a wig while loitering inside a women’s restroom. Rendler was arrested on misdemeanor loitering charges, having previously been arrested on charges of child molestation and indecent exposure.20. Purdue University: Purdue Police Investigate Report of Man Taking Photographs in Women’s Restroom (March 31, 2008)West Lafayette, Ind. – In March of 2008, an unidentified man wearing makeup and women’s clothing was confronted for taking pictures of a woman in a bathroom stall. When confronted by the woman, he denied he had any pictures of the victim. A staff member who was in the restroom asked the man to accompany her to the main office, but the man ran off.21. St. Petersburg Times: Cross-Dressing Man Sentenced for Battery (September 25, 1999)Pasco County, Fla. – In 1999, Patrick Hagan punched a woman in the mouth when she questioned his presence in the women’s restroom.This has also been an issue in our neighboring country, Canada, which is often considered much more “progressive” than the United States. Here are a couple of incidents that have arisen there:1. DailyWire: University of Toronto Dumps Transgender Bathrooms after Peeping Incidents (October 8, 2015)Toronto, Canada – After two separate incidents of “voyeurism” occurred in the female students’ shower stalls on the campus of the University of Toronto, the administration is changing its policy on gender-neutral bathrooms.2. LifeSite News: Sexual Predator Jailed after Claiming to be ‘Transgender’ to Assault Women in Shelter (March 4, 2014)Toronto, Canada – In 2012, a biological male named Christopher Hambrook, age 37, claimed to be transgendered. He used his “transgendered” identity to gain access to women’s shelters. Hambrook sexually assaulted several women. One woman reported how Hambrook had watched her shower through the door frame. In 2014, Hambrook was jailed “indefinitely.”    http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF16F27.pdflast_img read more


No tuberculosis outbreak in Dominica-Chief Medical Officer


first_img 39 Views   no discussions Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson. Photo credit: GIS NewsChief Medical Officer Dr David Johnson wants the public to be vigilant when it comes to tuberculosis.Johnson said while there is NOT an outbreak of the disease in Dominica, there are cases.He says however the ministry of health must put measures in place to deal with the matter.“TB is something that is endemic in Dominica and also endemic in other countries. TB is very closely associated with HIV/AIDS and whenever there is a rise in HIV/AIDS there is a rise in TB,” he said.According to Johnson, the ministry of health is continuing to be vigilance as there are still several cases in Dominica.“We do not have an outbreak. The cases we have are under control but we just want to sensitize the people in that regard,” he added.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews No tuberculosis outbreak in Dominica-Chief Medical Officer by: – May 19, 2011last_img read more


No damage reported in Thursday night storms


first_imgPhoto credit: Ripley County EMA FacebookRIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — Severe weather moved through the WRBI listening area Thursday night, including a Tornado Warning that was issued for parts of Ripley County.Around 7:45 the National Weather Service issued a Tornado warning for parts of Ripley County starting in Napoleon with the storm moving toward Milan.The warning was issued from radar indicated rotation and hail.No damage was reported in the Napoleon area.If you experienced damage from last night’s storms, you can share pictures with us on the WRBI Facebook page or by emailing them to news@wrbiradio.com.A video of the storm Northwest of Milan can be seen here.last_img


