Rain forced the cancellation of all events at Old Dominion Speedway on Saturday night, putting Mark McFarland's bid for a NASCAR national title in jeopardy.

McFarland, who trails Mike Colabucci by 12 points in the Late Model series at Old Dominion, must be in first place by Sept. 11 to qualify for the national crown. With his 11 race victories this season, he is all but guaranteed to win the national title if he can overtake Colabucci.

The problem for McFarland is that there are only three Late Model races left before the deadline: a 75-lap race Aug. 28 and twin-50s on Sept. 4. This Saturday night, the speedway will be closed because of the Prince William County Fair.

Tom Dyson--who leads the NASCAR Short Track national series--holds a 16-point lead over Stan Owens in the Grand Stock division. Dyson has six race victories this season.

In the Speedway Sportsman race, Jim Todd Jr. leads Scott Lunceford by 30 points, and Doug Freeman leads Mike Bryant by four points in the Mini-Stock standings.


Monarchs Reign

The Virginia Monarchs used a stellar defensive effort Saturday to rebound from their first loss of the season. Defensive end Kenny Conrad returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown, and cornerback Junior Scott scored on a 98-yard interception return as the Monarchs thumped the Mount Vernon Steelers, 26-0, in New York.

Virginia (5-1) sacked the quarterback seven times--raising its season total to 70--led by James Dixon's three sacks. Marco White and Russell Williams had two apiece.

Quarterback Seon Bolton, making his first start of the year, threw touchdown passes of 45 yards to Steve Green and 10 yards to Rocky Parrish. Bolton finished 8 of 15 for 215 yards.

The Monarchs lost, 16-0, two weeks ago to the Richmond Hornets, a team the Monarchs beat three times last season. Virginia has a chance to avenge that loss Saturday, when it hosts the Hornets at 7 p.m. at Gar-Field High School.

Track and Field

Gar-Field Has 2 in 4th

Gar-Field seniors Takeitha Jordan and Kira Sims, running for the second-year Quiet Storm Track Club, finished fourth in the high jump and pole vault, respectively, at last week's AAU Junior Olympics in Cleveland.

Jordan jumped 5 feet 3 inches, and Sims vaulted 10 feet. North Stafford freshman Jamie Mushatt-Valerie placed fifth in the youth girls discus with a throw of 103-4 and 11th in the javelin at 72-10. Brooke Point junior Keosha Sanders placed eighth in the intermediate girls 200 meters at 25.91 seconds.


Virginians Take Fifth at AAU

The Prince William Virginians 10-and-under girls basketball team finished fifth in the AAU national championships held recently in Orlando.

Prince William defeated teams from Pennsylvania (39-22), Alabama (34-22), Kentucky (38-10), Ohio (29-27) and Indiana (58-53). Its only losses were to teams from Louisiana and Maryland, the eventual first- and third-place teams, respectively, in the tournament.

Team members are Lauren Rosser, Kerry Taylor, Jessica Taylor, Lauren Firich, Ashleigh Braxton, Monica Wright, Ashlee Keown, Shanee Purnell, Briana Robinson and Brittany Hollins. Coach Royce Keown was assisted by Greg Robinson and Dave Firich.


On the Move

Brett Thompson, who had coached soccer in Virginia for 12 years, including with Prince William Soccer Inc., took over last month as the director of coaching for the state of Nebraska's soccer association. In his new position, Thompson will oversee player development and coaching education.