*THRASH TAMES FIELD IN STATE SERIES WIN AT 'THE BULLRING'*

by Bryan Wimberley
Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series correspondent

2COLUMBUS, Miss. (July 12) - Polesitter Chad Thrash of Meridian, Miss., concluded a dominating performance, after surviving a early stage clash with David Breazeale, earning a $2,500 payday Saturday night at Columbus Speedway.

The victory secured Thrash's sixth career Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series triumph, tying him eighth on the all-time win list with former two-time champ, David Ashley Jr.

Second-place David Breazeale of Four Corners, Miss., was game early, leading three laps in the feature, but Thrash's Rocket muscle was too much for all comers.

Third-starting Brian Rickman of Columbus, completed the podium of finishers, while older brother, Rick, finished fourth in the 50-lap main event.

A huge head of steam by Keith Miller of Sumerall, Miss., had the No. 291 becoming one of the feature's biggest movers, going from 15th-starting position to round out the top 5 finishers.

From the outset, Thrash led Breazeale, Brian Rickman, Josh Putnam and Jeremy Broadus to complete lap one.

Putnam moved door-to-door with Rickman, getting by him for third, as Thrash began to expand the lead on the front-runners.

Thrash's fast pace quickly had him approaching the back of the field on lap 7, but a caution for the spun car of Dean Carpenter of Coldwater, Miss., reshuffled the grid.

Back-to-back yellows flew on Carpenter after he looped the No. 51 car in turn one.

A tremendous restart, plus big forward bite exiting turn two, had Breazeale nipping Thrash by a nose at the flagstand of the ninth lap. Thrash fought back hard, squaring off in a side-by-side battle down the back straightaway. Three laps later, Thrash's nose edged the two-time Mississippi State Series' champion for the point.

A three-car, turn two accident, involving Leon Henderson, Chad McCool and Keith Miller, halted headway and brought out the race's third caution -Miller restarted at the tail end of the longest line.

Action resumed after a cleared racetrack, which saw the longest period of green flag racing of the feature -a total of 25 laps.

Points leader Rick Rickman of Columbus, slipped by Putnam for third behind Thrash and Breazeale, but Thrash's No. 1c began to get dialed in.

Near the halfway mark, almost the whole field, hugged the bottom in the corners, then took to the high line down the straights.

One lap car after another, Thrash started placing traffic between himself and second-running Breazeale, moving out to as much as a full straightaway advantage.

The top two in points started a duel on lap 31, as Rick Rickman had caught Breazeale for second, with Breazeale holding on by a narrow margin.

A couple laps later, a blanket could be thrown over 2nd through 6th of the running order, all mixing it up for position. Amid that slugfest, emerged the event's final yellow, when Chase Washington of Houlka, Miss., and Jeremy Broadus made contact in turn one, in a battle for 5th.

The incident claimed Broadus for the rest of the feature, retiring him to 19th, as Washington was charged with the caution.

Neil Baggett of Shannon, Miss., was sandwiched with no place to go on the start-up, sending him pit side under green -Baggett exited in 18th-place.

With 40 down, Thrash set his car on cruise control the remaining way as single file ruled the majority of the lead cars. Lap-by-lap, no one could get close enough to threatened Thrash's domination of the final countdown.

Thrash put multiple drivers between him and anyone posing a viable test. Under a glowing supermoon, Thrash precisely hit his marks to close out the feature's final corners, easily winning his first Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series race in almost 25 months.

NOTES: Thrash's Rocket Chassis Race Car is powered by a Jay Dickens Racing Engine and sponsored by Thrash Pest Control, Tomkat of Chunky, BASE Racing Fuels, Structural Steel Services, Miller Lite, X-Treme Graphics by J-Rod, Five Star Bodies.

The 30-minute feature ended at 11:35 pm, was slowed by four cautions, with nine cars on the lead lap.

Chad Thrash also received $100 put up by Jerry Wrench of Carl Hogan Automotive of Columbus, Miss., for becoming the fastest qualifier at 14.450 seconds.

The top 10 hard charger of the feature was Brett White of Kosciusko, Miss., who charged up from 19th-starting position to finish sixth. White recently won, besting (21) other super late model entries in a weekly show at Magnolia Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 6th.

From a championship standpoint, two things were proven following the Columbus Speedway feature on Saturday night; the first is a title chase that keeps intensifying after each race. The advantage is still at five points, but now 'The Ragin' Rebel' David Breazeale stands at the forefront. And the other is, if Chad Thrash hadn't missed June 7th at Greenville, it would be a four-horse show atop the standings, gauging his season's success.

After scoring two victories (Moulton and Arkadelphia Speedways), totaling $4,500 over the Fourth of July weekend, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, Ala., chose to scratch from the Columbus Speedway feature, citing having an off-night on the track -Hollingsworth would have started 8th in the 50-lap main event.

The locals were a buzz with the return of 'Fast' Eddie Rickman to the dirt, fielding the yellow No. 68 machine. The oldest Rickman snuffed out a top 10 at The Bullring, by taking home 8th-place, from 11th-starting spot.

Jason Milam of Fulton, Miss., piloted a No. 33c Bryson Motorsports entry at Columbus. Milam started 17th and managed little gain in the final tally, finishing 14th.

Next race: The Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series will return, Saturday, July 26th, for the third time this season to Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Mississippi.
David Breazeale took the win in the first state series' event on the gumbo in May, while Bub McCool found Victory Lane at Greenville in the tour's second visit to the speedway. The 50-lapper in two weeks, pays $2,500-to-win/$300-to-start.

MSCCS AT COLUMBUS: (1) Chad Thrash, (2) David Breazeale, (3) Brian Rickman, (4) Rick Rickman, (5) Keith Miller, (6) Brett White, (7) Mark Dodson, (8) Eddie Rickman, (9) Chase Washington, (10) Howard Means, (11) Chad McCool, (12) Clint Logan, (13) Dean Carpenter, (14) Jason Milam, (15) Kurt Radojcsics, (16) Allen Simmons, (17) Leon Henderson, (18) Neil Baggett, (19) Jeremy Broadus, (20) Josh Putnam, (SCR) Ronny Lee Hollingsworth.

Lap Leaders: Thrash 1-8, Breazeale 9-11, Thrash 12-50.
Total Laps Led: Thrash 47, Breazeale 3.
Margin of Victory: Three-seconds.

FASTEST QUALIFIER (among 21 cars): Chad Thrash at 14.450 seconds.

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS: Rick Rickman, Clint Logan.

DASH WINNER: Chad Thrash.

B-Main 1 results: Rick Rickman, Eddie Rickman, Leon Henderson, Keith Miller, Jason Milam, Brett White, Allen Simmons.

B-Main 2 results: Clint Logan, Chad McCool, Mark Dodson, Howard Means, Dean Carpenter, Kurt Radojcsics.

Dash results: Chad Thrash, David Breazeale, Brian Rickman, Neil Baggett, Josh Putnam, Jeremy Broadus, Chase Washington, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth.

Group 1 (top 5) fastest qualifiers:

Chad Thrash at 14.450 seconds
Brian Rickman at 14.520 seconds
Neil Baggett at 14.550 seconds
Chase Washington at 14.560 seconds
Rick Rickman at 14.690 seconds

Group 2 (top 5) fastest qualifiers:

David Breazeale at 14.540 seconds
Josh Putnam at 14.680 seconds
Jeremy Broadus at 14.870 seconds
Ronny Lee Hollingsworth at 14.890 seconds
Clint Logan at 15.070 seconds

2014 Sponsors for the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series include:

All-Star Performance, ASI Wear, Base Fuel, Beyea Headers, B-Line Fabricators, Braswell Carburetors, Fast Shafts, Five Star Bodies, Four Seasons Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Hoosier Tire South, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, L&D Trucking, MidSouthRacing.com, Out-Pace Products, Rocket Chassis, Schoenfeld Headers, Scott Performance Wires, Trak-Star Race Cars, TWM Racing and X-Treme Graphics by J-Rod.


