Sport Columns

Thunder in the mountains

Friday Night Thunder kicked off under threatening skies at Elkins Raceway. The rain held off long enough to see some great racing in two of our divisions. The Super Late Model car count was down but the action was good as Billy Holbert notched his first victory to kick off the 2018 season. ...

Exciting pack racing

First of all I want to thank everyone who lifted up my family in prayer. I was out of town in North Carolina for my uncle’s funeral and our column has fallen behind in the race coverage. There has been so much happening in the racing world over the last two weeks on both the local and ...

Statewide Sunday hunting to begin

The long prohibition of Sunday hunting is over. On March 29, Gov. Jim Justice signed into law Senate Bill 451. This bill will allow Sunday hunting on public lands in the state. I was talking with West Virginia Division of Natural Resources officials at the Elkins Operations Center this past ...

Test and Tune event is Friday

The regular season schedule at Elkins Raceway is set to kick off Friday evening with the first Test and Tune event. This is an opportunity for new drivers and cars to check out setups and not have the pressure of a race event. This may be the only chance you get to see them in pristine ...

Time for shooting practice

The weather was perfect for being outdoors last Saturday, and I used this time to take a trip to the shooting range during the afternoon. The rifle I decided to shoot was a .22 rimfire Mossberg that has been in the family for more than 80 years. My father purchased this bolt-action rifle from ...

Hot racing in cold weather

It’s Bristol, baby! Finally the NASCAR teams made it to the half-mile, high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway in the beautiful East Tennessee Mountains. On Saturday, the Xfinity series took to the track for the Fitzgerald Glider 300. There were rain showers in the area but they were able to ...

Racers run wild in Texas

NASCAR headed out to the great state of Texas and descended on the Texas Motor Speedway. This track has been resurfaced and reconfigured so that the banking in turns 1 and 2 is lower than that in turns 3 and 4. If that wasn’t enough to make the crew chiefs a little crazy, Friday saw the ...

Wood is key to W.Va.’s well-being

“Wood is wonderful.” This is a statement that I hear repeatedly in this area, especially during the “Mountain State Forest Festival,” which is a tribute to wood. Now, everyone knows that wood grows, and April is the month for Arbor Day (April 27) when people are encouraged to plant a ...

NASCAR takes a break from racing

This past weekend was an unusual one in that no race events were scheduled aside from Formula 1. This was Easter Sunday and the NASCAR teams had a much-deserved break from a season that rolls along almost every weekend from February until November. I thought I’d take just a moment to ...

Snow day for NASCAR

It’s not often that we can talk about a NASCAR race being postponed because of snow but that’s exactly what happened this past weekend in beautiful Martinsville. Snow was in the forecast and the Weather Channel folks nailed it this time. Actually, the Weather Channel sent a crew to ...

Deer hunts set in 10 state parks

Some West Virginia State Parks have hosted limited deer hunts in the past, but they were not one bit like the ones that are on the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ agenda for this year. This fall, 21 three-day managed hunts are in the planning for 10 state parks. Sam England, ...

Road racing takes over center stage

Endurance road racing was center stage again this past weekend as the IMSA WeatherTech series visited the historic Sebring International Raceway for the 12 Hours of Sebring, presented by Mobil 1. For 66 years the top sports car racing teams have taken to the worn bumpy asphalt and concrete ...

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 ...