Sport Columns

Racers duel in the desert

NASCAR action this past weekend was truly a duel in the desert. The Xfinity series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series both visited the oval that races like a road course. The Phoenix International Raceway is a tricky tri-oval in that none of the turns are similar in shape or banking. ...

Turnout low for DNR’s meetings

The blizzard-like weather conditions this past Tuesday and Wednesday was not fit for “man or beast.” Nonetheless, I went to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Regulations meeting on Tuesday evening. The total number of sportsmen and women in attendance who were not DNR ...

Cars and fists fly in Vegas

It was week number three in NASCAR world. It was Vegas, baby! This time what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas! The Cup event had a dominating performance, a late-race pass for the lead, mechanical failures, crashing coming to the finish and a fight/beat down after the race. ...

DNR’s public meetings on tap

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced that 12 public meetings will be offered at various locations throughout the state on Monday and Tuesday. All of these meetings will start at 6 p.m. and run through 8 p.m. I have attended this annual regulations meeting every year ...

NASCAR may levy stiffer fines this year

Hello, everyone! Week number two of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series is in the books. All three touring series raced this week in Hampton, Georgia, at the mile-and-a-half Atlanta Motor Speedway. I feel after watching the race that the new changes with stage racing and crash clocks and ...

Bill would alllow Sunday hunting

Area sportsmen and women need to be keeping a watchful eye on the 2017 West Virginia Legislative session. On Feb. 23, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 345 that was sponsored by State Sen. Mark Maynard (R) from Wayne County. This bill expands Sunday hunting in the state on ...

NASCAR changes may be a mixed bag

The Daytona 500 and all the support events are in the books for 2017. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series and all the rule changes for this year sure changed the way the races played out. Lots of people are being quick to condemn the new format of the races for causing all the crashes and ...

Hunting traditions changing

This past hunting season, I only got one deer and four squirrels. There was just no real abundance of game in 2016 in this area. This is not my biggest concern at the present time. My leading concern is the decline in the participation in the noble sport of hunting and all of the shooting ...

Daytona will roar Sunday

It is just three days untill the 2017 Daytona 500. The 125-mile qualifiers will run this evening and for the first time in many years they will be points-paying races. These races will tell us a lot about how cars are prepared for the 500. Chase Elliott captured the pole position by ...

Reloading adds to the sport of hunting

Most types of ammunition have gotten somewhat scarce and more expensive in the last 10 years, especially during this last presidential administration. I was talking to one of the local sporting goods merchants a few weeks ago, and he told me that he is finally starting to get in some .22 magnum ...

Fun times down in Florida

Wow, when Speedweeks in Florida gets going the action is nonstop! I’m going to just get to the news. First I need to share a quick story about NASCAR champ Tony Stewart. He was in Florida to start his 2017 season in his winged sprint car at Bubba Raceway Park. He raced two of the three ...

Daytona is just around the corner

The NASCAR season-opening Daytona 500 is only a few short weeks away. The events kick off with the Clash at Daytona on Feb.18, and then on Feb. 23 the Twin 125-mile qualifier races and on Feb. 26 the Great American Race will start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series. Daytona also starts the ...

Coyotes must be controlled

Some people may find it difficult to comprehend, but the first month of 2017 has come and gone. Many adults are now asking each other, “Where has all the time gone?” When I was online last weekend, it looked like everyone was getting ready for the appearance of either French Creek Freddie ...

Car sale raises millions for charity

Two of the biggest gearhead events in the world took place in the past two weeks and I’ve promised to give you the run down on both of them. So, let’s get this party started! Each year the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction is held in the huge WestWorld Event Complex. Tents covering ...

NASCAR making major changes

Wow! For this to be an off-season week it has been a busy one in the motorsports/gearhead world. I planned to talk about the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, I’ll wait until next week to review it. I will mention that prices seemed to really be up there ...

Passing on hunting to youngsters

In last week’s column, I made a brief mention about how not enough youth hunters are coming on to replace the senior hunters. We all know many are leaving this outdoor activity for one reason or another. We are now starting a new year. On my last hunting trip, I came upon an adult who was ...

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Indoor racing at its best

I’m really not sure how to start this week’s column.  It’s that time of year where racing events are few and far between so two weeks ago I reported on one of the greatest indoor open-wheeled midget races in the country, the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was an awesome ...

Black bear harvest was down

On Jan. 10, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources released the preliminary figures for the total white-tailed deer and black bear harvests for last year. In 2016,  Mountain State hunters harvested a total of 112,384 deer from all of the various deer seasons (antlerless, buck gun, ...

Edwards’ decision a shocker

This is one of the down weeks in racing. However, news was announced Tuesday and clarified on Wednesday that has rocked the NASCAR world. Carl Edwards has retired from driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota Camry and driving in general. Mexican-born Xfinity Champ Daniel Suarez has been ...

Info on fishing changes available

The year 2016 is finally over, and just about everyone will agree that last year is one that will be remembered in many ways. The election results were stunning, and it still has a few people in a state of shock. The campaign was waged with extreme bitterness on the part of both major political ...