It had been resting in the woods for nearly 10 years. The No. 47 1978 Chevrolet Camaro was a regular in victory lane at Columbus Speedway when Danny Gable competed in Street Stocks in the early 2000s.
Evan Ellis wasn't going to make a mistake.
CALEDONIA -- Forty pounds isn't a lot to an experienced powerlifter.
When Tony Silvestri wasn't racing his No. 24 Chevrolet S-10 Street Stock, he'd watch Super Late Models.
The dream had life years earlier, but on Nov. 7, 2011, Rachel Hollivay gave voice to the road she hoped to travel when she gave a verbal commitment to play basketball for coach C. Vivian Stringer at Rutgers. "I think it will be great to play for coach Stringer," Hollivay said. "I'm excited about playing for her, and I can't wait to play for her. I think she is a great coach and that Rutgers is the place I need to be to be successful and to follow my dreams (to play professional basketball)."
Tennis is still in the blood of James Carr. Nicknamed the "Coach," Carr, 90, still finds time several days a week to practice his ground strokes for about an hour a day at the Magnolia Tennis Club in Columbus. He said his movement has slowed to the point where he no longer plays in tournaments, but he still enjoys watching the sport and attending events, like the Heritage Academy tennis team's matches at the club. Tennis also is something that helps keep Sunny Logan going.
There's a good reason Neil Baggett has forgotten about the 2015 season. The Super Late Model racer experienced more valleys than peaks last year. At one point, Baggett took a few weeks off from running weekly shows and State Series races due to chronic misfortune and mechanical issues.
STARKVILLE -- When his team needed a defensive lift, Starkville boys' basketball coach Greg Carter knew who to turn to.
Sean Harrison feels a little seasoning is going to serve him well in his new position as athletic director/football coach at Heritage Academy in Columbus.
Jamie Tollison needed just one race for affirmation that he'd made the right decision to buy a new race car.
Seconds after Spencer Hughes exited his No. 11 car following his Street Stocks feature win Saturday, he was greeted by the first of many admirers in the pits. Hughes, 15, probably should still be driving go-karts. That is what most of his counterparts were doing when they were his age, which might explain the adulation expressed toward Hughes at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
Columbus Christian Academy classmates Chris Webber and Glenn Misiak made sure they knew what they were getting into Saturday. Prior to the Columbus Pilgrimage 5-K race, the two surveyed the downtown course Friday on wheels to see what they would need to do to finish it first.
Meggan Franks ran the 13 miles in the Columbus Pilgrimage Half Marathon on Saturday morning. She then had to run some more. Franks finished ninth overall in the third-annual Columbus Pilgrimage Half Marathon and 5-Kilometer Road Race, and was the first area female to cross the finish line. Franks made the hilly downtown trek in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 45 seconds. She then ran back down hill to her vehicle to lead some 1,000 Mississippi State students in The Big Event service day.
There's a good chance a blue Chevrolet Malibu wagon will finish in the top three if it is competing in a Street Stock race. At driver Jay Burchfield's current pace, his odds of landing in victory lane are even better.
Running is still fun for Meggan Franks. From 5-Kilometer races to half marathons to marathons, Franks enjoys the high she gets from pushing herself and competing. Even after completing a career as a cross country runner and a track and field athlete at Mississippi State in 2006, Franks has found a way to keep running as an integral part of her life. It doesn't matter that work, teaching, family life, and motherhood sometimes make finding time to run challenging because Franks' competitive fire still drives her to find time to run.
Each time Ronald Dunn climbs into his No. 17 Street Stock car, he slides his racing boot into a flip-flop that's strapped to the brake pedal.
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.
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.
STARKVILLE -- Jae McIntosh has always been intrigued by martial arts.
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
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