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Byrd survives to win Factory Stocks race in Columbus

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Sports

Jason Byrd didn't think his car could win the Factory Stocks Madness at Columbus Speedway. The Jasper native had a spark plug wire come off during his heat race Friday, but he managed to win. In Saturday's feature, Byrd's car started to run hot after the fuel stop on lap 20, and under caution laps, his car would shut off. Byrd always was able to re-start it, but there was no way to tell if the problem would grow under green.

Chism looks for breakthrough at Bullring

Posted 6/21/2018 in Local Sports

So much for a transition period.

O'Neal earns first feature victory on Lucas Oil Dirt Series

Posted 6/18/2018 in Local Sports

Hudson O'Neal exhibited the patience and opportunism of a driver more than twice his age Saturday, laying in the weeds before pouncing late to win the Clash at The MAG for his first feature victory on the Lucas Oil Dirt Series.

Golsan gets hit in first professional at-bat

Posted 6/18/2018 in Local Sports

Hitting always has been one of Will Golsan's strengths. Whether it was at New Hope High School in Columbus or at Ole Miss, Golsan displayed a knack for getting a timely hit and reaching base.

Capitalizing at The Clash: Bronson looks for victory

Posted 6/15/2018 in Local Sports

A 100-lap Super Late Model race is an apt metaphor for Kyle Bronson's rookie season on the Lucas Oil Dirt Series. It requires a balance of aggression and patience to save tires, to maintain or improve track position, and to navigate a surface that might change several times throughout the feature.

Wilder trainer: Joshua agrees to heavyweight title unification bout

Posted 6/12/2018 in Local Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Unbeaten heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua appear poised for a title unification bout in the division's most anticipated matchup.

Certified with a smile: Sanders set to embark on pro career

Posted 6/12/2018 in Local Sports

If you have watched any college softball or baseball in the last month, it's likely you have seen someone from the Golden Triangle playing a key role for their team.

Columbus has going-away party for softball standout Sanders

Posted 6/11/2018 in Local Sports

DJ Sanders never has been one to celebrate her accomplishments. The former New Hope High School multi-sport standout prefers to hone the skills that have made her one of the nation's best softball players. That's why Sunday was a perfect time for Sanders to relax and to visit with friends, coaches, teammates, and supporters at a going-away bash at the New Hope Community Center.

Ray takes victory in Street Stocks feature race

Posted 6/9/2018 in Local Sports

Lee Ray followed up a pair of runner-up finishes last week with a win in the Street Stocks feature Friday at Columbus Speedway.


Gates eager to grow boxing with second event in Columbus

Posted 6/8/2018 in Local Sports

Shawn Gates is spreading the word. After having success in January with the inaugural Friendly City Boxing Night at the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus, Gates admits he was surprised to hear a lot of people in the Greater Golden Triangle area didn't know about the event.


Hagar continues mastery at Magnolia

Posted 6/2/2018 in Local Sports

Derek Hagar isn't sure what else he has to prove, especially at Magnolia Motor Speedway.

Mallett hopes for better finish at The Mag

Posted 6/1/2018 in Local Sports

Everything is clicking for Jordon Mallett, who leads the United Sprint Car Series national points in his bid to repeat as series champion.

Baggett 'feeling it' after win at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 5/29/2018 in Local Sports

After two years away from Super Late Model racing, Neil Baggett is back and "feeling it." The Shannon native and Columbus resident piloted his No. 21xxx car to a win Sunday at Magnolia Motor Speedway, holding off a strong push by Chad Thrash along the bottom of turns three and four late in the race.

NeSmith Racing changes name to Durrence Layne Racing

Posted 5/25/2018 in Local Sports

NeSmith Racing's touring series, various points divisions, and motor sales are intact, but they'll soon debut under new ownership and a new banner: Durrence Layne Racing.


West Point's Ware dominating Factory Stocks

Posted 5/19/2018 in Local Sports

Scooter Ware can thank his team's hands-off approach for his recent successes in Factory Stocks racing.


Fortner pounces late for $5,000

Posted 4/30/2018 in Local Sports

"Leave nothing" is a catchall sports mantra rarely echoed on dirt tracks, where significant consideration is given to protecting one's equipment and reputation. But as the winner's purse increases, so does the threshold for risk taking.

Organizers, volunteers set to make tennis tournament a hit

Posted 4/27/2018 in Local Sports

Dudley Bearden and George "Juddie" Boyd have plenty of stories to tell. Many of their memories center around the development, rise, fall, and revitalization of the Magnolia Tennis Club in Columbus.

Oregon's Sanders taken in NPF draft

Posted 4/24/2018 in Local Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Chicago Bandits used the 21st overall pick Monday night to select Oregon senior shortstop DJ Sanders in the National Pro Fastpitch draft.

Stokes wins Street Stocks feature

Posted 4/14/2018 in Local Sports

In a typical "dry-slick" night Friday at Magnolia Motor Speedway, Bryan Fortner wasn't surprised to see Johnny Stokes hold a smooth line through the middle and win the Street Stocks feature.

Thrash rallies to Challenge Series win

Posted 4/1/2018 in Local Sports

Chad Thrash could have driven his 1C Super Late Model car even faster Saturday.


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