News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 26, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: Brickyard 400 a hot item on this week’s racing schedule

Tom Reck
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — It’s race week again in Indiana and a busy time for golfers in the area.

The Brickyard 400 is next on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. Qualifying is slated for Saturday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the race will be Sunday afternoon with ESPN beginning its turn as the host network.

Linda Briscoe, wife of IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe, is the new host for NASCAR Now on ESPN and will be in town for the action.

Jeff Gordon won the first Brickyard 400 run at Indy and teammate Jimmie Johnson has been the winner at the track. Kyle Busch has been the big winner so far this year but we’ll take Gordon to win again.

Other races are slated leading up to Sunday’s race at Lucas Oil Raceway starting with U. S. Auto Club midgets and Silver Crown cars on Thursday. Hoosier Ryan Newman is supposed to drive in the Silver Crown race.

The NASCAR trucks will be at the track on Friday and a Nationwide Series race is set for Saturday. It’ll be the last time for the Nationwide event to be at that track since it will be part of the IMS schedule next year.

In local golf, a two-man best-ball event was played during the weekend at Geneva Hills. Chris Keen and Tom Jones were the winners in that one.

Play wound up Monday in the women’s city tournament . Cara Stuckey defeated Mackenzie Mack 2 and 1 to claim her ninth championship.

The THGA senior championship is this weekend and it appears another nice field will compete in that event with the usual close competition.

Rachel Welker, who was an all-stater last year and will be a senior at Terre Haute North, began play in the Indiana Women’s Amateur on Monday while recent South Vermillion grad Brandon Bekkering and Terre Haute South grad Thomas Goss are in the big field for the boys state junior tournament with two days of qualifying preceding match play.

Sam Pollock, who will be a junior at North, had a great round in a Mountain Dew event last week. He had five birdies and an eagle to shoot 1-over-par 73 and win his age group at Chesterton.

Sandy Stabler thanked the staff at Hulman Links for their work in putting on the women’s city tournament. As is true in most local tournaments, the pros and their staffs not only have the courses in good shape but handle scheduling, tee times and scoring details in getting information to the media.

They all do a good job and their work sometimes is taken for granted.

In the pro ranks, the season is over for Chad Collins, who has been sidelined with a spinal injury. He apparently will be eligible for the tour again next season with the medical exemption and will have the chance to finish in the top 125 and remain on the tour.

Tom-Cattin’ It -- Sharon Rosenburgh has retired as the girls tennis coach at Carmel where her team won the fifth state title in her tenure this year.

The Indiana State grad had been the coach since 1979 at Carmel after a short stint at Avon  and compiled a 519-80 mark.

Terre Haute South grad Jordan Kelsey will play college tennis at IU-Southeast.

• Terre Haute North and University of Southern Indiana grad Rob Roads is the new cross country coach at Rising Sun. He had the same position at Vincennes Rivet last year.

• Former Terre Haute resident Justin Dooley, who now lives in Alabama, will have the chance to see the sights in Italy and play some hoops in that country as part of a Global Sports Academy team. He is one of 10 NCAA Division II and III players to be chosen for the team that will be coached by Bill Leahy of Widener, Pa.

Dooley will be a freshman at Huntingdon College in Alabama.

• Slippery Rock will be in town to play The Rex this week in baseball. Paul Lueken is the athletic director at the school in the city. He and Jon Prevo were  two players on the Marshall (Ill.) team that reached the basketball sectional finals in 1979.

 • Russ Campbell of Rockville played in the two-man event at Geneva Hills after returning from a trip to Scotland where he had a chance to play on some of the oldest golf courses in the world.

• The U. S. Navy has given approval for the Carrier Classic basketball game between North Carolina and Michigan State to be played on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson on Veterans Day.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at tm_reck@yahoo. com or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.