Sparks' Justin Boston to make Nationwide debut

Driver to race in Kentucky and Delaware for Joe Gibbs Racing

September 18, 2014|Sports Digest

NASCAR

Sparks driver Justin Boston to make Nationwide debut

Justin Boston of Sparks will make his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series start in Saturday night's VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Boston will make two starts in the No.20 Zloop Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing; he is also scheduled to start the following week at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Boston, 25, is in his second season piloting the No.25 Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series. He won Rookie of the Year in 2013 and has two wins this season. Boston now has his sights set on the Nationwide Series. "I can't begin to thank everyone enough who have put me in a position to move up to the Nationwide Series and are giving me a great shot to be successful," he said in a news release. "Joe Gibbs Racing has top notch equipment and people in their organization, and I'm just thankful to be able to be a part of it." Boston recently tested with crew chief Kevin Kidd and gained seat time behind the wheel of his No.20 Nationwide Series Toyota Camry. "I'm excited. We tested about a month ago and I thought that it went really well. I was able to work with Kevin and the No. 20 team during that test, so we already have some chemistry going. There's quite a difference of course between the speeds reached in an ARCA car versus a Nationwide Series car, but I think we will be successful in getting me acclimated to those differences the more time I have behind the wheel." Boston has one ARCA start at Kentucky with Venturini Motorsports, finishing eighth in just his first outing on the circuit. Asked how he felt about stepping into a ride that has had so many accomplished drivers throughout the season, Boston said: "I really feel up to the challenge. There are definitely some big shoes to fill in driving the No. 20 Toyota, but I'll have some great teammates to lean on for these two weeks. We are testing on Tuesday at Kentucky in the ARCA car, so that additional track time this weekend should definitely help as well." Boston also has realistic expectations on his opportunity to step up to NASCAR's second-tier series with his limited seat time. "Our goals are to compete and run all the laps in both of our Nationwide Series starts, plain and simple. We're going to take what the races give us and see where we end up. As far as being anxious, it hasn't really hit me yet. If anything, knowing that I get to work with everyone on the No. 20 team is reassuring since they're such a strong team and I'm excited to see what we can do together."

Laurel Park

No joke: Standup Comic wins at 62-1 odds in claimer

Standup Comic finished off the board in two races last month at Timonium and was dismissed by the bettors in Wednesday's second race at Laurel Park. But the 6-year-old gelding got the last laugh, taking the $15,000 claimer with an off-the-pace victory at 62-1 odds. The son of Silver Train and apprentice jockey Angel Cruz saved ground early on in the 6-furlong test on the main track. Cruz then angled his charge outside leaving the far turn and took aim at the leaders. He collared front-runner Rob the Cradle to win by a length. Post-time favorite Pot of Gold was third. Standup Comic finished in 1 minute, 11.06 seconds and paid $126.20 to win.

Colleges

Gilman grad Cahalan scores in OT for Loyola in 1-0 win

Senior Joseph Cahalan (Gilman) put away the rebound of a saved shot 18 seconds into overtime to give host Loyola Maryland (3-2-1) a 1-0 men's soccer victory over La Salle (0-4-1). Sophomore Dylan Engel set the play up from the wing, splitting defenders and reaching the top right corner of the box before firing a left-footed shot. Goalkeeper David Tuchinsky made the save, but the ball rolled through his legs and Cahalan redirected into the net.

Men's basketball: Mount St. Mary's has extended the contract of coach Jamion Christian, taking his deal through the 2018-19 season. In addition, Ben Wilkins has been promoted to associate head coach and Justine Miller has been named coordinator for basketball operations. Christian, a 2004 graduate of the Mount, was named coach in March 2012. The team went 18-14 in his first season and reached the Northeast Conference championship game; last season, the Mount finished 16-17 but won the NEC title game and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Men's golf: Maryland sophomore Victor Fox was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week.

Men's lacrosse: NCAA finalist Notre Dame will play the world runner-up U.S. national team in the third installment of Seattle's annual NCAA Seatown Lacrosse Classic on Oct. 18.

Television

O's audience Tuesday nearly twice usual size

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