With less than five laps left in the race to decide the Mississippi Street Stock Series points title, Lee Ray's bid to repeat as champion appeared dashed after he spun in turns three and four following contact with Eddie Rickman.
No one knows how the oddsmakers in Las Vegas determine their betting lines. There are countless variables that change by the day, and sometimes by the hour.
It wasn't a win, but it was clear how much a top-three finish meant to David Breazeale. The longtime Super Late Model racer fought back tears and struggled to find the words after exiting his car to a chorus of cheers following the 2016 Cotton Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
Choices isn't just another word to Adrian Branch. To convey the impact of that word, Branch uses more colorful ones -- like sashaying and profilin' -- and eye-catching objects -- like his $10,000 1987 NBA championship ring from his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers -- to hold the attention of the students assembled in the Columbus High School gymnasium.
There's something special about Spencer Hughes' right foot. Car owner Randy Thompson feels Hughes' right foot is his greatest attribute. In just his third Super Late Model race Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway, Hughes showed again why Thompson selected him pilot his car.
STARKVILLE -- Hunters Creek Village, Texas, was one of the lucky ones. On the western outskirts of Houston, the village had recently installed new drainage systems, as reported by The Houston Chronicle, and appeared to be positioned well geographically to avoid the effects of Hurricane Harvey.
For Spencer Hughes, his Street Stock car is "home."
There was a time when Eddie Rickman didn't know what he was doing with a race car. In the 1960s and '70s, before racing technology boomed and before Rickman became one of Mississippi's best Super Late Model drivers, he was still figuring out how to make a car go fast and handle better.
It doesn't matter what kind of car David Breazeale brings to the track. He's a favorite to win wherever he goes. Breazeale debuted a new Rocket XR-1 car Saturday for the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series Super Late Model race at Magnolia Motor Speedway. He had one testing session Friday and didn't make any significant adjustments before Saturday's feature.
It takes a lot of practice, a lot of luck, and a really good car to win a race. Ellie Hughes has been racing since she was 8 years old. She started out in go-karts, worked her way up to Hot Shots, and has been racing Factory Stocks for the last two years. The 16-year-old has had to rebuild cars after wrecks, but after her latest crash totaled her car at Whynot Motorsports Park a few weeks ago, Hughes' racing experience was tested unlike any other period.
The last week has been a whirlwind for Justin Atkins. Between being surprised at home by friends and doing a handful of radio and newspaper interviews, Atkins finally is getting time to savor the reality that he is a champion.
Chris LeBrun loves competition. When LeBrun started running 10 years ago, he immediately found something he loved. He soon found himself competing in longer and longer events, like the Boston Marathon and ultra marathons, which refer to any footrace longer than 26.2 miles.
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.
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