Mark Martin is atop the Sprint Cup standings after a top 5 finish at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night. Martin was 10th prior to the race, but moved to the top spot after the top 12 drivers’ points were reset for the 10-race Chase for the Championship.
“We’ll see how things fare here,” Martin told NASCAR.com. “But anybody in this Chase can win this Chase. Every team that’s in it is capable of putting together a 10-race roll. That’s all it takes is the magic 10 races, and anybody can win it.”
LOCUST GROVE — The champions have been identified as Batesville Motor Speedway completed its points racing season Friday night.
It was already known that Andy Carpenter and Tyson Franks had the factory stock and modified titles clinched, but the street stock class was knotted heading into the finale.
Joe Payne won his heat race and finished third in the feature to edge Richie Tosh for the crown. Tosh was second in his heat race and sixth in the feature.
SOUTHSIDE — The Cave City Cavemen put together another solid second half and ran away with a 36-0 victory over the Southside Southerners in the nonconference Highway 167 showdown.
In week one, Cave City led Walnut Ridge 8-0 at the half before unloading for a 35-6 win.
CAVE CITY — The Southside Junior Southerners ran for 207 yards and passed for 154 while routing the Cave City Junior Cavemen 36-6 here Thursday night.
Running back Jake Hendricks accounted for 177 yards of the rushing total. Quarterback Jake Henderson accounted for all the passing yards.
Henderson got things going with a 68-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Watts in the first quarter. A Henderson-to-Chaber Roan pass made it 8-0.
NEWPORT — Edward Littlejohn, Ross Williams and Dylan Kick were class winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Littlejohn won the street class with Gary Spicer and Henry Stracener in tow. Williams took the foot brake title. Ray Townsend was second and Cave City’s Don Stitcher was third. Kick was the junior dragster winner ahead of Ryan Song and Kami Kick.
Stitcher also raced Saturday and Monday. On Saturday, he finished fifth in Dyersburg, Tenn. He was fourth Monday in Byhalia, Miss.
HIGHLAND — Cave City and Highland split tennis matches here Thursday.
The Cavemen won 3-2. The Lady Rebels won 6-0.
The decisive matches for Cave City happened in doubles where Brandon Gillihan and Tyler Booth teamed for a 6-4 victory, and Parker Nolen and Jordan Felts chalked up a 6-2 win.
Josh Danzy provided Cave City its lone win in singles.
In matches played against Valley Springs and Bergman Tuesday in Mountain Home, Caveman Adam Gann won two matches in singles and the doubles team of Nolen-Felts won.
FORREST CITY — Batesville swept Forrest City in 5A-East District volleyball matches here Thursday.
The Lady Pioneers won 25-9, 25-9, 25-2. The Junior Lady Pioneers won 25-18, 25-12.
For the Lady Pioneers, Kassie Foreman registered 18 aces, Rachel Shellenberger led with eight kills, Kandess Pfitzner added seven aces and 14 assists and Lainey Rumans served up 11 aces.
Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said the Lady Pioneers didn’t play very well in the victory.
“We’re still not going into these matches with much focus,” she said. “We’ve got to get it back.”
JONESBORO — John and Cecilia Vinson won the Hernando Hills Country Club Doubles Scramble here last weekend.
The husband-and-wife team shot a 26-under-par 116 and won by two strokes over Tim and Paula Reeves of Jonesboro. The Vinsons shot rounds of 57 and 59 over the par-72 layout.
LOCUST GROVE — The 2009 points season is set to conclude tonight at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Last week’s races were washed out, so the points remain the same. That means Richie Tosh and Joe Payne are still knotted for the street stock championship and there’s a chance Kevin Grizzle could factor into the mix. He’s 12 points off the pace.
The front-wheel drive title will likely go to Jesse Brooks. Tyson Franks has clinched the modified championship and Andy Carpenter has done the same in the factory stock class.
CAVE CITY — Entries are being accepted now for the Alex Cossey Benefit Golf Tournament, set for Oct. 31 at Cooper’s Hawk in La Crosse, Cave City Coach Jamie King said.
Proceeds from the 4-person scramble event will go to the Cossey family. The junior at Cave City High School is in Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock after suffering serious injuries in a car crash. Cossey is a member of the Cave City golf team.
The entry fee is $50 per person. To enter, call King at (870) 283-3333.
NEWARK — The Southside Lady Southerners defeated the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves 3-1 in a nonconference volleyball match here Thursday.
The game scores were 25-19, 25-9, 23-25 and 26-24.
Cedar Ridge led the last match 24-20 before letting it slip away.
“We started off this match fairly sloppy, but Cedar Ridge kept raising their level of intensity and execution,” Southside Coach David Shilkitus said. “In some ways, we were fortunate to escape with the victory.”