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NASCAR’s young guns With 15 drivers 30 or younger, the sports youth movement is underway and 25-year-old Kyle Larson is helping pave the way BY MARK GREGORY Sports Editor @Hear_The_Beard

When Kyle Larson takes to the track at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the Monster Energy Overton’s 400, it will be his second trip to Illinois in the last few weeks. On June 14, Larson came to Chicago and went to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital to visit with veterans and assist in their food pantry. Larson, driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Chip Ganassi Racing, is Chicagoland Speedway’s ambassador for their Stars and Stripes Weekend as it hosts its biggest celebration of active duty military and veterans ever June 28-July 1. “NASCAR and a lot of the sponsors do a lot for the military veterans and it has been fun to be a part of it,” Larson said. “In Charlotte, I got to interview a military spouse with Coca-Cola then here we got to go to a veteran’s hospital and help distribute food and surprise one of them with tickets for a race. It seems like every week, we are doing something to show our support for our military and I think that is very important.” As a sport, NASCAR fans historically have a more personal relationship with the athletes. “I think we are all just real guys and we are normal and I think we do a good job of showing people that we are just like them,” Larson said. “I think that compared to other sports, we spend a lot of time with and around our fans while we are on our job and I think that helps us stay down to Earth and I think that translates to everyday life as well. At age 25, Larson is among a youth movement in the sport that currently features 15 of the series’ full timers less than 30 years old – nine of them being 25 and younger. With drivers like Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. retiring over the last few years and some of the top names in the sport like Martin Truex, Jr. (37),


Kyle Larson is one of the young NASCAR racers that are on the scene ready to take the sport into the 2020s. Kurt Busch (39), Kevin Harvick (42) and Jimmie Johnson (42) all around 40 – the young guys will be carrying the NASCAR torch into the 2020s. “It is nice to see the youth movement rolling in through NASCAR right now even though the older guys are still winning all the races. To be one of the guys leading that charge is cool. We have to keep trying hard to win races while we are still young,” Larson said. “There is a sense that we have to lead like they did and respect the sport like they did and do a good job

of promoting and doing whatever you can to bring a positive impact to the series. I feel that all of us young guys have done a good job with that. We all have our own personalities and it has been good.” The 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, Larson began running Cup Series full time in 2014 and claimed the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year award as well. He earned his first win in 2016 at Michigan before recording four wins last season. To date, Larson has five Cup wins, 71 top

10 finishes and has started on the pole six times. Larson does not have a Cup win this season, but does have one on the Xfinity Series. He is looking for his first win of 2018 in Joliet – a track he has had success on. Larson finished fifth last season and has posted three top 10 finishes at Chicagoland Speedway in his four Cup starts, placing seventh in 2015 and third in 2014. His only finish outside the top 10 was in 2016 when he placed 18th. In his Xfinity races here,

Larson placed second the last two seasons, as well as placing second in 2014 and third in 2013. Larson is also looking forward to getting back to summer racing in Joliet. “Chicagoland has always been one of my favorites and I think moving it into the summer months is good. It is good for the racing because the track should be hotter and slicker and give us a chance to move around more and give us other racing lines,” he said. “I am looking forward to it and we are hoping to go out there and run well.”

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Ale Trail Passport highlights craft beer in area The Heritage Corridor Region has 19 must-try stops in DuPage, Will and collar Cook counties Craft beer is red-hot. Many ale drinkers are finding themselves exploring all throughout the state to find new flavors and new breweries. The Heritage Corridor Con-

vention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is releasing its “2018 Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Passport” to inspire brew connoisseurs to experience, enjoy, and explore a true haven of

craft beer – the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail. “Whether you live on the trail (from Berwyn’s Flapjack Brewery to Ottawa’s Tangled Roots Brewing Company) or you live in Chicago looking for a flavorful escape, you’ll want to grab a Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Passport,” stated Dan Mulka, marketing manager for the Heritage Corridor CVB. “Not only will you have a guide for exploring the Trail for the rest of the 2018 calendar, you will be able to earn nifty swag along the way.” A purchase at each location will earn an explorer a stamp for their passport. Eight different, unique game stamps will earn that person an exclusive Heritage Corridor Ale Trail pint glass. Fifteen different, unique game stamps will earn that person the pint glass and a Heritage Corridor Ale Trail insulated growler bag. Each location has its own distinct stamp. The guide is currently available

at participating locations as well as the Heritage Corridor’s main office (2701 Black Road, Joliet,). You can also request a guide to be mailed to you at heritagecorridoraletrail. com/passport. PARTICIPATING IN THE 2018 HERITAGE CORRIDOR ALE TRAIL PASSPORT: • Alter Brewing Company (Downers Grove) • Black Horizon Brewing Company (Willowbrook) • Blue Nose Brewery (Hodgkins) • BuckleDown Brewing (Lyons) • Elder Brewing Company (Joliet) • Flapjack Brewery (Berwyn) • Hickory Creek Brewing Company (Opening Soon in New Lenox) • Iron&Glass (Romeoville) • Kenwood Liquors (Homer Glen)

