Sylvia Playwright A.R. Gurney on Drawing Inspiration from Dogs & His ‘Fading Culture’

first_imgWhat essential items do you like to have on hand when you write?Nothing. It took me a little while to learn first how to use a typewriter—I mean I always could type, but I never thought I would write creative stuff on the typewriter. Later I taught myself the computer.What play changed your life?What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write?That depends. I try, if I’m in the middle of something, to have left the ball in the air, so when I come back, I know exactly where I am and how I can catch the ball.Is it hard to leave the ball in the air? No. It’s rather easy. Writing is hard; it gets lonely. While I like to do it and there are moments of great pleasure, I’m glad to get away from it. But then I’m eager to return to it.What inspired Sylvia?My dog! My wife Molly teaches in town, and we bought this house in the country. I liked to stay up there and at that time. I did a lot of gardening and fixing up of the house, but I missed her. I had made myself a peanut butter sandwich for lunch and read this ad in the local paper about a Lab puppy. I always liked Labradors, so I just thought I’d go over and look at it. Well, I came home with it. My wife said, “For god’s sake! No more dogs!” I knew I was in trouble, but I had already fallen for this dog. I said, “I don’t think I can give this up.” The lines from the play are real. She said: “I won’t walk it. I won’t feed it. I won’t pat it. I won’t have anything to do with it.” One time I got quite sick with the flu, and she said, “Sorry, you’re going to have to get up and walk that dog.” Then she softened a bit, just as Julie [White] does at the end of the play.What are some of your dog’s names over the years?Porgy, Sambo (like Little Black Sambo—that was very racist; it was a long time ago), Alice was the first female dog I had, then I had a great rescue dog called Joe—even my wife adored him— and Snoozer, who is a character in a play of mine, and ultimately the last one I had is Bill. Most of them had human names. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 What’s the best piece of advice you ever received about writing?To continue the habit. Don’t walk away from it even though you hit a slump or you don’t think you have anything else to tell the world. I’ve certainly felt that many times. Sit down and work even if you’re thinking, “This is going to be a useless morning and nothing is going to work,” something does. I’d say just stick to your last. Isn’t there an old expression, the workman sticks to his last? The very process of writing words can cause creative things to happen that you didn’t think were there.You are one of the most prolific playwrights working today. Do you attribute that to your persistence?I think so. You could say I can attribute it to my stupidly bourgeois habits.What drives you to write now that’s different from when you were first starting out?I always write about where I am. I wrote plays about falling in love and how to deal with kids. When my kids started to leave the nest, I wrote plays about that. I try to write as much as I can about my own experiences. I’m getting old and I’m writing about how it feels to get old. I’m just starting another one, but I won’t tell you what that’s about.Do you keep a notebook?I used to keep a notebook, but I don’t now. If you looked at my computer, there are sort of half-written plays with great titles, which never went anywhere.When you’re starting to write a play, do you make an outline?No. I start with the play. I think I want to have some place to go, so I don’t just write about two people talking or whatever it is. It might end in a very different way than I thought it would. I remember with Love Letters, I had no idea where it was going, I knew I had a pretty good story because I had two very different characters who were fascinated with each other, but then suddenly towards the end, I realized I had to kill her off. When I wrote the last scene, I cried—tears were dripping down my cheeks. I never expected it to go that way, but it had to go that way.What playwrights inspire you?How do you feel about being so closely associated with WASP culture?I used to think it was slightly pejorative. It meant snooty, alcoholic and intolerant. I used to think I wasn’t writing just about WASPs: I’m writing about issues people can understand and identify with. Then I began to realize that I was writing about my own culture; I didn’t realize how parochial my own culture was. I thought I was writing about the heart of American behavior. Not at all! Not everyone has dining rooms! I kind of woke up to the fact that I was exploring my own culture and how it was fading. Responding to that sense of obsolescence and that was really my theme. What does it mean to you to have Sylvia on Broadway? This is my third play on Broadway. It’s been wonderful: I’ve been working with the top people—designers, directors, actors. Partly because we’re doing a play that I’ve seen done many times, there hasn’t been that much for me to do. A lot of playwrights like to sit on rehearsals, and normally I do if it’s a new play. It’s impressive for me to see this play emerge on Broadway with these terrific people.You are known for loving musicals. Why don’t you write them?I do love them and I used to write them. The first time I went to New York—I was at a boarding school and my father got me tickets to Annie Get Your Gun with Merman. It just blew me away. Not only because she was so funny; she pretends she’s a Western kind of Okie, but she’s a New York girl from the beginning, middle and end. Suddenly, all I wanted to do was write musicals. I went to Williams College—Stephen Sondheim wrote the musicals there, but he graduated two years before I did. So I said, “I’m here, I can do that!” I certainly couldn’t write music, but I found people to write the music with me. The Korean War was on when I graduated. I became an officer on a giant aircraft carrier. We had the ship’s orchestra, and I wrote musicals. I loved it. Because of that, I went to Yale School of Drama. But then for some reason, I ran out of steam. I cut my teeth doing musicals, but I never wrote another musical. Oh, I did write one! A Cole Porter take-off, which didn’t work. A.R. Gurney is one of the most prolific and often produced playwrights working today. His many works include Love Letters, The Dining Room, Sweet Sue, The Cocktail Hour and Sylvia, which is currently playing at Broadway’s Cort Theatre with Annaleigh Ashford in the title role. Gurney recently moved into a spacious new apartment on the Upper West Side and invited Broadway.com over to talk about dogs (his most recent one, Bill, died a few months ago), Broadway and his “bourgeois habits.”What time of day do you get your best work done?I’m getting a little lazy now, but I’m normally up by 8:30 and at my desk by 9. I write in the morning, have lunch, and then write a little in the afternoon—just going over what I’ve written but not writing with any kind of the intensity that I can muster up in the morning. I’ve been doing this for 40 years. I’ve always been a morning writer.center_img View Comments Sylvia What do you think all aspiring playwrights should do or see or read?Aspiring playwrights should write as much as you can. See as many plays of different types as you can. I know it’s not cheap to go to the theater these days, but you don’t have to go to Broadway. Read Ibsen, read Chekhov, see how the pros did it. Your generation grew up on television; I grew up on radio, and radio taught me the power of dialogue—how much of a story you can tell just through talk. Your generation is much more aware of the visual possibilities, but television tends to be reactive, the television camera tends to go to the person who’s listening and not the person who’s talking. Sometimes it affects younger playwrights because they’re so good at dialogue, but the television influence has suggested to them that plays don’t have to have that forward action that they must have. I think that you’ve got to learn that.What’s your favorite line in Sylvia?last_img read more

