The upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will be the second racing vacation this season for Wade and Lisa Taylor and their children Easton and Blakely. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)SPRING CREEK, Nev. – Their second racing vacation of the season will take the Taylor family of Spring Creek, Nev., to the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.IMCA Modified driver Wade Taylor will race at Boone Speedway for the first time. His wife Lisa is a licensed competitor in the same division but makes the upcoming trip in the dual role of crew member and mom to son Easton, not quite three, and daughter Blakely, eight months old.“We went to Oregon for the Wild West Shootout and the first couple nights it seemed like it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time but we finally got the win at Willamette,” said Taylor, a chiropractor by profession. “We had hired a new associate so it was the first time in 14 years that my office stayed open while I was racing.”“We like the idea of a racing vacation and Lisa brought up the idea of going to Super Nationals,” he continued. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”Taylor enjoyed some success on a racing vacation last year, winning two of his eight Ironman Challenge Series starts before getting caught up in a multi-car accident and breaking his foot.“That was actually a blessing in disguise because it got me into a Harris,” he explained. “My dad, who lives in Raleigh, N.C., visited over the holidays and encouraged me to think bigger. I contacted 18 builders and liked what I heard from Kyle Brown of Harris Auto Racing when I heard back from him.”The first Nevada driver to win a Wild West Shootout feature, Taylor has 20-plus starts so far this season, most of them at special or special series events.“This car drives 100 percent differently than my old one. It took me half a season to get my muscle memory changed. My reflexes were telling me to hit the gas when the car really didn’t want it,” he said. “I have such a new respect for any driver who can get in a different chassis and win because there is such a difference in handling. I did not appreciate that until I got a new car. My lap times are faster at every track I’ve been to and it showed me there is more than one way to go fast.”After a single outing and win in an asphalt sprint car, Taylor has spent his entire career in an IMCA Modified.His dad Terry ‘The Wild Man’ Taylor also raced Modifieds, while grandfather Joe Taylor and great uncle L.B. Taylor, raced in the 1950s in the IMCA Sprint Car class.“I won my first Modified start at Elko and was hooked,” Taylor said. “And now 12 years later we are really looking forward to being part of Super Nationals.”Along with his wife, Taylor gets crew help from father-in-law Mark Coker and Dylan Newman.His sponsors are Taylor Chiropractic, AP Crane, Elko Tool & Fastener, NAPA Auto Parts, Nevada I.T. and Jody Hensley, Coldwell Banker Realty, all of Elko; Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography of Spring Creek; Condon Motorsports and AC Designs, both of Santa Maria, Calif.; and Harris Auto Racing of Boone, Iowa.
BILL NEAL:10—I am kicking this one off with the ongoing Legends Series…I am just telling you what Kenny Durrett told me, and when Kenny Durrett talked basketball, people listened. And I quote, “Look, when it came to that team, Petey…aka Petey Gibson…handled the ball and there was none better. And I was a big man that could do small man stuff. But Marv Snowden could do it all . . . Marv could just play. He did it all and well and he would “D” you up the moment he got off the bus!” So if K.D. said it…well, you know. (And please you so called basketball historians, try to remember the night Marv Snowden came home with the West Virginia team he played for and came off the bench to drop 24 on the Panthers. Yep, the stuff legends are made of!!!:09—Needless to say, I could go on until Christmas about the owner of the L.A. Clippers and his super stupid, but real racist comments that by now you’ve heard about. But I won’t. I will tell you this, anytime a man pimps his so-called girlfriend out by telling her she can sleep with Blacks, but don’t hang around them at the games tells you this…IF – IT – LOOKS – LIKE – A – DUCK – AND – WALKS – LIKE – A – DUCK – AND QUACKS – LIKE – A DUCK – MMMAAANNN – IT’S – A – DAMN – DUCK! Yes, boys and girls, you can change behavior, but you can’t change attitudes!
Facebook18Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Moms Demand ActionOn Saturday, April 20, the Olympia faith community will join with Moms Demand Action to remember those we have lost to gun violence. April 20 marks the 14th anniversary of the tragic shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO.Leaders from the faith community including Rev. George Ann Boyle (Saint Benedict Episcopal Church, Lacey), Rev. Sandy Brown (First Methodist Church, Seattle), along with Olympia-based Interfaith Works and Seattle-based Faith Action Network, will help ground us in our shared faiths.Rev. Boyle says, “During the vigil, we will remember all victims of gun violence, and we will pray for ways to disarm our suspicion and move forward from anxiety and fear to fearless action together.”The vigil will start at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave SE, Olympia and will proceed to the Washington State Capitol, Tivoli Fountain.Following the vigil, the group will march to the Washington State Capitol and hear from speakers in support of stronger gun laws such as background checks, high-capacity ammunition magazine limits, and other sensible and responsible federal and state proposals. Current speakers include Rep. Jaime Pedersen (WA 43rd Legislative District), Rep Mike Hope (WA 44th Legislative District), and Senator Karen Fraser (WA 22nd Legislative District).Moms Demand Action WA\Olympia Volunteer, Jocelyn Wood, says, “As a nation, our response to gun violence has been to silence research, create loopholes, and turn a blind eye. That is no longer an option. We owe it to ourselves, and our children, to support gun violence measures and demand action.”When: Saturday, April 20, 2013,2:00 pm Interfaith Vigil2:45 pm March to State Capitol3:00 pm Rally for Gun SenseAbout Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in AmericaMuch like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (www.momsdemandaction.org) was created to build support for common-sense gun legislation. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just a few months, the organization has tens of thousands of members with more than 85 chapters across the United States.