Metal Monkey Brewing (Romeoville) • Midnight Pig Beer / Nevin’s Brewing Company (Plainfield) • Miskatonic Brewing Company (Darien) • MyGrain Brewing Company (Joliet) • Pollyanna Brewing Company (Lemont) • River Hawk Brewing (Channahon) • Skeleton Key Brewing (Woodridge) • Starved Rock Lodge’s Back Door Lounge (Oglesby) • Tangled Roots Brewing Company (Ottawa) • Will County Brewing Company (Shorewood) To redeem their prize, the completed passport (with stamps) must be mailed to the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, postmarked by the end of the 2018 calendar year.

DuPage Foundation Funds DuPagePads Family Outreach

in grants to organizations working in the area of Health and Human Services. The grant received will help underwrite DuPagePads Family Outreach program. “Once children who were homeless obtain a place to call ‘home,’ their health improves and they can focus in school and excel in their studies. DuPagePads Family Outreach program keeps families engaged in comprehensive support services so that they can overcome

their challenges to housing and ultimately work toward their full potential,” says Carol Simler, DuPagePads President & CEO. DuPage Foundation’s grant funding for DuPagePads Family Outreach program ensures participants have access to stabilizing support services including obtaining mainstream benefits, healthcare and employment training. Additionally, DuPagePads case managers advocate for children within local school districts.

DuPagePads was one of 36 notfor-profit organizations to receive a grant at the DuPage Foundation’s recent Spring Grant Awards Breakfast at Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn. The DuPage Foundation awarded more than $500,000

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Area man gets 8 years for criminal sex assault Former Lake Park High teacher, coach had inappropriate sexual contact with female student DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced June 20 that a former teacher and coach at Lake Park High School in Roselle was sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for having inappropriate sexual contact with a minor female student. Jared Wissmiller, 28, of Downers Grove, entered an agreed plea of guilty this morning to one count of Criminal Sexual Assault, a Class 1 Felony. Wissmiller has been in custody at the DuPage County Jail since turning himself in on May 31, 2017 on a $75,000 full cash bond. Today’s sentencing is the result

of allegations that Wissmiller, who, according to the indictment, “held, as a high school teacher and coach, … a position of trust, authority, or supervision in relation to” the victim engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior with the minor. An investigation led by the DuPage County Children’s Center into the allegations revealed that Wissmiller engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior with his victim from June 1, 2016, through September 2016. “[On June 21] Jared Wissmiller admitted that he used his position as a teacher to take advantage of a young girl solely to satisfy his sick

sexual desires,” Berlin said. “[The] sentence of eight years behind bars and a lifetime registration as a sex offender will ensure that Mr. Wissmiller will be unable to prey upon unsuspecting, innocent students for the rest of his life. I would like to thank the DuPage County Children’s Center, particularly Investigator Cathy Hundley, who did an outstanding job in uncovering the truth in this very disturbing case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Mike Pawl and Jennifer Lindt for their efforts in holding Mr. Wissmiller responsible for his behavior.” Wissmiller will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.



SEASPAR presents Summer Golf Classic The South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation (SEASPAR) is hosting its 16th annual Summer Golf Classic fundraiser on Friday, July 13. The golf tournament will take place at the Village Greens of Woodridge. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The format is a four-person team scramble. Individuals not in a foursome will be paired. Each player receives a box lunch, giveaways, and complimentary range and putting green use. An awards ceremony, buffet dinner, and raffle follow the tournament. Tickets for the golf outing are $150 per person and include golf, lunch, and dinner. Tickets

for the dinner only are available for $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at Organizations and individuals are also invited to sponsor the golf outing. Sponsorship opportunities are available for dollar amounts from $50 to $1,250. Proceeds from the Golf Classic will be used to support SEASPAR’s recreational programs and services for individuals with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs.