FC Seoul fined £67,000 for filling stands with Sex Dolls


first_imgSouth Korean side FC Seoul have been handed a record £67,000 fine for filling their empty stands with sex dolls during their K-League match against Gwangju FC. Around 20 dolls were placed in the stadium with some wearing face masks and the team’s colours while others displayed t-shirts and placards with the logo of SoloS, a sex toy seller. The mannequins, most of them female, but some male, were placed in the arena as a substitute for fans who are not currently allowed to attend games because of the coronavirus pandemic. K-League rules state inappropriate or sexual advertisements are not permitted and officials have decided to impose a record fine, ESPN report. The league recognised that the club had not intentionally ordered sex dolls but noted that, given their appearance and characteristics, there was enough time to realise a mistake had been made before Sunday evening’s kick-off after they had been installed earlier that day. FC Seoul celebrates after beating Gwangju FC 1-0Advertisement ‘We are sincerely sorry for causing deep concern to fans,’ they said in a statement to supporters. ‘We have confirmed from the very beginning that they had no connection to sex toys. ‘Our intention from the start was to provide even a small entertainment after it was decided that the games would be hosted behind closed doors due to coronavirus. Read AlsoBundesliga Players To Wear Black Armbands For Covid-19 Victims ‘Regardless of that, we would like to apologise once again to everyone who loves and supports FC Seoul. We will be holding further discussions on how we can review potential problems in similar matters. We will put forth our due diligence to prevent such issues in the future.’ Seoul beat Gwangju 1-0 but could be docked a minimum of five points as a further punishment. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeFascinating Ceilings From Different Countries8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Stunning Wedding Looks From Around The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more


Bruening becomes fifth Late Model winner at Independence


first_imgINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (June 6) – Tyler Bruening added his name to the list of Budweiser IMCA Late Model winners Saturday night at Independence Motor Speedway.Bruening took the lead from Dirk Hamilton on the 10th of 25 laps en route to victory to become the fifth different Late Model winner in as many weeks at the speedway.Tyler Droste started alongside Bruening in the fourth row and crossed the line second ahead of Darren Ackerman.J. D. Auringer raced the high side to a convincing win in the 20-lap Performance Bodies IMCA Modified main.Auringer took the lead from Joe Docekal following a lap seven restart and then checked out on the field to take the victory ahead of Troy Cordes and Vern Jackson.In Burco Sales IMCA Stock Car action, IMCA Modified veteran Darin Duffy earned the first Stock Car win of his career in just his second night in the division.Duffy held off persistent challenges from Phil Holtz to reach victory lane at the end of that 15-lapper. Scott Pippert finished third.Benji Irvine drove to his third local win of the season in the 15-lap Big Daddy Chassis IMCA Hobby Stock feature.From a fifth row start, Irvine raced the low groove through the pack before taking the top spot on lap seven. He pulled away to score the win ahead of Leah Wroten and Justin Lichty.After being pressured by Jenae Gustin throughout the last half of the 15-lap Tenacity Graphics IMCA Northern SportMod feature, race leader Lucas Lundry spun in turn four on the white flag lap.Gustin inherited the point on the restart and drove to her second local win of the season ahead of Colby Heishman and Kevin Hurst.last_img read more


Prauner, Johnson repeat at Off Road Speedway


first_imgBy Randy PospishilNORFOLK, Neb. (June 13) – Kyle Prauner and Drew Johnson were repeat winners Saturday night at Off Road Speedway.Prauner, who started near the back, got the lead with seven laps remaining in the 18-lap Karl Chevro­let Northern SportMod feature with Dylan Pospisil and Matt Haase taking second and third place, respectively.Johnson led every lap of the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature to finish ahead of Ramsey Meyer and Lance Mielke.Shawn Primrose won his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature with Chad Bruns second and Prauner third.The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks put on the ‘race-of-the-night’ for action as Jeremy Hoskinson battled Jeremy Knoell for several laps before Tiffany Bittner joined the fray, and took over the ‘fight for first’ with Hoskinson after the roll over loss of Knoell’s car from the race.Bittner went to the front on the inside of Hoskinson in turn two with eight laps remaining before watching TeJay Mielke use the same strategy to pass her four laps later.But Bittner then passed Mielke, who developed a flat tire, on the outside in turn three with Hoskinson following to finish second. Mielke still managed to finish strong, but was beaten out of third place by a bumper-length at the finish line by Mark Arduser.last_img read more


