Sport Columns

Controversy in Las Vegas

The NASCAR season is off and running. Las Vegas brought lots of controversy. Chase Elliott noticed as he was chasing Kevin Harvick that the back window on Kevin’s car was sinking in, then popping back out as the air flowed over the back of the car. Pictures surfaced on Facebook and the ...

New trout stocking program beginning

This spring, trout anglers should start getting prepared for what appears to be a new stocking idea. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources plan to stock lakes and streams in and near some of the best state parks on Fridays and Saturdays. Now these are not additional or extra trout ...

Harvick on a tear

The NASCAR top series are on their western swing. This past week all three series invaded the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The weather included high winds that played havoc with the set ups. A stock car traveling at close to 200 mph encountering 25 to 30 mph winds will really move the car ...

NASCAR heads to Atlanta

Speedweeks 2018 is all finished but the NASCAR schedule is just beginning. Many fans say that the regular season doesn’t start until week two at Atlanta. The restrictor plate racing at the superspeedways is so unpredictable and usually it turns into a survival game. The mile and a half ...

Daytona had thrills and spills

OK, Speedweeks 2018 is in the books. Wow! Great racing and action were featured at all the events whether it was the half-mile dirt at Volusia Speedway Park or the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. Let’s take a look at all the final events beginning with the World of Outlaw Super ...

Crossbow a challenge for hunters

When I started deer hunting in the early 1960s, it was unlawful to hunt deer with a crossbow or to even be afield with this type of a weapon. The most common bow at this time was the long bow. The recurve soon came along, and the compound bow came on strong in the mid 1970s. It was in the ...

Dirt track racing lights up Tampa

Wow! There’s a lot of racing to talk about this week. The action got underway at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. This column will focus on the dirt late models at East Bay Raceway in Tampa, Florida. The Lucas Oil Late Model racing series ran a six-day series. Let’s get right ...

Race cars rolling at Daytona

We covered all the dirt track events at East Bay Raceway in the last column and there’s still some dirt tracking to be done in Georgia and Florida and we will fill in the blanks in the next few columns. This past Friday the ARCA and NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series rolled into the garages ...

Responsible timbering makes sense

Improving the health of West Virginia’s State Parks is the objective of Senate Bill SB270 and House Bill HB4082. Gov. Jim Justice appears to be in favor of this legislation. According to State Park officials, West Virginia’s 81,000 acres of forested land within all of the parks are in ...

Dirt tracks in full swing in the south

The dirt tracks in Georgia and Florida are in full swing for the next two weeks. Speedweeks 2018 gets started at Golden Isle Speedway with the Rhino Ag Super Bowl of Racing. This was two nights of Lucas Oil Super Late Model Racing. West Virginia’s own Josh Richards showed why he was last ...

Grouse, rabbit and squirrel seasons in

Grouse, rabbit and squirrel seasons in For all practical purposes, the 2017-2018 hunting seasons are nearly over. Winter has set in and cold weather is in the forecast for this weekend. The big game hunting seasons are now history, and the weather picture for next week does not look at all ...

NASCAR season is just around the corner

Engines were roaring around Daytona International Speedway to kick off Speedweeks 2018. The Rolex 24 at Daytona is one of the most important endurance races in the world. It draws drivers from all over the world and every type of racing. There are three groups of different cars that race the ...

Dirt racing, Danica and car auctions

I was supposed to be recovering from carpal tunnel surgery this week but it seems that having cellulitis takes a front row seat over elective surgery. After multiple days of bed rest and antibiotics it seems I may be going to the hospital if they can find a bed for me. Please pray for all ...

Archery program thriving in schools

The National Archery in the Schools Program was actually started by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in 2002. Its purpose was to address the lack of archery competition shooting in physical education classes of public schools. To date, millions of youth have participated ...

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 ...