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Getting your kicks on Route 66 The Mother Road offers amazing sights as it winds through Illinois BY THE STATE JOURNALREGISTER STAFF

Perhaps it is the yearning for yesteryear that endears so many to Route 66. Who wouldn’t want to jump into a classic car and explore the United States, stopping at shiny new service stations to pump gas into your vehicle, or sip a cold drink from the soda shops that dot the roadway? Such sepia-toned wishes of driving the Mother Road in its heyday could prompt many of us to start packing for a trip. Ford had been mass-producing vehicles for a little more than a decade when Route 66 was commissioned on Nov. 11, 1926. It was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System, its 2,448 miles starting in Chicago before arriving on the West Coast in Los Angeles (and later the Santa Monica Pier). By 1985, Route 66 had been removed from the federal highway system, as the entire road had been replaced by the Interstate Highway System. But it’s still possible to get an idea of what the roadway looked like: Just stop in Lexington to take a trip down “Memory Lane,” a 1-mile stretch of the original 1926 alignment of Route 66 pavement. It was turned into an interpretive trail and is open year-round to pedestrians and bicycles. There, people can delight in the restored vintage billboards and signage. Despite it not being part of the Interstate Highway System, every year thousands still travel Route 66 to explore the communities that make up America’s Main Street. Just a small area of Route 66 in Illinois can net some fun experiences. Take Macoupin County: Stop in Girard for a handmade soda at Doc’s Soda Fountain, which opened in 1929 as part of Deck’s Drug Store. Take in the 22-foot-high granite monument in Mount Olive of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, known for her work as an organizer for the United Mine Workers. And, if you’re willing to go off the beaten path, you can find the 34 separate bird tracks an errant turkey left on the wet highway cement in the 1920s (find them south of Nilwood on Donaldson Road). Any road trip should include visits

to the many giant characters that call various Route 66 communities home. The Gemini Giant still towers over Wilmington. He holds a rocket and wears a space helmet — unlike his counterpart, the Lauterbach Man in Springfield, which holds an American flag and wears a stocking cap. Both are 28-foot “Muffler Man” creations from International Fiberglass, which were made as a promotional tool for auto shops. Of course, the 19-foot fiberglass man holding a hot dog in Atlanta shouldn’t be missed either (too bad it’s not closer to the giant catsup bottle that served as a water tower in Collinsville). And don’t forget to stop in Lincoln to see the 12-foot-tall Abraham Lincoln on a 24-foot-tall covered wagon. There are too many amazing sights to be seen on the Mother Road to list them all. But we offer a few suggestions for those who hop on the roadway at its starting point near Lake Michigan in Chicago and head southwest as they aim to get their kicks on the portion of Route 66 that travels through Illinois. TEXACO STATION, 417 W. WAUPANSIE ST. IN DWIGHT Ambler’s Texaco in Dwight is a shining example of the domestic-style gas stations along Route 66 during the mid20th century. Built in 1933, the station had wood clapboard siding, an arched roof and residential windows adorned with shutters and flower boxes. Three Texaco gas pumps out front were sheltered by a canopy. In 2002, it was donated to the village of Dwight, which, with the help of the National Park Service, restored it and turned it into a visitor center. ROUTE 66 ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM, 110 W. HOWARD ST. IN PONTIAC With the world’s largest painting of the Route 66 shield on the outside and thousands of artifacts inside, the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac is a shrine to the starting stretch of the Mother Road. The current incarnation opened in a former firehouse in 2004 and honors people and places that made significant contributions to the history and character of the road. BEER NUTS, 103 N. ROBINSON ST. IN BLOOMINGTON Travelers have been able to find Beer Nuts since 1937.

