RELATED: Starting lineup for Sunday’s race | See every car in the fieldBROOKLYN, Mich. — Martin Truex Jr. thought he had the pole for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 — until Kyle Larson made the last run in the final round of Friday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying at Michigan International Speedway.Driving the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Larson, who won the first Cup race of his career last August at MIS, covered the two-mile distance in 35.616 seconds (202.156 mph), edging Truex (202.117 mph) for the top starting spot by a scant .007 seconds.“We made some good adjustments there for that final round,” said Larson, who earned his first Coors Light Pole Award at Michigan, his second of the season and the third of his career. “I was pretty good in the first round and a little bit tight in the second round. They went a step further on freeing it up for the final round and the ‘Cars 3’ Chevy drove good.“I could tell by the RPM and the engine it was going to be a pretty good lap, so I was happy about that to get the pole after winning here last year. So, hopefully, we can keep it going. So far, it’s been a really good weekend leading in (opening) practice and then getting the quick time here. So, yeah, it’s an exciting weekend, and hopefully we can keep it going.”RELATED: Full schedule for Michigan and GatewayTruex went all-out on his lap in the money round, with his car bottoming out and trailing a stream of sparks though the corners at each end of the track.“You’re just hoping the tires stick enough that it doesn’t turn you sideways or make you get tight or whatever,” Truex said of the lap. “It really feels like the car rides really rough. That’s really all it is. It doesn’t upset the car too much, if it’s just light contact.“You’ve got to get it down to go fast, and the guys did a good job of getting it down — that’s for sure.”As fast as his final lap was, Truex will start second for the third consecutive race, having lost poles at Dover and Pocono to Kyle Busch.“It’s a little disappointing,” Truex said. “I thought we had it there, but Kyle went out late and beat us. But, really, you’re never shocked. It’s really hard to put a perfect lap together. There’s always something you could do a little bit better, and our lap in the third round was the same way… We picked up a good chunk in the third round, but, obviously, Larson picked up a tiny bit more.”Clint Bowyer matched his best qualifying effort of the season and will start third on Sunday. Kyle Busch qualified fourth, followed by Denny Hamlin, Pocono winner Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano and Jamie McMurray.GALLERY: Best photos from Michigan and GatewayKevin Harvick, who was fastest in each of the first two rounds of Friday’s time trials, fell off the pace in the third round and will start 11th.“We just got really loose there in the last round,” Harvick said. “We were really good the first two, but something changed. I like the speed in race trim. We have some work to do for Sunday.”Chase Elliott, who will start 10th, was the only Hendrick Motorsports driver to make the final round, as seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson was bumped out of the top 12 by Matt Kenseth on the last run of the second round.Johnson qualified 13th, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned the 17th starting spot.In his second race in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford as a substitute driver for injured Aric Almirola, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. will start 26th.Ty Dillon will start from the rear on Sunday after his time was disallowed because of unapproved modifications to the body of his No. 13 Chevrolet during qualifying.
Three Roads Three ArtistsAshawagh Hall, SpringsReception: Thursday, August 16, 5 to 9 PM“Three Roads Three Artists,” an art exhibition featuring local artists Kirsten Benfield, Kurt Giehl, and Daniel Vernola is on display at Ashawagh Hall in Springs through Thursday, August 16. A reception will be held on Thursday, August 16, from 5 to 9 PM.“Three Roads Three Artists” is an exhibit where three roads converge and three artists come together to present a collection of oil paintings and watercolors that explores a “place between.”Water Color WorksAmagansett Library, AmagansettOpening: Saturday, August 11, 4 to 6:30 PM“Water Color Works,” an art exhibition featuring local artists Ani Antreasyan, Kirsten Benfield, Nancy Brody, Barbara DiLorenzo, Cati Van Milders, Lesley Obrock, Kate Rabinowtiz, Janet Rojas, and Jerry Scwabe, will be held at Amagansett Library through Sunday, September 30. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 11, from 4 to 6:30 PM.Melinda ZoxQuogue Library, QuogueThe Quogue Library presents its August outdoor sculpture artist, Melinda Zox in the “Up-Lift” outdoor series. Zox is an emerging Abstract Expressionist painter who studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under Frank Roth. Zox is the daughter of abstract painter Larry Zox, who played an essential role in the Color Field discourse of the 1960s and 1970s, and his artist wife Jean Glover Zox.As a result, the sculpture artist was raised in the heart of the downtown New York City art scene. Her childhood, she said, was “a continual lesson in the experience of art and creativity. Art, color, and expression were part of our daily life and almost every conversation.” Zox’s original sculpture will be on display outside the Quogue Library for the months of August and September, 2018.Nika NesgodaThe Spur, SouthamptonOpening: Thursday, August 9, 7 to 10 PMFeaturing thought-provoking photographs by Amagansett artist Nika Nesgoda, “Virgin” opens at The Spur in Southampton on Thursday, August 9. The show is presented by McNeill Art Group, and curated by Eve Gianni Corio in collaboration with Laura Eisman and Sylvia Hommert. The artist challenges the contemporary notion of iconography, identity, and religion.Taking a cue from the Old Masters, many of whom were known to have employed prostitutes and other marginalized women as their models, Nesgoda playfully interprets art history and reimagines these Church-commissioned paintings. Nesgoda employs celebrated porn stars to portray the Virgin Mary. The models featured in Nesgoda’s