*MCCOOL BACK ON TRACK WITH GREENVILLE WIN*

by Bryan Wimberley
Mississippi State Championship Challege Series correspondent

GREENVILLE, Miss. (June 7) - In racing, there is no better cure from a recent struggle, than finally capturing a victory! Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., would be the first to admit that his team has been battling to find answers in the No. 57J car this season, but Saturday night he rallied from 7th-starting position, cashing in a $2,500 payday on the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series tour.

McCool grabbed a late race lead on Timothy Culp of Prattsville, Ark., en route to the 50-lap feature win at Greenville Speedway, notching his 12th career MSCC Series victory.

The 36-year old McCool led the final nine laps of the four-second victory, but surprisingly registering only his second top 5 finish of 2014 (of 18 entered events).

Fifth-starting Timothy Culp can easily chalk this race up as the one that slipped away, but Culp wrestled the point away from Neil Baggett of Shannon, Miss., leading 19 total laps, before settling for second-place.

Although neither found themselves in Victory Lane at the conclusion of this one, the Rickman Brothers, Rick and Brian of Columbus, Miss., both came out smelling like roses, with Rick taking over the MSCC Series point standings again, while Brian jumped up to third in the chase, surpassing Baggett.
Brian finished the Greenville feature in third-place and Rick took home fourth.

Baggett drove a David Breazeale back-up car, after having mechanical issues with his familiar No. 21 in hot laps, torching the field in qualifying by three-tenths, landing on the front-row. Baggett then played a key factor of the main event, leading 22 laps, but later retiring early to finish 15th.

Dane Dacus of Lakeland, Tenn., rounded out the top 5 finishers with a solid performance, quietly running among the lead pack throughout the race.

Shortly after the drop of the green flag, a turn two tangle involving, Duke Palasini of Leland, Miss., and Troy Berdan of Minden, La., brought out the caution. Afterwards, last year's super late model track champion, Palasini, would elect to go pit side for the remainder of the show.

Three-wide racing between Culp, Rick Rickman and Ross Camponovo of Clarksdale, Miss., for third ensued soon after the restart.

Baggett took control of the feature, catching the rear of the field on lap 8, while Brian Rickman and Culp battled for the runner-up position, both going door-to-door for a couple of circuits.

As Baggett bounced off the turn one wall on lap 16, he steadily began using Greenville's concrete structure as a top-side measuring stick. His fast adaptation to Breazeale's back-up car, had him closing in on 'The Ragin Rebel', nearly putting him a lap down. A fortunate caution saved the two-time MSCCS champion, Breazeale, from a huge hole and jeopardizing his three-race winning streak -Breazeale was running 11th when the second yellow of the feature flew.

Outstanding restarts by Culp and McCool, propelled both into the top 3 by lap 19. Culp looked to the inside of Baggett for first, but the night's final caution would halt that progress.

Culp seized another opportunity when green flag racing resumed, marching to lead on lap 23. Both Rickman's were briefly shuffled back to wage a side-by-side fight for fifth, just past the halfway mark.

Heavy traffic favored a rapid Culp getaway from McCool with 15 to go, but it wasn't long before McCool began reeling in the No. c8 Bob Pierce, nearly putting his nose on the rear decklid on lap 39.

On the next lap, a daring crossover move by Culp retained him the advantage on McCool, before payback was in order with eight laps remaining -McCool led by half-length at the stand.

A slight falter by McCool on lap 44 in turn two, sent him into the path of lap car, Chase Washington of Houlka, Miss., breaking his momentum and allowing Culp a ray of hope in his pursuit.

It would be the last chance Culp had to draw near, as McCool began extending the distance after each revolution, clicking off the final laps. With the flagman signalling two to go, McCool enjoyed a comfortable half straight-away cushion over a fading Culp. A final turn three kiss with the wall would not be enough to deny McCool the checkered flags, rebounding from his recent sixth-place Mississippi State Series finish at Greenville, two weeks ago.

