Sparks native Justin Boston wins first ARCA race

Ride On Curlin to face California Chrome again at Belmont Stakes

  • Justin Boston, seen here as he prepares for the Talladega ARCA 200 last year.
Justin Boston, seen here as he prepares for the Talladega ARCA… (Venturini Motorsports…)
May 19, 2014|Sports Digest

Justin Boston of Sparks won the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, his first career Automobile Racing Club of America Racing Series victory. Boston took the lead from Grant Enfinger on Lap 181 and held off a charge from pole winner Mason Mitchell to win. It was Venturini Motorsports' first win at Toledo since Bill Venturini himself won in 1987. "I can't thank all of the guys at Venturini and back at the shop enough for this," said Boston, the 2013 ARCA Rookie of the Year. "All I had to do was drive the car. It was fun to drive this car today." Boston started from the third position for the second time this season, driving the No. 25 ZLOOP Computer and Electronic Recycling Centers - JACO Environmental Toyota Camry owned by Cathy Venturini. Settling into third position immediately after the green flag waved, Boston reported a perfect No. 25 Toyota Camry early in the race. Boston remained a fixture in the top three for the next 27 laps around the half-mile track before he took the lead on Lap 77. After falling to third on a restart, he continued to register fast lap times and methodically took over the second position by Lap 120. With 22 laps remaining in the event, Boston drove past the leader and regained the lead. Slipping back to second, Boston took the lead again from Enfinger on Lap 181 and held off a charge from Mason Mitchell to win. With the victory, Boston, 24, moved to the eighth in the driver points standings.

Horse racing

'Curlin' to face 'Chrome' again at Belmont Stakes

After his second-place performance behind California Chrome in Saturday's Preakness, Ride On Curlin will continue his Triple Crown tour at the Belmont Stakes on June 7, trainer "Bronco" Billy Gowan said. The son of Curlin will remain at Pimlico until Tuesday, when he is scheduled to board a van with California Chrome bound for Belmont Park. Gowan said it's been "great fun" being part of the chase for history. "Hey, I'm a racing fan, too," he said. "If I can't win the Belmont, I dang sure want to see a Triple Crown." Social Inclusion, the third-place finisher, is scheduled to remain at Pimlico until Friday before shipping to Belmont Park for a probable start in the Belmont Stakes, owner Ron Sanchez said. "The Belmont is in the picture, but we'll see what's good for the horse. We'll look at all the options we have," Sanchez said. General a Rod trainer Mike Maker said his horse came out of his fourth-place Preakness finish "in good shape" but couldn't definitely say whether the colt has a chance to join California Chrome and Ride on Curlin as the only horses to run in all three Triple Crown events this year. Ring Weekend trainer Graham Motion said no decision has been made concerning his fifth-place finisher's next start. "There's always a possibility of doing the Belmont, but there are going to be a lot of options for him this summer that I think he'd be very competitive in," Motion said.

Preakness: The national overnight ratings for NBC's race coverage were up 5 percent over last year and the race's best numbers since 2010. The 6.3/15 rating and share means 6.3 percent of all TV homes were tuned to the race, with 15 percent of the sets in use at the time of the Preakness tuned to California Chrome's win. Not surprisingly, Baltimore was the top market, with a 17.2 rating and 39 share — 10 percent higher than last year's. But it didn't beat Louisville (16.6/33) by much. Nielsen ratings data were provided by NBC Sports.

David Zurawik

College baseball

Terps in ACC tournament for first time since 2005

Maryland earned the sixth seed and will compete in Pool B for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, scheduled to begin Tuesday in Greensboro, N.C. The Terps (34-19), who will be making their first appearance in the tournament since 2005, open tournament play at 11 a.m. Thursday against Virginia. The Terps then face Florida State at 11 a.m. Friday and close pool play at 3 p.m. Saturday against the North Carolina-North Carolina State winner. Under the pool-play format, each team will play one game against each of the other three opponents in its pool. The two teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to the title game at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the winner earning the league's automatic NCAA tournament berth. With a strong Rating Percentage Index and 15-14 record in the powerhouse ACC, Maryland is considered a likely candidate for an at-large NCAA tournament berth.

More: Salisbury remained unbeaten in the NCAA Division III Marietta, Ohio, Regional with a 5-2 win over Widener. The Sea Gulls will face Case Western today, needing one win over its next two games to advance to the College World Series in Appleton, Wis.

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