What Ryan Preece accomplished last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway helped propel him to unqualified success in a limited run in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.Preece didn’t win last year’s race, but his second-place finish opened eyes throughout the sport. And on his very next run, the modified ace won from the pole at Iowa to score his first series victory in his second trip in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.The victory was the payoff from an enormous gamble. Backed by a group of investors, Preece opted for a few races in top-of-the-line JGR equipment versus a full Xfinity schedule in lesser-quality machinery. In four 2017 races with Gibbs, Preece finished second, first, fourth and fifth.Back in April, Preece scored his second victory, this time in a Dash 4 Cash race at Bristol. In eight Xfinity starts in the past two seasons, he has posted top 10s in all but one. The exception came in his last outing, in July at Daytona, where an overheating issue knocked him out of the race after 51 of 105 laps.MORE: Ryan Preece’s career statsNow Preece returns to New Hampshire for Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Originally, the race wasn’t on Preece’s schedule with JGR.“A lot of the people that supported me last year to do those two races (New Hampshire and Iowa), they wanted to get involved and do it again,” Preece said on Friday at NHMS. “And so we put it together so we can come back and race here in New Hampshire in front of all their friends and family and my friends and family.“It was a really big deal last year, so we ended up putting it together, and hopefully we can do one spot better.”Though it hasn’t happened yet, Preece hopes continued success will lead to sponsorship money and a full-time stint in NASCAR racing.“Of course I do (want a full-time ride), but I think what needs to be said is sponsors need to come to the team and say we need Ryan Preece or something like that,” Preece said. “So I’m just going to keep doing my job, and that’s trying to win races, and hopefully the sponsors will come.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA new visionary voice in the field of particle physics is only in his mid-30s, but is distinguished as one of the leading thinkers. One of his theories — that there are at least 11 dimensions — will finally be tested this summer using a new $10 billion particle accelerator in Switzerland. “We’re essentially guaranteed that there’s going to be something surprising,” said Nima Arkani-Hamed, who was lured away from his Harvard professorship to Princeton where Einstein practiced until his death. “If the results confirm any of Arkani-Hamed’s predictions, they would be the first extension of our notions of space-time since Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity,” reports CNN in their fascinating report of May 9 . AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
LONDON, CMC – Shai Hope’s back-to-back unbeaten hundreds in the recent one-day series against Bangladesh, has catapulted him into the top 10 of the ICC batting rankings. In the latest one-day rankings released on Sunday, the 25-year-old Hope jumped 17 spots and now lies at a career-best eighth place.Indian stroke-maker Virat Kohli continues in number one in an unchanged top five.Hope finished the three-match series against Bangladesh with 297 runs to be adjudged Man-of-the-Series, even though West Indies went down 2-1 in the rubber. He carved out a superb unbeaten 146 in the series-levelling four-wicket win in Dhaka before hitting 108 not out in the decisive third game which the Caribbean side lost by eight wickets in Sylhet.Hope now has four career ODI hundreds with three of them coming inside his last seven innings. He averages an outstanding 47 – one of the highest in world cricket among current players.Shimron Hetmyer is the next best-ranked West Indies player at 40th. The only other bright spots for the Windies were the fast bowling pair of Oshane Thomas and Keemo Paul. While Thomas jumped 28 places to 146th in the bowling rankings, Paul moved up 53 spots to be 179th.Both ended with four wickets in the series.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, missing the tour of Bangladesh through injury, is the highest-ranked West Indies bowler at 38th, with India fast bowling star Jasprit Bumrah top of the charts.
Andy Murray has stepped up his recovery from his hip operation by playing a round of golf.The two-time Wimbledon champion had a hip resurfacing operation in January as he attempts to overcome a troublesome problem after still being bothered following initial hip surgery in January 2018.The 31-year-old shared a clip on his Instagram Story of him playing golf accompanied by the message: “Played my first round of gold for 6 years yesterday…pain free. Hip resurfacing = (thumbs up)”His last appearance came at the Australian Open, losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in a gruelling five-set match in the first round, but has said since his surgery that he would love to be able to play at Wimbledon in July.