The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 8, 2001 · Page 21
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SUNDAY. APRIL 8, 2001 C7 TON THE OUTSIDE • AUTO RACING Spring turkey season approaches It has been several months now since himters have been out chasing their favorite critter. Deer season closed in January, bird season closed at the end of January, and goose season ended in February. Some hunters have TOMMIE BERGER fisheries biologist, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks • probably been having withdrawal pains but the only spring hunting season of the year is just around the corner. It won t be long and we'll aU be out chasing turkeys. I love to hunt turkeys. Spring is a wonderful time to be out in the woods and a tiorkey gobble in the wee hours of the morning can reaUy calm the soul. The outdoors in spring seems alive. New grass is shooting up, some flowers are starting to pop out, trees are shooting new leaves, and all the wildlife critters have calmed down from the previous hxmting seasons. Spring smeUs good — the air is fresh, the damp ground emanates a musty odor, and spring rains seem to accentuate the freshness of the season. Spring is just a great time to be alive. Turkeys are one of our most interesting wUdlife species. The wild turkey has been around this coimtry for hundreds of years and almost became our national bird. The Indian depended on this bird for food, as did many of the folks that settled this country In Kansas, turkeys were abundant when the state was new but numbers dwindled to nearly nothing by the middle of the 1900s. This game bird is one of our best success stories in wildlife management — increasing in numbers since that time to the point that we have lots of birds and a fairly extensive hunting season. Tvu-keys tend to bunch up in the fall and winter aroimd dependable food sources. In late winter, they begin their spring shuffle —where they move back to good nesting and brood rearing areas. If you have been out scouting lately, you have probably seen turkeys moving up stream drainages, showing up on green wheat and alfalfa fields, or crossing roads moving from one place to another. I live out in the middle of a bxmch of wheat fields and pasture groimd and I had a turkey gobbler in my back yard just the other day That got my fever up! Turkeys need several things at this time of the year to survive. First and foremost. turkeys roost in trees and they have to have large roost trees nearby Turkeys also need a drink of water every day, therefore you won t find them too far from a water source. They also like to nest in grassy areas, sometimes along streams or on the edges of fields or pastures. Unfortunately they also wUl nest in green wheat or alfalfa, which often spells disaster for the nest. Turkey chicks prefer insects so fields with lots of insects are magnets — and alfalfa fields seem to attract lots of insects. Turkey season starts on AprU 11 and runs through May 20 so hunters have a little over a month to pursue a gobbler. Only bearded turkeys are legal in the spring so most of the harvest is gobblers, sometimes called toms and the young ones are called Jakes. Rarely, hunters wUl see a bearded hen and they are legal to harvest in the spring. Kansas is divided up into 3 turkey units. Unit 1 is far southwest Kansas and is limited to a drawing situation with only 100 permits issued. Unit 2 is all of the eastern half of the state plus a portion of south-central Kansas. Permits are unlimited in this imit and here a himter can purchase a second turkey game tag and kiU two birds. Unit 3 is the northwest quarter of the state, permits are unlimited, but only one turkey is allowed in this imit. Unit 3 permits are valid in Unit 2 and Unit 2 permits are valid in Unit 3. Turkeys can be hunted from two hours before sunrise to sunset. They can be taken either on the ground or in flight but cannot be shot while setting in a tree. Hunters must have a turkey permit in hand, along with a hunting license, if of license age. The minimum age for turkey hunter is 12 years old. 12-and 13-year-olds must be under the immediate supervision of an adult 21 years or older. Shotguns and bow and arrow are the only legal equipment for turkeys. Turkey permits and second turkey game tags are available across the counter at all Wildlife and Parks offices and most other license vendors. Permits cost $20.50 for general residents and $10.50 for landowner/tenants. Second turkey game tags are $10.50 each. Nonresidents can hunt turkeys for $30.50. If you need a good excuse to get outdoors during this great time of the year, try turkey hunting. WINSTON CUP RECREATION CALENDAR Items for the Recreation Calendar will not be taken over the telephone and must be either mailed (333 S. 4th, Salina, KS. 67410) or taxed (8276060). Only items received by noon Thursday will be ensured publication In Sunday's paper. The calendar includes only those events that will take place through July. Archery • MAY 6 AT NILES — Salina Bowman 3D archery shoot... at Niles Bow Range ... 8-10 a.m. ... call Eric Holmgren (785-820-7977). Baseball tournaments • APRIL 21 AT GREAT BEND — Early Bird Classic ... 10-and-under, 12-and-under ... three- game guarantee ... $99 entry tee ... entry deadline April 9 ... call Steve Pringie (316-792-1361, days; 316-793-9486, evenings) or Jetf Langrehr (316792-6137). • APRIL 21 -22 AT HUTCHINSON — Youth tournament with two age divisions, 9-10 and 11-12 ... Field limited to first eight teams per division ... Entry fee $125 .with each team guaranteed four games ... call Steve Williams (620-662-1278). • APRIL 26-29 AT TOPEKA — Topeka SCA- BA/Coca-Cola Preseason Invitational ... ages 8, 10, 12, 14 ... 3-game guarantee ... $150 age 10 and under; $175 age 11 and over... contact Brad Miller (266-2300) or • APRIL 28-29 AT HUTCHINSON — USSSA Baseball World Series Qualifier at Fun Valley Sports Complex for 10-under, 12-under and 14- under... entry fee $195 ... entry deadline April 12 ... call 620-669-9999. • MAY 5 AT ABILENE — 12-under preseason tournament... entry fee $150 ... three-game guarantee ... call Kent Clark (785-263-4584). • MAY 5-6 AT HUTCHINSON — 12-under and 14-under tournaments ... call Bob Obermite (620664-7926). • MAY 5-6 AT SALINA — Preseason Baseball Blast sponsored by Salina Parks & Recreation ... 10, 1 1, 12, 13, 14, 15 age divisions ... eight teams per division ... entry fee $125 ... three-game guarantee ... entry deadline April 30 ... call 785-3095765. • MAY 12-13 AT McPHERSON — McPherson May Day Bash at Wall Park ... 11-under; 10-under ... entry fee $140 ... four-game guarantee ... entry deadline May 7 ... call Vaughan Burch (620-2416805) or Mike Tillman (620-241-5844). • JUNE 1 -3 AT MANHATTAN — Little Apple Tournament for Champions at Twin Oaks Sports Complex ... USSSA Qualifier... 8-under, 10-under, 12-t;nder, 14-under... call Manhattan Baseball Association (785-537-8500). • JUNE 2-3 AT SALINA — Salina Baseball Shootout at Bill Burke Park ... 10-under, 11-under, 12-under... entry fee $140... four-game guranteed ... call Garry Charval (785-825-5777). • JUNE 2 -3 AT GREAT BEND — 3rd annual Sports Fan Classic ... 9-under, 10-under, 11-under, 12-under... four-game guarantee ... $165 entry fee ... USSA qualifier... call Rick Unruh (316792-3541, days; 316-793-5380, evenings). • JUNE 9 -10 AT ABILENE — 12-under and 13- under lournamenis sponsored by Abilene Parks & Rec ... entry fee $150 ... entry deadline June 1 ... call 785-263-7266. • JUNE 9 -10 AT MoPHERSON — 14-under tournament at Grand Sports Complex sponsored by McPherson Reds ... entry fee $150 ... three- game guarantee ... call Brett Nowak (316-2410789). • JUNE 15 -17 AT MANHATTAN — Little Apple Tournament for Champions at Twin Oaks Sports Complex... USSSA Qualifier... 9 -undBr, 11-under, 13-under, 14-under... call Manhattan Baseball Association (786-537-8500). • JUNE 23-24 AT SALINA — 12th annual Sacred Heart Baseball Tournament at Bill Burke Park ... 9-under, 10-under, 11-under, 12-under... entry fee $150... four-game guarantee ... entry deadline June 1 ... call Mike Sheahon (785-825-0565, days; 785-825-8110, nights) or Gordon Walters (785827-7821, days). • JULY 7 -8 AT SALINA — Salina Downtown Lions Tournament at Bill Buike Park ... 