DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson says winning a Chase race gives his No. 48 team direction. If the last three seasons are his map, all roads lead toward another Sprint Cup championship.
Johnson has the Chase for the championship victory. All he needs now is that points lead.
Johnson thumped the competition in the second Chase for the championship race, sweeping the season races at Dover International Speedway to accelerate his bid for an unprecedented fourth straight championship.
NEWPORT — Don Stitcher of Cave City won the foot brake class at Speedy’s Newport Raceway on Sunday, according to information provided to the Guard.
Stitcher got down the strip quicker than Lonnie Allwhite. Joe Williams placed third.
Gary Spicer won the street class, holding off Adan Townsend and Edward Littlejohn.
The outlaw street bike class winner was Josh Trim. He had Michael Light and Michael Furtson in tow.
On Satuday, Stitcher finished third in the foot brake class at Dyersburg, Tenn.
LOCUST GROVE — Peyton Taylor broke the stranglehold Kevin Salter and Robbie Arnold have had on the Schoenfeld Headers Mid-America Street Stock Championship here Saturday night.
Salter and Arnold have combined to win the previous six titles, Arnold taking the last two. This time Arnold finished second and Salter was fourth. In between was Brandon Smith.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers escaped with a 6-0 win over the Nettleton Junior Raiders in a Class 5A-East District football opener Thursday night in Pioneer Stadium.
A steady rain fell almost throughout the contest, but it wasn’t the only thing falling from the sky. Numerous penalties on the Junior Pioneers kept the yellow flags flying.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Junior Southerners kept their football record unblemished by outscoring the Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits in the second half here Thursday night on a soggy Stewart Field.
The score was tied at 6 after one half of play. The Junior Southerners won 20-12.
The visitors scored first when tailback Eric Williams ducked and dodged for 20 yards and a touchdown. Southside’s Jake Hendricks intercepted the pass on the 2-point attempt.
Lyon College’s Katie Marshall has been selected as the TranSouth Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 14-20, according to a news release from Lyon.
Marshall, a junior forward from Tustin, Calif, earned her second hat trick of the season in a 6-0 shutout victory over the University of the Ozarks. The Lyon forward knocked home three goals and became one of only three Pipers to earn more than one hat trick in her career.
Lyon is a perfect 5-0-1 this season and is currently receiving votes in the NAIA national rankings.
An outbreak of flu shortened Lyon College’s sports schedule this weekend.
The Lyon-Oklahoma Christian men’s soccer match set for this afternoon in North Little Rock was called off due to illness on the Oklahoma squad, and the Lyon-Trevecca Nazarene volleyball match set for Saturday morning at Becknell Gym was also postponed due to illness among the visitors from Nashville, Tenn.
The soccer match will not be rescheduled. The volleyball match between the TranSouth Athletic Conference members has been rescheduled for Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City and Cedar Ridge varsity teams each picked up a win here Thursday night.
The Cavewomen won 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-21) as Rachel Roebuck scored 22 points, including seven aces, and Katie Freeman and Laura Basinger contributed 15 and 11 points, respectively. Basinger served up 10 aces and Freeman added nine. Elisha Ramos was credited with 27 digs.
Coach Crystal Bradley said the Cavewomen totaled “about 30 aces.”
The Cavewomen improved to 4-6 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
CAVE CITY — The high school and coaches’ offices at Cave City are being flooded with calls and e-mails from around the nation after one of its players and its football program were featured on Yahoo News and other national news outlets, Superintendent Steven Green said.
The story of Caveman Thamail Morgan’s unselfish act of good sportsmanship in a football game versus Yellville-Summit was the lead story on Yahoo News mid-afternoon Thursday after being featured on ArkansasVarsity.com.
The Cave City Cavemen have shown flashes of brilliance already this season, but they’ve also shown they’re vulnerable.
Out of the 12 quarters they’ve played, only five have been what Coach Jon Bradley wanted to see. Despite the part-time work, the Cavemen are 3-0 for the first time since their 2007 run to the post season.
However, what has happened the last three weeks isn’t relevant to getting a ticket to the playoffs. Friday night’s Piggott-at-Cave City game is, and Bradley said his team is on a full-time schedule for the first week of Class 3A-3 District action.
When it comes to the Batesville Pioneers, the year 2000 and 21-10 are still the standards for the Nettleton Raiders.
“The only time we’ve won against the Pioneers is when we kept the ball away from them all night,” Nettleton Coach Donnie Tennison remembered.