NASCAR fined three teams for lug-nut violations after the race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, one in each of NASCAR’s national series.In the NASCAR Cup Series, the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet driven by Kyle Larson was found to have one lug nut not safe and secure during post-race inspection. As a result, NASCAR fined crew chief Chad Johnston $10,000.RELATED: Full results for Las Vegas racesIn the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR fined Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Ben Beshore $5,000 after one lug nut was found not safe and secure on the No. 20 Toyota driven by Harrison Burton.And in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, NASCAR fined crew chief Matt Noyce $2,500 when one lug nut was found not safe and secure on the No. 99 ThorSport Racing Ford driven by Ben Rhodes.
A coalition of 34 advocacy organizations and the Vermont legislative Climate Caucus is pushing the Legislature to continue to fund the Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program at its current level of $12 million. The governor’s proposed budget would decrease the program’s capacity by failing to maintain the funding level that has been bolstered by 5 years of “one-time” funding – first ARRA stimulus funding, and then funds from the GMP-CVPS merger. The ARRA funding allowed the program to build infrastructure and purchase equipment that allows for best practices in weatherization. The five years of increased capacity also coincided with the State of Vermont setting a goal of weathering 20,000 low income homes by 2020. Although progress has been made, 14,000 homes still need to be weatherized to meet this goal.Hal Cohen, Executive Director of Central Vermont Community Action Council, noted, “Weatherization is one of the best investments we can make in Vermont. For every dollar invested in weatherization, approximately $2.50 is returned to the household and the community.”Cohen shared a letter signed by 34 organizations asking the legislature to keep the Low Income Weatherization Program funded at the $12 million level in order to maintain the program’s capacity and to continue to make progress toward the goal of weatherizing 20,000 low income homes by 2020.Karen Lafayette of the Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council explained, “Low Income Vermont households spend a much higher percentage of their incomes on heating costs than the rest of the population. The average savings from low income weatherization of $1000 per household is $200 more than the average LIHEAP benefit this year – and that savings continues each and every year, saving an average of approximately 37% of a household’s heating costs year after year.”Rep. Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) shared a letter signed by 83 legislators of the Climate Caucus urging “support for robust funding of the Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Programs. We cannot afford to drop back from the $12 million spent in FY 2014. In fact, we should be going further.”Rep. Hooper added, “Climate change is the single most important issue of our time. We need to be acting aggressively to attack this problem. The Low Income Weatherization program has been one of the most effective ways of making the lives of low income Vermonters substantially better and as a result not burning 465,000 gallons of fuel last year.”The Low Income Weatherization Assistance Programs provide weatherization services free of charge to Vermonters who meet income and other qualifications. Trained professionals will review the problem areas in a home and identify the most cost-effective steps that can be taken to increase comfort, reduce heat loss, and ensure safety. The Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council represents the interests of low income Vermonters. The Climate Caucus is a group of legislators who are trying to focus attention on the climate crisis. LINKS: Climate Caucus Letter: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5xwj8703or8aggp/weatherizationfunding%20copy.pdf(link is external) Advocate Letter: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ylt9q43gvdm56d2/Weatherization%20Platform%20SI…(link is external) Factsheet: https://www.dropbox.com/s/txkpfkk1oca3xpr/WAPS%20rba%20factsheet%20FINAL…(link is external)
Roger Federer made a shock exit from the U.S. Open on Monday after the five-times champion was beaten 3-6 7-5 7-6(7) 7-6(3) by unseeded Australian John Millman in the round of 16.Millman, ranked 55th in the world, was dominated by Federer in the first set but turned the tables on the Swiss to take the second then held his nerve through two tiebreaks to secure the win in three hours and 34 minutes.The Australian said he froze in the first set but was able to take control by relying on his fighting qualities.“Felt like a deer in the headlights to begin with, to be honest,” he said courtside.“I’ve got to control the controllable and the one thing I can control is the fight in me. I’ve always brought the fight up.”Second seed Federer, who had not dropped a set in his first three matches in New York, had 77 unforced errors and 10 double faults and landed just 49 percent of his first serves.Millman said the victory had yet to sink in.“I’m probably in a little bit of disbelief. I have so much respect for Roger and everything he’s done for the game,” he added. “He’s a hero of mine. Today he was not at his best but I’ll take it.”Next up for the Australian is a quarter-final match-up against sixth seed Novak Djokovic. Day 8, Monday, Sept. 3Men’s Singles resultsJohn Millman def. No. 2 Roger Federer, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(3)No. 6 Novak Djokovic def. Joao Sousa, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3No. 7 Marin Cilic def. No. 10 David Goffin, 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-4No. 21 Kei Nishikori def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5Day 9, Tuesday, Sept. 4Men’s Singles scheduleNo. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 9 Dominic ThiemNo. 3 Juan Martin del Potro vs. No. 11 John Isner