WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Kenseth remains in first place in the Chase
Matt Kenseth of Cambridge remains in first place in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, after he took seventh yesterday at the Triple-"A"-400 in Dover Delaware. Jimmie Johnson moved into second in the Chase standings, cutting Kenseth's lead from 18 points to eight. Kyle Busch is in third, 12 points back. Kenseth won the first two Chase events at the Chicagoland Speedway and Loudon New Hampshire. Johnson put on a dominating performance at Dover, leading for 243-of-the-400 laps. Kenseth remains the slim favorite to win his second season title in NASCAR's top series. The first was in 2003. Paul Menard of Eau Claire finished 18th yesterday. He remains 17th in the point standings. Beloit-born Danica Patrick was 29th in the race, and she fell one spot for the year to 28th. Travis Kvapil of Janesville placed 31st at Dover. He remains 31st in the point totals.
The Wisconsin football team dropped out of the Top-25 in both major national polls, after their seven-point loss at Ohio State on Saturday night. The Badgers are three places away from being ranked in both the A-P media poll and the U-S-A Today coaches' survey. Wisconsin was ranked 23rd last week by the media, and 24th by the coaches. Gary Andersen's team fell to 3-and-2 overall and 1-and-1 in the Big Ten. The Badgers have a bye this weekend, and will host Northwestern on October 12th. With a chance that Ohio State will go undefeated, Andersen says the Badgers don't fully control their own destiny in the Big Ten standings. But he adds quote, "If we take care of business one game at a time, I like our chances ... Some way, there will be another big game for us to play, to put ourselves in position to do some special things with this season." Andersen is not sure what they might be but quote, "These kids will come back."
U-W Oshkosh remains at Number-eight in the new N-C-A-A Division-Three poll from D-Three-Football-Dot-Com. The Titans completed their non-conference schedule at 3-and-0 after crushing Alma 56-to-3 on Saturday. U-W Platteville is still ranked ninth at 3-and-0 after a bye week. Whitewater is still at Number-12 after a 65-to-nothing win over Waldorf on Saturday. That improved the Warhawks' record to 3-and-0. Unbeaten Mount Union of Ohio is still at Number-One.
In golf, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for second place at the P-G-A Champions Tour's Nature Valley First Tee Open. Forsman shot a three-under-par 69 in his third-and-final round yesterday at Pebble Beach on the California coast. He finished in a tie with Doug Garwood at nine-under-207. Kirk Triplett won the tournament at 11-under.