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Madden wins Cotton Pickin' 100

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Sports

Chris Madden had raced just once at Magnolia Motor Speedway prior to the 2016 Cotton Pickin' 100 Saturday.

 

 

Bronson dominates NeSmith Crate race

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Sports

Kyle Bronson turned his Super Late Model disappointment into a NeSmith Crate Late Model win Saturday at the Cotton Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway.

 

Hughes clinches 2016 NeSmith Street Stocks National Championship

Posted 9/23/2016 in Local Sports

It didn't take long for Spencer Hughes and his race team to know the 2016 season would be special. In fact, they knew something was brewing before the 2015 season ended.

Columbus' Knight will try to qualify for Saturday's Cotton Pickin' 100

Posted 9/23/2016 in Local Sports

One might think Shay Knight is struggling. He has had two DNFs in features and one in a heat race in his last three appearances at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Still, that hasn't been enough to discourage the Lowndes County native who, in his first full season racing Super Late Models, feels like his team is performing at its best level of the year. His reasoning is tangible: He's been fast, albeit unlucky.

 

West Point's Burris returns home with gold medal

Posted 9/20/2016 in Local Sports

Being one of the best in the world has its perks. For West Point's John Burris, the hard work that went into helping the United States' 35+ Water Ski Team win the gold medal at the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships this past weekend at the Sesena Water Ski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain, gave him an opportunity few people realize.

 

New Hope's Sanders Jr. used to success on motorcycle

Posted 9/16/2016 in Local Sports

Roderick Sanders Jr. first drove a four-wheeler at the age of 3. He learned to ride a dirt bike three years later. When Sanders Jr. was 7 years old, his grandfather, Doug Frierson, built him a drag bike. He hasn't gotten off the bike since.

Pearl wins Crate Late Model feature at Magnolia

Posted 9/6/2016 in Local Sports

Grant Pearl faced a tough decision a little more than a month ago: learn to navigate lap traffic or potentially lose a chance at winning a race. The Anniston, Alabama, native had been on the losing end of several races in which he was slowed by lap traffic, but Pearl's recognition and focus on lap cars helped him seal his second win of the season Sunday in the NeSmith Crate Late Model feature at Magnolia Motor Speedway.

McCool progressing on Crate, SLM fronts

Posted 9/2/2016 in Local Sports

Building a race car on a limited budget is a test of creativity and resourcefulness. One must have connections, have impeccable timing, and exercise patience. It's easier said than done, especially when equipment often means the difference between first place and fifth. But Chad McCool finds a way.

Schaefer shares building plan with Starkville Rotary

Posted 8/30/2016 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer felt right at home Monday in a meeting of prominent people in the business community. Speaking to the Starkville Rotary Club, Schaefer likened the process he and his coaching staff have followed in elevating the MSU women's basketball program to the building of a business.

 

Mullen confident Prescott will be prepared for Cowboys

Posted 8/30/2016 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has no doubt Dak Prescott will be prepared for his first professional start. Last weekend, the former MSU quarterback was named the starter for the Dallas Cowboys after veteran Tony Romo was injured last Thursday in a preseason game against Seattle. Romo suffered a broken bone in his back and could miss six to 10 weeks. Prescott, who started 33 games at MSU, could be the only rookie quarterback who starts in Week 1.

 

Cooley celebrates breakthrough at Magnolia Speedway

Posted 8/28/2016 in Local Sports

Eric Cooley has been racing Late Models for nearly 10 years, a span that has included many starts in Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series races.

Rickmans sit atop Super Late Models points race

Posted 8/26/2016 in Local Sports

Brian and Rick Rickman are in familiar territory. Nearly two-thirds of the way through the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series, the brothers, who are Super Late Model veterans and New Hope natives, sit comfortably atop the points standings. Brian leads Rick by 35 points. Can they stay there? Can either win their first State Series points title in the modern era?

Prescott making quick impression in Cowboys' camp

Posted 8/23/2016 in Local Sports

Former Mississippi State standout Dak Prescott continues to shine at Dallas Cowboys training camp.

Pompelia sees long wait end at Possum Town Triahtlon

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Sports

It took four years of trying, but Meridian native Tyson Pompelia finally took home a victory in the fifth-annual Possum Town Triathlon held near the Columbus Lock and Dam.

Addictive nature of triathlons has Pompelia in grasp

Posted 8/19/2016 in Local Sports

Tyson Pompelia never considered he had an addictive personality. But the 36-year-old Meridian native quickly discovered he was like so many other athletes who became addicted to sprint triathlons and triathlons after he competed in his first event.

Washington wins again at Magnolia

Posted 8/15/2016 in Local Sports

Chase Washington has raced in half of the races at Magnolia Motor Speedway this season. But when he shows up, there's a 50 percent chance he'll win the NeSmith Crate Late Model feature race. After Washington started fifth in the Highway 45 Crate Late Model Throwdown on Saturday at Magnolia, he passed Jeremy Shaw for the lead on lap nine to win his third race at the track this season.

 

Family support key for Carroll

Posted 8/12/2016 in Local Sports

If it weren't for family members, many dirt track racers wouldn't compete each weekend. From funding to helping in the pits, it takes a lot of want-to from brothers, cousins, wives, and parents to make a team go. Family and friends often are the first ones drivers mention when they're asked about their accomplishments.

 

Starkville Little League all-stars enjoy run at region tournament

Posted 8/9/2016 in Local Sports

Starkville Little League knew what to expect in their return trip to Waco, Texas, for the Southwest Regional of the Little League World Series.

Marsh capitalizes on Ellis' misfortune

Posted 8/8/2016 in Local Sports

Evan Ellis had a tough decision Saturday with seven laps to go in the NeSmith Late Model race at Magnolia Motor Speedway. As he approached lap traffic, he could lay back and hope his multi-second lead over Bryant Marsh would hold, or he could work to get around lap cars. Ellis chose to push around the traffic, a decision that would led to an exit from the race and a win for Marsh.

Sheedy learning as he goes

Posted 8/5/2016 in Local Sports

FRENCH CAMP -- Shelby Sheedy doesn't mind a deliberate approach to racing. After all, he still is a relative newcomer to late model racing. The French Camp native, who is in his third season of Crate Late Models, has been racing since 2010. His four career feature wins came in 2013 in the Mini Stocks division.

 

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