U.S. coal exports down sharply in second quarter compared to 2018

first_imgU.S. coal exports down sharply in second quarter compared to 2018 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):U.S. coal exports were roughly flat in the second quarter compared to shipments made in the prior period but remained down 18.1% compared to the second quarter of 2018.About 23.2 million tonnes of coal were shipped from U.S. ports in the second quarter of 2019, nearly flat compared to 23.1 million tonnes of coal shipments in the prior quarter and down significantly from 28.3 million tons of coal exports in the second quarter of 2018. Exports heading to India, the sector’s largest customer, were down 24.6% year over year and 16.9% quarter to quarter.The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently projected annual coal exports would sink by about 15.6 million tons to 100 million tons this year. Exports are expected to fall further to 90.4 million tons in 2020.European steelmakers have struggled in recent months, leading to lower demand for U.S. metallurgical coal, Seaport Global Securities LLC noted in an Aug. 13 analyst note. Ports in the Netherlands, a typical point of entry for shipments heading to customers throughout Europe, took about 6.7% less coal from ships originating in the U.S.Foresight Energy LP President and CEO Robert Moore said the netbacks on export tons are falling compared to the levels seen before and the company is evaluating options to move coal back into domestic markets. “We are shipping coal everywhere that we can find a home for it. I mean, we’re moving coal into South America. We’re moving coal into Asia. We’re still moving coal into Europe,” Moore said. “If these export markets aren’t there, then we’re poised to take domestic share. And that’s what we’re going to do.”The president and CEO of another Illinois Basin producer, Alliance Resource Partners LP, said Alliance was prepared to capture domestic business from higher-cost producers by either selling at a lower price or working out a deal to sell its coal to its peers to fulfill contracts of higher coal producers if export markets do not improve. “I’m not counting on the domestic market mix changing and I’m not counting on the domestic market growing,” said Joe Craft. “I’m just saying, we can absorb. If there’s no export market or the export market stays flat, there are opportunities for us to sell coal domestically that would be more attractive than selling into the current price curve for [the European coal price benchmark] API2.”More ($): U.S. coal export volume sank 18.1% in Q2’19 compared to year-agolast_img read more