NOTES: McCool's Victory Circle Chassis is powered by a Jay Dickens Racing Engine and sponsored by McCool Logging, AR Bodies, C&R Racing, Good Hope, MAVtv, ASi Racewear, Schaeffer's Racing Oil, Triple B Trucking, Outerwears and Hoosier Racing Tires.

The 29-minute feature ended at 11:31 pm, was slowed by three cautions, with seven cars on the lead lap.

The feature's top 10 hard charger of the 50-lapper was Anthony Burroughs of Muscle Shoals, Ala., going from 17th-starting position to finish ninth.

A pair of other drivers, making feature headway in the top 10, was Clay Fisher of DeWitt, Ark., going from 13th-to-seventh and Bubba Harrison of Cleveland, Miss., who also climbed six spots -16th-to-tenth.

A total of (108) cars over seven divisions of racing, filled the Greenville Speedway pits, that included (23) NeSmith crate late models, which ran twin features.

Next race: The Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series' Late Models will return to action in two weeks, for a return visit to Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss., on Saturday, June 21st, in a $2,500-to-win event.

MSCCS AT GREENVILLE: (1) Bub McCool, (2) Timothy Culp, (3) Brian Rickman, (4) Rick Rickman, (5) Dane Dacus, (6) David Breazeale, (7) Clay Fisher, (8) Chase Washington, (9) Anthony Burroughs, (10) Bubba Harrison, (11) Mark Tice, (12) Tanner Kellick, (13) Mark Dodson, (14) Clint Logan, (15) Neil Baggett, (16) Jason Smith, (17) Ross Camponovo, (18) Troy Berdan, (19) Dwight Falcon, (20) Kyle Beard, (21) Jamie Tollison, (22) Duke Palasini.

FASTEST QUALIFIER (among 33 cars): Neil Baggett at 15.079 seconds.

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS: Dane Dacus, Jason Smith, David Breazeale.

DASH WINNER: Brian Rickman.

PROVISIONALS: Mark Dodson, Clint Logan.

DRIVERS NOT MAKING THE FEATURE: Scott Abraham, Michael Aycock, Dean Carpenter, Dewayne Estes, Greg Fore, Edmond Jenkins, Jason Michau, Keith Miller, Justin Paxton, Shelby Sheedy, Christopher Showah.

B-Main 1 results: Dane Dacus, Duke Palasini, Tanner Kellick, Kyle Beard, Keith Miller, Scott Abraham, Shelby Sheedy, Jason Michau.

B-Main 2 results: Jason Smith, Clay Fisher, Bubba Harrison, Mark Tice, Mark Dodson, Dewayne Estes, Greg Fore, Michael Aycock, Christopher Showah (DNS).

B-Main 3 results: David Breazeale, Troy Berdan, Anthony Burroughs, Jamie Tollison, Justin Paxton, Clint Logan, Dean Carpenter, Edmond Jenkins.

Dash results: Brian Rickman, Neil Baggett, Ross Camponovo, Rick Rickman, Timothy Culp, Chase Washington, Bub McCool, Dwight Falcon.

2014 Sponsors for the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series include:

All-Star Performance, ASI Wear, Base Fuel, Beyea Headers, B-Line Fabricators, Braswell Carburetors, Fast Shafts, Five Star Bodies, Four Seasons Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Hoosier Tire South, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, L&D Trucking,midsouthracing.com, Out-Pace Products, Rocket Chassis, Schoenfeld Headers, Scott Performance Wires, Trak-Star Race Cars, TWM Racing and X-Treme Graphics by J-Rod.


Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series (MSCCS)
Greenville Speedway (Greenville, MS)
May 25th, 2014

  1. David Breazeale
  2. Brian Rickman
  3. Rick Rickman
  4. Neil Baggett
  5. Kyle Beard
  6. Bub McCool
  7. Mark Tice
  8. Ross Camponovo
  9. Chase Washington
  10. Tanner Kellick
  11. Jamie Elam
  12. Bo Gordon
  13. Mark Dodson
  14. Billy Tedford
  15. Bubba Harrison
  16. Clint Logan
  17. Duke Palasini
  18. Chad Thrash
  19. Clay Fisher
  20. Christopher Showah
  21. Leon Henderson
  22. Greg Fore

Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series (MSCS)
St. Tammany Raceway Park (Lacombe, LA)
April 26th, 2014

Group #2
1 14 Henry Cooper
2 K3 David Breazeale
3 86 Rick Rickman
4 1c Chad Thrash
5 1 Anthony Burroughs
6 9-CL Clint Logan
7 291 Keith Miller
8 88B Jeremy Broadus
9 86X Brian Rickman
10 9-J Todd Jones
Group #2
CAR # NAME
1 21xxx Neil Baggett
2 10 Leon Henderson
3 15 Chris Smith
4 57 Shep LUCAS
5 38 Chase Washington
6 21KB Kody Barber
7 36 Taylor Jarvis
8 32 Mark Dodson
9 00 Allen Netherland
10 12cent Edmond Jenkins DNT
B-Main #1 Finish
1 1 Anthony Burroughs
2 86x Brian Rickman
3 291 Keith Miller
4 9L Clint Logan
5 9J Todd Jones
6 88 Jeremy Broadus DNS
B-Main #2 Finish
1 21kb Kody Barber
2 38 Chase Washington
3 32 Mark Dodson
4 36 Taylor Jarvis
5 OO Allen Netherland DNS
6 12 cent  Edmond Jenkins DNS
Dash Finish
1 14 Hnery Cooper
2 21x Neil Baggett
3 k3 David Breazeale
4 10 Leon Henderson
5 57 Shep Lucas
6 15 Chris Smith
7 86 Rick Rickman
8 1c Chad Thrash
Feature Finish
1 k3 David Breazeale
2 14 Henry Cooper
3 1c Chad Thrash
4 21xxx Neil Baggett
5 86 Rick Rickman
6 1 Anthony Burroughs
7 21kb Kody Barber
8 32 Mark Dodson
9 291 Keith Miller
10 38 Chase Washington
11 9 Clint Logan
12 oo Allen Netherland
13 10 Leon Henderson
14 86x Brian Rickman
15 F4 Dwight Falcon
16 15 Chris Smith
17 57 Shep Lucas
18 9J Todd Jones
19 36 Taylor Jarvis
20 88 Jeremy Broadus DNS
21 12 cents Edmond Jenkins DNS

David Breazeale Tops MSCCS Foes at Columbus

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Heath Lawson Photo

Columbus, Mississippi (April 12th, 2014) One year to the day from his last Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series' victory, David Breazeale of Four Corners, Miss., chased down Rick Rickman in the latter stages of Saturday's 50-lap feature, recording his 24th career tour win at Columbus Speedway.

Certainly "The Ragin' Rebel" is no stranger to Victory Lane on the circuit, but amazingly, the $2,500 payday was Breazeale's first MSCCS triumph at the 3/8-mile track.

The two-time champ, Breazeale, ranks second on the State Series' all-time list, behind Chris Wall with (43).

Current series' points leader, Rick Rickman of Columbus, who led the majority of the main event, took second after a hard fought battle with Breazeale.

Polesitter Chris Smith of Brewton, Ala., had his moments with the front-runners, never falling out of the top 5, as he recorded third-place to complete the podium finish.

At the drop of the green flag, Smith was instantly challenged by Rickman, who dropped inside of the No. 15c.

Smith would be on point for the first two laps, before Rickman nosed ahead at the line. Both drivers ran door-to-door the next couple of laps, trading the top position each time.

Rick Rickman, Smith and Breazeale had a brief three-car breakaway from the rest of the field, with seven down. But again, Smith and Rickman raced side-by-side, before reaching lap traffic, with nine in the books.

