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Outlaws Coming to Plymouth

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series is set to return to the Plymouth Dirt Track for the second visit in Series history on Monday, July 29. This is the third race out of five total in the state of Wisconsin this year – a record number of scheduled races for the Outlaws in the Badger State.

Last year, the Outlaws made their debut at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds in thrilling fashion, where a battle between 2017 Series Champion Brandon Sheppard and 2017 Rookie of the Year Devin Moran came down to the wire. Sheppard, of New Berlin, Illinois, grabbed the lead from polesitter Tyler Erb early and held it all the way through the final circuits, fending off track record-holder Moran in heavy lapped traffic to win his ninth Feature of the season and 33rd all-time.

Sheppard went on to finish runner-up in the 2018 World of Outlaws points chase, despite earning an additional four victories after Plymouth. This year, things have changed drastically for the Rocket1 Racing team. Put simply, they have dominated. Winning an unprecedented 13 races in 23 starts, Sheppard and car owner Mark Richards are ahead of pace to break the single-season wins record of 18, currently held by Sheppard and his predecessor in the Rocket Chassis house car, Josh Richards.

A great turnaround storyline has evolved out of the team from Decorah, Iowa – Skyline Motorsports. After replacing former pilot Chris Madden with 2015 Series Champion Shane Clanton last month, the team picked up their very first career World of Outlaws victory just two weekends ago at Ogilvie Raceway. Driving away from Sheppard after the final restart, Clanton, of Zebulon, Georgia, picked up his second victory of the year and 44th of his World of Outlaws career, placing him in a tie with three-time Series Champion Billy Moyer for fourth on the all-time Feature wins list.

Sheppard currently sits atop the World of Outlaws points standings with 13 victories, 22 top-fives and 23 top-10s. His worst finish was a sixth in the season opener at Screven Motor Speedway back in early February. Three-time Series Champion Darrell Lanigan sits 206 points back from Sheppard with 13 top-fives and 19 top-10s. Since his return to the World of Outlaws circuit this season, after a three-year absence to drive for Clint Bowyer Racing, the Union, Kentucky-native is still winless on the tour through the first six months. But with two top-fives in the last three races, “The Bluegrass Bandit” is certainly knocking on the door.

2019 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year frontrunner Ricky Weiss, of Headingley, Manitoba, sits third in points with two podium finishes in the last three races, still chasing his first career World of Outlaws triumph. Clanton is fourth, 232 markers back from Sheppard and most recent Morton Buildings Feature winner, Chase Junghans, rounds out the top five.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals veteran Dennis Erb Jr. is sixth, Brent Larson is 546 points back in seventh, Rookie contender Cade Dillard and Boom Briggs are eighth and ninth, and final Rookie contender Blake Spencer caps off the top 10.

Joining the Outlaws at the track on Monday evening will be Grand Nationals and B-Mods; hot laps are scheduled for a 6:15 p.m. start.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series event at Plymouth Dirt Track can be purchased at the track on race day. For more information, visit them on the web at

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Good Boy!

While too many people have taken advantage of the notion of “emotional support animals” — we’re looking at you, Delta Airlines Peacock Lady — a new study scientifically proves that spending just 10 minutes petting a dog or cat can lower your stress.

Researchers from Washington State University said that showing a dog or cat some love — and vice versa — can drop your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

“Just 10 minutes can have a significant impact,” explains author Patricia Pendry in a press release about the experiment, which for the first time ever brought pets and people out of the lab and into the real world.

The scientists broke 249 students into four groups: one that was allowed to pet dogs and cats; another that was only allowed to watch those students interact with the cuddly creatures; a third group that just looked at pictures of animals; and a final group that was “waitlisted” and not allowed to participate.

The reduction of stress in those who got to pet the animals compared to the other groups was quantifiable.

“We already knew that students enjoy interacting with animals, and that it helps them experience more positive emotions, Pendry says. “What we wanted to learn was whether this exposure would help students reduce their stress in a less subjective way. And it did, which is exciting because the reduction of stress hormones may, over time, have significant benefits for physical and mental health.”

