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40 SPORT WEDNESDAY JULY 9 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Doorslammers charging in DRAG RACING ANDRA TOP End revheads will get an extra dose of burnt rubber this weekend with the supercharged V8 sedans of Top Doorslammer set to rock Hidden Valley for Round 7 of the ANDRA Drag Racing Series. It will be the first time in championship history the 3000-plus horsepower of the Top Doorslammers will hit the Valley. Ten Doorslammers from across the country will attempt to squeeze into an eight-car field for vital Championship points in what is becoming another chase to reel in six-time champion John Zappia. One of those looking to close the gap is Queenslander Stuart Bishop, who currently sits in second place, 106 points behind Zappia. Although the Wallace Bishop Jewellers team faces an uphill battle to make up ground, the 2014 season has already proved highly successful for one of the only competitors in Doorslammer using a torque converter successfully as opposed to a traditional clutch setup found in many other race cars. Anything is possible, crew chief Daniel Reed said. Zappia will be extremely tough as always. We will just go out there and do the best we can. This will be the first time Reed has visited Hidden Valley Drag Strip with a Doorslammer but he does have some experience to draw upon with his father, Steven Reed, having competed in Top Alcohol at this event last year. (Ive) never raced there with the Doorslammer before. Im sure the track conditions will be stout. It wont be like going to some of the more rundown tracks, he said. Darwin has a fantastic track, and is a great destination for motorsport. The whole city really gets behind it. Its fantastic for ANDRA to have another quality complex on their calendar. Gates open at 5pm on Friday and 2.30pm on Saturday. Top Doorslammer, Top Alcohol and Top Fuel Motorcycle are scheduled to be on track from approximately 6pm. SPEEDWAY Junior Sedans IT was a Northline Speedway spectacular again on Saturday night with Lance Carew cruising to win the Darwin Title. The fight was on from Heat 1 with 12 drivers rubbing panels over three heats. Taking it in turns, Kale Quinlan won the first and Carew the second, before Daniel Dennis won his first race in Heat 3. It was the fastest to the front for the feature and plenty of excitement over 15 laps. An outstanding drive from Daniel Dennis got him from the rear of the field to the front with a few laps to go, but a super drive by Hayden Brown kept him in third. After a few restarts, Carew finished on top ahead of Brown, Dennis and Patrick Barlee. All the action will be doubled next meeting with 24 juniors, including 11 from interstate, battling it out for the NT Title. Sprintcars DARWIN-BASED 410 Sprintcar drivers Jamie ONeill and Ben Atkinson will represent the Xtreme Motorsport team for the remainder of the 2014 season at Northline Speedway. Early last month, Atkinson made his Xtreme Motorsport team debut, and managed to come away with the featurerace winning spoils aboard the NSW #2 Xtreme Garden Care supported-Maxim. Atkinson drove to back-toback feature-race wins and ONeill rounded out the podium finishers in third last Saturday night. ONeill, the Xtreme Motorsport owner, was pleased with the performance of the team. For the both of us to finish on the podium, Im pretty happy with that result, he said. Ben (Atkinson) had some engine dramas earlier in the night, but he managed to fight his way back. For me, I was happy to finish on the podium, but disappointed to have not finished higher, especially after I went into the feature race as the highest pointscorer. Atkinson and ONeill will run as a two-car team for Xtreme Motorsport for the rest of the season. Ben (Atkinson) and I decided to team up, because I had a second car available and Ben didnt have a ride up in Darwin, ONeill said. Due to running down south during the regular season, Ben has all of his gear down there. The next outing for the Xtreme Motorsport team will be on July 19 at Northline Speedway. Queenslander Stuart Bishop will be in action this weekend when Round 7 of the ANDRA Drag Racing Series takes place at Hidden Valley Picture: www.dragphotos.com.au Reds fall just short P A L M E R S T O N n e a r l y caused a monumental upset against Darwin Baseball League powerhouse PINTS on Sunday. The Reds led between innings three and six in topsyturvy encounter before the class of the Green Sox pulled through in a 9-8 thriller. We had our chances, but it was a case of them taking their opportunities more than us, Reds playing-coach David James said. It was a good quality game with plenty of clean hitting. Scott Hunter couldnt have done any more for his side, pitching the whole nine innings and hitting a two-run homer to keep the Reds within striking distance. He kept us in the game for the most part, James said. Scott was the reason why we were even close to the mark. We had US Marine Ken Gilkey as a relief pitcher, but we didnt end up needing him. He was also one of our better players, he had a couple of base hits and took a couple of nice catches in the outfield. David Weston was the hero for PINTS, scoring two home runs in a match-winning effort. Westons second run was huge, with the Reds players helpless as it rocketed over the fence. The Green Sox win puts them one game from top side Tracy Village, who scored a 10-7 victory over Nightcliff on Friday night. ALL THE STATS Darwin Baseball League Results: PINTS 9 Palmerston 8, Tracy Village 10 Nightcliff 7 Standings: Tracy Village 9-3, PINT 8-4, Nightcliff 6-6, Palmerston 1-11 By JORDAN McARDLE BASEBALL Verity scoops awards THE 2013-2014 triathlon season has finished on a high with Darwin Triathlon Club hosting its annual awards function at the weekend. Following a dominant year of racing at club events, Brett Verity collected a swag of trophies. They included all the mens major series trophies Aquathlon Series, Duathlon Series and Sprint Series. Verity also won the Kerran Mudgway Memorial Club Champion trophy and the Geoff Simpson Memorial Trophy for the best athlete over three longer distance events. Its good to be back in form after some injury time out last season, Verity said. Naomi Havens celebrated her season by winning the womens Aquathlon Series trophy. Hannah Johnston was awarded the Duathlon Series. Emma Winterflood was presented with the Womens Sprint Series trophy, becoming only the second athlete to successfully defend that title over consecutive years. Female club champion Jac Crofton was presented with her award by club vice president John Arrigo. The win signalled a welcome return from injury for Crofton who had been sidelined most of the year. Emma Cooks consistent season saw her receive the Geoff Simpson Trophy. Billy Lynch and Corinne Fabian won the clubs Most Improved Awards after displaying considerable progression in the sport. The Outstanding Ironman Performance trophy was presented to Jason Cook. Cook competed at Ironman Melbourne earlier this year, but not before a number of medical setbacks threatened to derail his efforts to make the start line. Overcoming these obstacles, Cook successfully completed his first iron distance event in a time of 9hrs 55mins 2secs before undergoing back surgery. The long-term contribution to the sport of triathlon by club stalwarts Daryl Stanley and Barry Sullivan was recognised when the pair were presented with life membership of Darwin Triathlon Club. The Triathlete of the Year age group awards went to: Justin Tranter and Hannah (20-29); Steve Goat and Emma Cook (30-39); Ron Griep and Tara Worby (40-49); Brian Gallagher and Corinne Fabian (50-59); Daryl Stanley and Monica Stewart (60-69). Season 2014-2015 gets underway with an open water triathlon on July 13. By ROBYN STANLEY TRIATHLON NFL players in compo victory THOUSANDS of ex-National Football League players are to be compensated for head injury claims, after a US judge gave the green light to a revised settlement. The revised deal means that more than 20,000 retired players can now vote on the settlement. Last month, the NFL agreed to pay an unlimited amount in damages to players with severe concussion-related claims after they removed a $675 million cap on awards. Lawyers for the more than 4500 retired players who sued the League are accusing the NFL of a cover-up regarding dangers of concussions and violent hits to the head. District Court judge Anita Brody wrote in her decision that her worries over an earlier settlement were satisfied. The Court will hold a fairness hearing later this year at which plaintiffs can air objections to the settlement.