Crew chief named for Kennedy’s Bristol ride

first_imgChris Carrier named crew chief of Turner Scott Motorsports’ fourth Truck Series entry WATCH: Logano celebrates Michigan win “I look forward to the opportunity to compete again in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Carrier. “I enjoy working with young talent, and I think Ben Kennedy and Cale Gale have what it takes to be successful in this sport. We have a great team behind us at Turner Scott Motorsports, and I am looking forward to getting to work and joining the truck series this week at Bristol.”Carrier, a NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and NCWTS veteran, has served as crew chief for 329 events throughout the three series, earning five wins, 24 top fives, 52 top 10s and seven poles. Carrier’s most recent work in the NCWTS includes serving as crew chief on the No. 30 last season, leading Nelson Piquet Jr. to two wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s and four poles. The Tennessee native earned his first career win with Harry Gant in 1994 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.The organization has also named Pat Tryson as crew chief for the No. 30 NASCAR Nationwide Series entry. Tryson will take over the crew chief duties for Piquet Jr. starting in the August 23 race at Bristol.”I am very excited about the opportunity to join Turner Scott Motorsports and the No. 30 team,” said Tryson. “I am really looking forward to working with Nelson Piquet Jr. and the rest of the team. Nelson is a very talented, hard-nosed competitor and I think we will work very well together. The pieces are in place at Turner Scott Motorsports to have a championship caliber team, and I am looking forward to helping this team get to victory lane. I would like to thank [co-owners] Steve Turner and Harry Scott, Jr. for giving me the opportunity to join their organization, and I am looking forward to getting to work this weekend at Bristol.”Tryson, a NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series veteran has served as crew chief for 516 events, earning a total of 10 wins, 66 top-five, 139-top 10s and four poles throughout the three series. The Malvern, Pa. native earned his first career win with Elliott Sadler in 2001 at Bristol Motor Speedway.READ MORE: READ: Full coverage from Michigan, Mid-Ohio WATCH: Johnson out early at Michigancenter_img FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles • View all videos • View all photos WATCH: Dillon spins in Stewart’s No. 14 Turner Scott Motorsports announced Monday that the team has named Chris Carrier as crew chief of the team’s fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry.Carrier and his TSM team will be at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday night providing support for Ben Kennedy Racing’s No. 96 entry in the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200. Carrier will also be on the pit box and calling the shots for the No. 96 at Iowa, Chicago, Martinsville and Homestead-Miami Speedway. The team will run a limited schedule for the remaining portion of the year with Kennedy and Cale Gale behind the wheel.last_img read more

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Hozier Announces 10 New 2019 North American Tour Dates

first_imgOn Monday, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier announced the addition of ten new dates to his already extensive 2019 North American touring schedule. The new tour date announcement comes in the wake of his critically and commercially successful new album, Wasteland, Baby!, which premiered at #1 on the Billboard 200.The new stretch of October tour dates featuring special guest Freya will begin in Portland, OR on October 17th before heading to Vancouver, BC on the 18th and Seattle, WA on the 19th. From there, Hozier will head to Sacramento, CA (10/21); Santa Barbara, CA (10/24); Los Angeles, CA (10/25); San Diego, CA (10/26); Phoenix, AZ (10/29); Albuquerque, NM (10/30); and El Paso, TX (10/31).Related: Love Rocks NYC Brings Robert Plant, Sheryl Crow, Ann & Nancy Wilson, Buddy Guy, Hozier, & Many More Together For A Cause [Videos]The newly added fall dates will come on the heels of a lengthy tour of North America throughout this spring and summer. See below for a list of the newly added dates. For a full list of Hozier’s upcoming tour dates, head over to his website here.Hozier 2019 Fall Tour DatesOctober 17 – Portland, OR – Rose Garden – Theater of the CloudsOctober 18 – Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports CentreOctober 19 – Seattle, WA – WAMU TheaterOctober 21 – Sacramento, CA – Memorial AuditoriumOctober 24 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara BowlOctober 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek TheatreOctober 26 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air TheatreOctober 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica TheareOctober 30 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva AuditoriumOctober 31 – El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez TheatreView New Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Swipe no more: the contactless Irish1Card

first_imgThe future is here and it is contactless. The Irish1Card system — the new ID cards for students, faculty and staff that include contactless technology — is in the final stages of implementation, Daniel Tormey, program director of Irish1Card, said. As of this summer, all residential halls, dining halls and on-campus point-of-sale locations are equipped with contactless card readers, Gina Grear, the Irish1Card project manager, said. Some residence hall laundry card machines and vending machines on campus still solely use magnetic strip readers, but those will be updated over time, Tormey said. The Irish1Card initiative has been in the works since before 2016, Tormey said. Before that, Notre Dame’s card system originated as a branch of food services in the mid-nineties in the basement of South Dining Hall. As technology evolved over the years, the need for an updated and streamlined identification card program was realized. Though magnetic strip cards are reliable and inexpensive, they are considered less secure than contactless ones, Tormey said. The Irish1Card system was put in place to provide more sophisticated functionality, with features such as allowing the card to have different meal plans and the contactless payment method. “We’re trying to get people used to using the contactless reader in this phase because it’s more secure,” Tormey said. “We also recognize that whether it’s a student cardholder or employee there’s still a transition time.”Before developing the Irish1Card program, Notre Dame observed peer institutions including Villanova University and University of Pennsylvania and attended national conferences, Grear said.The redistribution of cards to everyone at a university can take from five to 10 years, Tormey said, and is usually done by phasing out the old cards with each graduating class. However, Notre Dame utilized an “aggressive” re-carding campaign on campus, and replaced all student, faculty and staff cards in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. In total, about 25,000 cards were replaced.“We’re in a good place now,” Tormey said. “We’re pushing and being innovative in ways that other schools are very interested in what Notre Dame is doing with our ID card program.”This year’s incoming students uploaded pictures for their cards on “Get,” an app used in the Irish1Card, and received Irish1Cards from their residential halls upon moving in. Tormey recommends that all students, faculty and staff download the app, as it can also be used to add funds to your Domer Dollar account, report your current card as lost or re-activate it if found, access card transaction history and lists locations that accept the ID card. For example, Tormey said many students and faculty may be unaware that Irish1Cardholders have access to the South Bend bus service for free.Tormey expects the program to continue introducing innovative ways to use the new card technology. One such program, NDtogo, will utilize the mobile food ordering app ‘Tapingo’ for campus dining locations such as Starbucks. Students will be able to link their Irish1Card to the app and order ahead for pickup. More information regarding this program will be released in the next few weeks, Tormey said.“Those are the types of services that we would have struggled to be able to do with the old system and the old way we did things,” Tormey said. “I think that’s one of the most beneficial things from a student perspective.”Though not a core priority of the Irish1Card program team, there is also a longer-term plan in place to eventually provide all individual residential hall rooms with contactless card entry, Tormey said, which has already been implemented in Flaherty and Dunne. Other future innovations could even include mobile technology or event biometric readers. Some schools, including Georgia Southern University, identify students through eye or hand scanners for entry to dining halls, he said. Installation work will continue for vending and laundry, Tormey said, but the Irish1Card project meetings will wrap up towards the end of this year. “The card is one of those things that as long as it’s working right, people don’t really think about it,” he said. “My goal is to maintain a consistent level of service so people don’t really have to think about it.”Tags: contactless, Daniel Tormey, Irish1Card, technologylast_img read more

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Sexton nursing thumb problem

first_img Ireland boss Joe Schmidt revealed fly-half Sexton has his hand in a splint, but could still turn out for Racing Metro against Castres in the French Top 14 this weekend. If he does play for his club side, Schmidt may yet choose to rest Sexton against Italy, but the head coach is not overly concerned for his fitness. Schmidt said of the injury: “It wasn’t bad, he’s fully functioning and can still pass and do everything. “But we’re going to get some more feedback over the next few days. Hopefully, he’ll be fine. “He’s gone back to Paris and we’ve got some scans to be read as well and we’ll get some feedback on that by Thursday when we’re next out. “I predict that he should still be available for the final two games.” Head coach Schmidt hopes flanker Peter O’Mahony will recover from the hamstring strain suffered in Sunday’s 13-10 England defeat in time to feature against Italy in Ireland’s penultimate Six Nations clash of the season on March 8. Schmidt admitted however that he may take the chance to rest both men and hand starting chances to in-form squad stars. Ulster outside-half Paddy Jackson and loose-forwards Jordi Murphy and Tommy O’Donnell could now come into contention to start against the Azzurri. Schmidt also expects Brian O’Driscoll to overcome his calf trouble to turn out against Italy. Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton is battling thumb trouble to be ready to face Italy in RBS 6 Nations action in Dublin next month. Press Association “Peter O’Mahony has no respect for his body,” said Schmidt. “He’s had a fantastic series so far. “There is a little bit of blood [on the hamstring scan], but no tear so those things normally clear up quickly. “It’s a case of managing Pete this week so that he can train next week. “Brian O’Driscoll was cramp, he was walking fine after the game, he trained individually on Monday and he should train Wednesday and Thursday this week. “He actually hasn’t had that much game time this year in total, so he’s pretty fresh.” Schmidt said Ireland will work to have both Sexton and Munster captain O’Mahony fit for Ireland’s clash with Italy. But the former Leinster coach also conceded their knocks, coupled with unbroken rugby throughout the tournament, could lead him to rest the duo in favour of keeping as many players fresh and in form as possible. Ireland head to France for what could well become the Six Nations title decider on Saturday, March 15. Schmidt admitted he wants to keep his options as open as he can for that potentially pivotal Stade de France showdown. “It depends what happens this week,” said Schmidt on whether to rest Sexton for the Italy clash. “If he’s required to play Castres, it’s something we’d think about. “One of the things about making changes, it’s probably something you learn as you go and particularly for John [Plumtree] and myself it’s new, but if players don’t play against Italy, then by the time it comes to France they’ll have played one game in five weeks before kick-off. “There is that real balance. “There may be guys like Jonny or Peter O’Mahony who may be starting to get some wear and tear about them. “And that may guide us in a particular direction regarding selection. “There has been a weekend off prior to England, there’s a weekend off prior to Italy. “These are massive games, but there is breathing space in between to get players freshened up.” last_img read more

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