Spiked levels of cortisol can lead to weight gain and other negative health effects.

Many colleges and university across the country have begun pet therapy sessions to help their students chill out.

The study was published in the scientific journal AERA Open.

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Pet Owners & Travel

Half of America’s pet owners (49 percent) have never traveled outside of the country since owning their pet. In a study, one in two owners feel their international travel has been halted, and about a third will alter their travel plans because of their beloved pets and prefer to travel only within the country.

… The main reason pet owners struggle to travel is often the guilt associated when traveling without their pet. Sixty-eight percent felt especially guilty when they leave their pets behind.

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Wacky But True

A serial pooper is on the loose in Michigan. According to a notice posted by a neighborhood association in Macomb County, an unidentified individual is secretly defecating in the public pool, prompting closures and a search for the person responsible. A pool attendant has been hired to remain on-site until the end of the summer.

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Weight Talk Needs to Stop

Ladies, if you wonder why all the women at work hate you, it’s because you constantly talk about how ‘fat’ you are. Notre Dame researchers found that women who constantly criticize themselves about their eating or exercise habits are less liked than overweight women that are comfortable with their bodies. Many women think ‘fat talk’ is a way to relate to other women, but it turns out to be a big turn-off.

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Protect Your Pets and Livestock from Extreme Heat Exposure

carheatdangersDue to the forecasted heat this week, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is reminding pet and livestock owners to take extra steps to protect their animals from exposure to extreme levels of heat. Owners should keep their pet at home in the shade, air conditioning, or a cool basement. If you have livestock, make sure they have plenty of shade and water.

Heat stroke is a threat for both pets and livestock, and can be fatal even with prompt treatment. Pets that have already suffered heat stroke once are more susceptible, as are animals that are very young or very old, have health problems, are overweight, or are snub-nosed. Signs of heat stroke in small animals include panting, staring or stupor, breathing difficulty, an anxious expression, refusal to obey, warm dry skin, fever, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and collapse. In large animals, signs of heat stress and stroke may include restlessness, stumbling, increased heart rate and salivation, panting, collapse, and convulsions. If you see any of these signs, call your veterinarian immediately.

For pets, move the animal out of direct heat and get them wet however you can – such as towels soaked in cool water, with a hose, or in a wading pool. If you use towels, it will be most effective on less hairy parts of the body, like a dog’s belly and legs. Even if the animal seems to revive after a few minutes, get it to a veterinarian, because its temperature may rise again or fall well below normal. For cattle and other large animals, hosing them down with water may be effective until the veterinarian arrives.

Tips for pet owners:

  • Never leave an animal in a parked vehicle, even for a few minutes. Even with windows open a few inches, the temperature in a parked car may hit 120F within minutes. When running errands, leave your dog home. When traveling, stop at places where your pet can get out of the vehicle.
  • Provide fresh, cool drinking water at all times – including in your vehicle when you are traveling.
  • Outdoor kennels must be well-ventilated and shaded, with water in bowls that will not tip.
  • Do not exercise pets on hot days or warm, humid nights.
  • Clip long coats to about an inch – shorter clips or shaving can leave dogs vulnerable to sunburn.

Tips for livestock owners:

  • Avoid transporting animals in heat over 80F with high humidity.
  • Park vehicles loaded with livestock in the shade.
  • Deliver animals at night or in early morning, and use wet bedding to transport hogs in hot weather.
  • Provide well-ventilated air space in farm trucks, barns, or any enclosure.
  • Provide fresh drinking water at all times, and provide shade in resting, eating, and watering areas.
  • Use a water sprinkling system to cool animals.

For more information about how to protect your animals for extreme weather, visit DATCP’s Division of Animal Health monitors animal health and disease threats, promotes humane treatment of animals, and provides licensing and registration regulation for animals in Wisconsin.