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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is shifting its response to Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico to a land-based operation as it clears airfields and adds communications capabilities, allowing it flow more troops onto the ailing U.S. island, defense officials said Wednesday.

U.S. Northern Command on Wednesday sent 16 Army helicopters to Puerto Rico and was preparing to deploy a portion of a sustainment brigade — some 1,000 soldiers who specialize in distribution of goods in hostile environments — to the U.S. territory of 3.4 million people left devastated by the Category 4 storm that struck the island Sept. 20, Pentagon officials said.

The military’s top general on Tuesday pledged the U.S. territories in the Caribbean would receive the full support of the Defense Department.

“We’re going to do everything we can to help them out,” Dunford told senators on Capitol Hill. “We’re anticipating what they will need to get ahead of it.”

That included tasking an Army brigadier general to take command of the nearly 5,000 active-duty forces operating on the island alongside some 2,500 National Guard members, said Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. Brig. Gen. Rich Kim, Army North’s deputy commander, arrived in Puerto Rico on Wednesday to establish a land-based command structure, taking over for the USS Kearsarge-based commander who had been leading military response operations.

That included tasking an Army brigadier general to take command of the nearly 5,000 active-duty forces operating on the island alongside some 2,500 National Guard members, said Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. Brig. Gen. Rich Kim, Army North’s deputy commander, arrived in Puerto Rico on Wednesday to establish a land-based command structure, taking over for the USS Kearsarge-based commander who had been leading military response operations.

During the last week, the military has relied primarily on moving relief supplies and launching search-and-rescue operations from the Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship staged between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. National Guard members along with Marines and sailors from the Kearsarge had cleared runways at 10 of the island’s airports by Wednesday, drastically increasing the flow of aircraft flying onto the island, Davis said.

The military aims to fly about 10 planes per hour into the region Wednesday to provide relief. Only three to six aircraft had been able land each hour previously, Davis said.

Nearly all of Puerto Rico remained without power Wednesday and nearly half of its inhabitants did not have access to drinking water, according to the Pentagon. The military had helped restore some level of power to 59 of the island’s 69 hospitals by Wednesday, but most of them remained unable to provide advanced care.

The Pentagon has tasked the USNS Comfort, a Mercy-class hospital ship based at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, to leave for Puerto Rico by the weekend. The ship has 1,000 hospital beds and carriers medical evacuation helicopters. But it will be well into next week before the Comfort arrives in the region, Davis said.

The Pentagon is also sending small medical and surgical teams to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, he said. Davis did not provide specific information about the units or where they would operate.

The influx of Army helicopters – eight from the Fort Campbell, Kentucky-based 101st Airborne Division and eight more from the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina – will bring the total number of military helicopters operating in Puerto Rico to 40 by Thursday.

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the military shipped about 350 satellite telephones to aid people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, many of whom have been unable to communicate with family members and friends for nearly a week, Davis said. Cell phone service remains down for about 95 percent of Puerto Rico.

It was also sending military teams – including tactical communications specialists from Georgia’s Fort Stewart and civil affairs experts from Fort Bragg – to Puerto Rico to assist efforts to increase communications among government agencies and within the local population, officials said.

By Patrick Gillespie, Rafael Romo and Maria Santana CNN

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CNN) — A mountain of food, water and other vital supplies has arrived in Puerto Rico’s main Port of San Juan.

But a shortage of truckers and the island’s devastated infrastructure are making it tough to move aid to where it’s needed most. Only 20% of truck drivers have reported back to work since Hurricane Maria swept through, according to a representative for Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

On top of that, a diesel fuel shortage and a tangle of blocked roads mean the distribution of supplies is extremely challenging. Even contacting drivers is a problem because cell towers are still down.

“When we say we that we don’t have truck drivers, we mean that we have not been able to contact them,” Rosselló said.

On Thursday the White House authorized a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act, a federal law that limits shipping to US ports by foreign vessels. Puerto Rico’s governor and other US officials had argued that a waiver would expedite supplies to the island.

But shipping companies already have aid and supplies either waiting at the port to be delivered — or held up at ports on the US mainland.

About 9,500 containers of supplies were sitting at the Port of San Juan Thursday morning, said Yennifer Alvarez, spokeswoman for Puerto Rico’s governor.

Shipping company Crowley said it had 3,000 containers there, filled with clothes, food, medicine, water, construction materials and even cars.

