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US Senate passes historic patent legislation

first_imgThe Senate Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation to make the first reforms to the nation’s patent system in nearly six decades.  The America Invents Act is the product of nearly six years of debate in Congress.  The bill is sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and is cosponsored by a dozen other Senators.‘The America Invents Act will promote American innovation, create American jobs and grow America’s economy, all without adding to the deficit,’ said Leahy.  ‘It is a jobs bill that won’t spend a penny of taxpayer dollars.  It is commonsense legislation that will help preserve America’s position as the global leader in invention and innovation.  I hope that the House will look favorably on our work and adopt this measure so that it can be sent it to the President without delay and its improvements can take effect in order to encourage American innovation and promote American invention.’‘To maintain our nation’s technological and entrepreneurial edge in the increasingly competitive global marketplace, it is vitally important that we have an efficient and streamlined patent system,’ Hatch said. ‘This bill, which enjoys widespread support from lawmakers and the business community, will help expedite the patent process and further unleash the innovation and ingenuity that have kept America at the forefront of the world economy.’‘An effective, efficient patent system can help create jobs and prosperity for starts-ups on Main Street and businesses across the country,’ Grassley said.  ‘The bipartisan legislation that the Senate just passed to bring the U.S. patent system into the 21st Century helps keep America’s researchers, entrepreneurs, engineers and inventors in the driver’s seat in our global economy.’   ‘Innovation has always been a catalyzing force in Minnesota and across the country,’ Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said. ‘But our outdated patent system is stifling innovation. This legislation will provide entrepreneurs and businesses the tools they need to continue to focus on innovation.  It’s time to modernize our patent system, cut red tape, and make it easier for our businesses to compete in the global economy.’ The America Invents Act will improve patent quality and help to reduce patent application backlogs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  It will transition the U.S. patent system to a first-inventor-to-file system, and ensure that the USPTO has the funds necessary to process the backlog of more than 700,000 pending patent applications.  Importantly, the reforms included in the legislation will not cost any taxpayer dollars.  The legislation incorporates the core provisions included in the original Patent Reform Act, first introduced in the House of Representatives in 2005 by Congressmen Lamar Smith of Texas and Howard Berman of California.  The America Invents Act of 2011 is supported by the Obama administration, and a cross-section of industries and stakeholders.WASHINGTON (Tuesday, March 8, 2011)last_img read more

