COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former New Hope High School, East Mississippi Community College, and Mississippi State fishing team member Justin Atkins landed a bag of 22 pounds, 1 ounce Sunday to win the Fishing League Worldwide Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray.
Chad Winkles hadn't been to Columbus Speedway in nearly eight years. "It had a bit more banking last time I was here," Winkles said Friday. It likely wouldn't have mattered if Winkles had never been to The Bullring, as nothing has slowed his march toward a NeSmith Street Stocks points championship, except Josh Tomlin.
Jamie Pickard ran one season of 602 Late Models in 2014 before he had enough. Pickard was in favor of an even field of sealed 602 motors, but from 2014 through 2016, tracks that ran the division allowed sealed motors and motors privately built to spec.
The top line around Columbus Speedway is fast. It also is tough to handle. Those who ventured up top Friday either smacked their right quarter panel off the wall or backed off the throttle. Either way, the line routinely killed drivers' momentum in the corners of The Bullring. Things were different for David Breazeale.
Craig Barham was out after the second roll. The Columbus native was running in the top 10 midway through the NeSmith Late Model race May 13 at Magnolia Motor Speedway when he entered turn one and didn't make it out of turn two. Barham's GRT car hit a rut and flipped three times. His car was totaled. He had two cracked ribs, a bruised back, and swollen knee. He was knocked out.
NeSmith Late Model drivers will be happy to see Spencer Hughes leave the class.
STARKVILLE -- Tom and Russ McReynolds aren't looking for world dominance just yet. For now, state dominance will do just fine.
Spencer Hughes is about to reach the top of the ladder.
Along with sweltering heat, another certainty of the summer is success for the Starkville Little League All-Stars. The baseball team made up of 11- and 12-year-olds won their third-straight state tournament Thursday night with a 14-0, four-inning victory against Brookhaven at Vernon Dahmer Park in Hattiesburg.
A few pretty good weeks gave Hunter Logan a little confidence entering the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club earlier this week. Little did Logan know he was going to have a lot more confidence after the opening round.
WEST POINT -- Caledonia High School's Hunter Logan shot a 1-under-par 71 Thursday to win the boys 16- to 18-year-old division (Division A) of the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club.
Timmy Bowers is gearing up for the next phase in his life. The former Mississippi State standout also is preparing for his 14th season as a professional basketball player. Slated to return to Italy, where he has played the last eight years, Bowers credits a solid fundamental base for enabling him to have such a long career following his success in Starkville.
It's all about showing out when you want to attract attention. Logan Canerdy, Jeremy Tate, and Eli Acker have learned that in what has turned out to be a busy summer for the three local prep football standouts.
Eric Cooley has a grudge to settle with himself and Magnolia Motor Speedway. Cooley was leading the Governor's Cup in 2013 when a late caution killed his momentum and he finished second. He has finished fifth and seventh in the last two editions of the race.
Golfer Hunter Logan was aware of the feeling. After all, he calls it "the best feeling in sports."
Andy McElhannon didn't make it more than four laps at Columbus Speedway before getting knocked out of the USCS race in 2012.
Morgan Turpen is usually still searching for her first feature win by the midway point of the season.
Brian Rickman joked last week that of the three Mississippi tracks the COMP Cams Dirt series was set to visit this weekend, Magnolia Motor Speedway "hadn't been good to him." "The Black Ice" is notoriously difficult to navigate, particularly for drivers who, like Rickman, prefer a hooked-up surface.
The more Johnny Stokes had to gear-down, the lesser his odds were of winning the Mississippi Street Stocks feature Friday night at Columbus Speedway. Stokes, who was looking for his second win in as many races, saw his acceleration struggles continue from his last race into Friday's qualifying and heat race. Still, he set the fastest time and nearly passed Rodney Wing on the final lap of their heat race before changing his spark plugs ahead of the feature.
Brandon Whitley's ready for a big payday. The Pontotoc native, who finished third in a recent $2,500-to-win Factory Stock show in Jackson, leads the Columbus Speedway Factory Stocks points chase. Two of his seven career wins have come this season at The Bullring.
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