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Ride-along a thrill for reporter; autograph session a hit with the kids at Kentucky Speedway

By David Kubota NKy Tribune reporter Riding in a NASCAR pace car with Brett Bodine isn’t about the speed, it’s about the turns. You can go high speeds on the highway, but you can’t replicate the types of turns you’ll encounter on a NASCAR track. Brett Bodine took members of the media on ride-alongs in the NASCAR Pace Car prior to SAturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway (photos...

Smithley gets Cup ride at Kentucky Speedway; Xfinity driver has strong ties to FAME, the Bluegrass State

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Garrett Smithley will once again team up with StarCom Racing, this time for the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart today at Kentucky Speedway. Garrett Smithley in the pits at Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway where he had a top 20 finish (photos by Mark Hansel). Garrett will pilot SCR’s 99 Victory Lane Chevy. The team’s...

War of words between Kyle Busch and Stenhouse Jr. over Daytona crashes heats up at KY Speedway

By Benjamin Shipp NKyTribune reporter The tire smoke and debris have dissipated in Daytona, but Kyle Busch made sure that the drama of last week’s race at Daytona Super Speedway’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 made its way to the Kentucky Speedway. Kyle Bush at Friday’s media briefing, talking about Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s tactics at Daytona and the lack of an apology. “He did not reach out....

Full field of 132 golfers are set to compete for Barbasol Championship

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The field is set for the Barbasol Championship. Davis Love III, Brittany Lincicome, and Billy Horschel will be among the 132 players who will be vying for the title when the event tips off Thursday and concludes on July 22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. Hall of Famer Love III has won 21 times on TOUR including the 1997 PGA Championship, tops the field...

Florence Freedom pound three home runs, coast to 11-7 win over Southern Illinois on Friday

NKyTribune staff Ricky Ramirez, Skyler Ewing and Graylin Derke all hit home runs Friday night as the Florence Freedom coasted to an 11-7 victory over the Southern Illinois Miners at UC Health Stadium. Ewing went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs, while teammate Jordan Brower was 3-for-5 and scored twice. Ramirez finished 2-for-4 with three RBI, and Caleb Lopes was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. The...

Ryle basketball player Maddie Scherr’s performance in Nike Nationals could attract more college offers

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ryle basketball player Maddie Scherr showed why she’s one of the nation’s top college prospects among the high school graduating class of 2020 during the Nike Nationals in Chicago earlier this week. Maddie Scherr In five games with the Kentucky Premier select team, Scherr had 54 points, 30 rebounds, six assists and two blocks. She shot 40 percent (22...

Keith Taylor: SEC Media Days ushers in talking season ahead of fall camp

Benny Snell will be among Kentucky’s three players who will attend Southeastern Conference Media Days in Atlanta on Monday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) Former University of Florida and South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier always had something to say during Southeastern Conference Media Days. For Spurrier, it was always talking season and one step closer to the season opener. Spurrier...

Louisville’s Rhodes buckles up home track victory in Camping World Truck Series race at KY Speedway

By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Speedway Ben Rhodes grew up wanting to race at the highest levels of NASCAR, so it helped that he lived relatively close to Kentucky Speedway. Louisville’s Ben Rhodes high fives Kentucky Speedway mascot Horsepower during driver introductions for the Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger is at left (photo by Mark...

Louisville’s Rhodes making an impact on and off track as he shoots for second straight NCWTS playoff

By Benjamin Shipp NKyTribune reporter For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Ben Rhodes, Thursday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at the Kentucky Speedway is much more than just any other race. Provided photos The 225-mile sprint to the checkered flag is but another chance to edge closer to his goal of becoming NCWTS Champion, it also stands as an opportunity for Rhodes to show his home state...

Newport High School selects Cincinnati native Kirkendall as new athletic director

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter As the new athletic director at Newport High School, Mario Kirkendall is very aware of the challenges he faces with the position. Those challenges, in fact, are what attracted the Cincinnati native to the job. “I taught at Princeton and have been at every type of school in Cincinnati, whether it be coaching or teaching,” said Kirkendall, a 2004 graduate of Sycamore...

Former FedEx champ Horschel latest addition to Barbasol Championship field

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The field for next week’s Barbasol Championship keeps expanding. Former FedExCup champion Billy Horschel has committed to play in the tournament set for July 19-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. Horschel, 31, will join 1997 PGA Championship winner Davis Love III and the LPGA’s Brittany Lincicome in the 132-player field. Billy Horschel“The addition...

NKU standout McDonald to play for Team USA at upcoming FISU America Games in Brazil

Former NKU player Tayler Persons (left) and current Norse standout Drew McDonald (right) will represent the United States at the upcoming FISU America Games in São Paulo, Brazil. By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter A pair of basketball players very familiar to Northern Kentucky University fans will represent the United States at the upcoming FISU America Games in São Paulo, Brazil. Current NKU standout...

Around the links in Northern Kentucky: Hoping to qualify for British Senior Open, area trio travels overseas

By Marc Hardin NKyTribune contributor Three of the biggest names in Northern Kentucky golf are taking their games overseas this month for a chance to play in a bucket-list event on the most prestigious course. Ralph Landrum, Lance Lucas and Jim Volpenhein are traveling to Scotland, site of this year’s British Senior Open, for qualifying rounds that could pave a path to the famed Old Course at...

First-year head coach Mike Woolf begins preseason practice with Campbell County football team

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Mike Woolf conducted his first preseason practice as a head football coach on Tuesday morning at Campbell County High School. It was a light workout with players wearing helmets and no pads, but the new coach set the tone for his team. “The first thing I said to them this morning is our season depends on us being focused right now and how hard we...

NKU men’s basketball to host three-day tournament in November, will feature NCAA Tourney squads

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter It’s a guessing game for Northern Kentucky University fans at the moment, but the Norse men’s basketball team will be hosting a three-day tournament at BB&T Arena this November. The others teams involved? That’s where the guessing begins. NKU head coach John Brannen recently said in an email to boosters that among the Norse home games is “our first multi-team...