Bolivia Joins U.S., Brazil in Satellite Monitoring of Coca Crop

first_img Bolivia, Brazil and the United States are on the verge of signing a trilateral agreement to monitor coca cultivation in Bolivia through the use of modern satellite and GPS technologies. With Bolivia as the recipient, the United States is expected to contribute $100,000 to the one-year pilot project to assist with GPS systems. Brazil will add another $200,000 and provide satellite images and training for Bolivian technicians. The project costs are relatively low since most images will be obtained from existing Brazilian satellites. “The United States is an important actor in this fight against drug trafficking. It’s important to learn from the U.S. experience, and this is a positive sign that Bolivia is able to work hand in hand with interested parties in the international community,” said Murilo Komniski, an official of the Brazilian Embassy in La Paz. Brazil has been pushing for this type of arrangement for years in order to stop the influx of drugs into its territory from neighbouring Bolivia, which has long been a source of drugs but is increasingly a transit country as well. Bolivia’s Vice Ministry of Social Defense says that 56 percent of the cocaine seized in Bolivia is of Peruvian origin. Ministry figures show that between January and April 2010, Bolivian authorities confiscated 6.3 tons of cocaine — 3.5 tons of which came from neighboring Peru en route to Brazil. Komniski, head of the Brazilian Embassy’s Human Rights, Illicit Transnational and Social Issues sector, said that over the last 10 years, there’s been an increase in the drug flow from Bolivia to Brazil — “not just related to increased production in the Andean region but also due to increased consumption in Brazil and Western Europe.” He added: “The trilateral agreement has two positive aspects for Bolivia. It creates the practical opportunity to learn from technical cooperation with the United States, and it sends a symbolic message that Bolivia is able to guarantee open dialogue with Brazil, the U.S. and the international community.” The trilateral plan dovetails with the existing bilateral Bolivia-Brazil Action Plan aimed at combating narcotrafficking, and which was signed Dec. 16, 2010, in Foz de Iguaçu. At a press conference following that signing, Bolivian Interior Minister Sacha Llorenti and Brazilian Justice Minister Paulo Barreto agreed that the “major breakthrough” in the action plan is joint police and intelligence operations at border regions. In accordance with the agreement, police from both countries will exchange information to identify drug trafficking routes and conduct investigations on both sides of the border. The Bolivia-Brazil Action Plan lays out five priority areas: joint police and intelligence activities; capacity building for police forces; cooperation to combat money laundering; control of border areas, and worker migration. Komniski explained that the trilateral pilot project falls under the rubric of the first two priorities: police intelligence and training. “With these issues in mind, we began talking to our Bolivian and American counterparts toward the latter part of last year, paying special attention to the issue of the eradication of coca leaf,” said Komniski. He emphasized that the joint monitoring would respect Bolivia’s policy of negotiating with farmers before eradicating any plants. He added that human rights will remain a key principle throughout the entire bilateral — and, by extension, trilateral — program. The two South American countries have already implemented one of those action-plan items this year. Currently, 110 Bolivian police officers are receiving training in Brazil to improve their skills in protecting border areas, sharing intelligence and controlling transit routes. Even before the Action Plan, Brazil’s cooperation with Bolivia had been increasing in recent years. In November 2010, for example, the two countries conducted a joint police operation where 1.5 tons of cocaine originating from Bolivia was seized in Brazil thanks to Bolivian police cooperation. One Bolivian, two Brazilians, one Croatian and some Western Europeans were arrested in connection with the drug bust, which reveals the transnational nature of the threat they face. Meanwhile, Bolivia has been strengthening its own efforts to eradicate the coca crop in its territory. According to official Bolivian figures, in 2010 the government eradicated 8,200 hectares of coca — a progressive increase over the years from the 5,070 hectares eradicated in 2006. Earlier this year, Llorenti, speaking to a group of experts in Cochabamba, boasted that Bolivia had eradicated more than 4,000 hectares of coca in the first five months of 2011. “This is a record in our efforts to reduce the cultivation of coca leaf, not only by quantity, but also within a framework of full respect for human rights,” he said. The proposed trilateral program has received some negative press for duplicating the efforts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in La Paz. Indeed, the UNODC currently uses satellite images, purchased in the international marketplace, to conduct annual surveys of coca cultivation in Bolivia. Komniski insists, however, that the program will complement and not compete with the UNODC initiative. He explained that UNODC will be the fourth partner in the pilot project, with full collaboration between their respective initiatives. At present, UNODC relies on annual surveys. The trilateral project will add value to existing monitoring by providing more regular, up-to-date imagery from Brazilian satellites to view existing coca growing areas, monitor new planting areas and analyze potential replanting zones. The pilot program will be evaluated at the end of its first year to decide how to improve upon it, and potentially expand it to include other partner countries. One possibility is that it could be folded into UNODC’s activities, which would allow for full multilateral participation in the future. By Dialogo August 19, 2011last_img read more