That’s the year Arlo Shirk and his father, Edward Shirk, bought a small confectionery store in downtown Bloomington, along with the recipe for a special glazed peanut. In 1950, the Shirks packaged the first bag for a local liquor store, calling them “Shirk’s Glazed Peanuts.” Three years later, the name was changed to Beer Nuts. FUNKS GROVE PURE MAPLE SIRUP, 5257 HISTORIC U.S. 66 IN SHIRLEY/FUNKS GROVE Production of Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup has been a family operation since the mid-1800s on land just off Route 66 between Shirley and Bloomington. In early spring each year, the maple trees are tapped and the sap is processed into the sweet product that has made this business a favorite stop among Route 66 travelers. Tours of the facility are available. ATLANTA MURALS, SOUTHWEST ARCH STREET IN ATLANTA More than 80 painters joined forces in 2003 to help preserve the art of handpainted advertising murals in Atlanta as part of the LetterRip on Route 66 event. Five murals were painted, all depicting various scenes from life in downtown Atlanta worked into historical advertisements. The year before, members of the LetterHeads organization painted the J.M. Judy & Sons grocery store advertisement that stretches the full length of one downtown building. INTERNATIONAL ROUTE 66 MOTHER ROAD FESTIVAL, DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD More than 1,000 classic cars and tens of thousands of spectators annually attend the three-day International Route 66 Mother Road Festival in downtown Springfield. This year’s is scheduled for Sept. 21-23. There always has been food, special guests and musical entertainment. But from the Friday night cruise and restoration-parts vendors to the classic restored cars, trucks and motorcycles lining the curbs, it has been the motors that matter. SKY VIEW DRIVE-IN THEATRE, 1500 N. OLD ROUTE 66 N IN LITCHFIELD The Sky View Drive-In Theatre in Litchfield is the last operating drive-in on Historic Route 66 in Illinois.





HEAT NASCAR returns to Joliet’s Chicagoland Speedway in its original summer date

BY MARK GREGORY Sports Editor @Hear_The_Beard

For the first time since 2010, the NASCAR weekend in Joliet will take place in July. After spending the last seven years as the first race of the Chase for the Cup, the Monster Energy Series Overton’s 400 will run Sunday, July 1. The race will kick off NBC’s live race coverage of the season. “We’re incredibly excited about the return to July,” Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock said when the news was released in May of 2017. “We always listen to our fans, and this is something they’ve asked for — a time when the weather in Chicago is perfect, kids are on summer break, and families look to enjoy memorable experiences together, especially around the Fourth of July holiday weekend.”

The storylines are aplenty for the fans that attend the race this weekend. This season has been dominated by a pair of drivers taking up residence in Victory Lane. Kevin Harvick has posted a series-best five wins on the season, while Kyle Busch has four victories. Busch, however, leads in points by 72 over Harvick. This season is also about who has not won. Chevy has posted only two wins on the season, and one of the drivers of Chevy is Jimmie Johnson, who has yet to win a race through the first 16 races of the year. This is the longest stretch Johnson has gone to open a season without a win since his first full Cup Series campaign in 2002. STARS AND STRIPES Race fans will join the recognition of our country’s service men SEE NASCAR PAGE 7


Kyle Busch celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series CocaCola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch is currently the leader in points.

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Locals in the field at WWGA Amateur BY MARK GREGORY Sports Editor @Hear_The_Beard

When the 118th Women’s Western Golf Association Amateur Championship gets underway at Romeoville’s Mistwood Golf Club, it will do so with representatives from 25 different states and seven foreign countries. Not to be lost, however, are the 29 players from Illinois – including five from the Voyager Media coverage area. The tournament will feature a pair of Bolinbrook residents in Jessica Yuen and Abby Bitto. Yuen, who recently finished her sophomore season at the University of Missouri, has all but made Mistwood her home course over the years, working with several of the instructors. “This is like my home course. I have played here a lot,” Yuen said. “I know the greens really well. Kelpie’s Corner (holes 14-17) will be the toughest and as long as I shoot par or better there, I should be OK.” She said she will not have added pressure to perform well because she knows the course. “I will take this as a confidence booster,” Yuen said. “This is so much more relaxed (than college). I am very familiar with this course, so I know how to play well – what to do and what not to do. At the end of the day, if I don’t play well, I will know what I need to do to improve my game. Yuen, a Neuqua Valley graduate, had four top-two finishes in

NASCAR FROM PAGE 5 and women with an omnipresent military theme woven into four days of racing as part of NASCAR Salutes. “Chicagoland Speedway has always used its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend as a platform to pay tribute to active and veteran military members, and this year we will raise the bar as we celebrate our Stars and Stripes weekend to kick off the Fourth of July holiday,” said Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock. Champions Park will include a

