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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: DirtNews Digest notebook (published May 5) ACCIDENT: Terry English injured, crew member killed in pits HAV-A-TAMPA: What's your point? How the system works AROUND THE TRACK: Other late model notes =================================== TERRY ENGLISH INJURED, CREW MEMBER KILLED AT BARREN COUNTY

A pit-crew member was killed and driver Terry English was seriously injured Sunday evening when a race car launched off the back straightaway at Barren County Speedway near Glasgow, Ky., and crashed into English's pitted late model.

Terry Egner, 35, of Calvert City, Ky., a crewman for English since 1994, died of multiple blunt trauma at T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow, according to Barren County coroner Mike Swift.

English, 34, of Benton, Ky., was airlifted to the University of Louisville Medical Center where a spokesman said he was in fair condition Monday morning in room 733.

Three other crew members were less seriously injured when a sportsman car driven by Eugene Houchens of Glasgow was forced off the 3/8-mile track in southcentral Kentucky, according to a Kentucky State Police report. Justin English, 16, Terry English's son, was in surgery Monday while John Ryan Boatright, 25; and Michael English, 25, Terry English's cousin, were treated and released.

The accident happened during the first sportsman heat race about 6:05 p.m. when the car driven by Houchens, who wasn't injured, was bumped and went airborne off the track, Swift said. Houchens' car ended up on top of Egner and English, who were preparing the English-owned car for the USA 50 feature event.

Paramedics and emergency medical technicians worked to save Egner for more than an hour before taking him to the hospital. The rest of the racing program was canceled.

English has been racing late models in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Illinois throughout the 1990s and has more than 100 career victories. The driver of the red No. 96 has won United Midwestern Promoters and Southern All-Stars events including the 1995 UMP Summernationals opener at Barren County and the Wayne Coakley Memorial at Central Park Raceway in McHenry, Ky. ------------------------------------------------------------- WHAT'S YOUR POINT? HAV-A-TAMPA'S POINT SYSTEM

Ever wonder how the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series doles out it's points? Winners get 175 points, with drivers finishing second through sixth receiving points in decreasing five-point increments (170, 165, 160, 155, 150). Drivers finishing seventh through 11th receive points in decreasing four-point increments (146, 142 138, 134, 130), while drivers finishing 12th through 16th get points in decreasing three-point increments (127, 124, 121, 118, 115). The rest of the field receives points in decreasing two-point increments in a system that is similar to the NASCAR Winston Cup points.

There are also bonus points and points for drivers not making the feature field. They include: *Drivers who advance to consolation races but fail to make the feature receive 80 points. *Drivers who advance to heat races but fail to start consolation races receive 60 points. *Drivers who attempt qualifying but fail to advance to heat races receive 40 points. *Drivers who enter an event and practice but fail to qualify receive 20 points. *Driver who leads the most laps in the feature receives a bonus of 5 points. *Fastest qualifier receives a bonus of 2 points. ------------------------------------------------------------- AROUND THE TRACK ...

MORE RAIN IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Jeff's Enginemasters Spring Shootout at Kankakee and LaSalle speedways in northern Illinois were rained out Friday and Saturday. Racing at the Izzo family-promoted tracks has been canceled four times in five weeks in 1997. The $4,000-to-win events have been rescheduled for May 16 at Kankakee and May 17 at LaSalle.

VISION QUEST: Scott Hartley got a face-full of dirt when the shield on his helmet broke off recently in a STARS event at West Virginia Motor Speedway, forcing him to leave the race temporarily. A rock had broken the plastic hinges on the side of the clear plastic face shield. "Knocked my head back into the seat pretty good when it hit," said Hartley, who pulled to the infield and sent a crew member to the pits for duct tape. "It just tore clear off and the dust got to where I couldn't see anything. We just put some duct tape on it and went back out and finished the race."

STUHLER'S STREAK: Don't ask Gary Stuhler of Greencastle, Pa., how he's won the STARS-sanctioned Stanley Schetrompf Memorial at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway five times in a row. "I don't know how it happened," Stuhler said with a bemused grin. "I really don't get myself all worked up about it, you know, (I treat it) like any other race. I just go there and treat it like the week before. Maybe God's been watching over me or something. Something's happened and I've won it five times, I don't know what."

OTHER ODDS AND ENDS: Fans with scanners beware, Steve Francis and Tim Hitt now use scrambled frequencies for their two-way radio communications .... NASCAR Winston Cup driver Ken Schrader is scheduled to race with the IMCA-sanctioned Deery Brothers Series on May 13 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa .... after racing, Ohio driver Bart Hartman sometimes has to ice down his left wrist, which goes numb because of three previous breaks .... Rick's Late Model Series has added a $3,000-to-win event on May 16 at Milan, Tenn. ------------------------------------------------------------- CREDITS: The Park City Daily News in Bowling Green, Tim Lee <slee@sunset.backbone.olemiss.edu> of Behind the Wheel's Late Model American and Todd Turner <DirtNews@aol.com> of DirtNews Digest. -------------------------------------------------------------

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Series Stock car
Drivers Ken Schrader , Steve Francis