Clauson takes early USAC lead
Two-time U.S. Auto Club National Drivers Champion Bryan Clauson of Noblesville has the early lead in the 2012 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series after second and fourth-place finishes in “Bubba’s Winter Dirt Games” in Ocala, Fla. Clauson finished fourth behind winner Damion Gardner on Feb. 9, then nearly beat Darren Hagen to the checkered flag in a spectacular finish to Feb. 11’s 30-lapper at the three-eighths mile dirt oval. Hagen held off Clauson on the final corner to take the victory with a .092-second winning margin in the 30-lap main event.
“We were just getting better and better. We could get some runs on him, but just couldn’t get a way by. We had a shot coming to the line, but he kinda shut the door there. It’s a great way for us to start the season, though,” Clauson said.
The 2012 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series resumes April 14 at the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
Cates to perform at local church
Tate Music Group artist Adam Cates will be performing songs from his album, “Why Me,” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fishers United Methodist Church Benefit Concert, 9691 E. 116th St., Fishers. His music invites listeners into the journey of friendship with God and love for humanity. “My goal is to fill the earth with the sound of worship that surrounds the throne of God in heaven, so when he returns to the earth, he will feel right at home,” Cates said.
Cates, a songwriting worshipper from Keokuk, Iowa, described his music as an unashamed and unrestrained outpouring of his love for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Green named NAHL Star of the Week
Noblesville native Tyler Green, goaltender for the St. Louis Bandits, was named by the North American Hockey League as one of the Three Stars of the Week, presented by Combat Hockey for the week ending Feb. 12, 2012. The Three Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2011-12 regular season that honors the top performing players each week of the regular season, as nominated by their respective teams.
Green, 20, began last weekend by posting a 19-save shutout in a hard-fought 1-0 win over the first place Janesville Jets, which included denying the Jets on four power plays. He got the start the next night and promptly responded with another great performance against the division leaders by making 16 saves in a 4-2 win. For the weekend, Green stopped 35 of 37 shots, good for a 94.6 save percentage and a goals-against average of 1 against the Midwest Division’s first place team. Since arriving in St. Louis in a trade with Wichita Falls, Green has posted a 7-2-0 record with a 1.92 goals-against average, and a 92.6 save percentage.
“I think Tyler has been a very nice addition for this team,” said Bandits head coach Jeff Brown. “He is very mentally sound and never gets too high or too low with his emotions. He adds experience to the locker room, and we feel we have a very solid goaltending combination right now.”