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A Late Night For Race Fans – Hometown View

  Matt Kenseth celebrates winning the Daytona 500 with wife Katie and the Harley J. Earl Trophy
Matt Kenseth celebrates winning the Daytona 500 with wife Katie and the Harley J. Earl Trophy (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

If you know a die-hard NASCAR fan there’s a good chance they’ll be yawning quite a bit this morning. That’s because the rain-delayed Daytona 500 didn’t end until around 12:45AM with Matt Kenseth winning the sport’s “Super Bowl” for the second time in four years.

Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The race was postponed from Sunday to Monday afternoon and then again until 7pm because of rain. A long night of racing saw 10 cautions and a 2-hour delay late in the race. Stafford Township native Martin Truex Jr. finished 12th after collecting a $200,000 bonus for leading at the midway point.

It’s been a good season for University of Denver basketball coach Joe Scott, a former three-sport standout at Toms River East who previously coached at Air Force and his alma mater Princeton. The 46-year old Pelican Island native is in his fifth season with the Pioneers, who have won a school-record 21 games heading into this weekend’s Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Denver is seeded third and if they can win the conference tournament Scott will be headed to the NCAA Tournament. His father Bob was a longtime high school basketball official in the shore area.

Mike Denver
Mike Denver (College Of New Jersey)

Congratulations to The College of New Jersey’s Mike Denver of Bayville, who was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler after winning the 184-pound weight class Sunday at the Metropolitan Conference Championships in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. The senior earned an automatic spot into the NCAA Division 3 Championships which will be held on March 9th and 10th in Wisconsin. The former Central Regional standout is ranked #1 in the nation at his weight class and Denver will be making his third straight trip to the nationals, looking to improve on his 6th place finish from a year ago.

The NJSIAA Wrestling Championships take place this weekend at Boardwalk Hall and a pair of Ocean County standouts have earned top seeds heading into the event.

Undefeated Toms River South junior B.J. Clagon is the #1 seed at 138 pounds after finishing 2nd last year at 130 pounds while senior Dallas Winston of Jackson Memorial has garnered the top spot at 182 pounds. He finished 2nd last year while wrestling at 189 pounds.

 

 

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