Regulatory systems by the numbers

first_img 224,421 Doctors Regulatory systems by the numbers Associate EditorRegulating lawyers “is one of the regrettable functions the Bar performs well,” said Florida Bar President Terry Russell.“I think we do a marvelous job, but it makes me sad every time I have to look at the statistics. I like to think, in an ideal world, we don’t need regulation, but I know we do. I’m not particularly proud of bragging about how well we do.”Statistics for fiscal year 2000-01 show that the Bar was much tougher than most professions regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation when it comes to handling grievances and doling out sanctions.The disciplinary rate for lawyers is 0.75 percent, compared to 0.13 for accountants, 0.17 for commissioned real estate employees, 0.57 for veterinarians, 0.21 for architects/interior design, 0.32 for engineers. Disciplinary rates are arrived at by computing total actions taken — ranging from probation to revocation of licenses — against the number of licensees.In 2000-01, of 62,722 members, the Bar disbarred 38 lawyers, suspended 155, gave public reprimands to 57, 38 resigned in lieu of discipline, 70 were admonished, and 114 lawyers were placed on probation — for a total of 472 final orders.“Regulation by peers and peer pressure is by far the most effective way to regulate,” Russell said, “rather than state bureaucrats who do a job 8 to 5, five days a week, and then go home.”Though a bill has once again been filed to move the regulation of lawyers from the Bar to DBPR, Russell said, “I don’t expect it to go that far this year.“There is no empirical support for it. There’s no way the state could do a better job. The bottom line has to be: How well do we do? When I go around and meet the public, the first thing on their minds is not how lawyers are regulated. It’s access to the system and how to get their problems solved. The public doesn’t have a problem with it, because we’re doing it very well in Florida. I do not think it’s a public concern. It has a political zing to it. But not this year.”Figures supplied by the Department of Health showed disciplinary rates of 0.71 for doctors, 0.30 for nurses, and 1.51 for dentists. 2000-2001 Disciplinary Comparison Professions 29,675 * 10 Number of Actions 62,722 Disbarred/License Revoked/ Resigned 108 .75 .17 * 43,323 All DBPR Professions Dentists 669 * 65,873 .30 2,176 Contractors Engineers .42 * 88 1.51 center_img 10,392 472 517,261 .71 Regulatory systems by the numbers .32 .75 Nurses Licensees Accountants Disciplinary Rate .13 Real Estate Lawyers 174,123 40 157 309 27,567 76 494 March 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News 297 61 * * Statutes do not require DBPR to collect these statistics and the agency was unable to provide them as this News went to press.Doctors saw a big jump in their disciplinary rate — from 0.32 a year ago to 0.71 this year — because of concerted efforts to address a backlog of cases.“Last fiscal year, we saw a record number of disciplinary actions. This is not a reflection on the quality of health care in Florida, but rather a reflection of the increased efforts of the administration to address the disciplinary process and the timeliness of the process,” said Bill Parizek, spokesman for the Department of Health.“There had been a backlog of cases built up at the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Health, and under Gov. Bush, we have been streamlining the disciplinary process to ensure consumers in the state of Florida now have their complaints addressed.”Now, Parizek said, there is a 180-day time limit when a complaint is received from a consumer until the investigation is completed.Lawyers and construction contractors were virtually tied this year, and a spokeswoman for DBPR suggested that hike for construction/contractors from 0.56 last year to nearly 0.75 this year stemmed from moving the licensing board from Jacksonville to Tallahassee and attacking a “huge backlog.”Once again, dentists, with a rate of 1.51, was double that of lawyers.While that may look impressive, Dr. Faustino Garcia, of Coral Gables, chair of the Board of Dentistry, who also sits on the probable cause panel, says there is room for improvement. Once probable cause is found, he said, he’s been disappointed by the leniency of sanctions that follow.“The Board of Dentistry, in the past, has actually been sort of upset by the way our cases have been prosecuted from the post-probable cause to actual prosecution,” Garcia said.“We’ve had a tremendous turnover in prosecutors. The Department of Health subcontracts with the AHCA for prosecution. In the past, the cases have languished from the probable cause point. And the Catch 22 is the argument that the cases had become too old to go to the full extent of the law, so let’s stick to something lighter.”Garcia said he supports a bill that would privatize the Board of Dentistry regulation, and short of that, have prosecution fall under the Department of Health and eliminate subcontracting with AHCA.“The Board of Dentistry wants control over the hiring and firing of staff, the legal staff and investigative staff, so we could have more control over the profession we are mandated to control,” Garcia said.Ben Poitevent, a lawyer who once served as board counsel at DBPR and is now a consumer member of the Board of Dentistry, said he is “very much surprised at the very serious manner in which they approach discipline.”The Board of Dentistry, Poitevent said, “is a very conscientious group that takes violations of the law and administrative rule very seriously.. . . They look to counsel for very strict legal guidance. They have at various times expressed exasperation with the prosecutor and the defense. The best way to sum it up is it’s very demanding, very fair, and they do not proceed without, in my opinion, absolute clear understanding of the evidence and of the process.”At the Bar, the in-house regulatory function also includes many prevention programs to help keep lawyers out of trouble. The Bar’s philosophy is not only to discipline errant lawyers but to equip members to be better lawyers with diversionary programs that include grievance mediation, fee arbitration for resolving clients’ fee disputes, ethics school, and a program launched last year called the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program.ACAP features full-time lawyers and staff personnel available to speak directly to consumers about problems with their lawyers and, hopefully, resolve those problems faster and avoid going through the full-blown grievance process.Bar figures for fiscal year 2000-2001 show that the number of final orders rose to 472 from 391 the year before, but the number of files opened dropped from 9,491 to 9,280.“Although it is too early to tell for sure, it appears that the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program is doing exactly what we hoped it would — weed out those complaints from the system that are very real concerns for the complainants but not necessarily ethics violations under the rules,” said Mary Ellen Bateman, deputy director of the Bar’s Legal Division.“The resolution of disputes by the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program, as well as our diversion programs, allows the disciplinary system to concentrate on the more egregious complaints and conduct. This is a plus for our members, as well as consumers of legal services.”The cost per sanction dropped from $19,323 last year to $16,770 this year, a savings per member of $47.07.“The drop in cost per sanction in the last few years should not be viewed as a drop in the Bar’s commitment of resources or energy to lawyer regulation,” Bateman said. “It should be viewed as an increase in the effectiveness and efficiency of our services. I attribute much of that increase in effectiveness to the hard work and dedication of our Lawyer Regulation and ACAP staff, as well as the many programs the Bar has developed to divert cases from the grievance system when appropriate.”last_img read more