Rickman created space in negotiating lapped cars over Smith, stretching out the advantage to over one second.

Smith became entangled in another war, as Breazeale put on heavy pressure for second-place, in an excellent five-lap battle.

Rickman's half straightaway lead fell on Breazeale at the midway point of the feature.

Breazeale continued rim-riding, scrapping "The Bullring" wall in turn two, on lap 28, but his momentum had cut Rickman's led in half.

Breazeale's faster high line continued to gain ground on Rickman, who stayed around the hub and on lap 34, a new leader emerge from the group.

The first caution flew two laps later, when Jamie Elam of Senatobia, Miss., took a turn two spin.

Rickman capitalized on an opportunistic restart on Breazeale, as the pair raced nose-to-nose, contacting one another on the front straightaway to complete lap 37.

Third-running Chris Smith slapped the turn one wall, never breaking stride with 10 to go.

On lap 43, clearly Breazeale found where his car was most comfortable, racing top side. Rickman would follow Breazeale up there, but it was too little, too late for the No. 86 Pierce Race Car.

With both drivers staying married along the wall the last five revolutions, Breazeale's maintained his distance, seizing a two-second victory, for his first series' win since Hattiesburg Motorsports Park last April.

NOTES: Breazeale's MasterSbilt by Stuckey is powered by a Jay Dickens Racing Engine and sponsored by Thompson's Auto Repair, RBT Motorsports, Wrisco Aluminum, Randy's Hunting Camp, X-Treme Graphics by J-Rod, CES Cable of Purvis and Hoosier Racing Tires.

Breazeale becomes the 14th different MSCC Series winner at "The Baddest Bullring In The South".

The 21-minute feature ended at 11:54 pm, was slowed by one caution and had eleven cars on the lead lap.

Chris Smith of Brewton, Ala., received $100 put up by Jay Dickens Racing Engines of Aberdeen, Miss., for becoming the fastest qualifier at 13.680 seconds.

Two-time titlist, Mike Boland of Cuba, Ala., hold the Columbus Speedway track record at 13.220, setting it May 11, 2013, in Shep Lucas's No. 57 Car in a weekly SLM event.

The top 10 hard charger of the feature was Eric Cooley of Fulton, Miss., going from 16th-starting position, to finish ninth.

Jeremy Broadus of Biloxi, Miss., was in line to take a series' provisional, but a broken oil pump belt would keep him sidelined, citing further engine trouble concerns.

The next race on deck for the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series is Saturday, April 26th at St. Tammany Raceway in Lacombe, Louisiana.

MSCCS AT COLUMBUS: (1) David Breazeale, (2) Rick Rickman, (3) Chris Smith, (4) Chad Thrash, (5) Brian Rickman, (6) Chase Washington, (7) Neil Baggett, (8) Anthony Burroughs, (9) Eric Cooley, (10) Dylan Ames, (11) Leon Henderson, (12) Ross Camponovo, (13) Mark Dodson, (14) Keith Miller, (15) Greg Fore, (16) Duke Palasini, (17) Scott Dedwylder, (18) Jamie Elam, (19) Chad McCool, (20) Clint Logan, (21) Jamie Tollison, (22) Ray McElhiney.

FASTEST QUALIFIER (among 32 entries):
Chris Smith at 13.680 seconds.

CONSOLATION RACE WINNERS:
Neil Baggett, Anthony Burroughs

DASH WINNER:
Chris Smith

DRIVERS NOT MAKING THE FEATURE:
Michael Aycock, Jeremy Broadus, Philip Gibson, Keith House, Allen Simmons, Mark Tice.


Rickman Brothers trade shots, as Rick wins at Whynot
by Bryan Wimberley
Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series' correspondent

MERIDIAN, Miss. (March 29) - In what turned out to be a band of brothers, Rick Rickman of Columbus, Miss., outlasted younger brother, Brian, to nailed down a $2,500 payday, in the first race of the season for the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series at Whynot Motorsports Park, near Meridian.

