By Bucky DorenINDEPENDENCE, Iowa – The 2017 racing season is set to drop the green flag this weekend at Independence Motor Speedway. The Spring Break Season Opener features a $1,000 to win payday for IMCA Modifieds.Gates will open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 with hot laps slated for 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 and pit passes are $25.On the card in addition to IMCA Modifieds are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Also racing will be Indee Cars sanctioned under XCEL 600 Micro Mods as well as INEX Dwarf cars.The IMCA Modified main will pay $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start. IMCA Stock Cars race for $500 to win. IMCA SportMods battle for a $400 winner’s check while the IMCA Hobby Stocks have a $250 check for the winner.Driver entry fees are set as follows: Modified $30; Stock Cars: 25; SportMods $20; and Hobby Stock, $20. No entry fees for Indee Cars and INEX Dwarf cars, and they will race for the normal weekly purse.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be award on April 8. All classes will a draw/redraw show. Track points will not be awarded for any class.For more information, visit the Independence Motor Speedway at www.RaceIndee.com.
CrossFit founder and CEO Greg Glassman announced Tuesday that he will resign and retire after his comments about George Floyd sparked outrage within the CrossFit community and beyond.On Saturday, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation sent out a tweet describing racism and discrimination as “critical public health issues.” Glassman replied, “It’s FLOYD-19,” then mocked the research center for its work regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). View this post on Instagram NCFIT has always been about love and acceptance. Our mission at NCFIT is to LIVE BETTER. And living better means nothing while standing by in the face of racism, injustice, and hate. This week, our team will be releasing our full efforts on how we plan to both immediately support the Black community and all people of color as well as take steps to evolve our company’s policies to ensure that our core values are never compromised. • In light of recent events and on-going concerns about the direction of CrossFit, NCFIT will no longer maintain our affiliation with the brand. We have been an affiliate for more than 10-years, but we can no longer continue along this path. We owe it to our team, members, and the greater community to stand for something better than what we are witnessing. • NCFIT is here to stay. We will continue to promote our core values while still delivering amazing workouts every single day. We will continue to explore new ways to improve the lives of our members and team members while taking action to ensure that we are always standing up for what we believe is right. We will continue to grow and foster an amazing community inclusive of people from all walks of life, and we will do so as NCFIT. • WE ARE NCFIT. AND WE ARE HERE TO LIVE BETTER. • @__ncfit__ @ncfit_plus @ncfit_collectiveA post shared by Jason Khalipa (@jasonkhalipa) on Jun 7, 2020 at 12:49pm PDT It’s FLOYD-19.— Greg Glassman (@CrossFitCEO) June 6, 2020Your failed model quarantined us and now you’re going to model a solution to racism? George Floyd’s brutal murder sparked riots nationally. Quarantine alone is “accompanied in every age and under all political regimes by an undercurrent of suspicion, distrust, and riots.” Thanks!— Greg Glassman (@CrossFitCEO) June 7, 2020″I created a rift in the CrossFit community and unintentionally hurt many of its members,” Glassman said in a statement shared on the company’s website. “Since I founded CrossFit 20 years ago, it has become the world’s largest network of gyms. All are aligned in offering an elegant solution to the vexing problem of chronic disease. Creating CrossFit and supporting its affiliates and legions of professional trainers has been a labor of love.”Those who know me know that my sole issue is the chronic disease epidemic. I know that CrossFit is the solution to this epidemic and that CrossFit HQ and its staff serve as the stewards of CrossFit affiliates worldwide. I cannot let my behavior stand in the way of HQ’s or affiliates’ missions. They are too important to jeopardize.”BERNSTEIN: How “Cops” made policing into a sport at the expense of black livesBefore his social media posts, Glassman caused a stir while on a private Zoom call with gym owners, according to Ryan Brooks and David Mack of Buzzfeed News. Glassman reportedly said he and his staff wouldn’t be “mourning for George Floyd,” whose death while in police custody re-ignited the national conversation about racial injustice and police brutality.When asked by one gym owner about the company’s silence amid protests across the United States, Glassman responded, “Can you tell me why I should mourn for [Floyd]? Other than that it’s the white thing to do — other than that, give me another reason.”Glassman released a statement Sunday saying his words were “a mistake, not racist but a mistake.” The apology wasn’t enough for Reebok, which announced Monday it would be ending its relationship with CrossFit after fulfilling contractual obligations through the end of the year. Additionally, some gyms and athletes declared they will no longer be affiliated with CrossFit or the CrossFit Games. View this post on Instagram Until changes to @CrossFit are made, I will not be participating in the 2020 Games. I have yet to speak on anything going on for fear of retribution and must remain apolitical due to the nature of my job. This decision puts me in a very vulnerable position with both work and my desired future career as a @CrossFitGames athlete. However, I do not believe choosing to avoid participation in this years event is a violation of duties: to my job, to the sport, or to my ethics. It is my hope that others join me in applying pressure to HQ in order to improve the organization we love and make it better going forward. “I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards—and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one.”A post shared by Chandler Smith (@blacksmifff) on Jun 7, 2020 at 4:55pm PDTDave Castro, who currently serves as the director of the CrossFit Games, will replace Glassman as CrossFit CEO.”CrossFit is a community — one that is global, diverse, and tough,” Castro said in a statement. “Every person in our community shares a common bond. We are all dedicated to a visionary, transformative approach to health and fitness. Our individual passions for that approach have forged an enduring community.”Our community is hurt, though. Our shared bond brings together millions of people with differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences. Friction is inevitable. Common ground, mutual respect, and fellowship must also be inevitable. I’m honored to take on the role of CEO of CrossFit, Inc. I hope to do right by affiliates, trainers, athletes, and other members of the CrossFit community around the world and never lose sight of the mission Greg established for us all.”