Jimmie Johnson Wins Martinsville

Jimmie Johnson’s steady march toward what would be a record-tying seventh Cup Series championship continued Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson led just once all day, but he had the Number-48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in front when it counted most – leading the final ninety-two laps and beating runner-up Brad Keselowski to the finish by one-point-two seconds. Three Joe Gibbs Racing entries … driven by Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch … filled out the rest of the top five. Pole sitter Martin Truex Junior finished seventh after leading six times for 147 laps. For two straight rounds of this year’s post-season Chase, Johnson has quickly won a race to guarantee advancement. In this case, Sunday’s win puts him into The Championship Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway – where he’ll race for a title on Sunday, November 20th. With six championships, Johnson is one away from tying Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt for the NASCAR record … With Johnson’s victory, Hendrick Motorsports has now won the last five fall races at Martinsville. Rick Hendrick easily leads all Cup Series teams owners with twenty-four victories on the Virginia half-mile … Kenseth started seventeenth on Sunday and led a race-high 176 laps before settling for fourth place … Busch was victorious at Martinsville earlier this year but led just three laps yesterday en route to his fifth-place finish in a failed bid for the season sweep … Defending race winner Jeff Gordon placed sixth in what is expected to be his final Martinsville start, subbing for Dale Earnhardt Junior.



Dale Jr Returns to Dega – But Not to Race

Dale Earnhardt Junior will return to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend – not behind the wheel of a racecar but behind a Motor Racing Network microphone. “Junior” will join “The Voice of NASCAR” during the first half of Sunday afternoon’s Hellmann’s 500 broadcast – teaming up with M-R-N anchors Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle in the newly christened “Barney Hall MRN Booth.” Earnhardt is still recovering from a concussion suffered at mid-season and is sidelined for the remainder of the year. He has a long-time association with Hellmann’s mayonnaise and will be at Talladega, in part, to promote the brand’s sponsorship of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race.


Lakeshore News, News Around the World

Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Lowest Since ’01

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is the lowest in 15 years, even though preliminary numbers show a loss of more than ten-thousand jobs last month. State labor officials report a September jobless rate of four-point-one-percent on a seasonally adjusted basis. That’s one-tenth-of-one-percent lower than in August, even though the total numbers of private sector jobs statewide dropped by 85-hundred in the past month, and public sector jobs fell by another two-thousand. However, the monthly figures can be off by wide margins, and they’re often heavily revised later — as officials get more time to survey employers. For now, the largest numbers of statewide job reductions are in leisure and hospitality firms, with four-thousand job losses — and local governments, with three thousand fewer positions.



Manitowoc Mayor on Meijer and Mirro

The Manitowoc Common Council put their final stamp of approval last night on the Michigan based Meijer franchise building a store on a portion of the County Expo grounds. On January 26th the county board approved selling 27 acres of that property for about $4.6 million. The expo’s grand stands and dirt track will be eliminated with construction according to county executive Bob Zigelbauer “to begin very soon.”

Meanwhile, the former Mirro building on Washington street is a step closer to coming down. Mayor Nickels says asbestos abatement is expected to be completed by November 30th. Demolition is expected to be completed by next June.


Lakeshore News

Manitowoc Police Officer Arrested for Alleged OWI

Weber MPD (39).jpgOff duty Manitowoc Police Officer Jeremy Weber, a 9-year veteran of the Manitowoc Police Department, was arrested for Operating While under the Influence Saturday night.

On Saturday, October 15, 2016 at around 9:00pm, Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a complaint of a vehicle swerving on Interstate 43.  A Deputy located the vehicle on HWY 310 while it was turning into the park and ride.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as off duty Manitowoc Police Officer Jeremy Weber.  Weber was arrested for OWI and taken to the Manitowoc County Jail.

“The Manitowoc Police Department takes these allegations seriously, and it is an unfortunate circumstance.  As law enforcement officers we are held to a higher standard, and we understand the public deserves much better than this from us.”



NASCAR Chase Moves to Kansas

The 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup rolls on from North Carolina to the Midwest for Sunday afternoon’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. It’s the second race in the Round of Twelve, which opened this past weekend with Jimmie Johnson’s victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway that guaranteed the Hendrick Motorsports driver a spot in the eight-man semifinal round that opens October 30th at Martinsville Speedway … Chase drivers have won the fall race at Kansas Speedway eight straight years and nine of the twelve years the post-season format has been in place. The three non-title contenders who have won there are Joe Nemechek in 2004, Tony Stewart in 2006 and Greg Biffle in 2007 … Among full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers, Johnson – the Number-8 seed – tops Kansas Speedway’s win list with three victories, most recently in May 2015 … Three different manufacturers have won the last three Cup Series races at Kansas: Toyota (Kyle Busch), Ford (Joey Logano) and Chevrolet (Johnson).


Country News

Check Out the New Jon Pardi Single

Fresh off his chart topping hit, “Head Over Boots,” Jon Pardi has released the second single from his current album, California Sunrise, called “Dirt On My Boots”.

Jon performed the single, “Dirt On My Boots,” in a five-song set as part of VEVO’s performance series, VEVO Presents—the first country artist to be picked as part of the series. Other artists previously featured include Meghann Trainor, Ariana Grande and The Weekend.