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By Sporting News Wire Service February 18, 2011 8:27 PM, EST
With a sustained push from his brother, Brian Keselowski finished fifth in Thursday’s second Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying event and raced his way into Sunday’s Daytona 500. Since then, his phone hasn’t stopped ringing. Daytona 500
Race Lineup
Pos. Driver Make
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.* Chevrolet
2. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
3. Kurt Busch Dodge
4. Jeff Burton Chevrolet
5. Regan Smith Chevrolet
6. Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
7. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
8. Michael Waltrip Toyota
9. Matt Kenseth Ford
10. Kyle Busch Toyota
11. Kasey Kahne Toyota
* Will drop to rear at start * Complete Lineup
Ray Evernham called with an offer to pick up Keselowski’s tire bill for the weekend — a cool $10,000 or so. Keselowski is driving a 2006 Dodge Charger that Evernham built years ago, and he came to the track this weekend with one set of tires. Penske Racing, which fields Sprint Cup cars for Keselowski’s younger brother, Brad Keselowski, offered to supply a stronger engine for the No. 92 Dodge. Unlike other well-heeled teams, Keselowski doesn’t have a fresh engine to put in the car for Sunday’s race. A complication is that Keselowski is running an older generation R5 engine. The new R6 power plant available from Penske requires, among other things, completely different motor mounts and an external fuel pump. According to Keselowski’s father and crew chief, Bob Keselowski, the team might not be able to install the engine in time for Saturday’s practice. Keselowski also is working on a sponsorship deal with Golden Corral, which already had sent him a mockup of the paint scheme for Sunday’s race. “Honestly, I couldn’t answer all the calls,” Brian Keselowski said. “It’s just been insane. By the time I got out of the media center and got dressed [after the race], I looked at my phone, and I had 50-something messages and text messages and phone calls. It’s been crazy” Bayne will not go to a backup After a last-lap crash in Thursday’s second Duel 150 qualifying race, Trevor Bayne assumed he’d be in a backup car for the 500. A thorough examination of the car found no structural damage, and the Wood Brothers, who get their chassis from Roush Fenway Racing, decided to repair the No. 21 Ford rather than roll out a backup. “We were standing there looking at it yesterday, and some of the guys in [Jack Roush’s] fab shop that helped build the car to start with said they could fix it,” Wood Brothers co-owner Len Wood said. As a consequence, the team opted to sit out both Friday practice sessions while the car was repaired. Sprint Cup practice doesn’t draw a crowd What if NASCAR scheduled a practice session and no one showed up? The speedway wasn’t empty during the two Sprint Cup practice sessions on Friday, but it was close. Only 12 of the 43 cars qualified for the Daytona 500 participated in Friday’s first practice session. Only 12 cars showed up for the second session, too, as teams were content to change to their Daytona 500 engines and work on their cars in the garage stalls, rather than risk calamity on the race track. Many of the cars that took to the track were those that either weren’t up to satisfactory speed in the Duels, were damaged in those races and subsequently repaired (as with Jeff Gordon‘s No. 24 Chevrolet), or were backup cars (as with David Ragan‘s No. 6 Ford). “We’re sitting out [Friday’s] practice completely,” Kyle Busch said. “We’re working on the car and doing our engine change and making sure everything is up to spec and tuned for the 500. We’ll probably just go out for practice a little bit [Saturday] just to make sure the engine runs — it runs on all eight cylinders, and the spark plugs are good. “That’s about it. We’ll get out there with one of our teammates most likely and push them around for a few laps and call it a day.”]]]]> ]]>

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Warren Central Vikings ranked No. 4 by Mississippi Gridiron and MaxPreps

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The Warren Central Vikings take the field. (photo by Ced Tllman)

The Warren Central High School Vikings football team is now ranked No. 4 in the state by Mississippi Gridiron and MaxPreps.

The Vikings have a 7-0 record after an off week last Friday. Two of the wins were forfeitures due to COVID-19 cancellations. They have already surpassed last season’s 6-6 record and they continue to improve each week under head coach Josh Morgan.

Not only are the Vikings ranked high in the state of Mississippi, but they are also ranked No.2 in class 6A right behind Oak Grove, ranked No. 1 in both 6A and the state by Mississippi Gridiron.

The last time the Vikings were on the field two weeks ago, they defeated Madison Central 8-0. WC will be back at home this week as they will be playing against Clinton High School in another district game.

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Vicksburg natives Butler and Harris shined in the NFL Sunday

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Tennessee Titan Malcolm Butler and Indianapolis Colt Demichael Harris (Butler photo by Chipermc - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83245134; Harris photo via social media, used with permission)

Vicksburg natives Malcolm Butler and DeMichael Harris had impressive games Sunday for their NFL teams, leading to victories for both.

Butler, who is a former VHS standout, led the Tennessee Titans in tackles yesterday as they finished with a 42-36 overtime win over the Houston Texans. He finished with a total of eight tackles, the most for the team.

Harris, who is a former St. Aloysius player, got his chance to get on the field for the first time in the NFL when the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in a close 31-27 win. He finished the game with three catches and 29 yards in his first game as a player on the active roster.

In less than a month, both Harris and Butler will play each other when the Titans and the Colts are scheduled to meet Nov. 12.

 

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Williams, Riggs, Jefferson lead their teams in touchdowns Friday

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Three Warren County athletes led their teams in touchdowns on Friday night in district games.

Vicksburg High School freshman running back Alex Jefferson led the Gators in touchdowns in their last game against Ridgeland High School. He finished the night with 2 rushing touchdowns in the 49-32 loss.

St. Aloysius running back Brennan Williams led the Flashes in touchdowns in their big 43-28 win over Washington School. He had 3 touchdowns on Friday, including a 75-yard kick return in the opening of the second half.

Porter’s Chapel Academy quarterback Jace Riggs scored the most touchdowns for the Eagles on Friday in their 48-13 loss to Glenbrook. Riggs had a passing touchdown along with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Warren Central had an off week so there were no recorded stats for the Vikings last week.

 

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