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Breazeale earns Super Late Model victory

Posted 3/21/2016 in Local Sports

David Breazeale hadn't had his race car for more than a week when he took the track Saturday night at Magnolia Motor Speedway. But if qualifying was any indication of how he'd fare in the season's first race, the veteran Super Late Model driver knew he wouldn't be tested by the end of the night.

 

 

Knight gets win in first race at Magnolia

Posted 3/18/2016 in Local Sports

Everything that could have gone wrong for Shay Knight in the first race of his full-time return to Super Late Model competition did, but the payoff was sweet. A spark-plug wire came loose during qualifying and the front bumper was digging into the dirt for Knight, who started seventh on Feb. 27 at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Knight and his team changed springs before the start of the feature. "New car bugs," Knight said.

 

 

McIntosh, Davis take love for MMA into winner's circle

Posted 3/16/2016 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jae McIntosh has always been intrigued by martial arts.

 

 

Somber mood at Columbus Speedway banquet

Posted 3/14/2016 in Local Sports

It didn't take long for the tears to start flowing. Racers, their families, and supporters of Columbus Speedway nearly made it through the opening prayer Saturday for the banquet to celebrate the track's 2015 season before the man delivering the blessing had to pause and fight back tears. Then, Joe Ables, who managed the track the last two seasons, became emotional when he delivered the opening address. The blend of somber tones and celebration create

 

 

West Lowndes boys earn return trip to Jackson

Posted 2/27/2016 in Local Sports

Danny Crawford had high expectations when he took over both West Lowndes High School programs last August.

 

 

Six Bulldogs set to show their stuff at NFL Combine

Posted 2/26/2016 in Local Sports

INDIANAPOLIS -- A school-record six members of the 2015 Mississippi State football team are in Indianapolis this week for the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. All six played pivotal roles in the most successful two-year stretch in MSU history. The invites include: linebacker Beniquez Brown, cornerback Taveze Calhoun, defensive tackle Chris Jones, quarterback Dak Prescott, cornerback Will Redmond and wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson.

 

 

Magnolia Motor Speedway will hold Frostbuster on Saturday

Posted 2/26/2016 in Local Sports

When heavy rains battered the Golden Triangle this week, race fans likely were left shaking their heads. After all, rain and wet weather last season forced more than a dozen races to be canceled or postponed. Magnolia Motor Speedway's announcement Wednesday that tonight's races in the eighth-annual Frostbuster 250 presented by Carl Hogan Toyota started the 2016 campaign much like 2015 began.

 

 

Former Bulldog Renfroe hopes to stick with Padres

Posted 2/11/2016 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Hunter Renfroe has one goal this spring. The former Mississippi State Bulldog will attend spring training with the San Diego Padres, the team that drafted him 13th overall in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft.

 

 

Stokes puts down new dirt at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 2/8/2016 in Local Sports

Drivers will be "hopping holes" or driving faster than ever this season at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Track manager Johnny Stokes announced Saturday he resurfaced the track in the offseason, a decision that had been in the works for more than two years. "We never could get the weather to cooperate," Stokes said. "The Rickman clan (Brian and Rick Rickman, who also race at the track) have dumped more than 300 loads of dirt at the track."

 

 

Kyle Shaw wins Magnolia's Late Model points trophy

Posted 2/6/2016 in Local Sports

Kyle Shaw was in a rut. A string of up-and-down performances had wrecked his confidence in NeSmith Late Model points races at Magnolia Motor Speedway. But on a Friday night during the Southern All-Star race early in 2015, Shaw found himself leading the race. His friend, Shay Knight, was running second before both were passed by Jason Cliburn on the final lap. Victory escaped Shaw that night, but he'd recaptured his mojo. He'd race at a high level for the rest of the 2015 season. Shaw was awarded the 2015 Magnolia Motor Speedway NeSmith Late Model points championship trophy and $1,150 in prize money Saturday during the track's annual championship banquet at the Trotter Convention Center.

 

 

Year In Review: American Pharoah tops national sports story list

Posted 12/30/2015 in Local Sports

NEW YORK -- American Pharoah's sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes for horse racing's first Triple Crown since 1978 was selected the sports story of the year Thursday in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.

 

 

Year in Review: Serena's loss highlights year of upsets

Posted 12/29/2015 in Local Sports

Serena Williams had done all the heavy lifting, or so it seemed.

 

 

Godfrey's blast earns No. 1 status

Posted 12/29/2015 in Local Sports

New Hope High School senior baseball player Will Godfrey doesn't need a lot of time to recall the biggest hit of his baseball career. "The home run against Oxford will always be the highlight of my baseball career," Godfrey said. "To have that hit against one of our main rivals -- to do that at home and have it win the game -- that is exciting."

 

 

The Dispatch's Top 10 Sports Events of 2015

Posted 12/29/2015 in Local Sports

The Dispatch's Top 10 Sports Events of 2015

 

 

Newman wins Possum Town Grand Prix

Posted 11/23/2015 in Local Sports

Ashley Newman had no chance of catching Robert Moore Jr. in the Limited Late Model feature of the Possum Town Grand Prix Saturday at Columbus Motor Speedway. Moore Jr., who was in his second race at Columbus, had the fastest car of the night, quickly passing pole-sitter Wesley Greene and opening a lead on Newman in the only significant green-flag run of the race.

 

 

Kyle Shaw will go for first win of season in finale at Columbus

Posted 11/20/2015 in Local Sports

Kyle Shaw has one win to his ledger this season: a points championship. Shaw edged friend Jeremy Shaw by 16 points to win the NeSmith Late Model track points title at Magnolia Motor Speedway, but Kyle Shaw didn't run regularly at Columbus Motor Speedway and finished 12th in points. He drove his No. 2S car and two other rides for other car owners at Columbus.

 

 

Rain had effect on Columbus tracks

Posted 11/8/2015 in Local Sports

The season finale at Magnolia Motor Speedway happened much like the season opener. It didn't. Rain, as has been the theme for much of the 2015 race season, washed out what was supposed to be a big-money cap to the Magnolia schedule: the $50,000-purse, Carl Hogan USCS Fall Brawl.

 

 

New Hope's Sanders enjoys international competition

Posted 10/20/2015 in Local Sports

DJ Sanders didn't have an ordinary summer.

 

 

Big purse on line this weekend at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 10/9/2015 in Local Sports

Super Late Model drivers are in the middle of "Money Month." Three of the biggest money races in the state are this month. This weekend, the Magnolia State Cotton Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway is sandwiched in between last week's Gumbo Nationals at Greenville and next week's Fall Classic at Whynot Motorsports Park.

 

 

Cook wins highest purse for Street Stocks race

Posted 9/28/2015 in Local Sports

Five weeks ago, Calvin Cook parted ways with his car owner. On Saturday, the Pensacola, Florida, native pocketed $5,000 in his first win since partnering with Mike Williamson to form 151 Racing. Cook started fifth in the Fall 40 Street Stock race at Magnolia Motor Speedway and passed Jay Burchfield on lap 22 to clinch the highest purse for a Street Stock race in the Golden Triangle this season.

 

 

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