Rod Taylor has experienced the peaks and valleys of managing a racetrack in just a few short months.
An unpredictable and unforgiving surface Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway forced Jack Sullivan into an unconventional approach. After extended periods of rain throughout the day and night Friday, the "Black Ice" never quite dried out and slicked off for the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series headliner.
Former NBA star Allen Iverson's now-infamous "practice" rant in 2002 is continually parodied and referenced by sports fans, commentators and athletes across all sports. While the context behind Iverson's comments is often lost or ignored, the prevailing sentiment regarding practice is obvious: It's important. It's not just crucial for athletes who throw, shoot, or swing, but it also is important for those who pilot 800-horsepower cars around slick dirt ovals each weekend.
STARKVILLE -- Quarterback Brett Favre made things look easy throughout most of his collegiate and professional career. After starring at Southern Mississippi, Favre embarked on a record-breaking NFL career, which included three MVP awards, success in the Super Bowl, and enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Kate Mattox came off the track -- having just won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter state championships for Starkville High School -- feeling guilty. She said as much to her coach, Caroline Woomer, who was quick to remind her why.
All apologies to Allen Iverson, but a little extra practice doesn't hurt when you're preparing to win another state title.
Jason Byrd doesn't have an explanation for the roll he has been on at Columbus Speedway. Byrd has won four of his last five races there and leads the Factory Stocks points standings entering tonight's Mud Bug Classic at The Bullring.
When the chaos of the first Super Late Models race at Columbus Speedway in two years ended Friday night, the consensus was clear: what a workout.
Waimon Hendrix is coming up on an important anniversary. On April 30, Hendrix will celebrate four years of retirement from his job as a job as a contractor at Columbus Air Force Base. Hendrix worked in that capacity for 44 years, 22 in the military and another 22 years as a civilian. He served two tours in Turkey and in numerous places in the United States.
After a year-long closure in 2016 and an early season schedule of NeSmith-sanctioned Crate and Street Stocks races, the state's top division has been absent from the state's oldest dirt track, and arguably most unique, with its signature high banks and red clay surface. For the first time since 2015, Super Late Models will race tonight at Columbus Speedway when the track plays host to the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series.
Tennis really is a family affair for Edd and Kay Milam. The Starkville couple has played tennis for a large part of their adult lives. The love for the game, combined with a passion for competition, has helped keep them at the top of their game.
Tyler Erb hadn't been to Magnolia Motor Speedway in more than two years. His first and only appearance at the track -- the 2015 Cotton Pickin' 100 -- ended early after he'd made the feature field. Entering Saturday's Mississippi State Championship challenge Series Super Late Models race, Erb wasn't in the greatest of form. He was coming off a sixth-place finish in a B-main at a Lucas Oil show last weekend in Batesville, Arkansas.
FRENCH CAMP -- It has been a rough first two months in Super Late Models for Shelby Sheedy. After three years racing Crate Late Models, Sheedy, 23, fulfilled a lifelong dream of racing Super Late Models when he sold his sealed motor and bought an open motor in the winter.
If a race car driver grew up in the Golden Triangle or the state of Mississippi, there's a good chance they cheered for Johnny Stokes at some point in time.
Spencer Hughes' right-rear tire touched every speck of dirt along the walls in the corners of Magnolia Motor Speedway Saturday night.
CALEDONIA -- Sam Young has been making regular trips to Itawamba Community College from his home in Caledonia to visit the men's soccer program since he was nine years old. Sometimes he would go for camps, others to visit friends playing for the Indians.
Chris Webber went back to back Saturday morning claiming the Columbus Pilgrimage 5K. The Columbus Christian Academy student set a quick pace right from the start and one by one his competitors fell back until Webber was well ahead of his teammates Glenn Misiak and Nate Parker who finished second and third. Kendra Sanders of Belden, Ms won the lady's 5K. Sanders was followed to the line by Carrie Shrock-Haggard of Philadelphia, Ms and Raychel Sanders also of Belden, Ms.
The "guy from Missouri" is fast, but he's actually a Mississippi boy.
Chase Washington is getting used to the winner's circle.
For close to a year, Nick Deese sat idly in Tuscaloosa County, itching to race.
1. VCA boys basketball team wins ACAA title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Bulldogs clinch SEC Championship COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Heritage Academy boys soccer rolls past Bayou Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Defense hitting stride for Schaefer's Bulldogs COLLEGE SPORTS
5. No. 21 Southern Miss completes sweep of No. 23 MSU COLLEGE SPORTS