Why I Will Never Watch ‘Game of Thrones’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With all the hubbub about this weekend’s Season 6 kickoff of Game of Thrones, I thought I’d squawk a lil about why I will most definitively Not be watching.Perhaps you’d think it’s because this show has almost singularly ushered in our “Spoiler Alert!”-maniacal culture. Or maybe because it’s known for graphic sex, graphic violence and graphic sexual violence. Maybe you think epic dramas with multiple storylines and a seemingly endless cast of characters just isn’t my thing. But you’d be wrong.It’s the costumes.I simply can’t get interested in a show set in a world that exists before the zipper was invented. Body armor and bustiers don’t interest me. (Not during the daytime, anyway.) The truth is that I can’t get interested in anything in fantasy period costume.I cannot relate or connect to medieval times. Not the utensil-less theme restaurant. Not the time period. And certainly not fiction set there. The same goes for fantasy worlds where people wear this kind of thing.I may be in the minority here, but I don’t really see how. Our clothes serve as the touchstones of cultural progress. I can get behind retro-wear that harkens back to the 1960s. Even the ’20s. But when we start going back hundreds of years, my eyes glaze over. I am simply unwilling to become emotionally invested in characters who live in a time period set before women wore pants.Did they have the same trials and tribulations that women have faced for millennia? Philandering husbands and unruly children? Oh hells yes. Are the men sweaty and muscular and brave and fierce? It looks like it, based on the short snippets I’ve seen before I can quickly switch channels to something I am actually interested in. Yet, because of the confines of their clothing, the silly stylings of their outfits, I am out.Anyone who knows me in real life knows that I am no slave to fashion. I clean up alright, but I am by no means a clothes-horse. So why this aversion to gilded costumes of centuries past? To intricate curls placed just so on the top of women’s heads? The hipsters have brought facial hair back to this century with a vengeance, and I am one of the few people okay with that, but the bearded faces of the warriors who populate Game of Thrones give me a wide yawn.Jousts? Boring.Swordfights? Snore.Dragons? Phooey.This prejudice extends far beyond George R. R. Martin’s fantastical epic. Case in point: I adore Gerard Butler. His face, accent, abs, et cetera. And yet, I was not one to subject myself to any of those beloved things when the film “300” came out. Not because it was touted as one of the most violent war movies since “Saving Private Ryan,” but because in the promo posters, he was wearing an old time-y period war-wear and that just turned me off. And it was great flick! Ask anybody. Anybody but me.Will Game of Thrones come back this season to acclaim and applause and watercooler-inciting debate? Absolutely.Will people be riveted by the action and some guy named Jon Snow (who apparently has amazing hair, from what I’ve heard, anyway) and whether he is dead or whatever? Yup.Will I be joining in the fray?Spoiler alert: Nope.last_img read more

