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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: Web site: =================================== CONTENTS: DirtNews Digest notebook (April 9)

BILL FRYE: Arkansas driver will race with broken arm MIKE HEAD: Georgia racer's son fatally shot in Atlanta AROUND THE TRACK: Other dirt racing notes =================================== FRYE PLANS ON DRIVING DESPITE BROKEN FOREARM

With two of the next three Hav-A-Tampa events in Arkansas, Bill Frye might just be tough enough to beat all comers with one hand tied behind his back. Unfortunately, the Greenbrier, Ark., driver will find how hard that would be after breaking his right forearm in a racing accident Saturday night at Whynot Speedway near Meridian, Miss.

Frye, who headed south to get some laps at Whynot after the James King Memorial at Columbus, Miss., was postponed by rain, was trying to pass James Dean for the lead in a heat race when the leaders collided, and Frye's arm got hung in the wheel. He ended up at a Mississippi emergency room with a broken forearm where they sent him back to Arkansas with aspirin, a splint and a sling.

In Arkansas, a doctor in Conway, just south Greenbrier, placed a cast on Frye's arm that begins just below the elbow and wraps around his thumb. The doctor said the arm -- "a simple break, nice and clean," Frye said -- would take six weeks to heal.

"I told him the only problem was I had to race Friday night," said Frye, the driver of a GRT house car. "He said it wasn't no problem racing but it may hurt a little bit."

"I'm glad the doctor OK'd everything," Frye said. "I told him if he said I couldn't, I was going to race one-handed and get some points and get into the feature and go home."

Trying to make driving as comfortable as possible, Frye brought a steering wheel to the doctor to make certain the cast would allow him to grip it. He'll have three different steering wheels at his disposal for this weekend's Hav-A-Tampa event at Batesville (Ark.) Speedway, where he would certainly have been among the favorites after his rallying victory in last year's Topless 100.

Frye also sought advice from veteran driver Freddy Smith, who drove good enough with a broken arm in 1994 to win races including the inaugural $100,000-to-win Dream at Eldora Speedway. Smith told Frye driving one-handed will probably help him concentrate on steering fundamentals and even improve his driving.

"The grip's no problem. The twisting will be the biggest problem," said Frye. "I'm not too concerned about it unless I get on a real rough, hooked-up (wet) racetrack."

"I'm not looking forward to it," Frye said. "This could be a real character-building piece." ------------------------------------------------------------- DRIVER MIKE HEAD'S SON FATALLY SHOT IN ATLANTA

Michael Eugene Head of Ellenwood, Ga., a limited late model driver and son of 1991 Southern All-Stars champion Mike Head, was fatally shot during an apparent robbery early Sunday morning in southeast Atlanta. He was 20.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Ward's Fairview Chapel in Ellenwood. The family has established a trust fund for Mike Head Jr.'s daughter. Make checks payable to SOUTH TRUST BANK, Kayla Marie Head, 3604 Highway 138 SE, Stockbridge, GA 30281. Call the bank at (770) 389-8383 for more information.

Head was shot twice and found in his Pontiac in the Thomasville public housing development, according to a story on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution web site. No arrests had been made late Sunday. A brief story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution appears at <>. ------------------------------------------------------------- AROUND THE TRACK ....

SCHRADER BACK AT I-55 ON MAY 10: I-55 Raceway co-promoter Ken Schrader will return to race at the quarter-mile speedway south of St. Louis on May 10, and he plans to bring another NASCAR Winston Cup competitor along with him. In the season-opener at I-55 on March 29, Ed Dixon passed Randy Korte on the 19th of 25 laps to win the late model feature. Jeff Johnson, John Hobson and Schrader rounded out the top five.

OTHER SEASON-OPENING WINS: Chuck Proctor edged Bruce Fiser at Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway after early leader Terry English dropped out with mechanical trouble on Saturday, April 5 .... Lynn Geisler of Cranberry Township, Pa., was the best of 18 cars at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., on Friday, April 4, beating Dick Barton, Dave Satterlee and Bob Wearing Sr. to the finish line .... Gary Stuhler, who started 10th, passed polesitter Rick Eckert on the fourth turn of the 25th and final lap for a victory at Winchester (Va.) Speedway on Saturday, March 29. D.J. Myers, Denny Bonebrake and Tommy Armel rounded out the top five.

TRACK SITE-SEEING: Fire up that web browser and check out some new track sites. Iowa's Shelby County Speedway <> and Wisconsin's Shawano Speedway <> are both on the web. For those of you further west, Washington's Skagit Speedway can be found at <> and Oregon's Willamette Speedway <> are also on the information superspeedway.

FRANKLIN TAKES HAGERSTOWN RECORD: Rodney Franklin of Cross Junction, Va., took the career victories lead away from Denny Bonebrake with his 85th career victory at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway on Sunday, April 6. Franklin started 11th but picked his way through the field and eventually overtook early leader Jerry Foster on the ninth lap. Rick Eckert, who started 12th, ended up second, followed by Foster, Gary Stuhler and David Williams. Bonebrake finished ninth, but Franklin knows his career victories crown isn't assured. "I know Denny will be back to try and tie me," Franklin said.

ODDS AND ENDS: Mike Duvall won $3,000 in the first of eight "Crazy Eight" features at Cherokee Speedway on March 29 .... die-cast collectors can look for a 1/64-scale Billy Moyer Jr. GVS Racing No. 21, and the GRTeam No. 66 team car of Bill Frye. Frye's 1/24-scale version has also been released .... the STARS series is gearing up for a busy three-race weekend in three states, starting with Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., on April 18, moving to Winchester (Va.) Speedway on April 19 and closing with the $8,000-to-win "Stanley Schetrompf Memorial" at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway on April 20 .... Illinois driver Bob Pierce may soon be driving the Calvin Cheek owned No. 23 Warrior out of Rockwood, Tenn., a car previously driven by Vic Hill, Randy Weaver and Billy Ogle Jr. .... Randle Chupp stretched tendons in his right hand last weekend at Atomic Speedway, but the injury isn't expected to curb his racing schedule. ------------------------------------------------------------- CREDITS: Randy Anderson <>, Tim Lee <>, Ozzie Altman <> of Hav-A-Tampa, Jeff Sachse <> of Shawano (Wis.) Speedway, Terri Payne <> of Winchester Speedway and Todd Turner <> of DirtNews Digest -------------------------------------------------------------

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Series Stock car
Drivers Ken Schrader , Bill Frye , Freddy Smith , Rick Eckert , James King
Teams Williams