The Balance Broadcast 10/3/2015

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The Balance Broadcast 9/5/2015

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In Case you missed it here is the The Balance Broadcast 9/5/2015

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Severance makes ‘em pay: Wins Indy on Goodyear’s D3122

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Top Alcohol Dragster -- Joey Severance, 5.314, 271.90  def. Cameron Ferre, 12.155, 87.81.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Joey Severance, 5.314, 271.90 def. Cameron Ferre, 12.155, 87.81.

CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 7, 2015) – Joey Severance has driven Cameron Ferrein NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition for more than a decade but he didn’t try to win drag racing’s crown jewel until this year.
He’ll be back.
Severance, of Woodburn, Ore., won his category at the 61st running of the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway at Indianapolis.
When he crossed the finish line and realized he’d won the final round of the biggest race of his life, Severance said he was relieved.
“All the hair stood up on my arms and I got goose bumps and all that stuff,” Severance said. “It was pretty emotional.”
Severance started eliminations with a significant advantage on his car, Goodyear’s new D3122 rear tire. All four cars in the TAD semifinals raced on Goodyears and three of the four used the D3122. Severance beat Cameron Ferre in the TAD final.
“It’s sticky,” Severance said of the D3122. “It worked pretty well this weekend.”
The D3122 measures 34.5 inches tall and 17 inches across the tread face. It mounts on a 16-inch rim.
The ambient conditions at Indy made the famed drag strip tricky for the teams in all categories, both sportsmen and professionals. Track temperatures reached 127 degrees during the event.
“The D3122 is a very effective tire,” said Goodyear’s Bryce Jones. “It worked on both types of engine applications in TAD this weekend. That’s quite unusual.”
The sportsman teams in all Lucas Oil categories have their choice of tiremakers.
Goodyear employs about 69,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 nations. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.

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“Fast Jack Beckman” wins at Indy again!

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Photo: Courtesy NHRA Media

Photo: Courtesy NHRA Media

Beckman wins twice at Indy: Sweeps Shootout and US Nationals

CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 7, 2015) – Jack Beckman checked an item off his list of goals when he won the final round of Funny Car in drag racing’s biggest race, the NHRA’s Chevrolet Performance US Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway at Indianapolis.
It was the kind of weekend most drivers dream of but few accomplish. Beckman also won the NHRA’s Traxxas Nitro Shootout, a $100,000 competition among all-stars.
The former Funny Car world champion beat another former champ, Robert Hight, in the final. Beckman’s win was his first at Indy.
Beckman was one of four drivers to race to victory on Goodyear tires. The others included Mello Yello Drag Racing Series winners Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel) and Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) in the professional categories as well as Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series sportsman driver Joey Severance (Top Alcohol Dragster).
“I am so worn out,” Beckman said. “I guess it’s about like getting to the top of Everest. You really don’t get to celebrate until you get down, get back home and into a cozy area. I don’t know when it will sink in.”
Beckman has won six times this season. He set tracks records for elapsed time (3.936 seconds) and speed (323.74) during the weekend. Beckman also beat Hight in the Shootout.
Antron Brown beat Doug Kalitta in the Top Fuel Shootout. Lucas has been a part-time campaigner in 2015. He beat Dave Connolly in the final round.
Enders-Stevens, the defending Pro Stock champion, beat Drew Skillman in the finals and collected her first Indy title.
Severance also won his first Indy victory.
The US Nationals was the last race of the regular season for the NHRA’s pro teams. They start the Countdown to the Championship, drag racing’s playoff system, in two weeks at Charlotte, N.C. Beckman. Enders-Stevens and Tony Schumacher lead the standings of their respective categories as they head into the Countdown.
Goodyear employs about 69,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 nations. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.