How to find future leaders in your credit union

first_img 100SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details When developing leaders in your credit union, it’s important to find the right candidates. Not every employee is leadership material. Investing in the wrong person is a waste of your time and the credit union’s money. If you want to find a future leader, look for these qualities.Future leaders know their stuff: A future leader knows their job like the back of their hand. Look for an employee who knows all the products and services your credit union has to offer. Invest in employees who take interest in growing the credit union and increasing its member-base. An employee that’s deeply invested in the credit union can potentially lead the way one day.Future leaders want to grow: Future leaders aren’t content in staying put. Listen to your employees and you’ll find one who wants more. Natural leaders take charge and want more responsibility. Look for employees who strive to learn more and do more every day.Future leaders work well with a team: Leaders have to lead, and that means they have to work well with a team. Any employee who works better on their own, probably isn’t the ideal future leader for you. Find someone who has a strong drive and works well with others.Future leaders can make decisions: An employee who can make a decision is a rare commodity. There’s always a risk factor when you have to choose, so you’ll want someone who’s not afraid to make a choice and follow through with it.last_img read more

Biden rejects Trump claim that COVID-19 vaccine is imminent

first_imgMost health experts, including Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have said a vaccine will likely not be widely available until mid-2021.Trump has accused Biden of spreading “anti-vaccine rhetoric,” while Biden has emphasized that he will listen to scientists, not the president, regarding a vaccine’s safety.The broadcast was the first town hall-style event for Biden since he accepted the Democratic nomination last month, giving viewers a rare chance to see him answer live questions from people whose votes he hopes to win in November.The cable network described the event as a “drive-in town hall”: participants remained at their parked cars outdoors to ensure they stayed safely distanced from one another. Topics : US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday bluntly contradicted President Donald Trump’s suggestion that a coronavirus vaccine may be only weeks away, warning Americans they cannot trust the president’s word.”The idea that there’s going to be a vaccine and everything’s gonna be fine tomorrow – it’s just not rational,” Biden said during a CNN town hall in Moosic, Pennsylvania.Trump again said on Wednesday that a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, could be ready for distribution ahead of the Nov. 3 election.center_img Biden spent much of the evening attacking Trump for his handling of the pandemic, including the president’s own admission to the journalist Bob Woodward that he deliberately downplayed the disease’s deadliness.”He knew it and did nothing,” Biden said. “It’s close to criminal.”Trump has subsequently said he was trying to avoid panic.Biden said he did not have the power to enforce a national mask mandate, walking back remarks he made on Wednesday in which he suggested the president could legally require masks amid a national emergency. But he vowed to encourage every governor to do so while criticizing Trump for questioning the efficacy of masks.Biden also took advantage of the event’s setting near his birthplace of Scranton, comparing his working-class upbringing with what he derided as Trump’s “Park Avenue” background.”Guys like me who were the first of my family to go to college… We are as good as anybody,” he said. “And guys like Trump, who inherited everything and squandered what they inherited, are the people that I’ve always had a problem with – not the people who are busting their neck.”He said he would accept the results of the election, a stance that Trump has declined to adopt amid his unfounded claims that the widespread use of mail-in ballots due to the pandemic will cause massive fraud.Electoral experts have said voter fraud is exceedingly rare in the United States, where voting by mail is a longstanding practice in many states.For much of the summer, Biden held mostly virtual events from his home in Delaware, drawing criticism from Trump that he was “hiding.” But Biden maintained an advantage in national opinion polls throughout, as the pandemic battered Trump’s standing among voters.In recent weeks, Biden has begun to hold campaign events again in other states, but they have been largely devoid of attendees aside from reporters and invited guests in a nod to the coronavirus.Trump, who has returned to holding large-scale rallies, participated in an ABC town hall with undecided voters earlier this week, where he defended his administration’s response to the outbreak.At an outdoor rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, on Thursday night, Trump told supporters that Biden “would absolutely eradicate your state’s economy” and mocked the CNN event for keeping attendees apart in cars.COVID-19 has killed more than 195,000 people in the United States, the most of any country.Biden and Trump will both travel to Minnesota on Friday, the first day of early voting there. last_img read more