Wegmans has created ‘SCAN’ app for easy shopping

first_img(WBNG) — Wegmans has released a new app to help customers shop more efficiently. In order to use this app, customers must have a shoppers club account. For checkout, all the customer needs to do scan the barcode at self checkout. All coupons and discounts will come up at checkout and paper coupons can be used.center_img The Wegmans “SCAN” app allows customers to scan items as they shop. The app keeps a running total of the items scanned.last_img

Gov. Wolf: Sec. of Health Signs Expanded Mask-Wearing Order

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Masks Are Mandatory in All Public SpacesExpanding on the business safety order signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine in April that requires the wearing of masks in businesses, Governor Tom Wolf today announced a new order signed by Dr. Levine that takes the mask-wearing directive one step further.With this order, signed under Dr. Levine’s authority under the Disease Prevention and Control Act, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. The order takes effect immediately.“This mask-wearing order is essential to stopping the recent increase in COVID-19 cases we have seen in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Those hot spots can be traced to situations where Pennsylvanians were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing – two practices that must be adhered to if we want to maintain the freedoms we have in place under our reopening.”The order outlines the situations when a mask must be worn and includes limited exceptions to the face-covering requirement.Each of the state’s mitigation efforts has helped to slow the spread of COVID-19, kept our health care systems from being overwhelmed, and allowed for Gov. Wolf’s measured, phased reopening to proceed. But, with nearly every county is the green phase of reopening, complacency cannot be the norm.“It is essential that Pennsylvanians wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “While cases increase in some areas, we cannot become complacent. My mask protects you, and your mask protects me. Wearing a mask shows that you care about others, and that you are committed to protecting the lives of those around you.”More and more health experts have called for mask wearing, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who said during a June 30 Senate hearing on COVID-19, “Americans who don’t wear masks may ‘propagate the further spread of infection.’”The mask-wearing order will be sent to state and local officials, law enforcement and others tasked with education about the order for those not in compliance.Ver esta página en español. July 01, 2020 Gov. Wolf: Sec. of Health Signs Expanded Mask-Wearing Ordercenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Varma laments European growth ‘fraught with uncertainties’ as returns slow

