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Interstate 79 Speedway

   by Dixie Phillips  

Rain Dampens I-79

 Rain, just before hot laps began, forced the postponement of racing
activities on Friday at Interstate 79 Speedway for the first time since
April.  The break gives drivers and crews a chance to prepare for the
final two weeks of regular Friday night racing.

 The points battle in the late model division finds Nolan Dalton with a
healthy lead of 610 points over Robbie Scott.  Butch McGill has closed
within striking distance of Scott in the past few weeks.  In semi late
action, Rick Strickler has a 370 point advantage over second place
driver Tim Senic.  Jon Messenger is a distant third.

 Dave Defibaugh recently took over the points lead in the UMP modified
class and holds a 60 point lead over Vic Vandergrift with Louie
Krushansky sitting in third 80 points behind Vandergrift.  Jim Byers
sits atop the pure stockers with a 400 point lead over Jeff Kesling
while Ron Howard is another 230 behind.  After winning 11 feature events
this season, Mike Simpson is almost assured a championship in the 4
cylinder class.  Jeff Pennington and Dave Summers sit in the second and
third spots.

 Next week, August 20, will be the Melvin's Automatic Transmission
Service Night with racing in all divisions plus the dwarf cars and "Back
to School Bike Races" for the kids.  Friday, August 27, will be Season
Championship races in all divisions presented by Shinnston Plumbing.

 Don't forget to plan now for the only visit in West Virginia by the
STARS late models on Friday and Saturday, September 3-4.  Friday's show
will consist of practice for the STARS drivers and qualifying and heats
for the steel block late models, UMP modifieds, and pure stocks.  Gates
will open at 5 with time trials slated for 8.  A party in the pits is
planned after the evening's racing activities.

 On Saturday, it's the Simonton Windows Mountain State Thunder 75 lap
feature event for the STARS late models paying $10,000. to win.  The
evening will begin with qualifying which will be followed by heats,
B-mains, along with the features for Friday night's classes. Gates open
on Saturday at 4 with time trials set for 7:30.  This big weekend at
I-79 will draw drivers from many states, so you want to make plans
to be a part of this exciting race weekend.  Camping is available with
no hook-ups.

 Interstate 79 Speedway is located at Exit 125 (Shinnston/Saltwell
Road), just north of Clarksburg, WV.  Information can be obtained by
calling 304-592-3200 or on race day at  304-592-0916.