Chelsea hero Didier Drogba aims cheeky dig at Arsenal for losing Europa League final

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Jun 2019 9:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link27Shares Chelsea thrashed Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku (Picture: Getty Images)When asked how far Chelsea are behind Manchester City and Liverpool, Drogba told talkSPORT: ‘I think they’re not that far, you’ve got those two teams flying, but despite all the criticism, Chelsea had a good season.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Win the UEFA Cup [Europa League], not every team in this league can do it. We did it against a good Arsenal team. Maybe they didn’t perform on that day, but it’s a final and the best team wins, that’s what happens.‘Next year is a new season and I can’t wait for it.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDespite the European triumph, Chelsea have lost their manager, Maurizio Sarri, this summer as he has signed a deal to take over as Juventus manager.Assistant manager Gianfranco Zola is also leaving the club, with another club legend, Frank Lampard, the favourite to take over in the Stamford Bridge dugout.However, the two-window transfer ban imposed on Chelsea is still in place, currently, so there is unlikely to be much change in terms of playing staff this summer.MORE: Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola also set to leave club following Maurizio Sarri exitMORE: Frank Lampard agrees Chelsea return after receiving assurances from Roman Abramovich Comment Didier Drogba is not letting Arsenal forget about losing the Europa League final (Picture: Getty Images)Didier Drogba is not willing to let Arsenal forget that Chelsea lifted the Europa League final in Baku this year, not the Gunners.The Blues hammered the Gunners 4-1 in May, lifting the giant trophy in Azerbaijan after goals from Olivier Giroud, Pedro and two from Eden Hazard.It was the end of, what turned out to be, a successful season for the west London side, who finished third and added the European silverware to their trophy cabinet.Drogba certainly sees as a good campaign for his former side, while he was happy remind Arsenal fans that their team fell short in the Europa League final.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Chelsea hero Didier Drogba aims cheeky dig at Arsenal for losing Europa League finallast_img read more

Newsreader Sandra Sully sells Gold Coast investment properties

first_imgThe balcony of one of the units Sandra Sully has sold on the Gold Coast.Marketing agent Gareth Denning of Ray White Broadbeach/Mermaid Waters declined to comment on the sales.The couple still owns another unit in Broadbeach, which they bought for $740,000 in 2011 and which was last offered for lease for $585 a week. Sandra Sully and her husband have sold three units in this Broadbeach building.The Ten Network journalist started buying into the block of six units in 2006. They were marketed as a “buy one or buy them all” potential development opportunity to secure half a building on a 600 sqm block. BRISBANE BEAT SYDNEY LAST QUARTER Sandra Sully with husband Symon Brewis-Weston. Picture: Jonathan Ng.The units, which were taken to auction on December 9 through Ray White, sold for a total of $1.38 million.Their top floor unit in the complex sold under the hammer for $468,000. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoSandra Sully and her husband have sold this unit in Broadbeach.Records show Sully and Brewis-Weston bought the apartment in both of their names earlier this year for $415,000 and was previously owned by Sully’s parents.The ground floor apartment sold for $452,500 and the second-floor unit fetched $460,000.Records show Sully paid $410,000 and $361,500 for them, respectively. HOW TO WIN AT AUCTION center_img Sandra Sully has sold part of her Gold Coast property portfolio. Pic: Christian Gilles.BRISBANE-BORN newsreader Sandra Sully and her husband, FlexiGroup chief Symon Brewis-Weston, have sold a chunk of their Gold Coast investment portfolio.The couple has sold three, two-bedroom units in Parkdale Apartments, which is walking distance from the beach at 12 Chelsea Ave, Broadbeach. The units Sandra Sully has sold on the Gold Coast are a street back from the beach.last_img read more