As of Wednesday, Crowley had only been able to dispatch 4% of those 3,000 containers, said Jose Ayala, the company’s vice president in Puerto Rico.

‘This hurricane was catastrophic’

Ayala said the company can’t get enough truck drivers or trucks filled up with diesel to pick up supplies for distribution across the island.

“The problem has been with the logistics, the parts of the supply chain that move the cargo from our terminal to the shelves or to the tables of the people in Puerto Rico,” Ayala said Wednesday. “This hurricane was catastrophic.”

Meanwhile, Puerto Ricans are waiting hours in line to get gas, food and cash. Gas stations and supermarkets are rationing supplies, while banks are running low on cash.

Natalia Manteiga waited outside a supermarket Wednesday in Old San Juan that was letting in a few people at a time. She wanted to get water, tuna, and Chef Boyardee for her two children and her husband — who had waited for hours Tuesday to get $20 worth of gas.

With stifling humidity and temperatures in the high 90s, it started to rain on Mantiega and dozens of other hopeful shoppers trying to get food.

Manteiga, who works for a tourism firm, said she’s running low on cash, too.

“It’s difficult when you have kids. You want to make sure they have enough food,” said Manteiga. “They told me the banks are refilling, but we don’t know and the lines are very long.”

CNN’s Marilia Brocchetto, Patricia Pedraza and Bijan Hosseini contributed to this report.

Las labores de rescate continúan en los edificios colapsados

El temblor de 7.1 grados en escala de Richter que afectó varios estados del centro de México, incluyendo la capital, han dejado decenas de víctimas mortales y heridos, así como un alto número de desaparecidos.

Además de los daños en la Ciudad de México, Estado de México, Morelos y Puebla se siguen contabilizando y evaluando, ya que hay inmuebles que no se derrumbaron, pero tuvieron daños estructurales que los hacen inhabitables o inoperables como oficinas.

Sobre el nuevo sismo, registrado la mañana del sábado las autoridades no reportaron más daños ni muertes directas, pero provocó pánico entre los habitantes.

Este conteo se actualizará conforme las autoridades mexicanas informen.

Número de muertos

El responsable de Protección Civil del gobierno federal, Luis Felipe Puente, informó que ya suman 318 las víctimas fatales del terremoto.*

  • Ciudad de México, 180 (119 mujeres y 61 hombres)
  • Morelos, 73 
  • Puebla, 45
  • Edomex, 13
  • Guerrero, 6
  • Oaxaca, 1
*Sólo ahí se proporciona desglose. Las cifras siguen variando, debido al retraso de coordinación entre autoridades.

Número de desaparecidos

No hay un reporte oficial, pero cada uno de los inmuebles donde hay labores de rescate publican listas de personas que todavía están siendo buscadas. Se estiman varias, tanto en la Ciudad de México, como en Puebla.

En el Centro Médico Forense de la capital faltan 5 cadáveres por identificar.

En Morelos siguen retirando escombros, por lo que el número de víctimas podría aumentar.

Los casos más sensibles

En el último temblor de 6.1, ocurrido la mañana del sábado, murieron dos mujeres, pero de un paro cardiaco, no por el derrumbe de sus viviendas, reportaron autoridades de la Ciudad de México.

Dónde ayudar

Existen varios centros de acopio, pero entre las instituciones que necesitan apoyo son la Cruz Roja Mexicana y el grupo Topos, la primera que ayuda a rescate y servicio médico y la segunda a rescate entre escombros.

Por EFE

    Entran a la lista de países con prohibición de viajes; también se incluyen Chad, Somalia y Yemen

    WASHINGTON, ESTADOS UNIDOS (24/SEP/2017).- Venezuela, Corea del Norte y Chad fueron incluidos el domingo en una nueva lista de países con prohibición de viajes a Estados Unidos debido a su poca seguridad o falta de cooperación con las autoridades estadounidenses, informó el gobierno.

    Washington impuso una prohibición total de viajes a los ciudadanos de Corea del Norte y Chad, mientras que las restricciones para Venezuela se limitan a los funcionarios de una larga lista de entidades del gobierno y a sus familiares.

    Sudán, uno de los seis países de mayoría musulmana incluidos originalmente en la lista de prohibición de viajes, fue removido de la nómina, dejando solo a ocho naciones con impedimento total o parcial de viajar a .

