Koch on XFINITY playoff battle: ‘Yeah, I watch the points’

first_imgRELATED: Iowa results | Series standingsBlake Koch earned a career-best Iowa finish, Michael Annett had to battle electrical issues in his No. 5 Chevrolet and Brendan Gaughan says he and his team aren’t worried about anything except the upcoming playoffs.The three NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers are currently bringing up the rear in the series’ playoff standings, winless thus far but inside the top 12 with seven races remaining before the playoffs get underway.Koch and Gaughan qualified for the postseason last year while Annett was wrapping up an uneventful stint in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.“Yeah, I watch the points,” Koch, driver of the No. 11 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing, said Saturday after an eighth-place finish at Iowa Speedway. “As soon as I leave here I get in my rental car and keep refreshing (the web page) until they’re uploaded, that’s how much I watch the points.“We’ve lived on the bubble since we started this deal last year; we feel like we’re a better race team, I feel like I’m a better driver than this point last year. We just had our best Iowa starting position and our best Iowa finishing position so we always strive to constantly improve. That takes hard work and that’s what my team does and that’s what led to better results this week.”For Koch, who qualified seventh, it was his first top-10 finish since Bristol. He’s 10th in points as the series readies for this weekend’s trip to Watkins Glen and Saturday’s Zippo 200 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR).“We know these next five races, Iowa included, the road courses and Bristol, are some of our best tracks so we want to capitalize, give ourselves a points cushion and try to lock ourselves in before we go to Chicago,” he said.Three of the next four stops for the series come at road courses – Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and Road America.RELATED: Watch Iowa race recapAnnett, sixth in points earlier this season, is now 11th and has only one top-10 result in his last 10 starts. At Iowa, a balky ignition box was thought to be the culprit that resulted in a lengthy repair job and left the JR Motorsports driver 33rd in the final rundown.“Once they got it replaced and took it out they put the temp gun to it and it was about 200 degrees,” Annett said afterward. “We haven’t had any issues all year on any of the cars’ ignition-wise so that’s something we’ll take a look at … just more bad luck.”Because of his proximity to the cutoff line, Annett admitted he is paying close attention to the points as the number of regular-season races shrinks.“We have to watch them when the guys around us are getting top-10s,” he said. “The 62 (of Gaughan) finished 13th today … we definitely have to watch it. We’d love to go win a race and not have to worry about it but we have to get our cars better.“The way we’ve been running, even in the playoffs we’re not going to be in it very long if we don’t run better.”JRM teammate Elliott Sadler is winless but leads the points standings while fellow JRM driver William Byron is next behind him in second with three wins. The team’s third driver Justin Allgaier has one win and is third in points.Gaughan was as far back as 17th in points at one time this year, but has fought back to his current spot of 12th. He is 14 points ahead of J.J. Yeley, who is 13th, and 16 ahead of Ryan Sieg (14th).Gaughan has managed three top 10s in his last 10 starts in the No. 62 Chevrolet fielded by Richard Childress Racing.The points picture is out there, but Gaughan said he’s focused on other things.“I’m not watching too much because we’ve been fast enough all year,” he said. “We just had a bad stretch of races that put us in that spot.“We’re in a playoff spot now and there’s no way that an RCR car and us aren’t going to make the playoffs. We’re not worrying about it now because all we’re trying to get ready for now is to make sure we’re fast enough when the playoffs come.”Only three drivers thus far have all but clinched a playoff spot with a win this year – Allgaier and Ryan Reed (Roush Fenway Racing) each have a single victory while Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Byron has three.Joey Logano is the defending champion of the Zippo 200; he and seven other Monster Energy Series drivers are entered in Saturday’s race.last_img read more

Chiu nominated to chair Bar’s Health Law Section

first_imgChiu nominated to chair Bar’s Health Law Section Chiu nominated to chair Bar’s Health Law Section May 15, 2015 Regular Newscenter_img The Health Law Section’s Nominating Committee has nominated the following officers for 2015-16: Charmaine Chiu for chair, Steven A. Grigas for chair-elect, Nicholas Romanello for treasurer, and Gregory Chaires for secretary.William Dillon will serve as the immediate past chair.The committee nominated the following members to the executive council for the 2015-18 term: JoAnn M. Guerrero, Bruce D. Lamb, Jodi B. Laurence, Myla R. Reizen, Robert V. Williams, Brian Zargham, Ryan W. Zika, and J. Everett Wilson.The Health Law Section will elect its officers and executive council members on June 25 during The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention in Boca Raton. All members of the Health Law Section are encouraged to attend the meeting and section reception, which will immediately follow.Section 7.4 of the section bylaws allows for other nominations to be made by petition of at least 15 voting members of the section. The petition must be filed with the chair no later than 30 days prior to the date of the Annual Convention. Petitions may be emailed to Chair Dillon at [email protected]last_img read more

