With three laps to go, Martin Truex used a three-wide pass on pole-sitter Carl Edwards and Johnny Sauter to take the lead and go on to win the Nextel Open on Saturday night in Concord, N.C. The Nextel Open is a 40-lap shootout for all drivers not already eligible for NASCAR’s All-Star Challenge race. The top two finishers and one other driver voted in by fans advanced to the main event. Sauter finished second and Kenny Wallace, who campaignedfor votes on television, won the vote. Truex slid up against the wall to squeeze his way into the front, taking the lead from Edwards, a Columbia native who had led the first 37 laps. It was the only lead change of the race. “The only chance I had was to get to the top groove and get around Carl,” Truex said. “If I didn’t get around Carl, then Johnny would have gotten by both of us. Awesome race, good job on my crew.” Edwards, who had promisedto donate all his winnings to charity, was disappointed. “It’s just so frustrating to have a lead like that and then just have the car get so tight, but that’s the way it goes,” Edwards said. “It was just extremely, extremely tight. That’s it. If I could make an adjustment, I’d raise the track bar 10 rounds. It was that tight.”
Rock Bridge Tennis: Bruins won their sixth consecutive sectionalfinal Saturday at Bethel Park with a 5-1 victory against Joplin. The victory advances the Bruins to the Class 2 state semifinals where they will face Parkway Central on Thursday in Springfield, Mo. Kirkwood and Rockhurst play in the other semifinal.
Hickman Track & Field: The Kewpies advanced six girls events and three boys events to the state meet in sectional competition Saturday at Camdenton.
Shana White won the girls 100- and 200-meter dashes, Asia Walker won the girls long jump and triple jump, and the pair joined Jasmine Tezak and Jamela Kimbrough for a second-place finish on the girls 4 X 200-meter relay. Whitney Grathwohl, Emily Young, Nasia Stevenson and Ciara Tatum won the girls 4 X 400-meter relay. Tucker Bounds won the boys long jump, Josh Mantooth won the 3200 meters, and Sam Masters won the 1600.
Columbia College Softball: The Cougars lost their first three games at the NAIA national tournament in Decatur,
Ala. On Friday, Columbia College fell to No. 2 Simon Fraser (B.C.) University in five innings, then lost to seventh seed Oklahoma City University 10-0 in five innings. Saturday, the Cougars (28-19) lost 2-0 to Vanguard (Calif.).