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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: ...

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 (March 28) =================================== AROUND THE TRACK ....

STEWART MAY RACE AT BROWNSTOWN: Indy Racing League driver Tony Stewart plans on shifting down to dirt racing, at least for a weekend. The Columbus, Ind., native is tentatively scheduled to drive a C.J. Rayburn-owned car in Saturday night's $5,000-tow-win Hoosier Dirt Classic at Brownstown (Ind.) Motor Speedway. Stewart, a nonwinner on the IRL circuit but one of Indy-car racing's up-and-coming stars, is a veteran of open-wheel racing and captured the USAC sprint and midget titles in 1995. Stewart, who is scheduled for an autograph session Saturday, drove a MasterSbilt in the late-model portion of the 1995 Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

PROVISIONALS AT CROSSVILLE: Skip Arp and Steve Russell used Hav-A-Tampa provisionals to start last Saturday's race at Crossville (Tenn.) Speedway, but drivers offered promoter's option spots had a decision to make. Because of a track deal with Goodyear Tires, any driver taking a promoter's spot would have to run the Goodyears. While Randle Chupp and Rick Eckert declined starting spots because of their connections with Hoosier Tires, Mark Martin of Baxter, Tenn., started 25th and finished 11th after switching from Hoosier to Goodyear. Gar Dickson (18th) and Tommy Kerr (27th), the only entrant to run on Goodyears during qualifications, took the other promoter's provisionals in the race won by Billy Moyer Jr.

NASCAR BUSCH ALL-STAR TOUR OPENS APRIL 5: There's just something about that first race of the year for Joe Kosiski of Omaha, Neb. The defending NASCAR Busch All-Star Tour champion has won five of the last 10 NASCAR season-openers, and he'll get a chance to improve that statistic on April 5 in the Budweiser 50 at Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa. Willy Kraft won last year's season-opener at Crawford County while Brian Birkhofer captured the last series visit to the track, winning the Jim Dandy Hawkeye 100 on Sept. 28.

NATIONAL SPEEDWAY DIRECTORY: The handiest guide to racetracks throughout the country will be available in a month or so. The 1997 edition of the National Speedway Directory, which contains detailed information to more than 1,300 active tracks, including dirt ovals, will be available May 1. The pocket-sized book costs $8 and is available by sending a check or money order to National Speedway Directory, P.O. Box 448, Comstock Park, MI 49231-0448 (include $3 for handling). The directory contains addresses, phone numbers and directions to the 730 or so dirt ovals currently in operation. Call editor Allan E. Brown at (616) 361-6229 for more information.

ECKERT WINS FIRST POINTS RACE AT HAGERSTOWN: Rick Eckert, returning to home territory Sunday after failing to qualify for the Hav-A-Tampa feature at Crossville, Tenn., started seventh and rallied to win the first points race of the year at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway. A caution on the 23rd lap gave Rodney Franklin a chance to catch Eckert in the final two laps, but the York, Pa., held on for his first victory at Hagerstown since October 1995. More than 40 cars were on hand.

PITCHIN' IT SIDEWAYS SOLD TO BEHIND THE WHEEL: Pitchin' It Sideways, the only print publication dedicated solely to dirt late model racing, has been sold to Behind The Wheel. Subscribers to Pitchin' It Sideways will begin receiving Behind The Wheel, and those who subscribe to both publications will be credited with extra issues to BTW. Behind The Wheel features Late Model America, a centerpiece section with feature stories, news and notes about dirt late model racing. For information about BTW, call editor Sam Holbrooks at (601) 234-2780 or email him at <>.

PICK A TRACK, ANY TRACK: If you're seeking online information about dirt tracks, check out this URL: <>. You can search for tracks all over the world and get basic information. It's not quite as mobile as the National Speedway Directory, but it's a handy cyber-reference.

AND MORE SITE SEEING: MasterSbilt Race Cars <> and Pro Shocks <> are among new entries on the World Wide Web, while several tracks have official and unofficial sites on the information superspeedway, including Washington's Skagit Speedway <>, Ohio's Ace High Speedway <> and Portsmouth Raceway Park <> as well as Virginia's Winchester Speedway <>. And check out <> for a well-done site dedicated to eastern Ohio driver Charlie Osborn.

RACE CANCELATIONS: The Midwest LateModel Racing Association has canceled its June 22 event at Knoxville (Iowa) Speedway .... the NASCAR Busch All-Star Tour has canceled a May 24 event at Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa.

WEST VIRGINIA LATE MODELS ON DISPLAY: Late models that regularly race at West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells, W.Va., will be on display at the Grand Central Mall/WVMS Stock Car Show in Vienna, W.Va., on March 31 through April 5. Also featured at the 18th annual show will be autograph sessions with three-time ARCA champion Jack Bowsher and veteran Bob Strait, who drives Bowsher's Thunderbird on the ARCA circuit (The ARCA series has a 200-lapper scheduled for WVMS on July 12). Late model fans can fill out a survey at the WVMS booth for chances to win 11X14 color photographs of dirt racing's stars from Larry Kave Motorsports Photography.

OTHER ODDS AND ENDS: Billy Moyer Jr. put a new Larry Shaw chassis through the paces recently at Batesville (Ark.) Speedway .... Terry Schlipman of Mendon, Ill., and John Bey of Deadwood, S.D., have announced intentions to run for Rookie of the Year on the NASCAR Busch All-Star Tour .... Cliff Brown has sold Ace High Speedway to Ron Nielson, who owns the late model Dick Barton drives. Brown will stay on to run the track this season .... Larry Jewett has left his job as managing editor of Dirt Late Model magazine to become operations manager at Flag City Motorsports Park in Findlay, Ohio .... only Freddy Smith and Wendell Wallace have completed all 365 possible laps in four Hav-A-Tampa series races .... Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway offers Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday afternoon, April 6, when admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under .... Davenport (Iowa) Speedway will host its series-leading 22nd NASCAR Busch All-Star Tour race on April 18 .... Danny Peoples, driving a car borrowed from Ricky Cotton, won the Southern All-Stars 9:1 Series opener last weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Short Track. ------------------------------------------------------------- CREDITS: Tim Lee <> of Behind The Wheel's Late Model American, Ozzie Altman <> of Hav-A-Tampa, Roby Helm <> of Crossville Speedway, Phil Roberts of NASCAR and Todd Turner <> of DirtNews Digest. -------------------------------------------------------------

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Series Stock car
Drivers Tony Stewart , Freddy Smith , Rick Eckert , Steve Russel , Mark Martin