    Los otros países incluidos en la prohibición eran Irán, Libia, Siria, Somalia y Yemen.

    Hace pocos días, funcionarios del gobierno estadounidense habían anticipado que el presidente Donald Trump podría incluir a nuevos países en la lista de los que ya son afectados por la prohibición de ingreso a Estados Unidos, como parte de un controvertido decreto antiinmigración que expiraba este domingo.

    Funcionarios de la Casa Blanca y del Departamento de Seguridad Interior habían señalado el viernes que tenían identificados a un número de países que no pueden o no quieren someterse a los controles de seguridad exigidos para ingresar a territorio estadounidense.

    El mandatario republicano había señalado a comienzos de año que necesitaba un período de 90 días de prohibición de ingreso al país de personas provenientes de seis naciones de mayoría musulmana (Siria, Libia, Irán, Sudán, Somalia y Yemen), así como de 120 días de prohibición de ingreso de refugiados de cualquier origen con el fin de definir nuevos filtros de admisión.

    El viernes los funcionarios indicaron que un nuevo decreto presidencial pondría en marcha una “gama” de medidas que van desde controles más estrictos -como pedir el acceso a teléfonos celulares o a cuentas en las redes sociales- hasta una prohibición pura y simple.

    Sin embargo, los funcionarios no adelantaron cuáles serían los nuevos países incluidos en la orden ejecutiva.

    “El objetivo no es impedir definitivamente que viajeros de ciertos países vengan a Estados Unidos. El objetivo es proteger a los estadounidenses hasta que los gobiernos extranjeros se plieguen a nuestras demandas y no planteen más riesgos para la seguridad de Estados Unidos”, explicó entonces Miles Taylor, asesora del Departamento de Seguridad Interior.

    Tras cinco meses de litigios ante los tribunales, una versión corregida del decreto original entró en vigor el 29 de junio y expiraba este domingo.

       

      BUFFALO, NY, September 22, 2017 – On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, catastrophic, category 4 Hurricane Maria made direct impact across the entire island of Puerto Rico. It left the entire island without electricity and knocked down cell towers, stopping all communications and other major damage. Many residents had gone days without water or electricity even before Hurricane Maria hit due to the impact of Hurricane Irma. With Buffalo having one of the largest Puerto Rican communities outside of the island, it has personally affected many city residents who have struggled in recent days, not knowing if their loved ones are safe.

      Mayor Byron W. Brown, in partnership with Western New York Latino Leaders, have come together to assist the victims of Hurricane Maria, and established The Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund to help provide both immediate and on-going support to the residents of Puerto Rico. To support efforts, resources and involvement are needed from the Buffalo area community.

      Multiple donation centers have been set up to collect items for emergency relief from Monday, September 25 to – at least – Friday, October 6. Locations include Buffalo City Hall, All County Buildings, ECC, as well as the Belle Center at 104 Maryland St. (8am-6pm) and St. Anthony’s Church at 306 Ingham Ave. Lackawanna (10am-12pm and 2-4pm). Once these desperately needed items have been collected, we will ship them directly to a collection center located in Puerto Rico.

      The following is a list of much-needed supplies: bottled water, D batteries, canned goods, old-style can opener, candles, flashlights, baby supplies (diapers and wipes). A more extensive list of donation drop-off locations and requested items can be found by going to: www.city-buffalo.com

      We also set up other donation options. A bank account, managed through the Belle Center, has been established at M & T Bank. Tax-deductible donation checks may be made payable to the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund. A Go-Fund-Me account has also been set up. You can find the link on the local FB Page: Puerto Rican Hurricane Maria Relief Fund.

        The cash-strapped U.S. territory has come to a halt due the great devastation caused by hurricane Maria

        Puerto Rico, the only Spanish-speaking U.S. territory and one of the most advanced economies in Latin America, has basically come to a halt after hurricane Maria left the entire island without power, destroyed thousands of homes in all of its 78 municipalities and debris blocked major roads and highways.

        After devastating Dominica and smashing the U.S. Virgin Islands, Maria showed its most destructive force over the bankrupt territory early on Wednesday, and it did so in such a way that 24 hours after the catastrophic event, all but one of the key news radio stations (WAPA 680AM Radio) and three local television stations, including government owned WIPR, had been taken off the air.

        Most of the 3.2 million people living on the island are also without tap water and don’t have any way to communicate with relatives since telecommunications networks, internet and cable television services are down across the entire island. Even the Puerto Rico Police Department lost its radio communication system, making it difficult for law enforcement officers to rapidly respond to help requests from citizens. The National Weather Service (NWS) radar in Puerto Rico was also destroyed.

        About 46% of the island’s population are below the poverty threshold.

        Banks, manufacturing companies, shopping centers, universities and schools were closed on Wednesday with no idea of when such activities might resume. Some looters in the metro area took advantage of businesses wrecked by the storm.

        In the meantime, first responders, emergency workers and citizens across the entire island were out in roads, streets and avenues attempting to remove debris as quickly as possible and assist those in need.

        Roads and communities were so battered by Maria that on Wednesday, Governor Ricardo Rosselló issued a historic a three-day curfew order, warning citizens that those who do not comply might be arrested. Citizens are not allowed on the streets between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. until Saturday, September 23. Stores are not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages either.

        At of this writing, it is being reported that three people died in the municipality of Utuado.

        “I haven’t been able to communicate with my parents”

        On Thursday morning, governor Rosselló arrived at WAPA Radio and urged citizens to remain calm while revealing that even he hasn’t been able to communicate with his parents.

        “I know these are difficult times, but we want people to know that the government has not stopped”, said Rosselló.

        El Nuevo Día learned that several electric towers of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa), the island’s sole electric utility, were knocked down by Maria.

        Rosselló said that “basically, a 100% of the electric grid is down” and explained that while restoring electricity, water and telecommunications is a priority, other key tasks in the recovery process include clearing roads and setting upan emergency medical response center to be located at Centro Médico, Puerto Rico’s trauma and tertiary hospital. After María, many health facilities throughout the island were severely damaged by the hurricane or are experiencing problems to take care of their patients, so the government logistics effort would make possible for those with the worst conditions to be transferred to a better facility.

        “The people are our priority”, said Rosselló, adding that all citizens, from the poorest to the wealthiest, were on the same boat after suffering “massive loses” due to María.

        Rosselló said that even though María caused great devastation across the island, he was confident that, as it has happened with other disasters, Puerto Ricans’ generosity would be essential to the island’s recovery.

        A major hurricane amidst a fiscal crisis

        Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico at a time of great financial difficulty for the U.S territory and its residents. Puerto Rico’s cash-strapped government defaulted last year after issuing nearly $74 billion in public debt and has run billion dollar-gap deficits for over 15 years.

        Last year, Congress enacted PROMESA, aiming at restoring Puerto Rico’s fiscal discipline through a set of tools: a court-supervised debt restructuring, an infrastructure czar to ensure a fast-track permits process for infrastructure projects and a control board that is required to oversee the closing of a $7.3 billion budget gap.

        Years of poor fiscal management even resulted in the failure to appropriate monies to the Puerto Rico’s Emergency Fund despite there being a law on the matter. El Nuevo Día previously reported that said fund only has about $34 million. This would make Puerto Rico’s own safety financial net to deal with a major disaster such as María only drop in a bucket, and just last week, it was reported that hurricane Irma left between $600 million and $1 billion in losses.

        Puerto Rico’s recovery would greatly depend on how much relief its government could get from the federal government. President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), which was already assisting U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico and U.S the Virgin Islands, promised additional help.

        María’s destructive power over Puerto Rico might dwindle that of the Board’s, at least in the short term.

        On Thursday evening, the Fiscal Oversight Board, a federal entity that many have criticized for ordering a furlough program as a cash-saving measure, approved a request from Rosselló to amend the government’s current budget. The Board allowed Rosselló to reprogram up to $1 billion of the current budget for recovery efforts. Additional budget modifications might be approved down the line, said a letter issued by the board’s chairman, José B. Carrión.

        “Our thoughts and prayers are with you and with the people of Puerto Rico during this difficult time”, wrote Carrión”. “Given the gravity of the situation, the Oversight Board understands that more flexibility is needed to respond to the devastating effects of hurricane María”.

        By: Joanisabel González – El Nuevo Dia

        Residents move aluminum panels from an intersection after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

        Hurricane Maria destroyed buildings and knocked out power across Puerto Rico before flooding parts of the Dominican Republic and then regaining some of its strength as it approached the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas on Thursday night.

        The second major hurricane to rage through the Caribbean this month, Maria has killed at least 18 people and devastated several small islands, including St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica.

        Maria is now a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, with sustained winds of up to 125 miles per hour (205 km per hour) and is 80 miles (130 km) southeast of Grand Turk Island, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

        t is expected to bring 24 to 38 inches (61 to 97 cm) of rain to Puerto Rico and 8 to 16 inches (20 to 40 cm) to the Turks and Caicos, which could cause flash floods and mudslides, the NHC said.

        Maria’s strength was not expected to change during the next few days, the center said. The storm looked unlikely to hit the continental United States.

        Officials in Puerto Rico were assessing the damage after Maria slammed the island on Wednesday with winds of up to 155 mph (250 kph). Ranked a Category 4 storm when it made landfall, it was the strongest hurricane to hit the island in nearly 90 years.

        U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters the island had been “totally obliterated” and that he planned to visit.

        Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said there was 13 death reported so far, a man struck by a piece of lumber hurled by high winds and others drowning.

        “It’s nothing short of a major disaster,” he told CNN, adding it might take months for electricity to be completely restored to the island, which has a population of 3.4 million. He imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew through Saturday.

        Maria struck Dominica as a Category 5 storm on Monday night, damaging about 95 per cent of the roofs on the island, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. At least 14 people died, CNN quoted Charles Jong, a spokesman for the Dominica prime minister’s office, as saying.

        Two people were killed in the French territory of Guadeloupe and one person on the U.S. Virgin Islands.

        ROADS BLOCKED, COMMUNICATIONS DOWN

        Utility crews from the U.S. mainland were headed to Puerto Rico to help try to restore the battered power grid and the U.S. military sent ground forces and aircraft to assist with search and rescue.

        More than 95 percent of wireless cell sites were not working on Thursday afternoon on the island, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, more than three-quarters of cell sites are out of service.

        Puerto Rico was already facing the largest municipal debt crisis in U.S. history, and a team of judges overseeing its bankruptcy has advised involved parties to put legal proceedings on hold indefinitely as the island recovers, according to a source familiar with the proceedings.

        In the historic heart of the island’s capital San Juan, which has a fort and buildings from the Spanish colonial era, the storm left a litter of wreckage.

        Roads were blocked by downed foliage and firefighters and rescue officials wielded chain saws to cut through the debris.

        San Juan airport reopened for military and relief flights on Thursday, with plans for a limited resumption of commercial flights on Friday.

        With electricity and communications knocked out across the island, workdays evaporated and people busied themselves with securing food, checking on their battered homes and collecting rain water.

        South of the capital in Cataño, about 10 residents whose homes were flooded sat around a pickup truck on the edge of the waters and mixed a cocktail of grapefruit juice, cranberry, ice and vodka that they called “matatiempo” or “killing time.”

        ‘WORST IS BEHIND US’

        Maria passed close by the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, home to about 55,000 people, early on Wednesday as a rare and ferocious Category 5 storm, knocking out electricity and most mobile phone service.

        “The worst is behind us,” Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp told reporters on Thursday. “Now is (the) time to march forward and build a better community, a better territory.”

        About 600 people throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands are in emergency shelters and many parts are without power, Mapp said.

        “It’s going to be a long road to recovery,” Mapp said. “It ain’t going to happen in a week or two and it definitely ain’t going to happen in a few months.”

        Maria hit about two weeks after Hurricane Irma pounded two other U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Thomas and St. John.

        Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, killed at least 84 people in the Caribbean and the United States. It followed Harvey, which killed more than 80 people when it hit Texas in late August and caused historic flooding in Houston. More than two months remain in the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

        Por Reid Spencer

        NASCAR Wire Service

        JOLIET, Illinois – Todos esos puntos de los playoffs que supuestamente iban a ayudar a Martin Truex Jr. a relajarse en los playoffs de la Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, no le hicieron falta.

        El piloto del Toyota No. 78 de Furniture Row Racing simplemente se llevó una contundente victoria el domingo en la Tales of the Turtles 400, la primera de los playoffs en el Chicagoland Speedway, que fue su 4ta. de la temporada regular, la segunda consecutiva en el óvalo de 1.5 millas y la 12da. de su carrera en la máxima serie de la NASCAR.

        Truex Jr. cruzó la meta con 7,179 segundos de ventaja sobre Chase Elliott y con la victoria aseguró su pase a la segunda ronda de los playoffs, luego de recuperarse de un castigo por exceso de velocidad en los pits que lo obligó a reiniciar desde el fondo del pelotón tras el final de la Etapa 1.