high school and winning state twice. While at Missouri, she was a 2017 NCAA regional qualifier as an individual. Joining Yuen will be Abby Bitto, a Bolingbrook resident and graduate of Benet Academy. She played last season at the University of Dayton where, as a freshman, she carded her season-low 81 at Northern Kentucky Collegiate Classic, finish 49th. While at Benet, she was a three-time All-East Suburban Catholic Conference golfer, helping Benet to an ESCC Championship title and a seventhplace finish in the state tournament in 2016. Bitto is not the only golfer representing the Redwings this week. Joining her will be three of her teammates from the 2016 Benet team that placed seventh in state. Isabella Abdullah just finished her freshman season at Elon University in North Carolina. The two graduates will be with a pair of incoming seniors in Caroline Wing and Lauren Beaudreau. Wing was a sectional qualifier last season, while Beaudreau took the year off of playing high school golf to play in the Swinging Skirts American Junior Golf Association Invitational in California, There she tied for 28th with a 54-hole score of 12-overpar 228. As a freshman at Benet, Beaudreau placed fourth at the Class AA state meet and missed win-

Freedom Walk, featuring museums, memorials, military vehicles, ceremonies and organizations in support of military and veterans. ROCK THE INFIELD Country music star, Randy Houser holsters four Number One singles under his belt, and has been nominated for numerous CMA, ACM and CMT awards. Some of his most notable hits include: “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” “How Country Feels,” “Goodnight Kiss,” “Like a Cowboy” and “Boots On.” He will perform many of these hits and more for fans during the pre-race concert on the Chicagoland Speedway tri-oval


Lauren Beaudreau is one of five Voyager Media area golfers playing in the Women’s Western Gofl Association Amateur at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville. ning a state title by one stroke as a sophomore, finishing second to Lincoln-Way Central sophomore Grace Curran, who is also participating in the WWGA Amateur. She is looking forward to playing against a challenging field. “I played the Western Junior a couple of years ago and I had a really great experience and when I saw the amateur was at

Mistwood and was only 25 minutes from my house, it was a super easy decision,” said Beaudreau, who is verbally committed to play at Notre Dame. “I love this golf course and it is a great tournament field and I am really excited to be playing with some really great players. Mistwood is a very challenging course and I think it sets up well fro my game. “My goal is to make the cut

and after that it is match play and anything can happen.” After her hiatus, Beaudreau said she plans on returning to play for Benet this fall. “I am playing high school golf this season and my goal is to win the state title,” she said. “It is really nice to see where my game stacks with some of the best and it is a lot of confidence going back to high school

infield grass, beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. as part of the pageantry leading up to the final race of the Stars and Stripes weekend. “Hosting a premier performer and iconic musician like Randy has become part of our Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tradition,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway. “We’re looking forward to Randy’s electric performance, which will be a great addition in an already robust and energetic schedule of festivities.” JUST FOR KIDS From Thursday to Saturday,

kids’ tickets will be free in select sections for the ARCA Racing Series SCOTT® 150, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overton’s 225 and the Xfinity Series Overton’s 300. On Sunday, Kids tickets are $25 off adult prices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400. Kids can visit the Kids Club display to register as an official member for free. The Chicagoland Speedway Kids Club is the best way to keep kids dialed into racing action on a regular basis. Chicagoland Speedway mas-

cot DASH will make regular appearances throughout the weekend as well and will be available for photos with fans. Gaming trucks, face painters, bounce houses and much more will be available for kids in Champions Park located at the Kids Club display. On Sunday, young fans will also have the opportunity to attend an autograph session, featuring Monster Energy Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch, William Byron and Michael McDowell. Event schedule details can be found on our website at www.





Daughter under no obligation to absent dad

DEAR DAVE, My father died recently. He walked out of my life 25 years ago when I was a teenager, and he never wanted anything to do with me after that. His brothers, who have already paid for some of his final expenses, asked if I wanted to pay to have his body cremated. They didn’t ask for money, they just offered it as a chance to be part of things. I’m in good shape financially, and I could easily afford the cost. Morally, I wonder if I have a responsibility to help with things. Do you feel I’m obligated in any way? JULIE DEAR JULIE, I’m sorry for your loss. I’m sorry, too, about what happened with your father. I can’t imagine the mixed emotions you must have in your heart. When someone asks me a question like this, I try to put myself in their shoes. Under the circumstances, I don’t think you have any obligation whatsoever — morally or legally — to help pay for anything.



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LEGAL LISTINGS CALENDAR Until AUGUST 11 “Are We There Yet?” Exhibit at

Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. Take a trip through the history of vacations, tourism and leisure from the Industrial Revolution to the present day. This exhibit explores how Downers Grove residents and tourists who visited the village planned, enjoyed and remembered their travels. 630-9631300 or visit

JUNE 27 Concert in the Parks. 7-8 p.m.,

Kids Concert with Scribble Monster at Westminster Park, 1320 Westminster Drive, Woodridge. Bring your chairs and blankets for a free concert.

