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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Former Mississippi State standout Dak Prescott continues to shine at Dallas Cowboys training camp.
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.
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.
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.
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 knew what to expect in their return trip to Waco, Texas, for the Southwest Regional of the Little League World Series.
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.
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.
STARKVILLE -- Former Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct Saturday morning, according to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office.
"If you build it, they will come." The famous line from the movie "Field of Dreams" can describe the 602 Late Model division at Magnolia Motor Speedway, only in reverse; drivers hope if they show up consistently, the track will add the division on a full-time basis.
It's difficult to fathom the lengths a team has to go to win a championship when it has to compete against 343 others from across the country. But Eric Dubose, Joe Caruso, Thomas Wilson, and their East Coast Sox Diamond 16-and-under baseball team didn't focus on the enormity of the challenge they faced earlier this month.
Riley Hickman avoided "the big one" and clinched his second Southern All-Stars Super Late Model win of the season Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Hickman narrowly missed a lap seven pileup that claimed then-leader Wendell Wallace and two others, including eventual race runner-up Jack Sullivan, who said his spoiler was knocked off and his quarter panel was knocked in because of the wreck.
Grant Pearl had grown tired of second place. The Anniston, Alabama, native and NeSmith Crate Late Models regular had finished second three times in as many races entering action Saturday night, including a second-place finish to Evan Ellis two weeks ago at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
At the age of 6, Terry Taylor could barely see over the windshield of his junior dragster. "I had to sit on a Hulk Hogan wrestling dummy," Taylor said, "but we made it work."
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