Peyton Taylor was understandably pumped after winning his Friday night Xtreme Motor Sports IMA Modified qualifying feature at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Duel In The Desert. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 11) – Josh Most and Peyton Taylor started third and finished first in their respective Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified qualifying features on night two of Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Duel in The Desert.Most led Jordan Grabouski, four-time Duel king Jeremy Payne and Rob Sanders across the stripe in Friday’s first 25-lapper while Taylor won ahead of Jason Noll, Tim Ward and Stormy Scott in the nightcap.Most and Taylor each earned $777; the top four from each qualifier advance to Saturday’s $7,777 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying main event.Most ran the low side off turn four to take the lead from Sanders the second time around the half-mile Dirt Track.Following a lap seven caution, Most, Sanders and Grabouski pulled away while Todd Shute had his hands full holding off Payne and Benji LaCrosse for the final transfer position.Payne took over fourth with 10 laps left. Grabouski closed on the leader as the front pair neared traffic but Most held on to win by five car lengths.Ryan McDaniel drew the pole start for the second qualifier and stayed in front before Taylor and Adam Armstrong drove by following a ninth circuit restart.Taylor put some distance between his back bumper and the rest of the field following a restart two laps later. Noll worked his way back to the second spot while the 11th starting Ward was up to third by lap 15.Scott made his way up from 18th starting to pass Armstrong for fourth the next time around. Noll maneuvered his way to within a car length of Taylor as the race wound down, but Taylor pulled away again for a half straightaway win.Curtis Van Der Wal led every lap of the $500 to win qualifier for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, pulling away from the pack after a lap three caution.Van Der Wal had a half straightaway advantage over Robert Elliott before midway in the 20-lapper and maintained that margin while running through heavy traffic.Completing the top six and transferring to Saturday’s $1,777 to win main event were 19th starting Lee Jensen, Brian Cooper, Mark Abouzeid and 14th starting Chris McKellar.Last-chance qualifying for both divisions, plus Young Guns and Legends features for Modifieds precede main events on Saturday. Racing starts at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.The Duel In The Desert is broadcast by IMCA.TV. Entries for the 19th annual event topped 250 with drivers representing 22 states and three Canadian provinces.Feature Results 1st Modified qualifier – 1. Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa; 2. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 3. Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo.; 4. Rob Sanders, Bakersfield, Calif.; 5. Todd Shute, Des Moines, Iowa; 6. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 7. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; 8. Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 9. Mark Elliott, Webster City, Iowa; 10. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 11. Ricky Alvarado, Grand Junction, Colo.; 12. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 13. Bill Brack, Mead, Colo.; 14. Clay Daly, Salinas, Calif.; 15. Bruce Nelson, Turlock, Calif.; 16. Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas; 17. Bricen James, Albany, Ore.; 18. Doug Davenport, Veronia, Ore.; 19. Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask.; 20. Darrell Hughes II, Manteca, Calif.; 21. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 22. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa; 23. Bobby Horton, Yuma, Ariz.; 24. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa; 25. Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; 26. Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif.; 27. Duane Cleveland, Plumas Lake, Calif.; 28. Nick DeCarlo, Martinez, Calif.; 29. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 30. Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas.2nd Modified qualifier – 1. Peyton Taylor, Batesville, Ark.; 2. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; 3. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 4. Stormy Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 5. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 6. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 7. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 8. Adam Armstrong, Carlisle, Iowa; 9. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 10. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; 11. Eddie Belec, Arvada, Colo.; 12. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 13. Joshua Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif.; 14. Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; 15. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 16. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; 17. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 18. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wy.; 19. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa; 20. Logan Drake, San Obispo, Calif.; 21. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 22. Rex Merritt, Billings, Mo.; 23. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 24. Jeff Stafford Sr., New River, Ariz.; 25. Lawrence O’Connor, Port Hardy, B.C.; 26. Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas; 27. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz.; 28. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 29. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 30. Steven McCollough, Imperial, Calif.Northern SportMod qualifier – 1. Curtis Van Der Wal, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 2. Robert Elliott, Clinton, Okla.; 3. Lee Jensen, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Brian Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; 5. Mark Abouzeid, Durham, Calif.; 6. Chris McKellar, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Ron Tex Jr., Papillion, Neb.; 8. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.; 9. Levi Kiefer, Pahrump; 10. Jessie Hoskins, Longdale, Okla.; 11. J.R. Herrera, Price, Utah; 12. Brian Pearce, Oakley, Calif.; 13. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 14. Matt Lewis, Bakersfield, Calif.; 15. Shawn Pudwill, Piedmont, S.D.; 16. Anthony Giuliani, Morgan Hill, Calif.; 17. Jordan Hagar, Bakersfield, Calif.; 18. Matthew Hagio, Prunedale, Calif.; 19. Chase Rudolf, Norwalk, Iowa; 20. James Cecil, Bakersfield, Calif.; 21. Clint Reichenbach, Santa Maria, Calif.; 22. Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb.; 23. Jorddon Braaten, Medford, Ore.; 24. Jared Schweitzer, Bakersfield, Calif.
Has the United States found the antidote to shake off the ghost of a perennial enemy?The Americans shocking victory over their two-time nemesis, Ghana may have answered the question as substitute John Brooks made that certain with a late goal in their World Cup match last Monday.Brooks, making his first appearance in an official FIFA tournament, grabbed a late winner to make sure that Ghana’s stubbornness was put to rest, gave the Americans a chance for the knockout stage.Monday’s clash at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, was the first match in the zone, described as the Group of Death.With the victory, the Americans got their revenge for double losses that Ghana caused in their two previous World Cup engagements.The American’s announced they were a breed with a different option in 29 seconds when skipper Clint Dempsey scored one of the fastest goals in World Cup history, in fact the sixth but Ghana’s Andre Ayew snatched the equalizer in the 82nd minute.Ghana’s equalizer came in style. Asamoah Gyan sent a pass to Ayew, who received the pass before hitting the ball home with his left foot.Ghana thereafter went full blast and exerted enormous pressure on the Americans as they desperately searched for the second goal till Brooks’ header changed the direction of the game to give the Americans a deserving victory.Though the Americans came out winners, it was clear that the hostility between the two nations would not end in this competition.The Americans cannot easily forget so soon how much they have come, this time to be one of the contenders in a highly touted group.In the World Cup of 2006 and 2010, the Black Stars eliminated the United States in the group of 16, which was during the knockout stage.The Black Stars, now finding themselves in a difficult position will take on Germany on Saturday and Ghana cannot afford to lose, especially so when the Americans will be playing crest fallen Portugal, where a win or a draw is all that they would need.But with Germany in a devastating form, crushing Portugal 5-1 in their opening match, Ghanaian jujuman, Kwaku Bonsam who claimed he was responsible for Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo’s recent injury might be find his career in danger if the Black Stars’ fortunes collapse against Germany.American Coach Jurgen Klinsmann told journalists after the match that he knew the U.S. would have chances to win the match, even after giving up the tying goal.He said: “I said to the bench a few minutes before our winner ‘We are going to get some chances—we need to push and grind it out.’ We trained over and over on set pieces and it was well deserved.“We have a great spirit and fight until the last minute. It was a grind but it was a wonderful one at the end of the day. There is stuff we need to improve. We had problems with keeping the ball.”Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah lamented his team’s missed chances, telling FIFA.com: “All I can say is that it was a very tough game and when you play at this high level any little mistake can cost you dearly. We had a lot of the ball and created a lot of chances, but we didn’t make the most of our chances, but USA took theirs.“It’s not going to be easy to qualify for the group, but we’ll give everything to do just that. We’re going to have to play well against Germany and I know we’ll give them a good game.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)