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Kyle Busch Wins Xfinity Atlanta Race

Sprint Cup Series drivers made it two-for-two in the X-FINITY Series this season when Kyle Busch rolled to victory Saturday in Hampton, Georgia. Following Chase Elliott’s win a week before in Daytona, Busch – who started from the pole – led a race-high 119 laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway including the final ninety-one trips around the mile-and-a-half oval. His margin of victory over Kyle Larson was a half-second with rookie Erik Jones, Paul Menard and Ty Dillon completing the top five … Kevin Harvick finished twelfth in his bid for a fourth straight A-M-S win. Elliott Sadler started sixteenth and finished ninth, holding onto first place in the X-FINITY Series standings. He’ll carry a three-point advantage over Daniel Suarez into the next race next weekend in Las Vegas. Suarez finished seventh on Saturday afternoon … The race included just five lead changes among four drivers: Busch, Brad Keselowski, Jeb Burton and Justin Allgaier.

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Lakeshore News

Single Vehicle Rollover Accident in Manitowoc

On 02-28-2016 at approximately 02:27am, Manitowoc City Police Officers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover accident at the intersection of N. 8th St. and Albert Dr.

It was determined a 2012 Ford Focus had been traveling northbound on N. 8th St. approaching Albert Dr. when it veered left across the oncoming lane of traffic and into the adjacent ditch on the west  side of the road. The out of control vehicle continued north, possibly rolling an unknown number of times, before coming to rest just off the roadway at the northwest corner of N. 8th St. and Albert Dr.

It is believed the driver of the vehicle was also the registered owner, a 26 year old local Manitowoc man, and his passenger was a 31 year old man, also of Manitowoc.

Both vehicle occupants were transported to local hospitals where the driver is being treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries, while the passenger is in critical condition being treated with life-threatening injuries.

It is believed speed and alcohol were factors in the accident.

Anyone with information relevant to the accident investigation is encouraged to contact the Manitowoc Police Department at 920-686-6500.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins at Atlanta

Jimmie Johnson pulled away from the field on an overtime restart Sunday and was first to the white flag as a four-car accident unfolded along the backstretch – ending the race under caution and leaving Johnson with his seventy-sixth career win that ties the late Dale Earnhardt for seventh place all-time. Most of the race was caution-free with just one yellow flag in the first 323 laps. With Johnson in the lead less than two laps from completion of the scheduled distance, Ryan Newman’s spin brought out just the second caution of the day that would force overtime. Johnson pushed his Number-48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in front of Kyle Busch coming out of the final restart, and put some distance between himself and the defending series champion before the day’s final caution ended the race. Dale Earnhardt Junior finished second, giving Hendrick Motorsports a sweep of the top two spots. Busch finished third, one position ahead of older brother Kurt – who had started from the pole. Carl Edwards completed the top five … Kevin Harvick started sixth and led a race-high 131 laps before settling for sixth place. Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin finished sixteenth in his bid to become the first driver with back-to-back season-opening victories in the Sprint Cup Series since Matt Kenseth in 2009 … Chase Elliott was the highest-finishing rookie in the forty-car field, running eighth … Sunday’s race marked the debut of NASCAR’s 2016 low-downforce rules package. It produced twenty-eight lead changes, identical to last year’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Low Downforce Rules Package Debuts at Atlanta NASCAR Race

With Speedweeks 2016 completed, NASCAR moves on to Atlanta Motor Speedway where its new low-downforce rules package will make its debut. The so-called “low-drag” aerodynamic specifications were tested twice last year, at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway. Those races were won by Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards, respectively. Jimmie Johnson is the defending winner of Sunday’s Folds of Honor Quik-Trip 500 and has four career victories on the mile-and-a-half Georgia oval. He’s the last driver with back-to-back Cup Series wins at A-M-S, sweeping both races in 2007 en route to the second of his record five straight championships. Bobby Labonte leads all active drivers with six wins there, the last of those coming in 2003 … Chevrolet and Toyota have combined to win the last six Cup Series races in Atlanta. Ford hasn’t gone to Victory Lane there since 2008 … Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin is bidding to become the first Cup Series driver to open a season with back-to-back victories since Matt Kenseth in 2009.

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Lakeshore News

Flu Season Is Here

Preliminary data show this season’s flu vaccine is nearly 60 percent effective, according to an announcement today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“What this means is that those who have gotten an influenza vaccine shot are well protected against the illness, and for those who haven’t, there is plenty of vaccine available, and it’s not too late to get a flu shot,” said Karen McKeown, the State Health Officer.

Cases of influenza in Wisconsin have increased significantly over the last two weeks. There are currently over 346 hospitalizations, with more expected. Most of the cases have been reported in the southeastern part of the state, though the entire state is seeing some flu activity.

“We are especially concerned by the number of pregnant women who have been hospitalized with influenza,” McKeown said. “Pregnant women should ask their obstetricians about getting a flu vaccine at any time during their pregnancy.”

The flu vaccine is safe and effective for people 6 months old and older, and not only protects the person who gets the vaccine, but also the people around them. For those who do get sick after getting a flu shot, symptoms are often milder than they would have been if they had not been vaccinated.

In addition to the flu vaccine, some common-sense health routines can help a person prevent illness.

-Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve, and try to avoid touching your face with your hand. If you use a tissue, throw it away after one use.
-Use your own drinking cups and straws.
-Avoid being exposed to people who are sick with flu-like symptoms.
-Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest and do not smoke.
-Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, refrigerator handle, telephone, faucets).
-If you’re ill, stay home, get rest, drink plenty of liquids and avoid using alcohol and tobacco.

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