• DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—The first week of preseason testing has ended, and a problem with tires was a major concern to some drivers.

    Carl Edwards, driver of the Roush-Fenway Ford, was one of those drivers who encountered problems.

    “Testing has gone pretty well,” Edwards said. “We’ve never been lightning fast down here. The drafting is fun. The cars slide around quite a bit. Ours stayed pretty free so it was fun to drive.

  • Barry Foote has been a fixture at the Leland Hot Stove League banquet since its inception four years ago.

    The North Carolina native was a catcher who played 10 years of big league baseball in the '70s and '80s. He later managed in the minors and coached in the majors for 10 more years.

    Some people say Foote only comes to the hot stove banquet for the free food, but I think there’s more to it than that. Although he has never been the event’s keynote speaker, he always has something interesting to say.

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned Brunswick County native Cedric Simmons to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.

    “We are happy to have the ability to put Cedric in game situations like this,” Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry said in a Jan. 2 press release.

    “This gives Cedric a great opportunity to finish the last step of his rehab from his ankle sprain.”

  • Decorations have been packed away, New Year’s resolutions decided and the calendar flipped.

    This week the Sprint (formerly Nextel) Cup teams begin on-track preparations for the 2008 season. And while team members may still swap how-I-spent-my-holiday-vacation stories, it’s time to re-fire the engines.

    Monday marked the start of NASCAR Preseason Thunder—the sport’s annual January test sessions. First Up: The Sprint Cup Series, which kicks off its 2008 preparations at Daytona International Speedway.

  • It’s a shame that for the first time since 1990 there will be no Brunswick County High School Wrestling Tournament.

    This year’s event was set for Jan. 16 at South Brunswick High School, but it had to be canceled because it fell during the week of final exams and there was no way to reschedule it.

    “I’m kind of disappointed, not necessarily for me or the coaches, but I’m disappointed for the kids,” West Brunswick coach Jimmy Caraway said at Saturday’s Scorpion Heritage Classic in Leland.