9-under, 10- under, 11-under, 12-under... entry fee $135 ... entry deadline July 2 ... call Terry Criss (785-8277251, weekdays; 785-825-5963, evenings and weekends). Basketball camps • HEART OF AMERICA BOYS AT SALINA — Heart of America Sports Camps & Clinics at Kansas Wesleyan's Muir Gymnasium ... for boys, ages 8-17 ... June 3-7 and July 15-19 camps ... Advanced Starters Top 100 Camp (for top eight on high school team) July 15-19 ... fulllime campers $285, day campers $175 ... team and family discounts available ... early bird bonus gifts tor early enrollment (by April 15) ... call Ken Cochran or Tom Collins (785-827-6229). • HEART OF AMERICA GIRLS AT SALINA — Heart of America Sports Camps & Clinics at Kansas Wesleyan's Mulr Gymnasium ... for girls, ages 8-17 ... June 10-14 and July 8-12 camps ... Advanced Starters Top 100 Camp (for top eight on high school team) July 8-12 ... fulltime campers $285, day campers $175 ... team and family dis­ counts available ... early bird bonus gifts for early enrollment (by April 15) ... call Ken Cochran or Tom Collins (785-827-6229). • MARIAN WASHINGTON CAMPS AT LAWRENCE — 27th annual Marian Washington Jayhawk Basketball Camps at University of Kansas ... for girls, ages 8-18 ... individual camps June 7-11, June 12-16 or June'29-July 3 ... team camp July 6-7 ... elite camp, ages 15-18, Aug. 2-4 ... call Cindy (785-864-4938) or visit website • BETHANY COLLEGE DAY CAMP FOR BOYS — 5th annual Bethany College Day Camp ... boys entering grades 4-6 (1-4 p.m. each day); grades 7-8 (9 a.m.-noon)... registration fee $55... deadline May 22 ... call Clair Oleen (785-2273380, Ext. 8176. • ANNETTE WILES' LADY TIGER CAMPS AT HAYS — Annette Wiles' 2001 Lady Tiger Camps ... for girls, grades 3-12, June 10-13 and June 1720 ... Tall Girls Camps, June 24-27 ... resident camper $220, commuter camper $170 ... call 1- 800-628-FHSU or 1-785-628-4375. • DARYL SMITH'S CAMPS AT WICHITA — At Wichita State University ... youth development camp for grades K-5, July 16-19 ... skill development camps, grades 6-12, June 18-22, June 25-28 ... shooting olinic, grades 6-12, Aug. 3-5 ... call Anne Valentine (316-978-3257). Basketball tournaments • APRIL 7-8 AT BELLEVILLE— 3-on-3 Republic County Sports Association tournament for boys and girls, grades 3-12 ... four players maximum ... entry fee $30 per team ... call Rob KasI 527-5664 (W); 527-2401 (H) or e-mail for more information. • APRIL 7 AT GOODLAND — 3-on-3 tournament for boys and girls, grades 1 -12... a 2002 Project Graduation fundraiser ... call Deneyce Babe (785-899-3183). • APRIL 21 AT LINDSBORG — 5th annual Bethany College boys and girls 3-on-3 tournaments ... 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 grade divisions ... entry fee $40 per team... entry deadline April 14 ... call Clair Oleen (785-227-3380, ext. 8176). • APRIL 21-22 AT HUTCHINSON — Jason Roberts Annual Scholarship Toumament... boys and girls, grades 3-12 ... four-game guarantee ... 10 teams per division ... April 14 deadline ... call Ken Roberts (316-662-2135). • APRIL 28 AT GOESSEL — Third annual 4-on- 4 toumament at Goessel High School... entry fee $80 ... 12-team max ... three-game guarantee ... entry deadline April 20 ... call Justin Coup (316367-2242, day; or 316-283-6471, evening). • MAY 5-6 AT STERLING — 3rd annual Youth Tournaments ... boys and girts, grades 5-6 and 78 ... five-game guarantee ... $175 per team ... entry deadline April 25 ... call Jason Briar (316-2782309) or Lonnie Kruse (316-278-2522). • MAY 5-6 AT HUTCHINSON — YBOA Slate Tournament for glris, grades 4-12 ... five-game guarantee... national toumament berth (Florida)... call Ken Roberts (316-662-2135). • MAY12-13 AT HUTCHINSON —YBOA State Tournament for boys, grades 3-12 ... five-game guarantee... national tournament berth (Florida)... call Ken Roberts (316-662-2135). • JUNE 8-10 AT NEWTON — MAYB Summer Kickotf Tournament... grades 4-12, boys and glris ... A, B and C divisions ... five-game guarantee ... call 316-284-0354. • JULY 7-8 AT LINDSBORG — 5th annual Bethany College Boys Team Tournament... 