AVONDALE, Ariz. – Charging from third to first with a strong inside move after a restart with three laps left, Brett Moffitt clinched his spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 with a dramatic victory in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway.While Noah Gragson and Grant Enfinger battled for the lead and swapped side-to-side shots on Lap 148 of 150, Moffitt powered his No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota down to the frontstretch apron and cleared Gragson and Enfinger off the second corner.Moffitt pulled away to win his fifth race of the season by .456 seconds over Gragson, who qualified for the Championship 4 on points, as Enfinger faded to fourth and out of the playoff picture. Moffitt took the checkered flag in his first start at ISM Raceway and claimed the sixth victory of his career.RELATED: Who’s in the Championship 4? | Race resultsGragson was leading with seven laps left when Riley Herbst’s spin brought out the fourth and final caution of the evening. The subsequent restart gave Moffitt the opportunity he needed to win the race. Adding to the urgency, Enfinger could have qualified for the Championship by winning, leaving Moffitt and Gragson to fight a close battle for the final spot on points.“I wasn’t sure if I wanted a caution to come out or not, but in hindsight I did,” Moffitt said. “Where we were sitting we were locked into Homestead mathematically. When that caution came out, I was kind of nervous. I didn’t know what was going to happen. Then when the 18 (Gragson) took the top (lane for the restart), I really didn’t know what the hell was going to happen.“I was just hoping the 98 (Enfinger) got rolling to where he didn’t stack up the inside, and fortunately he got a good restart, and I dove down to the apron. Our truck was really good running the actual apron through (Turns) 1 and 2 all night long. I made a lot of passes there. I stuck it down there and went for it and was able to clear off (Turn) 2 and drive away.”After running the spec Ilmor NT-1 engine at Texas last Friday, Moffitt returned to the Mark Cronquist-built Toyota engine at Phoenix, despite a NASCAR gear rule change designed to even out the performance of the two types of power plants.“It’s Joe Gibbs 299th engine win with Mark Cronquist,” Moffitt said. “They put our backs against the wall (with the rule change), but the s.o.b. won again.”Toyota drivers Moffitt and Gragson joined GMS Racing teammates Johnny Sauter and Justin Haley in the Championship 4. Sauter had qualified with a win at Martinsville, and Haley earned his spot with a victory at Texas.Two-time series champion Matt Crafton was eliminated from the playoffs after an 11th-place finish. Crafton lost his chance for victory when his crew had trouble with the right front tire on the No. 88 Ford’s final pit stop.RELATED: Crafton on one of his worst seasonsHarrison Burton matched his career-best finish with a third-place run.
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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has released the entry and withdrawal deadlines for players interested in participating in the ITF World Tennis Tour which makes its annual 3-week berth at the National Tennis Centre in Abuja in April.The ITF World Tennis Tour comprises three events – the Tombim Abuja Open, the Dayak Tennis Championships and the GSL Open and would run from 8 to 28 April, 2019 with players from all over the world competing for a total of $75,000 in prize money in addition to vital ATP and ITF ranking points.According to guidelines released by the ITF, players will have until 14:00 GMT on Thursday, 21 March to enter for the Tombin Abuja Open with the withdrawal deadline set for Tuesday, 26 March for the first of the events. For the second event in the series, the entry deadline has been set for 14:00 GMT on Thursday, 28 March for players looking to participate at the Dayak Tennis Championships. Players will have until Tuesday, 2 April to withdraw from the event.For the GSL Open, which is the third and final event in the series, the ITF has set 14:00GMT Thursday, 4 July as the entry deadline for players while Tuesday, 9 April is the withdrawal deadline.The ITF World Tennis Tour will serve off with the Tombim Abuja Open from 8-14 April, followed by the Dayak Tennis Championships from 15-21 with the GSL Open bringing the series to a close from 21 to the 28 April.Each tournament offers a total prize-money of $25,000 with 32 players competing in the singles while the doubles have a main draw size of 16.Related
It is the first time since the 2013/14 season, when the Reds so nearly won the league, before finishing second, that they have been fighting for a place in the elite European competition.And speaking ahead of his side’s match with West Ham United on Sunday, Klopp said of the player that signed a new five-year contract in January.“When did he sign his new contract? With a £400m clause!“There are absolutely no plans [to sell]. What our owners say is there is the absolute opportunity not to sell anybody if we do not want to. That means we can bring in other players and it is a good situation. We have a stable squad with a good basis.”He added: “We want to bring a few in with fresh blood, but nobody will leave us without our say so I am completely relaxed about this.”The addition of a fit-again Sadio Mane next season will have the same effect as signing a new player – after the club’s players’ player and supporters’ player of the year saw his season prematurely ended in April with knee surgery.He is banking on his teammates to consolidate their current league position. He said: “It’s frustrating being out and having to watch, but my team-mates are still doing a great job on the pitch. I am very confident that they will get the points we need from the final two matches to get us in the top four.“We have a great manager and he knows what is required. We all want to get this club into the Champions League.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazilian legend Rivaldo believes it is likely the long-rumoured transfer of Liverpool playmaker Coutinho to Barcelona will go ahead at some point in the future. PHOTO/GOAL.LONDON, United Kingdom, May 11 – Jurgen Klopp has categorically ruled out the sale of midfield maestro Philippe Coutinho as he plans to improve on his squad for next season.Liverpool are on course for a top four Premier League finish this season, making them an attractive option for players seeking Champions League football.