images include adult entertainers Tera Patrick and Stormy Daniels. A closing reception will be held on Wednesday, August 29.Ready To OpenThe White Room Gallery, BridgehamptonOpening: Thursday, August 9, 6 to 8 PMThe show “Ready To Open,” with work by artist CHO Yea Jae will be on display at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton. The South Korean artist brings a fresh perspective on life and North and South Korean affairs in her debut U.S. exhibition. Her artistry provides unique insights to life filled with hope and compassion in the midst of a world that is grappling with angst and transition.Female strength, grace, sensuality, and wisdom are illuminated throughout each piece with masterful fluency and feeling. At the opening, there will be special guest appearances by the founder of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, Denise Rich, as well as recording artist, Prince protégé and founder of Urban Farming, Taja Sevelle.BeyondThe White Room Gallery, BridgehamptonOpening: Saturday, August 11, 6 to 8 PMThe White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton presents “Beyond,” featuring the art of CHO Yea Jae, Nicholas Down, Phil Marco and Alicia Gititz. Four diverse artists display abstract paintings and photographs exhibiting elements that border other-worldly and surreal. The show will be open through August 19.Tulips!The Fireplace Project, SpringsOpening: Saturday, August 11, 6 to 8 PMThe Fireplace Project in Springs, a contemporary art gallery and project space, presents the exhibit “Tulips!” The show is a solo exhibition by Lucien Smith that will be on display August 10 through September 16. An opening reception will be held Saturday, August 11, from 6 to 8 PM. Share Art by CHO Yea Jae.
Press releaseThe Southeastern Michigan branch of the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. between Middlebelt and Inkster in Farmington Hills.Anyone who is an attempting donor at the blood drive will be entered in a raffle to win one of two $25 gas gift cards.Members of the community are urged to “circulate the love” and donate blood to help counteract the shortfall that occurs in January due to the cold weather and the demands of the New Year. Blood donations are used for emergency and trauma care, surgeries, and the treatment of serious diseases.To make an appointment to donate, call 248-473-1800 or register online at redcrossblood.org. Enter the sponsor code “costickcenter” and follow the instructions to set up an appointment time for the blood drive.Giving blood takes approximately one hour. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years of age or older. If a parent is present to fill out a permission form on the day of the blood drive, 16-yearolds will be allowed to donate blood.For more information, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit redcrossblood.org. Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) It’s déjà vu all over again in Farmington Hills, where voters on Tuesday returned former mayor Vicki Barnett to city government.Barnett, who is also a former Democratic state representative, won a two-way race for mayor, defeating council member Richard Lerner by more than 1,500 votes. She’ll serve a two-year term. Lerner will leave city government at the end of his council term.Current mayor Ken Massey, a biomedical scientist and consultant, topped a field of six council candidates, including declared write-in Theresa Rich, to win a four-year council seat. Retiree Jackie Boleware and registered nurse Mary Ellen Newlin also picked up four-year terms, each with just over 16 percent of the vote.Rounding out the field were consultant T. R. Carr (15.91%) and attorney Danette Duron-Willner (14.39%). More than 4,000 write-in votes were reported in Oakland County’s unofficial results, it’s likely the vast majority went to Rich.Mary Newlin, left, and Vicki Barnett, right, both won seats in Farmington Hills government Tuesday.Barnett admitted to being a little surprised by her win.”When you run for election, you never know how voters will react,” she said. “I’ve always run on integrity, honesty, forward thinking, and future planning. That resonated with the community.”Barnett attributes her success to hard work and support from a team that included Newlin, Boleware, Rich, and Duron-Willner.“We are a group of women who know that nice matters,” she said. “It’s time to end the vitriol that’s trickling down into local politics. People want to know their voices are heard. They want (electeds) to check their partisanship at the door and work toward positive solutions.”Ken Massey (City of Farmington Hills)Massey said during his terms as mayor, he tried to be nonpartisan, and he stressed the nonpartisan nature of the council during his campaign.“We need to make sure council behaves in a nonpartisan way,” he said. “It’ll be up to Vicki to make sure that happens… I’m going to trust her experience will get her there.”Massey, who served on council from 2003 to 2015, said being already tied to the city may have given him an edge, but “what worked for me was sharing the record of what I’ve done for the community… We’ve started a number of initiatives, and I want to continue to serve.”That includes fulfilling promises made with the new roads millage, ensuring the Harrison High community center project comes in on time and, hopefully, under budget, maintaining the city’s AAA bond rating, and ensuring public safety and public works departments have the resources they need, he said.Newlin, who also ran in 2017, said the support she’s received from the group of women candidates “probably made a difference” this time around. She was the only Farmington Hills candidate to file a finance reporting waiver, agreeing to raise and/or spend less than $1,000. Newlin said she spent around $300.“I am so very shocked,” she said of her success. “I like to say I’m just your real, everyday person on council.”Having won her seat by a fairly narrow margin, Newlin believes “every person you touch makes a difference.” As she looks toward her first term, she’s most concerned about attracting young people and, in particular, families to Farmington Hills.During her campaign, Newlin said, “I would walk for hours and not see a single child out there… We need to market the city better.” Reported by