By J.M. HallasPAIGE, Texas (May 17) – Greg Dinsmore got back in the winner’s circle Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway, the 3/8 mile, semi-banked, clay oval, just east of Austin. After recording a victory in his heat race, Dinsmore started outside the front row in the 20-lap IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature and led all 20 laps on his way to the checkered flag. The former Mountain Home and Pleasanton track champion took some time off to enjoy time with his family and focus on his business, Sundowner RV & Truck Repair. Dinsmore ran a very limited number of races, most of which were out-of-state, over the past two years and just recently began running the new Paig track. During his time off, Dinsmore picked up a new BMS Chassis that he has been learning while working out the new car blues. Saturday night he had everything go his way holding off the rest of the 19-car field, including former IMCA national champion and current track point leader Keith White. In a race slowed by three cautions, White caught Dinsmore briefly on the final yellow. The duo battled hard with Dinsmore keeping the top spot and he was able to keep White in his wake as he motored on to the win, in only his second race at the track. Saturday’s win followed up a strong run last weekend that was foiled by a flat tire while running second. “This is really an awesome facility,” said Dinsmore. “They’ve made some great strides since I ran a Late Model here before. The people and the quality of racers here are some of the best I’ve seen.”“I had a good lead until that final caution. Keith got around me on the restart after I hit a rut and pushed a bit,” he added. “I was able to outrun him on the back stretch to get the lead back. This car has a crazy amount of forward bite and made a lot of difference in getting the win.”
The Rangers and White Sox pulled off a late-night trade at the 2019 Winter Meetings in San Diego on Tuesday night, with Texas sending outfielder Nomar Mazara to Chicago in exchange for minor league outfielder Steele Walker.Both teams announced the trade shortly after 1 a.m. ET Wednesday (10 p.m. PT Tuesday). Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com were first to report the trade had been agreed upon. He will join a Chicago team that’s looking to make a big leap in 2020. The White Sox’s starting outfield at the moment is young foundation piece Eloy Jimenez in left field, defensive whiz Adam Engel in center and Mazara in right. The Sox earlier this offseason signed catcher Yasmani Grandal as a free agent and re-signed first baseman Jose Abreu.Walker, 23, played at Single-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem last season, putting together an .811 OPS in 528 plate appearances. Chicago drafted him in the second round out of the University of Oklahoma in 2018.Texas’ main right field options right now appear to be Joey Gallo and Shin-Soo Choo, although Gallo has just 16 career games of experience at the position, all in 2018, and Choo, 37, is primarily a designated hitter at this stage of his career. WINTER MEETINGS TRACKER: Signings, trades, rumorsMazara, 24, gives the White Sox an everyday option in right field, although he has been below-average as a hitter in his four major league seasons (career 93 OPS+). He was limited to 116 games in 2019 because of injury and poor play. Still, he possesses power (20 home runs in each of his first three seasons and 19 last season) and rare MLB experience for his age.