"It was good out-running my brother (Brian), he had a heck of a run himself! I just happened to get him in lap traffic, then he passed me back in lap traffic, before catching another group of cars, enabling me to get back around him," said Rick Rickman.

Late race lap traffic became a key factor for the older Rickman, scoring his second career State Series win in the 50-lap feature. Rickman had the only Bob Pierce Late Model in the field of 32 entries, gaining him the checkered flags in his third appearance in the chassis.

"It was out-of-the-box fast when we pulled it out. We did tweaked and tuned a few odd and in things on the car, every time we came off the racetrack. We are still learning this new Bob Pierce Late Model, it's only the third race in it so far. We were a little off the first couple of races and still learning about it, because it is totally different from our MasterSbilt that we ran. We were looking at buying new cars and didn't know which route we wanted to take, when Bob (Pierce) came down to The Mag (Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS) that last race of the season (Cotton Pickin' in October), we talked to him since Bobby (Pierce) had a heck of a run there. Afterwards, we decided that is the direction we were going to take and now I am glad we did -the car was real good! They are finicky, but they are good!" explained Rickman.

He added, "I like a tighter race car than one may normally set up and we ventured a little bit towards that tighter side than his (Pierce) normal set up is -I prefer a wet and rough track. It was like that tonight here at Whynot because of the rain we've had, so between tightened the car up and the track being in the condition it was in, everything fell together for us, plus that hog of a motor that Jay Dickens built, that is in our car. It done an excellent job, we have got a good combination right now."

Since Neil Baggett has joined the Rickman Racing shop in Columbus, since coming over from Shannon, Miss., the stable went 1-2-3 at the flagstand.

"It just says a lot about our racing shop, to come out here and go top 3, with Baggett grabbing third and us all having three different brand chassis (Brian Rickman in a MasterSbilt, Neil Baggett in a Barry Wright). We all work together real well, we help him and he helps us -it's a great mix," says Rick.

Chad Thrash of Meridian and front-row starter, Chris Smith of Brewton, Ala., would round out the top five.

Dane Dacus of Lakeland, Tenn., led lap one out of the gate, with Thrash and Smith trailing behind.
A brief pause in the action happened after the first completed lap for a spun Jeremy Broadus of Biloxi. 

Dacus would give up the point to Brian Rickman on the backstretch and would take command on lap 4. Rick Rickman eased into the picture with Dacus for second, as the two rubbed door-to-door on the eighth circuit. 

Brian Rickman encountered traffic at lap 10, stretching to a two-second advantage on brother, Rick. But by midway of the main, both Rickmans had pulled away from the rest of the competitors.

With no pressure from behind, the family battle was reaching nose-to-tail, as Rick drew to Brian's decklid on lap 29, with heavy traffic coming into play. Making his move, Rick goes side-by-side to secure first on lap 31. Expanding to a half-straightaway lead on the bumpy track, Rick sliced through traffic, putting cars between him and Brian Rickman, at a torrid pace. 

Low-running Neil Baggett cut into the second-place deficit and shaped it into a three-horse race. 
Some lapped cars were racing hard with the leaders, enabling Brian to peek a nose under Rick, for the top spot with nine laps to go.

The war raged on for two more laps, before Rick Rickman was able to get a one-car cushion on his brother. It would turn out to be enough breathing room for a one-second triumph at the flags, capturing Rick's first victory since September of last season (at Columbus Speedway).

NOTES: Rickman's Bob Pierce Race Car is powered by a Jay Dickens Racing Engine and sponsored by Goat Farm Posse, Advanced Logistics, 1250 Package Store, Rickman Brothers Trucking and Advanced Racing Suspension.

Rick Rickman became the 15th different winner in (29) series' events at Whynot Motorsports Park.

The older Rickman projected the team's future plans for their 2014 campaign.

