Brett Hearn able to keep Eastern States weekend on track

Lately, I find myself using pencils a lot more — this unpredictable COVID-19 ordeal has me canceling way too many events that were listed in my monthly planner.

According to Orange County Fair Speedway’s director of motorsports Brett Hearn, I can put my eraser away because he’s running the 59th annual Eastern States 200 weekend, which is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24 (rain date Oct. 25) as scheduled.

“It will be a two-day schedule — we would do all of the qualifying on Friday and all of the features on Saturday and that will culminate on Saturday night with the annual 200 for the big-blocks,” Hearn said.

Only the modified, small-block modifieds and sportsman classes will be invited to the two-day deal. A street stock feature will be added on Saturday.  And with things not “normal” these days, Hearn and company are trying to keep some

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Amazon Alexa app gets new Auto Mode for extra safety while driving

Amazon has updated the Alexa mobile app with an important new feature that should help those who are dedicated to the platform. Simply called Auto Mode, this new feature enables users to turn on a simplified interface while they’re driving, stripping the Alexa mobile experience down to the basic features users may need to access while driving. The feature may be useful for those who drive cars lacking a smart system like Android Auto.

Though infotainment systems have become increasingly common in vehicles, many people still use their phone with a clip or magnetic latch. There are some advantages to using your phone — it is probably more responsive and faster than the built-in system in your car, for example, assuming you have an inexpensive vehicle, and it may have a larger display. Assuming that’s the case (and that you use Amazon products), the new Alexa Auto Mode is here

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Auto sales bounce 2.4 per cent in September in best showing since outbreak

TORONTO — Auto sales in September were 2.4 per cent higher than a year earlier, marking the best month for dealers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.



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DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. said on Thursday that 169,876 light vehicles were sold in September, up from 166,488 in September 2019.

Andrew King, the managing partner of the consultancy, said the sales marked a huge step forward for the auto industry, which saw sales plunge during the initial COVID-19 lockdown.

King said the question is whether the sales momentum can keep up if a second COVID-19 lockdown comes into force.

“COVID-19 cases may have started to rise worryingly toward the end of September but it didn’t slow down the automotive market for the month,” King’s report said. 

“For now, however, sales are climbing with September easily being the most impressive month we have seen since the

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Red Gold Announces Event to Support Families of Fallen Veterans and Showcase Launch of New All-American Products

“An All-American Evening under the Stars” Event to Support Families of Fallen Veterans and Showcase Launch of New All-American Products To Further Support the Cause

INDIANAPOLIS (PRWEB) October 01, 2020

Guests from across the nation will join together at the 33-acre Lucas Estate in Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, on Saturday, October 3rd to celebrate “An All-American Evening Under the Stars” fundraising event with country music superstar John Rich, Indiana performing favorites Hunter & Girton, and special guest speaker Rocky Sickmann, POW and USMC Veteran — sponsored by Red Gold, Folds of Honor and Budweiser.

On behalf of the Folds of Honor organization, the evening’s featured speaker, Rocky Sickmann, will tell the harrowing story of his experience of when he was taken captive by Iranian militants in 1979 and held hostage for 444 days during what became known around the world as the “Iran Hostage Crisis”. Sickmann is also

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ABT Makes Facelifted Audi RS4 Avant More Interesting With 503HP RS4-S Special Edition


ABT Sportsline has released a new special edition model based on the facelifted Audi RS4 Avant.

Called the ABT RS4-S, it features a power upgrade, a comprehensive aero package, 21-inch alloys, different suspension options and new interior components. Starting off in the engine compartment, the RS4 Avant’s 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 has been given the ABT Engine Control unit which boosts the maximum power to 510 PS (503 HP) and the peak torque to 660 Nm (487 lb-ft).

These are increases of 60 PS (59 HP) and 60 Nm (44 lb-ft) over the standard car and improve the sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) by one tenth of a second to 3.9 seconds. If that’s not fast enough, the tuner also offers the ABT Power S upgrade which takes the V6 to 530 PS (523 HP) and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque. Upon request, this power kit also

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Empowering Auto Insurance Consumers with More Information and $1B in Relief

TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2020 /CNW/ – Ontario’s auto insurers reported consumers have been eligible to receive almost $1 Billion in relief in response to COVID-19. This represents an increase of over $300M or 45% since insurers last reported in May 2020. Information reported by the 13 largest insurers is also being shared publicly to provide greater transparency to inform consumers. 

“Our government took immediate action to make the required regulatory changes so that consumers could benefit from the change in driving behaviour during the pandemic,” said Minister Phillips. “We made it very clear to insurers that drivers deserved more, which resulted in auto insurers making available almost $1B in relief for Ontario drivers. I have asked FSRA to continue monitoring how insurance companies are providing relief to ensure consumers’ needs are being met as the pandemic continues to evolve.”

The $1B reported consumer relief is equivalent to 7.1%

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good natured Products Inc. Announces Redemption of Convertible Debentures & Final Closing of Private Placement | 2020-10-01 | Press Releases

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VANCOUVER, BC , Oct.1, 2020 /CNW/ – good natured Products Inc. (the “Company” or ” good natured ® “) (TSX-V: GDNP), a North American leader in plant-based product and packaging, today announced that the Company has redeemed all remaining convertible debentures due February 28, 2022 (the “Debentures”). Payment of $1,218,000 (inclusive of interest and principal) was issued at a redemption price of $1,050 per $1,000 principal amount of the Debentures, which included unpaid interest accrued since August 2020 .

good natured better everyday products made from plants, not petroleum (CNW Group/Good Natured Products)

The Company also announced the final closing (the “Final Tranche”) of its brokered private placement (the “Offering”) announced on July 8, 2020 , and a non-brokered for gross proceeds of $218,510.60 . Total aggregate proceeds from the first tranche (the “First Tranche”) and the final tranche (the “Final Tranche”) equaled $3,339,201.00 .

In the Final Tranche,

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Best sales and discounts being offered this month

October is here and while we would come to expect smaller fall and Halloween sales, coronavirus — among other factors — has caused this month to look different than years past. For one thing, Amazon has recently announced that Prime Day will be on Oct. 13 and 14. What does this mean? More products are offered at slashed prices, including home goods, electronics and more. And while we would normally expect big sales to ramp up come Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it seems that holiday shopping and related sales may kick off early this year.

To better understand what October may bring, and how shoppers should take advantage of all the sales and deals available, we consulted Michael Bonebright from DealNews.com. “Because the megaretailer is hosting Prime Day on October 13-14, other stores are already scrambling to host their own mid-month events,” Bonebright said. “Thus far, we know that

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US auto sales drop less than expected in Q3

Automakers reported better-than-expected third-quarter US auto sales Thursday, pointing to strong demand for trucks and a boost from low interest rates.

Auto giants General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota saw vehicle sales fall about 10 percent for the quarter ending September 30, but that decline was smaller than analyst estimates and a big improvement from the second quarter when coronavirus restrictions were at their most severe.

Besides a boost from low interest rates, car sales have also been supported by a shift in consumer spending away from vacations and other discretionary items, company officials said.

But analysts warned that car sales could suffer in the fourth quarter, in part because of the income hit from a stalemate in Congress over the latest coronavirus spending bill. Data from the Commerce Department Thursday showed a 2.7 percent drop in income. 

“The huge decline in household income is a warning that the economy

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Talking free agency and nine years on the Red Sox with Jackie Bradley Jr.: ‘It’s just a special, special achievement’

“Let’s sit outside.”

Despite gray skies and potential rain, Bradley had a lot to soak in just a day after his season ended. He sat down with the Globe and traced how he’s gotten to this point and discussed his free agency ahead.

The Red Sox are all Bradley’s ever known. It was the organization that drafted him in the first round out of the University of South Carolina in 2011, that saw him steamroll through the minors, set spring training on fire in ’13, and earn an Opening Day roster spot only to see him fall flat. It was the team that saw him struggle, then succeed, then struggle some more. Then succeed some more. Then struggle again.

Nine years later, Bradley is entering free agency. It’s a moment that, depending upon who you ask, many suspected he wouldn’t reach, at least with the Red Sox. This was a

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