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Stephens likes to change scenery

By By Steve Swogetinsky/special to The Star
July 10, 2004
When it comes to dirt track racing, Ben Stephens likes to make the rounds.
If you check the track websites for the Southern Mississippi Speedway in Hattiesburg, the South Mississippi Speedway in Long Beach, or the Columbus Speedway, Stephens name usually pops up as either winning the Modified Division, or playing in the top two or three of the race track's most recent race.
Stephens had to come from the pack to win the Modified Division race at Queen City last Saturday night. Andy Pippen led the first seven laps before dropping out of the race with mechanical problems. Steve Snow then led the race before he ran into problems during the 11th lap.
Stephens is majoring in Construction Engineering Technology. When he graduates, he would like to race in other areas of the country, but plans to stay in a modified car.
Weekend racing
Racing action is planned for the Queen City Speedway this Saturday night with the qualifying action to begin after a 6:30 p.m. driver's meeting.
The Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series is also back in full swing. The MSCCS was to have raced at the Southern Speedway Friday night and was to continue tonight at the South Mississippi Speedway in Long Beach with a 50-lap race. The last series race was held June 12 in D'Lo at the Simpson County Motorsports Park.
The MSCCS/SUPR Challenge, which puts the best drivers from Mississippi vs. the best from Louisiana, was rained out June 26 at the Baton Rouge Raceway. No makeup date has been announced. The following weekend, the series will be run at the North Alabama Speedway in Huntville on Friday, July 16; and at the Columbus Speedway on July 17.
The Magnolia Motor Speedway will have $5000 to win for the Late Models on the weekend of July 22-23-24 in the Majestic Metals Southern Showdown.
The Modifieds will run for $1,500. Other first place prizes are as follows: Late Model Stock, $600; Street Stock, $800; Mini Stock, $800, and the Crusiers, $500.
Rushing takes win
Anthpny Rushing of Kosciusko won the Firecracker 4-Crown Super Late Model Series, which was held Saturday night at the Columbus Speedway.
This was a four-night series that featured races at the North Alabama Speedway in Huntsville, then moved to Columbus, the Pine Ridge Speedway in Baldwyn, and the Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Tenn..
In Columbus, Rushing ran a 13.77 qualifying time Rodney Wing of Meridian, one of the hottest Late Model drivers in Mississippi, finished 13th overall.
More than 134 cars gathered for the difference divisions of racing.

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