first_imgHe said the markets had recovered from the post-Brexit slump surprisingly quickly, and were now focused once more on central bank easing moves. Noting that equity markets were indeed helped by central banks injecting more money after every setback, Rytsölä said: “The question is, how long can Europe’s other problems be swept under the rug with the help of ultra-light monetary policies?” In absolute terms, Varma’s investment result was narrowly positive in the second quarter at €21m alone, but this did little to mitigate the €754m first quarter loss within first-half results.Unlisted equities and private equities generated the highest returns for Varma between January and June, returning at 13.5% and 4.0% respectively, with the return for unlisted equities up from 6.4% in the same period last year and the private equities return down from 6.6%.Equity investments ended the January-to-June period with a 3.1% loss, compared with an 8.3% profit in the first half of 2015, but fixed-income investments made a profit of 2.2%, up from 0.3%.Real estate, meanwhile, produced a 2.6% return, compared to 3.4% in the same period last year.Solvency levels weakened to 28.3% of technical provisions or €9.1bn, from 31.4% or €10.0bn at the end of December.Risto Murto, Varma’s president and chief executive, said the company had recovered well from the financial crisis and that its solvency was at a high level despite equity market volatility.“For pension investors, the markets have been quite sluggish for more than a year now, in a zero interest rate and zero return environment,” he said.Rytsölä said one major difference between Europe’s and the US’s ability to emerge from the financial crisis was the state of their banks.“US banks were cleaned up faster, which helped get the nation’s economy back on its feet,” he said. Finnish pensions insurer Varma reported a 0.3% loss on investments in the first half as its CIO bemoaned the lack of sustainable economic growth in Europe, saying extreme monetary easing was only masking other problems in the continent.In its interim report, Varma said the first half loss compared with the 4.3% profit generated in the same period last year.The company’s total pension assets dipped to €41.3bn from €41.6bn at the end of December.Varma’s executive vice-president and CIO Reima Rytsölä said: “Sustainable economic growth has been highly anticipated in Europe, but the path to growth always seems to be fraught with new uncertainties.”last_img read more

Indiana sends rescue workers, food to the hurricane zone

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has approved the deployment of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of natural Resources to provide Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts.“When another state is devastated by a natural disaster, Indiana is committed to providing resources to help response and recovery efforts,” Gov. Holcomb said. “We are ready when called to serve and respond. I pray for the safety of all the citizens, first responders and volunteers in the days and weeks to come.”The governor also ordered the National Guard to prepare for deployment.The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will send 28 responders that comprise two swift water rescue teams.The Indiana Department of Homeland Security will send six first responders from the District 4 Task Force. District 4 is Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White Counties. More than 205,000 Meals, Ready-to-Eat will also be sent.last_img read more

Why Real Madrid coach Zidane won’t consider PSG move

first_img Loading… “Zidane is from Marseilles,” wrote Hermel. “I don’t see him at PSG. I see him in other clubs with a history like Juventus or maybe Bayern. “But Zidane never thinks of the future.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, will never consider a move to PSG. Zidane That’s according to French LaLiga pundit Frederic Hermel, who is close to Zizou and has just launched a book about the Real coach. read also:Vinicius form forces Zidane to change Real Madrid systemAdvertisementlast_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings through June 13

