Marty Erivez became the first Wyoming driver to win rookie of the year honors in IMCA’s Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region for Modifieds since 1998. IMCA President Brett Root is at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)GILLETTE, Wyo. – The timing of a phone call got Marty Erivez in an IMCA Modified.His consistency throughout the season got the Gillette, Wyo., driver rookie of the year honors in the Larry Shaw Racing Western Region.“I had raced for more than 10 years before selling everything, buying a house and taking a year off,” Erivez said. “I was going to pick up a B mod in Minnesota when I got a call from a guy in Montana about a Modified (a 2012 Side Biter). I canceled my plans to go to Minnesota and bought the Modified instead.”He logged 22 starts in 2017, 13 of them at his hometown Gillette Thunder Speedway, where Erivez finished third in the point standings.His best feature finish was second, by half a car length, to Rob Hoffman in the May 27 show at Gillette. Erivez posted six more top five five finishes and ended fourth in Allstar Performance Wyoming state standings.Erivez was a two-time Western region champion and three-time state champion with Wissota. He had won two track championships in the Midwest Modified class and two more in a limited late model class, all at Gillette, before moving to the IMCA division.“I came close to winning a couple times. It’s tough to get wins when you’re running with Eddie Kirchoff and Tony Leiker but we were very happy with the way things turned out this year,” he said. “I really like the competition in an IMCA Modified. You can go anywhere with them. It was a blast and I had so much fun with it.”Erivez is the first Wyoming driver to score regional rookie of the year honors since Don Robertson Jr. of Green River in 1998.Starts-22Wins-0Top Fives-7 HIS CREW: Wife Kari and Nate Gilmore HIS SPONSORS: Parents Martin and Vonnie Erivez, Black Hawk Crane, Overhead Door, NAPA Record Supply, Domino’s Pizza, Wyoming Corporate Cleaners, Platinum Auto, All Dimensions Fitness Center and Lightning Lube, all of Gillette; Dakota Bus Service of Spearfish, S.D.; Heidler Ranch of Opal, S.D.; and Jackson Dental of Belle Forche, S.D.
Ian Mcgeechan celebrates with physio Craig White after winning the third Lions test against South Africa (2009)Ian McGeechan weighed a puny 10½ st when he made his Headingley debut in 1964 and he was once mistaken for someone’s son when boarding the Yorkshire team bus. Yet is there a bigger giant of the game? writes deputy editor Alan Pearey.The Scottish Yorkshireman went on seven Lions tours, four of them as head coach, and produced the blueprint on which all tours of length should be based: one team, one goal, one hell of an experience. His tactical powers, as illustrated on his favourite Lions tour of 1997 when he nullified Henry Honiball, have always stood him above the rest. But his strength of will was also exceptional: he was a terrific cricketer and once, batting at eight, he defied a table-topping attack for 38 overs to earn a crucial draw for his team. Only four runs were scored in that time.The subject of his Carnegie College dissertation, the invincible 1967 New Zealand team, tells you that his analytical mind was ticking from a young age. But it took a picture of Jonathan Davies defending against a wall of All Blacks in 1988 to reinforce his principle of the ‘cone’ attack, which shaped his thinking for the next two decades. Northampton, Wasps, Scotland and the Lions were the main beneficiaries.He says the best advice he ever got came from a teacher at college. “After 20 years, make sure you’ve got 20 years’ experience, not one year’s experience that you’ve repeated 20 times.”Despite some repetition, McGeechan’s story is told with customary panache by Stephen Jones, and the fact Geech has so few unkind words to say – David Burcher, Will Carling, Laurie Mains and Brand Haskell may beg to differ – is a reflection of his forgiving nature. He will soon be back!RW RATING 5/5 Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. BUY IT AT: amazon.co.uk RRP: £18.99 PUBLISHER: Simon & SchusterGot a rugby book or DVD you’d like us to review in the Armchair Zone? Email email@example.comThis article appeared in the December 2009 issue of Rugby World MagazineDo you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipc LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS