Westin Abbey was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner and Jeff Shepperd topped the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod main. Steven Bevills was best in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main. “Luck was on our side, getting to start on the front row,” said Egbert, wheeling a 2020 Lethal Chassis at the 23rd annual special. “We can’t complain at all. It was good to get another win here.” WACO, Texas (March 6) – Quick to get a new car dialed in, P.J. Egbert was quick to get to the checkers and $1,000 IMCA Modified payday Friday at Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Jack Bagby Memorial. Feature Results – 1. P.J. Egbert; 2. David Goode Jr. 3. Jeff Emerson; 4. Eric Tomlinson; 5. Jon Whte Jr.; 6. Chad Andersen; 7. Dwayne Grantham; 8. William Gould; 9. Adam James; 10. Kevin Green; 11. Brent Giliam; 12. Joey Craig; 13. Chris Gallien. Jeff Emerson, Eric Tomlinson and Jon White Jr. rounded out the top five. Several early cautions slowed the main event, which ended with a long green flag run. Goode drove to the runner-up spot from ninth starting. Egbert had banked $5,000 and put his name of the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot when he won the Fall Classic in his most recent HO’T start last fall. P.J. Egbert led every lap in winning Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Jack Bagby Memorial for IMCA Modifieds. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) Egbert led all 20 laps, moving from the top of the track to the lower line and holding off David Goode Jr. the last five times around the oval.
To test his hypothesis about how moralizing, prosocial religions evolved, University of British Columbia psychologist Ara Norenzayan needs help from the humanities. Did moralizing gods, community-wide rituals, and supernatural punishment emerge before or after societies became politically complex? Has any large-scale society succeeded without prosocial religion? And what does “moralizing” really mean at different times and in difficult cultures? To answer these questions in a rigorous, scientific way, he and his colleagues are trying to convince historians to turn the nuanced knowledge in their heads into the kind of data scientists need: a database’s binary code of yes/no answers. By creating the Database of Religious History, the big gods team is attempting to bridge the gulf between humanistic and scientific scholarship—but success hinges on enticing leading historians and religious studies scholars to join them.To read the full story, see the 28 August issue of Science.