first_imgKarl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 1,094; 2. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 915; 3. Guy Ahlwardt, Antioch, Calif., 855; 4. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 835; 5. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., and Cole Carver, Apache Junction, Ariz., both 813; 7. David Jones, Chandler, Ariz., 780; 8. Justin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 748; 9. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 747; 10. Mark Harrison, Coolidge, Ariz., 735; 11. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa, 686; 12. Mark Madrid, Laveen, Ariz., 677; 13. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 658; 14. Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D., 648; 15. Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 633; 16. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif., 625; 17. Jerry Miles, Bernard, Iowa, 611; 18. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb., 610; 19. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 596; 20. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 585. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Steven Bevills, Granbury, Texas, 879; 2. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 805; 3. John Gill, Marshalltown, Iowa, 773; 4. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 724; 5. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 617; 6. Kaleb Watson, Mineral Wells, Texas, 616; 7. Anthony Vandenberg, Dublin, Texas, 594; 8. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 535; 9. Derek Cates, Woodway, Texas, 532; 10. Brian Schoenbaum, Killeen, Texas, 527; 11. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 509; 12. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 506; 13. Jade Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 502; 14. Oliver Monson, Humboldt, Iowa, 495; 15. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 479; 16. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 477; 17. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 475; 18. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 461; 19. Denny Berghahn Jr., Plattsmouth, Neb., 453; 20. Kody Crofutt, Dublin, Texas, 443. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 491; 2. Mike Moore, Des Moines, Iowa, 417; 3. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 415; 4. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., 378; 5. Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa., 376; 6. Jonathon J. Jones (12J), Irvona, Pa., 372; 7. Ryan Lynn, Hollidaysburg, Pa., 371; 8. Jacob Gomola, Seneca, Pa., 363; 9. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., and Rod Craddock, Alvin, Texas, both 362; 11. Larry McVay, Bordentown, N.J., 342; 12. Mike Oliver, San Antonio, Texas, 335; 13. Douglas Dodson, Middletown, Pa., 330; 14. Kyle Ganoe, Thompsontown, Pa., 325; 15. Tyler Harris, Vidor, Texas, 322; 16. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 315; 17. Michael Pombo, Easton, Calif., and Grant Champlin, Hanford, Calif., both 313; 19. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 312; 20. Drew Ritchey, Everett, Pa., 308. IMCA Modifieds – 1. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,009; 2. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, 955; 3. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 930; 4. Zachary Madrid, Tucson, Ariz., 892; 5. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 878; 6. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 821; 7. Jeffrey Hoegh, New Caney, Texas, 806; 8. Jeff “Bubba” Stafford Jr., Wittmann, Ariz., 770; 9. Kevin Green, Waco, Texas, 758; 10. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas, 676; 11. Tyler Mecl, Queen Creek, Ariz., 672; 12. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 655; 13. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 649; 14. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 628; 15. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 622; 16. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa, and David Goode Sr., Copperas Cove, Texas, both 621; 18. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 618; 19. Beau Begnaud, Spring, Texas, 612; 20. Jeff Larson (B1), Freeport, Ill., 603. IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 458; 2. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 456; 3. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 425; 4. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 391; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 371; 6. Cory Dumpert, York, Neb., 340; 7. Todd Malmstrom, Hampton, Ill., 329; 8. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 314; 9. Lake Knutti, Chadwick, Ill., 299; 10. Les Siebert, York, Neb., 256; 11. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 245; 12. Curtis Glover, Runnells, Iowa, 244; 13. Eric Pollard, Peosta, Iowa, 242; 14. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, 214; 15. Denton Duncan, Ravenna, Neb., 211; 16. Jim Johnson, Plainview, Neb., 208; 17. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 206; 18. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, and Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa, both 205; 20. Chase Osborne, Battle Creek, Neb., 203.center_img Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,037; 2. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 1,023; 3. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 950; 4. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 748; 5. Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, 723; 6. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 572; 7. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 571; 8. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 496; 9. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 494; 10. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 480; 11. Kaden Honeycutt, Willow Park, Texas, 467; 12. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 419; 13. Austin Moore, Axtell, Texas, 415; 14. Jeff Shepperd, Waco, Texas, 406; 15. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 398; 16. Blaine Shives, Leonard, Texas, 381; 17. Garett Rawls, Elm Mott, Texas, 378; 18. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 377; 19. Brandon Geurin, Robinson, Texas, 376; 20. Jake Upchurch, Red Oak, Texas, 372. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,105; 2. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 1,056; 3. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 930; 4. A.J. Dancer, Red Rock, Texas, 916; 5. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 832; 6. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 828; 7. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 768; 8. Bryan Schutte, Wayne, Okla., 714; 9. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 708; 10. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 698; 11. Gary Williams, Bonham, Texas, 677; 12. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 671; 13. William “Joey” McCullough, Phoenix, Ariz., 660; 14. Lonnie Foss, Glendale, Ariz., 653; 15. Calvin Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 629; 16. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 576; 17. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, and Gene Henrie, Cedar City, Utah, both 570; 19. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 569; 20. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 555.  IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 805; 2. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 760; 3. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 712; 4. Dylan Nelson, Adel, Iowa, 674; 5. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 673; 6. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 634; 7. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 612; 8. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 606; 9. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 603; 10. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 595; 11. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 584; 12. Corey Madden, Avoca, Iowa, 580; 13. David Norquest, York, Neb., 563; 14. Braxton Berry, Colby, Kan., 561; 15. Shannon Anderson, New Virginia, Iowa, 554; 16. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 541; 17. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 528; 18. Chuck Madden Jr., Avoca, Iowa, 524; 19. Joe Vlasity, Glendale, Ariz., 518; 20. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 509.last_img read more