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.
The migration of the great snipe Gallinago media was previously poorly known. Three tracks in 2010 suggested a remarkable migratory behaviour including long and fast overland non-stop flights (Klaassen et al. 2011). Here we present the migration pattern of Swedish male great snipes, based on 19 individuals tracked by light-level geolocators in four different years. About half of the birds made stopover(s) in northern Europe in early autumn. They left the breeding area 15 days earlier than those which flew directly to sub-Sahara, suggesting two distinct autumn migration strategies. The autumn trans-Sahara flights were on average 5500 km long, lasted 64 h, and were flown at ground speeds of 25 m s-1 (90 km h-1). The arrival in the Sahel zone of West Africa coincided with the wet season there, and the birds stayed for on average three weeks. The birds arrived at their wintering grounds around the lower stretches of the Congo River in late September and stayed for seven months. In spring the great snipes made trans-Sahara flights of similar length and speed as in autumn, but the remaining migration through eastern Europe was notably slow. All birds returned to the breeding grounds within one week around mid-May. The annual cycle was characterized by relaxed temporal synchronization between individuals during the autumn-winter period, with maximum variation at the arrival in the wintering area. Synchronization increased in spring, with minimum time variation at arrival in the breeding area. This suggests that arrival date in the breeding area is under strong stabilizing selection, while there is room for more flexibility in autumn and arrival to the wintering area. The details of the fast non-stop flights remain to be elucidated, but the identification of the main stopover and wintering areas is important for future conservation work on this red-listed bird species.