MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Two IMCA series, one with a new point leader and the other with the point leader racing in his hometown, are en route next to Marshalltown Speedway for a Tuesday, June 6 doubleheader.Both the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models and the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds come to town for the midweek Miller Lite 50 special.Late Models race for $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.Rookie Jesse Sobbing won the most recent Deery event, at Boone on Memorial Day, and that victory launched him to the top of point standings for the 31st annual series. The next four drivers in the standings – Jake Neal, Chad Holladay, Cayden Carter and Matt Ryan – are within 20 points of the leader with the first seven of 13 events completed.Darrel DeFrance will extend his perfect attendance streak to 475 events when the Deery Series comes to his hometown track. DeFrance counts three runner-up finishes, and eight top-five showings in all, among his 25 career local Deery starts.Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown motored to his career 100th win in the IMCA Modified division when the Hawkeye Dirt Tour opened at Benton County Speedway, also on Memorial Day.Gustin led Hunter Marriott, John Emerson, 2016 tour runner-up Kelly Shryock and Joel Rust to the checkers at Vinton.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for children ages 10 and under. Pit passes are $30.Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, state and special series points, but no track points will be awarded.More information is available by calling 515 231-5444 and at the www.marshalltownspeedway.com website.Both the Deery Series and Hawkeye Dirt Tour are at West Liberty Raceway on Tuesday, June 13 for another IMCA twinbill.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, 249; 2. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb., 245; 3. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 234; 4. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, 231; 5. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 229; 6. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, 227; 7. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, and Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, both 223; 9. Curt Martin, Independence, 220; 10. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 181; 11. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill, 177; 12. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 165; 13. Paul Conrad, Colo, 157; 14. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 153; 15. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 129; 16. Curt Schroeder, Newton, 124; 17. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 110; 18. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 99; 19. Luke Merfeld, Dubuque, 97; 20. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 96.Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, 40; 2. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 39; 3. John Emerson, Waterloo, 38; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 37; 5. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 36; 6. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 35; 7. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 34; 8. Brandon Maitland, Waterloo, 33; 9. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, 32; 10. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, 31; 11. Scott Hogan, Vinton, 30; 12. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo, 29; 13. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 28; 14. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City, 27; 15. Todd Shute, Des Moines, 26; 16. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 25; 17. Shane DeMey, Denison, 24; 18. Mitch Manternach, Earlville, 23; 19. Cody Knecht, Whittemore, 22; 20. Racer Hulin, Laurel, 21.
In the first match, in Kazan, France roared back to beat Argentina 4-3, with 19-year-old Mbappe scoring twice in an electrifying display.Later in Sochi, Ronaldo — who started the World Cup with a hat-trick against Spain — was powerless to prevent Portugal slipping out of the tournament as Edinson Cavani scored twice in a 2-1 win to send the European champions home.Has Lionel Messi played his final World Cup game? © AFP / Jewel SAMADThe Paris Saint-Germain striker opened the scoring with an early header and curled a superb first-time shot past Rui Patricio to win the match after a Pepe equaliser.Cavani, who forms a dangerous front-line pairing alongside Luis Suarez, later limped off, helped by Ronaldo, sparking fears for his World Cup future.Ronaldo, who will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup, was unable to keep Portugal alive despite incessant pressure from his side in the dying stages of the match.But Portugal coach Fernando Santos said the Real Madrid forward still had plenty to offer.“Cristiano still has a lot to give to football and I hope he will stay to help the young players grow and develop,” he said. “We have a team with many young players and of course we all want him there with us.”Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said Cavani had sustained an injury and it was unclear how serious it was.“As always we will bank on the strength of our team as a collective,” he said. “That is our best chance against any adversary, and we know that France will be very tough indeed.“But we will try our best and look to impose our way of playing on them, using our strengths,” he added. “We’re here to play all seven matches, right up until the final, and we will see what happens.”– France pace –France, the 1998 champions, looked a totally different side from the one that struggled to find their cutting edge in the group stage, pouring forward with pace and purpose to stretch the ageing Argentine defence.Antoine Griezmann gave France the lead from the penalty spot but the South Americans levelled with a sweet hit from Angel Di Maria and edged ahead shortly after half-time through Gabriel Mercado.But defender Benjamin Pavard equalised with a thunderous strike to pull France level and once more change the complexion of the game.That set the scene for Mbappe, who netted two goals in four second-half minutes to become the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since a 17-year-old Pele in 1958.Sergio Aguero gave Argentina late hope but they ran out of time and head home after a rollercoaster ride in Russia that ultimately ends in bitter disappointment for the two-time champions.Man-of-the-match Mbappe, who is Cavani’s teammate at PSG, brushed off comparisons with Brazil great Pele.Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani celebrates his winning goal in the World Cup last 16 against Portugal © AFP / Odd ANDERSEN“I’m very happy, and it’s flattering to be compared to a great player like Pele,” he said.“But he’s in another category. Still, it’s great to join the list of players that have achieved such feats.”Mbappe was born in 1998, the year Les Bleus secured their first World Cup title under captain Didier Deschamps.Deschamps, now national manager, praised his team’s character to fight back from 2-1 down.“We answered the call, we have a lot of character and it was not easy as we were leading, then there was an equaliser, then we were 2-1 behind, but we kept fighting.“There is an excellent mentality in this group and we did everything to go further. Since I am responsible for everything, particularly when it doesn’t go well, I’m very proud.”– Ragged Argentina –Beaten finalists four years ago, Argentina only reached the last 16 by the skin of their teeth after a shambolic group phase and despite a brave effort against France, the age of their players and an unbalanced squad ultimately caught up with them.France forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates his second goal against Argentina © AFP / Luis AcostaBarcelona’s Messi, 31, has spent the tournament trying to hold the squad together, even apparently bypassing coach Jorge Sampaoli to give coaching instructions in the 2-1 win against Nigeria that saved the South Americans from a humiliating group-stage exit.He has scored only once and Argentina’s campaign was defined as much by Diego Maradona’s erratic and emotional outbursts.Astonishingly, neither Messi nor Ronaldo have ever scored a goal in a World Cup knockout match, in a combined 14 games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Agony: Cristiano Ronaldo sees his World Cup dream ended in Russia © AFP / Adrian DENNISKazan, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi saw their World Cup dreams snuffed out on Saturday as French teenager Kylian Mbappe flew the flag for a new generation in Russia.Ten goals were scored on a gripping first day of the knockout phase as France progressed to a quarter-final tie against Uruguay but Messi and Ronaldo may have played their last games on football’s biggest stage.