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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 14) ENGLISH: Fund set up to help injured driver's racing team HAGERSTOWN: Tickets on sale for 50th anniversary AROUND THE TRACK: More racing notes =================================== FUND ESTABLISHED TO HELP ENGLISH RACING TEAM

A fund has been established to help injured driver Terry English of Benton, Ky., and members of his family and race team after a May 4 accident at Barren County Speedway that killed crew member Terry Egner.

Checks should be made out to "Terry English Fund" and be sent to this address: South Central Bank, P.O. Box 667, Glasgow KY 42142. For more information, call Barren County Speedway supporter Doug Adwell at (502) 651-8659 or (800) 489-4092. Indianapolis driver Dion Deason and Adwell established the fund. Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway also plans a benefit race for English's team this Saturday.

Egner, 35, was killed and English, 34, was injured when a sportsman division car launched off the back straightaway and slammed into English's late model while it was being pitted. Justin English, 16, Terry English's son, suffered a wrist injury while other crew members John Boatright, 25, and Michael English, 25, Terry English's cousin, weren't seriously injured.

English, who has said he plans to race again, has had hip surgery at University of Louisville Hospital and is in stable condition. He will be in traction for two more weeks, but it expected to be able to return home within a week.

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. ------------------------------------------------------------- TICKETS ON SALE FOR HAGERSTOWN'S 50th ANNIVERSARY

You don't want to miss an inverted field of 24 late models battling 50 laps for $10,000 to win. And that's just the under card.

Tickets are now on sale for The 50th Anniversary Late Model Extravaganza at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway, a four-day special Aug. 13-16 capped by a $50,000-to-win late model feature.

Advanced tickets for the top row of all grandstands for all four days are on sale for $100. General admission tickets are available for $80 and reserved grandstand tickets are $90. To order tickets, write Hagerstown Speedway at P.O. Box 701, Hagerstown MD 21741. Or call (301) 582-0640 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

The racing kicks off Wednesday, Aug., 13, with the $2,500-to-win, 40-lap, Richard Bonebrake Memorial (admission is $15). On Thursday, Aug., 14, the STARS will sanction a $10,000-to-win 50-lapper (Admission is $25). On Friday, Aug. 15, all late models will qualify for Saturday's finale, and the fastest 24 will be inverted for a 50-lapper worth $10,000 to the winner ($25 admission). On Saturday, Aug., 16, the 50th Anniversary 100 will pay $50,000 to the winner ($50 admission). ------------------------------------------------------------- AROUND THE TRACK ....

KANKAKEE/LaSALLE SPECIALS ON HOLD: Two $4,000-to-win Jeff's Enginemaster Shootouts rained out May 2-3 at Kankakee and LaSalle speedways in Illinois will *not* be held this weekend. The races haven't been rescheduled.

CAUTIONARY TALE: Billy Moyer found himself struggling all night with his Larry Shaw chassis in Saturday's Hav-A-Tampa event at Fayetteville, N.C., and several times he pitted to try and adjust various handling problems. Despite Moyer's well-known driving skills, he had his hands full. At one point, his crew asked him via two-way radio if he could "try to ride it out" until the next wreck or caution flag. To that, Moyer replied: "Heck, we can't do that because we will probably *be* the wreck!"

STICKING WITH IT: Wendell Durrance wouldn't go down easy in the National Late Model Sportsman series event Saturday at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, Ga. Durrance was involved in an early-race accident that broke his late model's left-front A-arm, and bent the exhaust header so that it was spewing fumes into his face. Durrance plugged away, advancing despite his left-front tire that dangled uselessly and hindered him on restarts. He eventually was forced into the pits for repairs to avoid being overcome by the exhaust fumes. Durrance completed 44 of the 75 laps and finished 19th.

TRICKED BY THE FLAGMAN: Joe Kosiski won the National Championship Racing Association opener at Hutchinson (Kan.) Raceway Park, but he had a little help getting past early-race leader Ted Martin. Martin, of Salina, Kan., was leading the race when the flagman inadvertently flashed the yellow caution light temporarily. Martin slowed long enough before the green light reappeared to let Delbert Smith and Kosiski get past, with Kosiski eventually winning the race. Martin ended up fourth.

NEW VICTORY LANE AT LaSALLE: LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway has built a new victory lane area modeled after designs at speedways in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C. Constructed by Skyline Graphics of Crown Point, Ind., the victory lane area measures 30 feet wide by 18 feet deep and 10 feet high.

ATOMIC/CROSSVILLE SWAP RACE NIGHTS: Atomic and Crossville speedways in Tennessee are switching back to their traditional race nights starting this weekend. Crossville will race on Friday nights and Atomic will race on Saturday nights. Meanwhile, the owner of both tracks, Carson Branum, announced that Don Nerone has joined the tracks as vice president of race operations. Nerone, a 25-year veteran in auto racing as a competitor, promoter, track owner and race official, comes to Tennessee from the asphalt-track Hooters Cup Series, where he had been director of race operations since 1994.

MILESTONE FOR GRT: It's fitting that defending Hav-A-Tampa series champion Freddy Smith is driving the 1,000th car built by GRT Race Cars. Smith debuted the car last weekend in Fayetteville, N.C., finishing fifth. The brand-new machine sports Old Glory on the roof with Smith's No. 00 in the middle.

OTHER ODDS AND ENDS: Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap., Tenn., has scheduled its $10,000-to-win Volunteer 100 for May 30-31 .... Andy Knowles won Saturday's feature at Dixie Speedway, becoming the seventh winner in seven 1997 events .... Rodney Franklin won his track-leading 87th career feature at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway last weekend .... United Midwestern Promoters national leader Randy Korte triumphed at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., on Saturday, beating a field that included Winston Cup driver and track co-promoter Ken Schrader .... Paul Sarussi of Brookfield, Ill., got to crack open a 5-year-old champagne bottle he was saving for his first late model win after capturing the checkered flag Saturday at LaSalle, Ill. .... the NCRA-sanctioned race in Jefferson City, Mo., on May 30 has been canceled .... Draime Engines has a web site at <www.draime.com> .... and MasterSbilt Race Cars has a new web address: <www.mastersbilt.com>. ------------------------------------------------------------- CREDITS: Todd Turner

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Series Stock car
Drivers Ken Schrader , Freddy Smith , Ted Martin