Emotions flow at Mandan as Wolla scores Modified finale, Lund lands Stock Car prize


first_imgJason Wolla was the winner of a hard-fought Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic IMCA Modified Tour Thursday at Dacotah Speedway. (Photos by Mike Spieker, www.speedway-shots.com)By Mike SpiekerMANDAN, N.D. (July 12) – The defending national champion let his emotions show when the 29th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour came to a close Thursday at Dacotah Speed­way.Jason Wolla claimed a hard-fought Modified win after 30 laps, as Hunter Marriott successfully concluded his bid for a third straight title with a second-place finish.“Hell yeah! We won!” Wolla exclaimed from victory lane. “To every single one of the fans up in the stands, it means a hell of a lot for me to be able to win this race on our home track. All these guys from out of town can pack it up, we won tonight.”Outside front row starter Wolla grabbed the lead on the opening circuit as third row starters Ricky Thornton Jr. and Marriott made their way up to second and third, respectively.Thornton slid up briefly to take the lead on lap 12 but Wolla came back to retake the top spot on the other end of the speedway. The lead duo swapped the point back and forth again on the follow­ing lap before Thornton took sole possession of the position on lap 14.Wolla didn’t go away, however. Thornton got held up in lapped traffic just past halfway, which gave the lead back to Wolla.The race for the lead heated up again with 10 to go as Thornton drove to the outside in lapped traffic. Marriott made it a three-car fight for the point before Thornton tried to clear Wolla with a pair of slide jobs; each time Wolla kept his foot on the throttle and powered around the outside to hold the lead.What was a battle for the lead became a fight for second between Thornton and Marriott and Wolla drove away with five to go.After getting by Thornton for second, Marriott came charging up to Wolla. Marriott pulled even off turn four coming to the white flag. A lapped car in Marriott’s lane on the final lap was all Wolla needed to win the race back to the $2,454 checkers.Curt Lund, best known for his IMCA Modified and IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car success, scored his first win of the week in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.Curt Lund is pretty fast around the track in an IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, too. The Minnesota veteran topped the Thursday Kup­per Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour finale at Dacotah Speedway.Lund started on the outside of the front row for the 25-lapper but didn’t find the lead until just seven laps remained. Once out front, Lund didn’t have any time to get comfortable as eventual champion Elijah Zevenbergen, threw slide job after slide job for the lead with under five to go.A cau­tion with two to go put Zevenbergen right on Lund’s rear bump of Lund for the restart. Lund dove to the inside of turns one and two as the race resumed. Zevenbergen didn’t have enough speed to reel in Lund on the final circuit as Lund cruised to the feature win.Zevenbergen claimed his fourth straight and fifth career Stock Car Tour title.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jason Wolla; 2. Hunter Marriott; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 4. Tim Ward; 5. R.C. Whit­well; 6. Eddie Belec; 7. Jason Beaulieu; 8. Casey Arneson; 9. Jeremy Keller; 10. Ethan Dotson; 11. Mike Greseth; 12. Shawn Strand; 13. Aaron Turnbull; 14. Kody Scholpp; 15. Tom Berry Jr.; 16. Kelly Shryock; 17. Steven Pfeifer; 18. Zach Olson; 19. Paul Stone; 20. Kyle Brown; 21. Marlyn Seidler; 22. Dan Aune; 23. Marcus Tomlinson; 24. John Corell; 25. Billy Kendall III; 26. Mark Dahl; 27. Drew Christianson; 28. Tim Perkins; 29. Justin O’Brien; 30. Jarrett Carter; 31. Robert Hellebust.Stock Cars – 1. Curt Lund; 2. Elijah Zevenbergen; 3. Dalton Flory; 4. Cody Nelson; 5. Matt Speck­man; 6. Joe Flory; 7. Gregg Mann; 8. Chase Conway; 9. Beau Deschamp; 10. Colin Heim 11. Jeremy Swanson; 12. Scott Gartner; 13. Jody York; 14. Dave Moriarty; 15. Keith Mattox; 16. Eric Harpole; 17. Kirk Martin; 18. Jason Rogers; 19. Andy Altenburg; 20. Austin Daae; 21. Devon Gonas; 22. Chris Heim; 23. A.J. Dancer; 24. Angel Munoz.last_img read more