        Además, aumentó su ventaja en la Clasificación por Puntos de los Playoffs a 58, suficiente para dejarlo relajado.

        “No me interesa mucho mandar mensajes a nadie, solo quiero divertirme”, dijo Truex Jr. “Estoy orgulloso de mi equipo de pits por su  trabajo y a todos en la organización. Es importante venir aquí y no dejar que la presión te afecte y creo que hicimos muy bien ese trabajo también.

        “Siempre que podemos estar en Victory Lane, es algo especial. Hay muchas personas a quien agradecer. Realmente no tengo palabras para agradecerle a (dueño del equipo) Barney (Visser) y a todos en TRD (Toyota Racing Development) en Costa Mesa por fabricar estos motores, y TRD Salisbury – (el patrocinadors) Bass Pro, Tracker Boats – Todos. Muchas gracias. Es un sueño hecho realidad poder estar aquí y estamos disfrutando el mejor momento de nuestras vidas”.

        Los pilotos del playoffs aseguraron puestos entero del Top 6.

        Kevin Harvick corrió al frente casi toda la jornada y terminó 3ro., seguido por Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson y Brad Keselowski.

        Joey Logano, quien se quedó fuera de los playoffs, fue 7mo., y el siete veces campeón Jimmie Johnson, 8vo,, en su Chevrolet No. 48 que no tuvo suficiente velocidad para pelear por la victoria.

        Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray y Ryan Blaney, quienes también están dentro de los playoffs, fueron 9no., 10mo. y 11ro., respectivamente.

        Elliott quedó satisfecho con su mejor resultado desde la carrera en Michigan en junio pasado, tras liderar 42 de las 106 vueltas, la mayor cantidad desde que estuvo al frente 106 vueltas en Phoenix en marzo.

        Sin embargo, el piloto del Chevrolet No. No. 24 de Hendrick Motorsports no pudo alcanzar a Truex Jr., quien lideró 77 vueltas y se distanció al final.

        “Obviamente, hubiera sido poder tener una pelea más cerrada con Martin”, dijo Elliott. “La verdad es que no tuvimos suficiente para hacerlo, pero donde estamos hoy en comparación a donde estábamos hace poco, es una gran diferencia. Aquí es donde necesitamos estar todas las semanas porque tenemos ese potencial”.

        Truex Jr., quien se recuperó del castigo en los pits tuvo más suerte que otros.

        Kyle Busch, quien arrancó desde la Pole Position, ganó la primera etapa, pero tras ocho vueltas luego del reinicio, tuvo que volver a pits por una tuerca suelta en una llanta y en la parada uno de sus mecánicos – recién llegado del equipo de su compañero Daniel Suárez -,  cometió una infracción al saltar el muro antes de tiempo.

        Busch tuvo que volver a pits para cumplir el castigo bajo bandera verde y nunca se pudo recuperar por lo que terminó 15to., a pesar de que tenía uno de los autos más rápidos.

        Sus problemas fueron menores en comparación con los de Ricky Stenhouse Jr., quien golpeó el muro exterior al principio de la carrera, luego tuvo un castigo en la entrada a pies y terminó en el puesto 25, el peor de los 16 pilotos de los playoffs.

        Kasey Kahne no tuvo velocidad suficiente y terminó 21ro., a tras vueltas del ganador, por lo que también está en peligro de ser eliminado para la próxima ronda de los playoffs.

        Kurt Busch, quien ha dado muestras de mejoría recientemente, tuvo que parar en pits en la vuelta 200 debido a problemas de vibración en su auto y también cometió un castigo por exceso de velocidad, por lo que eventualmente terminó 19no., a dos vueltas del ganador, por lo que deberá mejorar mucho la próxima semana en el New Hampshire Motor Speedway para poder avanzar de ronda.

        Austin Dillon también se excedió en la velocidad en los pits en la vuelta en que lo hizo Truex Jr., pero no se pudo recuperar y terminó 16to., siete puestos por delante de Ryan Newman, quien terminó la carrera a tres vueltas del ganador.

        Notas: Kurt Busch, Stenhouse Jr., Kahne y Newman son los cuatro pilotos con mayor riesgo de eliminación antes de New Hampshire … Dale Earnhardt Jr. terminó 17mo., a una vuelta de los líderes, en su última carrera en el Chicagoland Speedway en el Chevrolet No. 88 de Hendrick Motorsports.

        Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Tales of the Turtles 400

        Chicagoland Speedway

        Joliet, Illinois

        Domingo, 17 de septiembre, 2017

                       1. (3) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 267.

        2. (8) Chase Elliott (P), Chevrolet, 267.

        3. (4) Kevin Harvick (P), Ford, 267.

        4. (2) Denny Hamlin (P), Toyota, 267.

        5. (6) Kyle Larson (P), Chevrolet, 267.

        6. (5) Brad Keselowski (P), Ford, 267.

        7. (7) Joey Logano, Ford, 267.

        8. (14) Jimmie Johnson (P), Chevrolet, 267.

        9. (10) Matt Kenseth (P), Toyota, 267.

        10. (19) Jamie McMurray (P), Chevrolet, 267.

        11. (12) Ryan Blaney (P), Ford, 267.

        12. (13) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 267.

        13. (11) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 266.

        14. (28) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 266.

        15. (1) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 266.

        16. (9) Austin Dillon (P), Chevrolet, 266.

        17. (20) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 266.

        18. (22) Danica Patrick, Ford, 265.

        19. (17) Kurt Busch (P), Ford, 265.

        20. (27) Landon Cassill, Ford, 265.

        21. (25) Kasey Kahne (P), Chevrolet, 264.

        22. (26) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 264.

        23. (16) Ryan Newman (P), Chevrolet, 264.

        24. (21) Aric Almirola, Ford, 264.

        25. (15) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (P), Ford, 263.

        26. (29) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 263.

        27. (18) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 263.

        28. (23) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 262.

        29. (31) David Ragan, Ford, 262.

        30. (30) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 262.

        31. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 261.

        32. (34) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 259.

        33. (24) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 259.

        34. (37) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 258.

        35. (35) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 257.

        36. (33) Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, 256.

        37. (40) * Brett Moffitt(i), Toyota, 255.

        38. (36) * Gray Gaulding #, Toyota, 254.

        39. (38) * Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 254.

        40. (39) * Ray Black II(i), Chevrolet, 251.

         

        Promedio de velocidad del ganador: 145.401 mph.

        Duración de la carrera: 2 Horas, 45 Minutos, 16 Segundos.

        Margen de la victoria: 7.179 Segundos.

        Banderas amarillas: 4 durante 21 vueltas.

        Cambios de líder:  12 entre 7 pilotos.

        Líderes por vuelta:   Kyle Busch (P) 1-44; L. Cassill 45-46; Kyle Busch (P) 47-87; K. Harvick (P) 88-122; B. Keselowski (P) 123; D. Hamlin (P) 124; C. Elliott (P) 125-162; K. Harvick (P) 163; C. Elliott (P) 164-167; K. Harvick (P) 168-189; M. Truex Jr. (P) 190-211; K. Harvick (P) 212; M. Truex Jr. (P) 213-267.

        Resumen de los líderes (Piloto, Veces de líder, Vueltas de líder):  Kyle Busch (P) 2 veces durante 85 vueltas; M. Truex Jr. (P) 2 veces durante 77 vueltas; K. Harvick (P) 4 veces durante 59 vueltas; C. Elliott (P) 2 veces durante 42 vueltas; L. Cassill 1 vez durante 2 vueltas; B. Keselowski (P) 1 vez durante 1 vuelta; D. Hamlin (P) 1 vez durante 1 vuelta.

        Top 10 Etapa #1: 18,4,24,11,22,2,20,42,19,78

        Top 10 Etapa #2: 24,4,78,42,2,11,22,41,20,1

         

        Central Library will be open until 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 for “10,000 Young Poets and Artists for Change” event sponsored by Just Buffalo Literary Center featuring young local poets, musicians, and artists.

        This Saturday, Sept., 23 at 10 a.m. NY State lawmakers Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Tim Kennedy host a “Community Town Hall Meeting on the Importance of Libraries.” Plan to attend and tell your story about why libraries are vital to this community.

        Also this week- hear about the Pierce-Arrow Transportation Museum, take a genealogy class, or visit the Collections Gallery for the “Milestones of Science: Books that Shook the World” exhibit or the expertly curated “Building Buffalo: Buildings from Books, Books from Buildings” exhibit on the main floor.To view the entire month of programs click here: http://bit.ly/2witgHW.

         

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