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Local Menards to host NASCAR drivers

Matt Crafton relaxes by his truck before the NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 15 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Matt Crafton relaxes by his truck before the NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 15 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Three NASCAR drivers will make public appearances at the Menards Store at 2524 W. Jefferson St. in Joliet.

In addition, the store is offering discount ticket vouchers to Thursday’s ARCA Menards Series race for $10, a savings of $25 off the gate price.

Two-time NASCAR Truck Series champion Matt Crafton (No. 88) will appear Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Menards.

Autograph and photo opportunities will be available with Crafton.

Friday’s event will include an appearance from NASCAR Cup Series drivers Paul Menard (No. 21) and Ryan Blaney (No. 12) from 7 to
8 p.m.

Autograph and photo opportunities will be available with Menard and Blaney during the event.

On both nights, a BodyArmor race car will be on display.

Xfinity Store to host Earnhardt: The Xfinity Store at 2802 Plainfield Road in Joliet will host NASCAR driver Jeffrey Earnhardt from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Fans will have the opportunity to meet Earnhardt and receive an autograph at the event.

Additional NASCAR fan activities will begin at 4 p.m. at the store.

Football officiating class offered: The Inter-Athletic Council of Officials is an organization composed of 17 sports officials associations throughout northeast Illinois.

Member officials of these associations officiate most Illinois High School Association-sanctioned sports.

IACO’s mission is to recruit and train new and veteran officials in standardized methods and techniques of officiating high school sports.

IACO’s football training classes have “graduated” hundreds of officials over the past 15-plus years from the eight-county Chicago area.

IACO is offering several free class opportunties for those interested in becoming an official and is taught by licensed and certified officials. The IACO class also is offering an opportunity to get a 50% discount on the IHSA licensing fee from the original price of $70 to $35.

The class will prepare a participant by covering game rules, play situations, penalty enforcement, timing and positiong through presentations and film review. After completion of the class and having an IHSA license, a participant will be given the opportunity to be assigned to officiate high school football games for the upcoming season.

It is a six-week course of training with sessions to take place Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. from July 9 through Aug. 13. In addition, two Saturday on-field sessions will be held July 27 and Aug. 3.

Classes will be offered locally at Plainfield Central High School and at Elmwood Park High School, the Lisle Park District and at Bremen High School.

Further information can be obtained by visiting Questions can be directed to

Reedy hired to lead Plainfield North girls hoops: Plainfield North recently announced the hiring of Michaela Reedy to lead the girls basketball program.

Reedy played basketball in high school at East Peoria and continued her playing career at North Central College.

After her student-athlete career ended, Reedy recently coached at Joliet West during her tenure as a student teacher and also coached for the Pink Elite program in Plainfield.

“We are extremely excited to add Michaela to our coaching staff. Michaela brings a lot of new ideas and excitement to our program. With her background as a player she should be a great addition to our staff,” Plainfield North athletic director Ron Lear said in a release. “Michaela brings a wealth of knowledge, in terms of skills, organization and drills, to the position from being a player in high school and college.”