Promoting a debate on marriage

first_imgColin Craig – Stuff.co.nz 20 Aug 2012There are differing views on same-sex marriage and adoption, and I am always promoting a mature and respectful debate. Good leadership requires listening to both sides of the debate and then deciding what is best for our great country. I of course have argued that this is a matter that should go to a binding referendum which will ensure that the law does reflect what we the people think.  In New Zealand, we have already recognised same-sex relationships through Civil Unions. In fact 160 pieces of legislation were changed in order to address the issue of equal rights.This in my view, is a satisfactory way to give recognition and rights to same-sex relationships without impinging on the rights of others for whom the existing definition of ‘marriage’ has cultural, religious, moral, or historical importance.During our research we noted that 43% of people surveyed were not aware that the proposed Marriage Amendment Bill will impact on adoption. Let’s be clear; if the Marriage Amendment Bill passes, it will mean that gay people can adopt children as a couple, under the Adoption Act 1955.  I realise that other parties (like National for example) think this is a good idea. Despite this surge of social liberalism, I stand firm with the majority of New Zealanders in opposing this change. I believe the evidence shows that it is ideal that an adopted child grow up with a great Mum and Dad. Remember we are talking here about children with no home and their whole life ahead of them.It is up to us to give them the absolute best. I wonder how those politicians who are so ready to vote for this law change will explain to a young man or woman years from now, how they figured that a child could do without a Mum (or Dad), when they had the chance to provide them with both.http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/opinion/7513159/Promoting-a-debate-on-marriagelast_img read more

British boxing great Benn reveals coronavirus heartbreak

first_imgBritish boxing great Nigel Benn revealed on Instagram one of his brothers’ Mark has died of coronavirus. The 56-year-old — former world champion at two weights — said Mark had been the “Joker” of the family. Loading… It came as the number of UK coronavirus-related deaths climbed by 621 to 4,934 and infections rose by 5,903 to 47,806.Advertisement Benn was WBO middleweight title in 1990 and then went on to become WBC super-middleweight champion holding the belt between 1992 and 1996 — losing his crown to South African Thulani Malinga.He retired from the ring in 1996 after twice failing to wrest the WBO super-middleweight title from Irishman Stephen Collins.Benn is not the first from the sport in Britain to lose a relative due to the coronavirus.The grandmother and father of British light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde died within a few days of each other.British boxing great Nigel Benn (L) has revealed one of his brother’s Mark has died of the coronavirusRead Also: Tottenham, Man City jostle for Rangers sensation Ianis HagiThe 28-year-old made an emotional appeal to the public to “just stay home” to avoid the risk of spreading the virus.“It’s serious!” Yarde wrote on social media.“People are still going out when they don’t need to. I know there’s a lot of opinions about Covid-19 and I have mine but I just know opinions ain’t worth risking your life and others. Just stay home.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img “My brother Mark passed Away 2day (Covid 19), as we all were growing up Mark was the Joker of the Benn house hold,” he wrote. “May he Rest In Peace love u Mark.’” Benn — whose 23-year-old son Conor is a promising pugilist with an unblemished record — was one of seven boys but lost his older brother Andy when he fell out of a window aged just eight. Benn was dubbed the ‘Dark Destroyer’ for his aggressive style and enjoyed a fierce rivalry with compatriots Chris Eubank and Michael Watson. Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?last_img read more

NegOcc bishops, students declare ‘climate emergency’

first_img“This launching is a local climate changeeffort that is an embodiment of activism in convergence with government policyand with the (efforts of the) church and civil society. It is a response to theurgency of the climate crisis,” she added. Alminaza said things cannot be just “businessas usual” as he called on Negrenses to be sensitive to those directly affectedby the climate change catastrophe. “This is the importance of declaring aclimate emergency, to make people aware of the emergency,” he added. Reverend Father Chris Gonzales, director ofthe Diocese of Bacolod Social Action Center, said Bishop Buzon stated thecampaign should not just end in a declaration or a statement. Meanwhile, the USLS Climate Emergency TaskForce said they joined other institutions around the world in declaring aclimate emergency as “an urgent response to the environmental disasters thatthreaten our generation and generations to come.” Dubbed the “House is on Fire: The ClimateChange Emergency Forum,” the gathering unveiled the message of the declarationmade by Bishops Patricio Buzon of the Diocese of Bacolod, Louie Galbines of theDiocese of Kabankalan and Gerardo Alminaza of the Diocese of San Carlos. “With this alarming data, we are one with PopeFrancis in declaring that our ‘deliberations must go beyond mere explorationsof what can be done, and should concentrate on what needs to be done, startingtoday,’” the declaration added. The bishops noted the “Special Report on theImpacts of Global Warming” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changecited by the pope that “we only have a decade to confine global warming, ifnot, we shall experience its catastrophic effects.” “We all need all hands on deck – young andold, rich and poor alike – because we are all in the same boat called PlanetEarth which is actually sinking,” task force head Alan Brillantes said. “We, the clergy and the faithful express oursolidarity to the June 14, 2019 call of Pope Francis for a ‘climate changeemergency,’” the declaration read. “We need to take concrete actions. This isreally a big challenge to all of us. The bishop is calling on everyone that weshould emphasize education and concrete action to mitigate the effects ofclimate crisis,” Gonzales said.    BACOLOD City – Leaders of the Catholic Churchin Negros Occidental spearheaded the declaration of climate emergency in aforum which drew around 5,000 students from various schools at the Universityof St. La Salle (USLS) Coliseum here on Tuesday. Herrera said that in this week’s UnitedNations Climate Summit in New York, world leaders are uniting and sendingmessages of resolve and address the crisis by setting concrete targets toreduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45-percent in 2030 and developing acarbon-neutral path for the world by 2050. Resource persons and participants of the “House is on Fire: The Climate Change Emergency Forum” hold placards calling for climate protection at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City on Tuesday. Climate Change Commissioner Rachel AnneHerrera, one of the resource speakers, said she considers the gathering as an“event of convergence.” Earlier, the Bacolod City Council passed aresolution declaring a climate emergency. Approved on July 17, the resolutionwas the first for a city in the Philippines.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

