Sport Columns

NASCAR legends to be honored

Racing action is picking up! This past week more than 340 race teams made their annual trek to the River City Expo-Center for the 2018 Chili Bowl Nationals, presented by Lucas Oil Products. On Saturday evening, thousands of fans on hand and countless others tuned in through MavTV to see 24 of ...

Trout stock trucks are now rolling

The weather for the first week of 2018 was not fit for anyone or anything to be stirring around in. The weather conditions for the beginning of the second week may have warmed things up, but they still leave something to be desired. The cold temperatures of the first week did not keep the ...

Many racers have died at Daytona

This week, race teams lined the streets in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with their transporters and Midget race cars to do battle in the 2018 edition of the famous Chili Bowl race event. More than 200 cars are entered and all week heat races and last chance qualifiers will be held to set the starting field ...

Area not a habitat for grouse

I have seriously grouse hunted only once in my life. This was back about 1985 with a person I worked with at the old Memorial General Hospital who was a big-time ruffed grouse hunter. My friend had a beautiful bird dog that was good at flushing the birds out of the brush. On this particular ...

Winter ways to enjoy auto racing

The wind chill is like 15 degrees below zero outside and it’s not a good day to be outside, period. Racers that plan to make the trip to Florida are busy preparing their cars for Speedweeks 2018. Short track racers from all over the country make the trek each year to see how they stack up ...

Christmas trees can improve fish habitat

For most of us (young and old), the excitement of Christmas has worn off. Right now, most adults and teenagers are looking forward to bringing in the new year, which is normal. I doubt if very many hunters in the area are in the forests or woods trying to bag some kind of game animal. The ...

Auction is a dream event for gearheads

It’s the week after Christmas and all through the house, not a race car is stirring… I’m not sure how the rest of that should go. Well, apparently Santa’s idea of good and mine must be different. No new race car in the yard or garage once again. I did get a nice Go-Pro type camera to ...

Sportsman license is a great gift

The combination fishing and hunting license for next year makes an excellent gift for those sportsmen and women on your Christmas list. While most of my readers have probably finished their shopping, this is a great idea for those last-minute shoppers. I don’t know how many times that I ...

Dirt track racing in the spotlight

This is the last chance I have to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope that Santa brings all the new race parts and souvenirs on your list. Please take time to read Luke Chapter 2 from the Bible and remember the greatest gift to all mankind, Jesus Christ, was born that ...

Hunting is facing new challenges

Just about all sportsmen and women are aware that the sale of hunting licenses nationwide have been on the decline for the past two decades. I have stated several times in past columns that the number of new youth hunters is nowhere close to replacing the senior hunters who are retiring from ...

Wall of Fame nominees announced

First of all I want to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts during the last week. On Tuesday of last week I got the call that most people dread. My little brother called and said that our mom had died. She had been in bad health for a while but this was totally unexpected. I missed the ...

Statewide buck harvest is down

This past Tuesday, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources released the preliminary harvest figures for this year’s two-week deer-buck gun season. In 2017, hunters harvested 44,455 bucks statewide. This is down from the 2016 harvest of 46,071, or 3.5 percent. Like it has been ...

No doubt that blaze orange saves lives

No person in their right mind can dispute the fact that the “blaze orange” hunting regulation has dramatically reduced the number of hunting shooting accidents during the deer firearms season. When I was a teenager and learning how to hunt, the buck gun season (then only one week or six ...

NASCAR mourns loss of two great ones

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and remember, Christmas is just a few weeks away. I keep hoping Santa will bring that shiny new Modified for next season, or actually I’d settle for a slightly used newer model. I think that is the type of wish each racer has this time of year. ...

The gold and blue’s golden arm goes down

There is no doubt that the Mountaineer fan base will still care about, and take part in festive duties to root for WVU to get a win no matter what bowl game we end up in. Our spirits are down, however, as frustration has reared its ugly head once more over the course of the past two weeks in ...

Treat it right and it may last

People who have several guns often wonder about all of the ammunition they have had on their shelves for years. From my own experience, I have learned that ammunition that has been kept in a cool, dry environment is almost non-perishable. It was back in the 1990s when I fired some 30/40 Krag ...

NASCAR season’s end offered thrills, spills

The 2017 NASCAR season has come to a close and I’m sure the teams are already preparing for Speedweeks in Daytona. Drivers get a much-deserved few weeks off to enjoy families and the holidays and reflect on this past year. A few of the teams give crews some time off also before action ...

Opening day is Monday

For some people, this is the best day of the entire year. This whole thing reminds me of a picture I saw in an outdoors magazine about 40 years ago. The photograph showed five grown men, who were old enough to be World War II veterans, in what looked like a hunting cabin. The caption at the ...

Fighting to be a champion

This will be a special NASCAR Playoff column covering last week’s events at Phoenix Raceway and setting the stage for the upcoming Playoff races held at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All three NASCAR traveling series Championships will be decided there this weekend. I’m still not sold on ...

Banquet honors local drivers

On Saturday evening some of the best racers in the region gathered together in the Beverly Fire Hall for the final event of the 2017 season. The Elkins Raceway Championship Awards Banquet is always one of the most fun events of our season. It’s nice to clean up, put on our nicer clothes ...