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H.S. game of the week /Castle vs Reitz Game Summary

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H.S. game of the week /Castle vs Reitz Game Summary
Rick Riggin

1 2 3 4 Total
Castle 7 9 0 14 30
Reitz 0 14 7 14 35

This was a battle between two SIAC heavy weights.
Castle starts things off by scoring on the opening drive, and goes up 7-0.
Reitz gets on the board in the 2nd qtr scoring 2 TD’s, and Castle makes 3
field goals, 2 from very deep. The halftime score Castle-16 Reitz-14.
Reitz overcame the 2 pt deficit by scoring a TD, and maintaining possession
most of the 3rd qtr. The score after 3 is Reitz-21, Castle-16. Reitz
scores again early in the 4th qtr, and goes up by 2 scores, and Castle is
starting to look fatigued. With just a couple minutes left in this game,
Reitz is up 35-23. Castle finds the end zone with under a minute to go,
score 35-30. Castle does an onside kick. They recover the kick, and run
it in for the TD making the score 36-35 Castle. The referees meet at
mid-field and remove the TD because you cannot advance an onside kick in
high school football.
The final ends up being Reitz-35, Castle 30.

I provided live updates of this game for The Balance Sport Talk Radio to
our fans, and our high school football followers from all across the state
of Indiana on Twitter.
I also provided live video feed from Periscope of The Pre-Game (sideline),
Halftime recap (press box, and from the crowd), and the Post-Game (visitors

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to provide statewide coverage of
this game for The Balance Radio.

Rick Riggin

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The Balance Special Broadcast “Remembering Justin Wilson” – 8/29/2015

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The Balance Special – “Remembering Justin Wilson”

The Balance Special Broadcast on Saturday August 29th, 2015 9-11 AM EST. LIVE broadcast with a special encore episode on Yahoo Sports Radio Indiana 1-3 PM EST. JustinWilson

The entire broadcast will be dedicated to the memory of Justin Wilson. The Balance Team and host Tom Marquis will be joined by a special “A” list guest line up. Our guests include:

  • 9:05-9:30 – Matt Hicks from The Jersey Johnny Show and Matt Hicks from 1070 The Fan
  • 9:30-10:00 – Steve Wilson from Speedway Digest
  • 9:30-10:00 – Matt Embury from Open Wheel & Sports Car Journalist for
  • 10:00-10:15 – Jason Hammer from 93..1 WIBC & Host of Hammer and Nigel Show
  • 10:15-10:30 – Kent Sterling, host of the Kent Sterling Show CBS Sports 1430
  • 10:45-11:00 – Rich Nye The Sports Guy from WTHR/NBC Indianapolis

Listen LIVE – If you want to call in live and speak with the host, dial 917-889-8516. You will be placed into the caller queue where you will still be able to hear the show while you are on hold.


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Justin Wilson Children’s Fund Update

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway & INDYCAR Press Release
For Immediate Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 – INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway encourage racing fans to make donations to a new fund established to support the family of Justin Wilson. Donations to the Wilson Children’s Fund can be made online at or sent to the following address:

Wilson Children’s Fund
c/o Forum Credit Union
P.O. Box 50738
Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738

“Justin Wilson gave so much to his teammates, fellow drivers and INDYCAR fans,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The best way for the racing community to show our appreciation and preserve his legacy is to express our unwavering support for his children, wife and family members during this heartbreaking time. I encourage fans across the nation to donate to the Wilson Children’s Fund.”

“Justin Wilson was a beloved and admired member of our INDYCAR family who touched the lives of countless individuals both stateside and in the United Kingdom,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “I encourage fans to make donations in his honor to the Wilson Children’s Fund. I know Hoosiers will do their part in lending a helping hand to Justin’s loved ones during this very difficult time.”

If you previously sent a donation to INDYCAR, it will be forwarded to the new address. All donations will be kept confidential.

In addition, commemorative decals and T-shirts are available at, with proceeds going directly to the Wilson Children’s Fund.

Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died Monday from a head injury suffered in the Verizon IndyCar Series race Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.


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BlueGrayOctoberSky Blog/Pick Your Candidate

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BlueGrayOctoberSky Blog/Pick Your Candidate

As the new season approaches, we always take a look at the new Heisman hopefuls that merge onto the scene in the preseason talks. This year has a different feel than recent years past as to the number of candidates in discussion, and Dark Horse contenders.
We’ll start with Ohio St because, lets face it, they possibly have 2 players in the running, and can go 1-2 in the voting at seasons end. JT Barrett, and Ezekiel Elliott both pretty well had a “Big Play” montage of highlights on every college recap show all season long. By now you’re thinking JT Barrett hasn’t been named the starter over Cardale Jones yet, but c’mon, he’s gonna start. Should we talk Braxton Miller being a dark horse candidate as a WR? Staying in the B1G, we keep an eye on Conner Cook (Mich St), and Christian Hackenberg (Penn St). Arguably the 2 most pro-ready QB’s in the conference, both look ready to have big seasons with great talent around them.
The SEC once again goes a little lite on QB’s this year, but goes RB heavy with Nick Chubb (Georgia), and Leonard Fournette (LSU). Just say Hike! hand the ball off, and watch the destruction. Both are very powerful runners with the speed to break plays wide open. I wouldn’t want to stand in front of either one of those 2.
In the BIG 12, its Trevone Boykin (TCU). He’s on most people’s radar as the favorite, and for good reason. TCU is loaded with talent, the schedule isn’t bad, and it looks as if the stars have aligned for him to put up about a million yds of offense this year.
In the ACC its Deshaun Watson (Clemson). The concern here is health. He suffered a torn ACL last season, and all indications lean toward him being stronger than ever for this season. If he has monster games against Notre Dame, and Florida St, he’ll be thrown right at the top of the discussion list.
The PAC 12 goes to QB Cody Kessler (USC), and RB Royce Freeman (Oregon). Kessler might be the most pro-ready QB in the country, and with the talent that USC has every year surrounding him, big numbers are gonna come by in scary fashion for opposing teams. If Oregon wants to hang onto the Heisman, give the ball to Royce Freeman. With Mariota gone, they don’t have proven leader under center. Look for Freeman to follow up his freshman year by shouldering the load for the Ducks this season.
I wouldn’t be able to live with myself without giving Jaylon Smith LB (Notre Dame) a mention. Manti Te’o finished runner-up to Johnny Maziel, and it’s not too far fetched that Jaylon Smith could find himself in the discussion at this seasons end.
I’d love to read your comments on other players worthy to make the list. This discussion is open…….

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IMS Statement Regarding Justin Wilson

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IMS Statement Regarding Justin Wilson
August 24, 2015 | By IMS
A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the passing of Indianapolis 500 and United States Grand Prix veteran Justin Wilson:

“We’re saddened to have lost such an exceptional driver, friend and role model to many in the INDYCAR community. Justin was one of the most versatile and talented drivers of the last 15 years, as evidenced by his wins in sports cars, Champ Car and INDYCAR. More important than his driving ability was his approachable personality, his calm spirit, and the respect he earned throughout the racing community for the tremendous person, friend, father and husband he was. Justin made innumerable friends and admirers throughout the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR communities. All of us at IMS extend our prayers and deepest sympathy to the Wilson family.”

Wilson first competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 2003 United States Grand Prix, finishing eighth and scoring his lone Formula One championship point of his career. Beginning in 2008, Wilson had competed in eight straight Indianapolis 500 races (2008 – 2015), finishing in the top 10 three times, with a best finish of fifth in 2013. Wilson also competed in the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014 and 2015. He is just one of three drivers who has competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the United States Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500, and the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

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August 25, 2015 / Comments Off on A Statement from the family of Justin Wilson

Allentown, Penn.
24 August 2015

With deep sadness, the parents of Justin Wilson, Keith and Lynne, his wife Julia, and his brother Stefan share the news that Justin passed away today after succumbing to injuries suffered during the Verizon IndyCar event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 23.

Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, Pocono Raceway, Andretti Autosport, and the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as the entire racing community for the amazing outpouring of support from fans around the world.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wilson Children’s Fund care of INDYCAR.

Wilson Children’s Fund


4551 West 16th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46222

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