O’Brien is the best of the best in Jamestown IMCA Modified Dakota Classic Tour finale

first_imgJAMESTOWN, N.D. (July 11) – Two first-time feature winners took their turns in victory lane following the sixth and final night for the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour.With a track record 80 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Jamestown Speedway Friday, Justin O’Brien took the lead from Steven Pfeifer late in the 30-lapper and outran Justen Yeager for the $2,000 checkers.“This was absolutely the biggest win of my career,” said O’Brien, newly qualified for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “The best of the best in IMCA were here.”Jeff Taylor clinched the series title with his third-place finish, still in a borrowed car. Pfeifer and Ryan Ruter completed the top five. Point runner-up Jordan Grabouski started last in the field of 26 and finished 12th.Perry Misner almost didn’t capitalize on a rare start near the front of the field, falling back to ninth before rallying to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car tour feature and $800. “I had a pretty good car so once I got rolling I was able to pass a few cars,” said Misner, who got the lead with four circuits left in the 25-lapper. Nathan Burke was second and Austin Daee took third. Dalton Flory finished fourth and won the tour title as defending champion Elijah Zevenbergen saw his 12-point advantage wiped out by a 19th place finish. Greg Wichman was fifth. Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 2. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo.; 3. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 4. Steven Pfeifer, Minot; 5. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; 6. Mike Jergens, Plover, Iowa; 7. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 8. Darin Duffy, Urbana, Iowa; 9. Jason Strand, Portland; 10. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 11. Adam Larson, Ankeny, Iowa; 12. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 13. Shawn Anderson, Minot; 14. Eric Burwick, Dickinson; 15. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 16. Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 17. Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas; 18. Mark Dahl, Bismarck; 19. Drew Christianson, Minot; 20. David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; 21. Tim Perkins, Bismarck; 22. Jason Wolla, Ray; 23. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 24. Thomas Silver, Glenwood, Minn.; 25. Eric Sinness, Williston; 26. Spencer Wilson, Minot. Stock Cars – 1. Perry Misner, Garden City, Kan.; 2. Nathan Burke, Minot; 3. Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; 4. Dalton Flory, Williston; 5. Greg Wichman, Bonduel, Wis.; 6. Jake Nelson, Williston; 7. Joe Flory, Williston; 8. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; 9. Scott Yale, Minot; 10. Chris Ellis, Minot; 11. Travis Ulmer, Mandan; 12. Dustin Erickson, Jamestown; 13. Dave Swallers, Williston; 14. Shawn Volk, Bismarck; 15. Jordan Durward, Trenton; 16. Blaine Durward, Trenton; 17. Jake Lunderby, Sidney, Mont.; 18. Gary Goudy Jr., Stoughton, Sask.; 19. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 20. Aden Clark, Stanley; 21. Casey Stangeland, Kensal; 22. Justin Striefel, Minot; 23. Scott Gartner, Bismarck; 24. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 25. Beau Deschamp, Bottineau; 26. Cody Nelson, Kenmare; 27. Kyle Schlopp, Lampman, Sask.; 28. Ross Cummings, Berthold.last_img read more