This Thursday, the ladies of Breen-Phillips Hall (BP) are employing the help of an in-demand item on campus to encourage the Notre Dame community to support breast cancer research: fresh berries. “We wanted to have a 5K that was different from any of the other ones on campus, and berries are a hot commodity at Notre Dame since they often aren’t in the dining halls, so we saw that as a way to draw people in,” Breen-Phillips’ vice president and junior Laura Luchini said. The 5K run is just one of many events BP is hosting for their inaugural Think Pink Week, which will fundraise for Harper Cancer Research Institute. The race is set to take place Thursday at 5 p.m. at Fieldhouse Mall, where PacSun apparel, berries and other free food will be available for registered race participants. “We knew that there were other 5Ks going on around that week, so we wanted to stand out,” Luchini said.“We noticed that there isn’t any kind of breast cancer awareness week at Notre Dame like there is at most other colleges. … With all of the cancer research happening on campus at Harper Research Institute, and with Breen-Phillips’ color being pink, we thought it was more than fitting that we start this new week.”The week kicked off on Monday with “Kiss Away Cancer,” where students and faculty were invited to sign banners outside of DeBartolo Hall and North and South Dining Halls and to pick up a ribbon, pink lemonade and Hershey’s Kisses distributed by BP residents.“This is a cause that is important to me and many other people on campus, so it is amazing to be doing something that can help,” Luchini said. Tuesday night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Breen-Phillips will host the first of two profit-share fundraisers with Blaze Pizza on Eddy Street, Luchini said, where a portion of sales that evening will be donated to the Harper Cancer Research Institute. “All of the money that we raise is going to Harper Cancer Research Institute here on campus. Harper does a lot of cutting-edge research right across the street, and yet a lot of people don’t know what it is,” she said. Luchini said she hopes to raise awareness about this research by hosting a talk given by representatives from the Institute on Wednesday night in DeBartolo Hall. “The Institute will be giving a talk of the cancer research that’s happening right here on campus and how you can get involved,” Luchini said. “I’m sure we all know of at least one person affected by breast cancer. It is so prevalent, and we thought it was important to remind Notre Dame’s campus how important cancer research is in finding a cure.”The week wraps up with the 5K on Thursday in addition to an all-day profit-share fundraiser with Five Guys on Eddy Street. “We wanted to plan a fun, informative week for our students. All of the money that we raise is going to Harper Cancer Research Institute here on campus, and we want to raise awareness for Harper and give them the opportunity to tell students how to get involved in research there,” Luchini said. Tags: breast cancer awareness, Breen-Phillips, Harper Cancer Research Institute
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 10) – Two drivers who already knew the way to victory lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway returned there on opening night of the IMCA Duel In The Desert.Defending Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified race winner Lucas Schott topped Thursday’s first qualifying feature, ahead of Bobby Hogge IV, three-time Duel winner Terry Phillips and two-time winner Johnny Saathoff.Sobbing, winner of the 2011 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod headliner at the half-mile Dirt Track, topped the second qualifier with Ricky Thornton Jr., Lance Mari and Chris Abelson next across the stripe.Each Modified qualifier paid $777 to win and sent the top four to Saturday’s $7,777 to win main event.Total car count for opening night was 256. Drivers from 22 states and three Canadian provinces competed at LVMS and 17 states and two provinces were represented in Thursday’s Modified qualifiers.Schott drew the pole start for the first qualifier and held off Benji LaCrosse before Hogge moved into the fray halfway through the 25-lapper.Coming up to traffic, Hogge passed Schott for the lead with four circuits left. The front pair ran side-by-side before Schott returned the favor and held off Hogge for the win.Phillips started 14th and finished third while Saathoff qualified out of his “B,” started 22nd and ended in fourth. Jason Beaulieu battled a broken front end, was unable to hold off Saathoff and was fifth.Scott Drake led early in the second qualifier before dropping out with mechanical woes and handing the lead to Mari. Sobbing joined Mari in pulling away from the pack and took over the front spot on lap 12, while the 22nd starting Thornton, Abelson and Jordan Grabouski tussled for third.Thornton got to second with eight laps left but couldn’t reel in Sobbing and finished two car lengths off the pace. Mari hung on for third and Abelson got the best of four-time Duel winner Jeremy Payne in the race for the final transfer spot.Shawn Harker started 11th and finished first in the $500 to win qualifying feature for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Two yellows slowed the 20-lapper. Robbie Conway led eight circuits before giving way to Harker and finished second.The rest of the top six advancing to Saturday’s $1,777 to win main event were Doug Smith, Chris Toth, Rick Diaz and Michael Johnson.The Duel In The Desert is broadcast by IMCA.TV; Friday’s race program begins at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. The Saturday Modified main event is a qualifier for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.1st Modified qualifier – 1. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 2. Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.; 3. Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 4. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 5. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; 6. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 7. Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif.; 8. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 9. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 10. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 11. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 12. Todd Shute, Des Moines, Iowa; 13. Scott Brown, Meriden, Kan.; 14. Russell Allen, Brawley, Calif.; 15. Eddie Belec, Arvada, Colo.; 16. Peyton Taylor, Batesville, Ark.; 17. James Thibodeaux, Tonopah; 18. A.J. Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas; 19. Grey Ferrando, Stayton, Ore.; 20. Bland Bohannon, Williston, N.D.; 21. Chester Kniss, Antioch, Calif.; 22. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz.; 23. Mike Villanueva, Atwater, Calif.; 24. Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 25. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; 26. Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas; 27. Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa; 28. Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas; 29. Rex Merritt, Billings, Mo.; 30. Stormy Scott, Cameron, Mo.2nd Modified qualifier – 1. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 3. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 4. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa; 5. Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo.; 6. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 7. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 8. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa; 9. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; 10. Ricky Childress, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 12. Ricky Alvarado, Grand Junction, Colo.; 13. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 14. Logan Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; 15. Joey Galloway, Manor, Sask.; 16. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa; 17. Joshua Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif.; 18. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 19. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 20. Kevin Irwin, Bakersfield, Calif.; 21. Billy Griffin, Buena Park, Calif.; 22. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wy.; 23. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont, Wis.; 24. Mark Elliott, Webster City, Iowa; 25. Chris Nieman, Quincy, Calif.; 26. Jack Sullivan, Greenbrier, Ark.; 27. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; 28. Robby Sawyer, Bakersfield, Calif.; 29. Billy Vogel, West Fargo, N.D.; 30. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.Northern SportMod qualifier – 1. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 2. Robbie Conway, Westhope, N.D.; 3. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa; 4. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif.; 5. Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif.; 6. Michael Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Lee Jensen, Bakersfield, Calif.; 8. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.; 9. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif.; 10. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 11. Johnathon Logue, Boone, Iowa; 12. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz.; 13. Curtis Van Der Wal, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 14. Matthew Hagio, Prunedale, Calif.; 15. Brylon Holder, Bakersfield, Calif.; 16. Luke Krogh, Dickinson, N.D.; 17. Chris McKellar, Bakersfield, Calif.; 18. Mike Tanner, Smithville, Mo.; 19. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz.; 20. Ron Tex Jr., Papillion, Neb.; 21. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; 22. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 23. Brian Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; 24. Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb.