It takes a village ... to restore a racetrack. Rod Taylor can't remember everyone who has shown up at Columbus Speedway to help paint, clean, or repair in an effort to prepare the track for its race Saturday, the first of the season after its indefinite closure earlier this year. But Taylor knows every area that has been addressed on a lengthy checklist.
Two new voices are coming to the radio waves in the Greater Golden Triangle area. Former Columbus Municipal School Board member Glenn Lautzenhiser and former local newsman Steve Rogers will co-host "Drive Time with Steve and the Professor" from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday on WNMQ-FM 103.1 The Team starting Monday, Nov. 28. The sports talk radio show will feature daily segments for listeners to call in and discuss local sports happenings, including news from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Alabama as well as high school and national sports. The show also will include segments focused on sports history and sports trivia.
CALEDONIA -- Dylan Darling doesn't recall everything that happened when he was a middle schooler.
Columbus Speedway will host races in 2016 after all.
Brian Rickman has had a familiar mantra toward the end of each Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series season: avoid bad luck. In recent seasons, one bad finish, whether caused by mechanical failure or a driver error on the track, has wiped out his chances to clinch the points title and join brother Rick and father Eddie as State Series champions.
Spencer Hughes still hasn't slowed down.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- These rookie-led Dallas Cowboys keep winning without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.
Tires, fuel, new shocks -- $5,000 can go a long way toward upgrading a Street Stock racing program. The winner of the Fall 40 Street Stock Championship on Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway will get a chance to figure out how to spend that money.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- With Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and two starting offensive linemen out injured, Dallas turned things over to a pair of talented rookies who have the Cowboys playing mistake-free football.
Chris Madden had raced just once at Magnolia Motor Speedway prior to the 2016 Cotton Pickin' 100 Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Season opener at Columbus Speedway a success LOCAL SPORTS
2. Tennessee routs No. 3 Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Tennessee's win against MSU flips script LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Starkville Academy boys fall in state title game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS