KIRKWOOD, N.Y. – James Cornell got the win when Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series came to Five Mile Point Speedway for opening night back on April 13. He’ll bring the point lead to Kirkwood when the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour returns to Kirkwood for a Friday, Oct. 10 show, the seventh of nine events on the 2014 series schedule. The feature pays $400 to win, plus a $100 bonus courtesy of Riding The Cushion, and lap money. Main event qualifiers earn a minimum of $100 when they take the green flag. There is no entry fee. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:45 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 65 and over, $5 for students 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. A family pack sells for $30 and gets two adults and three seniors or students through the turnstiles. Each also gets a hot dog and a soda. More information is available on Facebook or by calling 607 775-5555. Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series top 20 point standings – 1. James Cornell, Port Crane, 237; 2. Gary Roberts, Afton, 225; 3. Gary Smith, Harpursville, 224; 4. Matt Cole, Binghamton, 209; 5. Chris Fleming, Union Springs, 201; 6. Michael Stoddard, Binghamton, 189; 7. Keith Jack Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., 187; 8. Tyler Stoddard, Binghamton, 173; 9. Will Ward, Cobleskill, 170; 10. Billy Ward, Cobleskill, 167; 11. Jared Spalding, Troy, Pa., 158; 12. Bumps Scutt, Cortland, 157; 13. Craig Ward, Owego, 107; 14. Brad Smith, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., 92; 15. Michael Butler, Richmondville, 86; 16. Kenneth Buck, Canton, Pa., 82; 17. Kurt Decker, Nineveh, 81; 18. Rich Keller, Clay, 79; 19. Brian Steigerwald, Norwich, 75; 20. Jason Amidon, Monroe, 71.
Joy Sports’ Gary Al-Smith was on the Super Morning Show on Thursday morning to give the latest insight on the Justice Dzamefe Commission which was put together to investigate happenings that led to Ghana’s fiasco at the last World Cup. —-Sources at the Presidency tell Joy FM that the Commission’s report will be finally received next week, together with that of the Sole Commissioner’s report as well.This is three months after the commission finished work in December and a month after the commission last wrote to the Presidency, asking for time to get an audience with President Mahama to submit their report. Why was the Dzamefe Commission report delayed?Officially, because of the change of the Chief of Staff – that’s the official reason. However, political watchers say a more accurate response is due to a lack of political will.In my opinion, the President has not taken the commission seriously. Months after the commission started its work, I can tell you that the President had not even spoken to the lead commissioner, which is very abnormal.Also, sources say that months into commission’s work, basic things like per diems and other needs hadn’t been paid. This was really unfortunate.Why the President has not been proactive on the commission has been baffling, because it is not like anyone will be punished. Remember, the Commission of Inquiry was only an inquisitorial body, not prosecutorial or adversarial – it was not meant to punish anyone. This failure to receive the report on time has been a huge political opportunity missed, although the Presidency may not admit it. That’s because he could have taken the commission’s report at the start of the year and made a strong political statement with it. And also, why didn’t the President mention it in his State of the Nation’s address? That would have got him at least three points!But it’s clear he did not want to ruffle the Afcon 2015 campaign and after the team reached the final, it was again clear the Commission’s work was always going to be redundant, which is sad.Whoever advises the President on these sporting issues, I am strongly of the opinion that they got it wrong – again. It is true that for democracy to function properly, we need commissions to learn from our mistakes, but these are costly to the taxpayer and so if the Presidency wastes time in implementation, we have to ask questions about such waste of time. Not just time, but cost as well. A few sources at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation say about 80,000 cedis went down the drain because of loss of advertising revenue. Imagine what such an amount could have done.Bottom line is this: the President failed to milk this great opportunity to tell Ghanaians that he is a man who finishes what he starts.–Gary is with the Joy Sports team and was speaking on the Super Morning Show with Nhyira Addo.