"We are gunning for the Mississippi State Series again this year, which this start gives us some momentum towards the championship, but we are going to Jackson next weekend (for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series). We are talking about trying ArkLaTex again (on Saturday), we were off on our chassis set-up at The Pelican (two weeks ago) and it was the first night out in this car. We found some things wrong with it, that we didn't do right. We did get better as the program went on, we were in the show, but had a caution and lost the transfer spot in the end -a Pierce car won that race too. If we get through Jackson good on Saturday, then we will probably go back down there."

The 17-minute feature ended at 10:30 pm and was slowed by a single caution, with only five cars on the lead lap.

Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, Ala., still holds the track record at Whynot, with a 12.43 second lap.

David Breazeale of Four Corners, Miss., was the top 10 hard charger of the feature, going from 15th-starting position to finish seventh.

Brian Rickman advanced four spots to become the next highest top 10 mover of the main event, going from 6th-to-second. Brian's lone Whynot win in the MSCC Series, came in September 2012.

Mechanical failures were aplenty at Whynot, with Jimmy Cliburn stepping into a No. 18 race car, from his familiar 88. A strong qualifying effort put Cliburn in the top eight for the dash, but motor difficulties would conquer his evening and scratching him from the feature.

The 2012 MSCC Series Champion, Scott Dedwylder of Vossburg, Miss., went up in a puff of smoke as he was taking the green flag to start qualifying.

Motor issues also claimed George Paul of Star, Miss. as an early night victim, never able to lay down a qualifying time.

Keith Miller of Sumerall, Miss., changed carburetors which caused him to miss qualifying, but the No. 291 crew could never straightened out the problem, scratching them from the program.

Drivers not making the feature included, Jamey Boland, Scott Dedwylder, Clint Logan, Taylor Jarvis, Chris Jimerson, Joseph Joiner, Keith Miller, George Paul, Jason Taylor and Frank Wilson.

The next stop for the Mississippi State Series will be at the "Baddest Bullring in the South" on Saturday, April 12th, at Columbus Speedway.

MSCCS AT WHYNOT: (1) Rick Rickman, (2) Brian Rickman, (3) Neil Baggett, (4) Chad Thrash, (5) Chris Smith, (6) Chase Washington, (7) David Breazeale, (8) Ross Camponovo, (9) Henry Cooper, (10) Shep Lucas, (11) Leon Henderson, (12) Kody Barber, (13) Mark Dodson, (14) Tody Ratcliff, (15) Jamie Elam, (16) Ray McElhiney, (17) Greg Fore, (18) Dane Dacus, (19) Jason Cliburn, (20) Jeremy Broadus, (21) Jamie Tollison, (SCR) Jimmy Cliburn.

FASTEST QUALIFIER (among 32 cars)
Dacus at 12.811 seconds.

DASH WINNER: Dacus

CONSOLATION WINNERS: Cooper, Washington.

PROVISIONAL STARTERS: Dodson, Ratcliff.

MSCC Series' Point Standings:
(Top 15 after March 29th at Whynot)

1. Rick Rickman - 145
2. Brian Rickman - 140
3. Neil Baggett - 135
4. Chad Thrash - 130
5. Chris Smith - 125
6. Chase Washington - 120
7. David Breazeale - 115
8. Ross Camponovo - 110
9. Henry Cooper - 105
10. Shep Lucas - 100
11. Leon Henderson - 95
12. Kody Barber - 90
13. Mark Dodson - 85
14. Tody Ratcliff - 80
15. Jamie Elam - 75

2014 Sponsors for the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series include:
All-Star Performance, ASI Wear, Base Fuel, Beyea Headers, B-Line Fabricators, Braswell Carburetors, Fast Shafts, Five Star Bodies, Four Seasons Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Hoosier Tire South, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, L&D Trucking,
midsouthracing.com, Out-Pace Products, Rocket Chassis, Schoenfeld Headers, Scott Performance Wires, Trak-Star Race Cars, TWM Racing and X-Treme Graphics by J-Rod.

For more information about the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series, contact Charles Thrash anytime at 601-917-2335 or visit our website at 'http://www.stateseries.com '.

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