Brothers Malik and Keeran Sampson will both chase starting spots in the IMCA Hobby Stock main event at Super Nationals XXXV.Brothers Malik and Keeran Sampson are both Super Nationals veterans, Malik as a driver,Brothers Malik and Keeran Sampson will both chase starting spots in the IMCA Hobby Stock main event at Super Nationals XXXV.Keeran as a spectator.This year, both Worthington, Minn., hotshoes are running for starting spots in Saturday’s big Hobby Stock dance.Malik has qualified for the main event in three of his four previous trips to Boone, with a career best finish of seventh last year.“I like the atmosphere here. Super Nationals is fun and it’s challenging. I start to get nervous about three weeks beforehand,” he said. “This year I asked Keeran why he didn’t bring his car along. He was going to be buying a pit pass, anyway.”“I ran hot laps yesterday,” said Keeran, acknowledging that Boone was a different track than what he was used to. “Any time you go up against this many cars you never know what’s going to happen but I’m looking forward to racing here.”He also wouldn’t mind matching the accomplishment of neighbor to the south Elijah Zevenbergen and win a Super Nationals championship in his first competitive visit to Boone.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – An American who disappeared in Iran while on a business trip is a former FBI agent in New York and Florida known as a meticulous investigator and an expert in busting Italian and Russian mobsters. The retired agent was identified as Robert Levinson, 59, of Coral Springs, Fla., a U.S. official familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Tuesday. He was last heard from around March 11 while in a coastal area of southern Iran, where he was working for an independent filmmaker, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation. Levinson was reportedly near or on Kish Island, a resort area in the Persian Gulf. The federal government is seeking information from Iran on Levinson’s whereabouts through diplomatic channels, officials said. The tall, burly Levinson is an expert on organized crime who sometimes worked 20-hour days, his former colleagues recalled. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said he knows Levinson very well and worked with him at the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan in the late 1970s and at the FBI. “He distinguished himself, particularly in the area of organized crime,” said Freeh, who now runs The Freeh Group legal affairs consulting company. “He is very well-respected and is very well-liked.” Lewis Schiliro, former FBI assistant director in New York, said Levinson is “one of the most meticulous agents I have ever met.” The former agent had such a remarkable memory that he became the go-to guy when FBI colleagues were stumped over identifying a mobster in a shadowy surveillance photograph. “He always knew who it was,” Schiliro said.