Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-3-2020

Local Notes:

Laurens County SpeedwayBelow is a quick summary of the main events in each of the divisions from the Laurens County Speedway last Saturday night… If you want a more details on each race click here.

  • Thunder Bombers… Dylan Chappell picked up his first win of the season in the Thunder Bombers… His engine was putting oust smoke the entire night but he never slowed down in the caution filled race… He held off Reid Neaderhiser and Casey Lawson who finished second and third respectively taking the win.
  • 602 Crate… In the 602 Crate Austin Mintz had the dominant car as he led from start to finish… Brad Rachels won the fight for second place and Michael Smith took their.
  • Stock-4… The Stock-4 main event was a race that also had a lot of cautions but when the checkered flag dropped it dropped first for Aaron Summitt who led start to finish… The next two drivers to take the checkered flag were Ray Storay and Phillip Wilson in that order.
  • Front Wheel Drive… In the main event, Travis Jamieson raced his way back to victory lane as he dominated the completion… Robert Spencer had to settle for second and Justin Harris won the battle for third.
  • Limited Late Model… Nick Deitz passed Tony Quarles in the first lap of the Limited Late Model Stock main event and then went on to take the win… He held his lead after a mid-race restart and took the win over Quarles who finished second and Dillon Brown who took third.

COVID-19 Related

  • Panthers Forced to Stay in Charlotte for Preseason Training… Yesterday the Panther training camp in Spartanburg became the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic… As reported on WSPA last night, yesterday the NFL ordered all of its clubs to hold training camps in their home practice facilities unless a club can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of a joint NFL-NFLPA medical task force, that it would not be feasible to conduct at their club facility,” To see the report on this on the NFL website click here… Looks like upstate Panther fans may have already seen the Panthers at Wofford for the last time (last year) as they hope to have their new facilities near Rock Hill ready for the summer of 2021 but we shall see… Another good tradition shot down by a virus!

Sports Obituaries:

  • Former Auburn Football Coach Pat Dye Passes Away… Monday it was announced that Pat Dye former football coach at Auburn f 1981 to 1992 had passed away… According to his son he was admitted to the hospital about a month ago for a kidney related issue and was expected to recover… No cause of death has been announced at this time… He went 99-39-4 at Auburn leading them to a national championship in 1983… He went 6-6 in the annual Iron Bowl with Alabama and was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005… He was 90 at the time of his passing… For more on this including a statement from Auburn, click here.
  • Wes Unseld NBA Hall of Famer Passes at 74… Yesterday it was announced that Wes Unseld a NBA Hall Of Fame member died in Washington at the age of 74… The undersized center was known for his great work ethic and determination and pulled of the rare feat of winning both the Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same year 1969… He spent his entire 13-season playing career with the Bullets-Wizards franchise and then was its coach and general manager. The team was based in Baltimore when he was drafted… For more information on this click here.

NASCAR

 

  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 


Local YMCAs Open with RestrictionsThe Clinton and Laurens YMCAs have now reopened with restrictions and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of their members and staff in mind.

  • Clinton YMCA… The Clinton Family YMCA opened Monday, 5-18-2020 under what they refer to as Phase 1 Guidelines and Restrictions… First the Y’s hour are now Monday-Friday 7am to 7 pm, Saturday 7am to 6 pm and closed on Sunday… The list of restrictions and guidelines are quite long but a few of them require social distancing (6 feet minimum), use of one entrance only where all will have their temperature checked, class sizes limited to 10, gym for walking only (no basketball), time limits on some equipment and many other items including but not limited to more frequent cleaning and sanitizing… To see the entire list of guidelines and restrictions click here.
  • Laurens YMCA Moves to Phase II of Reopening… The Laurens YMCA (which is part of the Lakelands Region YMCA) has moved into Phase II of its reopening… Their hours of operation are still Monday-Friday from 5 am to 7pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm and will be closed on Sunday… In Phase II they still have many of the same restrictions and policies that were put in place for Phase I but more programs and activities will be opening up on June 1 or June 8 such as the aquatic center, private swim lessons as scheduled, personal training, wellness classes and others including T-Ball practice at Collyar Park on June 1… Now to see their press release concerning the Phase II portion of their reopening along with the Phase I restrictions and guidelines, click here If you have any further questions call the YMCA at 984-2626

 


This & That:

Rhythm on the Rails… The City of Clinton’s first Rhythm on the Rails event of this season originally scheduled for May 15-16 has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been rescheduled for June 19-20… In addition to the usual entertainment, vendors and rides it will also include Smokein’ on the Rails a BBQ cooking contest…. For more on this event including links to vendor applications, click here.

  

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