WRESTLEMANIA 34: United States Fatal Fourway Preview & Prediction

first_img Related TopicsJinder MahalWWE The WWE is just days away from their biggest show of the year as they present WrestleMania 34 at the Mercedes Benz Dome in New Orleans. This is the second time in five years the WWE will be bringing WrestleMania to New Orleans.Last time around WrestleMania XXX provided several memorable moments such as The Undertakers streak ending and Daniel Bryan running the gauntlet to walk away the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.NEOSI is always on top of the action when it comes to pro wrestling and will be breaking down the action match by match leading up to the “Show of Shows” Sunday Night in the Big Easy.Match – Randy Orton defends his US Title vs Rusev, Bobby Roode vs Jinder MahalSummary – It’s been a great 12 months for Jinder, the WWE continues to award his hard work by putting him in this match. Bobby Roode has done well since his arrival to the main roster and his sudden title loss last month came as a shock to many. Orton simply has the title so he could cross that one last thing off the career check list. Rusev was an after thought until Aiden English jump started his career with Rusev Day!All in all, a great match concept. I can make a solid case for each guy to win, but at the same time an even stronger case as to why each wont. As over as Rusev is, the WWE added him late, so that more or less means he is not winning anything anytime soon.Orton is a natural fit with this belt, but again, it almost seems like a checklist filler then a career path. Vince McMahon seems to get sick pleasure in having “new guys” lose at their first WrestleMania (AJ Styles, Sting, Big Show etc.)Prediction – Jinder MahalReason – Just when you thought fans couldn’t hate Jinder Mahal even more then they already did, he will have the United States title put on him. This move is brilliant if they truly go through with it. As I said, Rusev is over even without the belt. Roode is to “new” to win at his first Mania, and Orton is Orton, he has more than likely already asked for it to be taken off him so he has one less thing to pack on the road. Vince McKeelast_img read more

Chobani Joins FEED Chef Marcus Samuelsson In The Fight Against Hunger

first_imgChobani, America’s No. 1-selling Greek Yogurt, partnered with FEED, a social business that creates products that help FEED the world, and Chef Marcus Samuelsson in the fight against hunger, hosting a special dinner this week to raise funds for hunger relief in the U.S. and around the world.Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, right, FEED’s Lauren Bush Lauren, center, and Chef Marcus SamuelssonThe evening culminates FEED’s month-long FEED Supper campaign to provide 1,000,000 meals to children and families in need by today – World Food Day. Throughout the month, the FEED Supper campaign encouraged people around the country to host dinners to raise funds and attention for food insecurity.FEED’s fundraising milestone was shattered, reaching $1.6 million with the help of Chobani’s FEED Supper, which raised funds for nearly 100,000 meals. World Food Day is a day of action against hunger when people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime.Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, FEED founder and CEO Lauren Bush Lauren and celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson co-hosted the event as part of their long history championing hunger relief efforts. The dinner, held at Samuelsson’s Harlem restaurant, Ginny’s Supper Club, attracted notable attendees in food, fashion, media and philanthropy and featured a special musical performance by jazz musician Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human.“Providing access to better food is one of our most deeply held values at Chobani, and by working together with Lauren Bush Lauren and Marcus Samuelsson, who share this passion, I believe we can do even greater things to fight food insecurity around the world,” said Ulukaya. “In America alone, nearly 1 in 5 homes with children do not have enough food to meet their basic needs and companies, organizations and individuals play an important role in the fight against hunger.”“FEED Supper is about bringing people around a table to support the common cause of fighting hunger, and that’s what we did so successfully with Chobani,” said Lauren. “I hope this will encourage other companies to join our fight against hunger and to ensure philanthropy becomes a very basic part of doing good business.”“As a chef, fighting hunger is a cause that is extremely close to my heart,” said Samuelsson. “It’s very exciting to work with two organizations that really understand how to create true positive change and to participate in a night that is completely focused on ending hunger on a global scale.”Chobani has a rich history of supporting hunger relief efforts and other causes through the company’s charitable arm, the Chobani Foundation. The Foundation’s focus is on democratizing good food and empowering entrepreneurs to transform communities. Through local and national outreach, the Greek Yogurt maker’s philanthropic initiatives have supported over 50 groups to date, and have had a direct impact on funding several programs, including famine relief efforts in Somalia, emergency response aid in Haiti, and a state-of-the-art field for Central New York Little Leaguers.For more information on the FEED Supper campaign, visit feedprojects.com/feedsupper, and follow the campaign on Instagram via #FEEDsupper. And for more information on the Chobani Foundation and how organizations can work together with it, visit Chobani.com/foundation.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more