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DirtNews Digest Your Online News Source for Late Model Dirt Track Racing "Get Some Dirt On Your Computer!" Todd Turner, editor

Email address: DirtNews@aol.com Web site: http://members.aol.com/dirtnews/digest =================================== CONTENTS: April 30-May 3 preview STARS: Cherokee's Spring Fling 80 winner will win $10,000 HAV-A-TAMPA: Series goes to Mississippi after rainout MORE: Other top events on the upcoming schedule =================================== SHORT TRACK AUTO RACING STARS (STARS) Spring Fling 80

TRACK: Cherokee Speedway, Gaffney, S.C. (half-mile oval).

DAYS: Friday (qualifying and heats) and Saturday (consolations and feature).

TIME: Gates open at 3 p.m. both days with hot laps at 7 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

FEATURE: 80 laps, $10,000 to win.

RACE INFORMATION: (704) 732-2685 or (864) 489-1969.

NOTES: The reconfigured half-mile oval now favors a lower groove .... besides the regular STARS drivers, among those expected are Rodney Combs, driving a new dirt late model car .... Steve Francis is running away with the series points title, leading second-place Tim Hitt by nearly 500 points .... Donnie Moran, who captured the previous two STARS events, is expected to skip this event in favor of the Hav-A-Tampa race in Mississippi .... regular Cherokee drivers competing will have to adjust from the 1997 track rules of Goodyear tires and limited engines to compete with the STARS open tire and engine rules .... practice is scheduled for Thursday from 7-10 p.m.

STARS POINT STANDINGS (through eight races): Steve Francis 2,060; Tim Hitt 1,570; Rick Eckert 1,470; Charlie Swartz 1,420; Rod Conley 1,400; Mike Balzano 1,360; Steve Shaver 1,240; Gary Stuhler 1,230; Donnie Moran 1,030; Davey Johnson 990. ------------------------------------------------------------- HAV-A-TAMPA DIRT RACING SERIES

TRACK: Whynot Speedway, Meridian, Miss. (quarter-mile oval).

DAYS: Friday (qualifying and heats) and Saturday (consolations and feature).

FEATURE: 100 laps, $15,000 to win.

RACE INFORMATION: (601) 482-5251 or 644-9668.

NOTES: Series tries to get back into action after raining out last weekend at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., a race that has been rescheduled as a $10,000-to-win event on Aug. 1 .... Billy Moyer, who won the last two series stops at Batesville, Ark., and Brownstown, Ind., has a chance to become the first driver with a three-race Hav-A-Tampa winning streak since Scott Bloomquist in February 1995 .... last year's August 23-24 event at Whynot Speedway was canceled .... Jim McDuffie won the last series event at the track, pocketing $5,000 on July 23, 1995 .... practice is scheduled for Thursday night.

HAV-A-TAMPA POINT STANDINGS (through eight races): Billy Moyer 1,259; Freddy Smith 1,241; Wendell Wallace 1,174; Clint Smith 1,100; Dale McDowell 1,089, Donnie Moran 1,052, Johnny Virden 1,030, Steve Russell 993, Bill Frye 965, Marshall Green 960. ------------------------------------------------------------- WEEK'S OTHER TOP EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, April 30 ***UNITED MIDWESTERN PROMOTERS (UMP), Highland (Ill.) Speedway, $2,500 to win

FRIDAY, May 2 ***UNITED MIDWESTERN PROMOTERS, Kankakee (Ill.) Speedway, $4,000 to win ***WISSOTA, Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis. ***MIDWEST LATEMODEL RACING ASSOCIATION, Batesville Speedway, Locust Grove, Ark., "MLRA Spring Nationals, $5,000 to win (qualifying and heats)

SATURDAY, May 3 *** MIDWEST LATEMODEL RACING ASSOCIATION, Batesville Speedway, Locust Grove, Ark., "MLRA Spring Nationals," $5,000 to win (consolation and feature) ***UNITED MIDWESTERN PROMOTERS, LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway, $4,000 to win ***UNITED MIDWESTERN PROMOTERS, Barren County Speedway, Glasgow, Ky., "USA 50," $6,000 to win ***SOUTHERN UNITED PROFESSIONAL RACING (SUPR), Sabine Raceway, Many, La. ***AMERICAN LATE MODEL SERIES, Interstate 96 Speedway, Lake Odessa, Mich., $2,000 to win -------------------------------------------------------------

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Series Stock car
Drivers Scott Bloomquist , Bill Frye , Freddy Smith , Donnie Moran , Rick Eckert , Steve Francis , Steve Russel