JUNE 27-JULY 1 Lisle Eyes to the Skies Carnival kicks of 5 days of this annual event in Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short Street in Lisle. The

five days include the carnival, balloon launch, craft and food vendors, kids activities and entertainment and evening concerts. https://www.

JULY 3 Free Outdoor Concert. 7 p.m. at

Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park, Downers Grove. Part of the Downers Grove Park District 2018 Summer Concert Series. Pirates Over 40 (Caribbean/Buffett). Food, beer and wine sales will begin at 6 p.m.

JULY 4 Independence Day Celebration.

4-10 p.m. at Ty Warner Park, 801 Burr Oak Drive, Westmont. We will be lighting up the skies with bigger and better fireworks than ever before! The family fun begins at the old-fashioned Independence Day Celebration. A complete list of activities can be found in the summer program guide on Westmont Park Districts website. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the best 4th of July around.

JULY 4 Lisle Community Band. Thursdays, at 11 a.m., 4th of July Parade.

JULY 10 Free Outdoor Concert. 7 p.m. at

Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park, Downers Grove. Part of the Downers Grove Park District 2018 Summer Concert Series. Final Say (Pop/Rock). Food, beer and wine sales will begin at 6 p.m.

JULY 11 Concert in the Parks. 7-8:30 p.m.,

Brittany and the Spears at Mending Wall Park, 8406 Mending Wall Drive, Woodridge. Bring your chairs and blankets for a free concert.

JULY 12 Lisle Community Band. Thurs-

days, 7:30 p.m. at the Lisle Park District Band Shell, east side of Lisle’s Sea Lion Aquatic Park. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments sold, courtesy of Faith United Methodist Church.






HARVICK & CHILDERS: A winning combination BY MARK GREGORY Sports Editor @Hear_The_Beard

In 2013, Kevin Harvick and team owner Richard Childress decided to part ways with Harvick eventually joining Stewart-Haas Racing – Harvick made one phone call that could have changed his career. That call was to Rodney Childers, who at the time was crew chief for the No. 55 car for Michael Waltrip Racing. “He called me one day and wanted to meet with me and wanted me to be his crew chief and I could tell form the get go that he really wanted me to do it and he had my back and wanted to do it together,” Childers said. “After a few meetings, we were dead set that we were going to do this together and push hard every week and win races. I think Kevin has always been one of the best drivers in the garage and as a crew chief, you try and do somethings to try and be with one of those good drivers some day and put yourself in a

position to win races. It is something you dream about and just hope you get the chance.” That season, the duo won the NASCAR Championship, the first for either of them a year later the team placed second and the No. 4 team is back in search of another championship this year. Harvick is currently second in points this season, 75 points behind Kyle Busch, however, he has five wins this season – the most in the series. “We talked about a lot of things going into this year that we may not be where we need to be and that we need to stay positive and if we couldn’t get this car going – we have the Mustang coming next year and we had to keep working at it. Then we came out of the gate with fast cars and I guess that was a little bit of a surprise to us,” Childers said. “I think having another year of working with Ford and working with their tools and working with the Ford body and all that has been good for us. We are trying to get the cars better aerodynamically


Rodney Childers (right) and Kevin Harvick have been a team since 2014 and are looking to capture a second championship this season. and there are some things we changed throughout the company to make things better. It seems like all the teams are working together better than they had in the past and sharing information, so it has been a lot

of fun from that standpoint and has been a lot of fun going to the racetrack.” After Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500, Harvick rattled off three wins in a row and appeared to be the dominant team

in the series after wins in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix. However, after California and Martinsville, like the prize fighter he has shown he is over the years, Kyle Busch recorded his own three-win stretch claiming wins at Texas, Bristol and Richmond. After Joey Logano won at Talladega, Harvick won two more in a row, taking Dover and Kansas. Harvick also won the All-Star Race in Charlotte, but Busch claimed the Series race there the following week, taking the lead back. Childers will look to captain Harvick to another win Sunday at the Overton’s 400 Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. “That was one of the races that started to turn things around last year,” Childers said. “We led some laps and ran in the top three the entire day, so I feel that with the things we have learned over the winter and the cars we have built and the momentum we have that we can go out and compete for another win.”


Downers Grove 6-28-18  
Downers Grove 6-28-18