5-6, 7-8, 9-10,11-12 grade divisions ... entry fee $130 ... entry deadline July 1 ... call Clair Oleen (785227-3380, Ext. 8176). Golf tournaments • APRIL 21 AT SALINA — Four-man scramble at Salina Municipal G.C. ... proceeds donated to St. John's Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund ... entry fee $75 per person, $300 per team ... shotgun start 8 a.m. ... call Pastor Smith (785493-4648). • APRIL 21 AT CHAPMAN — Four-man scramble at Indian Hills G.C. ... 8 a.m. start ... entry fee $140 per team ... proceeds (or SADD After Prom ... call Sam Muff or Lorine McKeeman (785-9226561). • APRIL 27 AT SALINA — Fore United Way Golf Marathon at Salina Elks CC ... challenges golfers to complete three rounds of golf in 10 hours ... two-man scramble with two players per cart, four players per hole ... limit of 40 players ... entry fee $100 with pledges of at least $5 per hole ($270)... call Ruth Ascher (785-827-1312) or Laura Robertson (785-827-1312). • APRIL 27 AT HAYS — 11th annual Jim McGuIre Scholarship Scramble at Smoky Hill CC. ...entry fee $100 per person ... entry deadline April 25 ... proceeds to Fort Hays State athletic department ... call FHSU athletic department (785-6284050). • MAY 5 AT SAUNA — Phi Beta PsI Golf Scramble at River Bend G.C. ... men's and women's divisions ... 8 a.m. start... entry lee $25 per person ... proceeds to local cancer patients and cancer research ... entry deadline April 30 ... mail team members, phone numbers to 2027 Lewis, Salina, Kan. 67401. • MAY 29 AT SALINA — Scramble toumament at Salina Municipal G.C. sponsored by Smoky Hill Education Foundation ... entry fee $150 per team .. 8:30 a.m. shotgun start... entry deadline by May 4 ... call Roger Allen (785-825-9185). Running • APRIL 7 AT KANOPOLIS LAKE — 50-mlle Trail Run and Trail Marathon ... entry fee before March 25 Is $50 for 50-mller and $40 for marathon, add $5 after March 26... registration closes April 6 ... call Phil or Stacy Sheridan (785-472-5454). • APRIL 28 AT SALINA — Race Against Racism sponsored by Salina YWCA... registration 7 a.m., race at 8 a.m. ... 2-mile run/wealk and 5- mile run ... call Brenda Gutierrez (785-825-4626). • MAY 12 AT SALINA — 5K hannon Lungs Transplant Run and one-mile walk ... start at Trinity Lutheran Methodist Church, 901 E. Neal... call Dan or Nancy Geist (785-825-1611, Ext. 137). Shooting BEECH GUN CLUB — Beech Gun Club open to the public ... located at WatenAiell & Airport Roads ... no membership required ... all ranges lit automatic and sound activated traps ... skeet range open Tuesday at 4 p.m.... trap range open Thursday at 4 p.m. ... call 785-823-7013 or 785820-1007. Softball camps • SUCCESSFUL SOFTBALL CAMP AT SALINA— For glris entering grades 4th through 9th ... June 4-8 at Salina South Softball diamonds ... 9 a.m.-noon ... call Daryl Hoelting (785-825-2815). Softball tournaments • APRIL 14 AT ELLSWORTH — Annual men's slow pitch tournament... three-game guarantee ... $100 per team ... hit your own balls ... call Steve. Shepard (785-472-3913) or sshepard ©informat- toumament sponsored by Ellsworth Boy Scout, Troop 84. • APRIL 21-22 AT HILLSBORO — USSSA Class D & E slow-pitch state quallfer... registration daAdline April 13... entry fee $110 plys $20 sanction fee ... call Lonnie Isaac (620-947-3490). • APRIL 25 AT HUTCHINSON — USSSA Fast Pitch Worid Series Qualifier at Fun Valley Sports Complex for 13-and-under and 14-and-under ... entry fee $150 due by April 25 ... call 620-6699999. • APRIL 28-29 AT MCPHERSON — Men's Class 0 state qualifier at Wall Park. ... Call (316) 241 -6167 for more Information. • APRIL 28 AT ELLSWORTH — Co-ed touma­ ment ... teams limited ... three-game guarantee ... entry fee $100 per team ... entry deadline April 16 ... call 785-472-5774 or 785-472-5977. • APRIL 28 AT CLAY CENTER — Co-ed tournament at Clay County Fairgrounds ... $85 entry fee ... guaranteed three games ... sponsored by Orange and Black Pack... deadline April 20... call Kim Shannon (632-3504) or Sally Debenham (632-5498). • MAY 19-20 AT EMPORIA — ASA fastpltch toumament... 12-under. 14-under, 16-under... entry fee $125 ... call 316-342-5582. • MAY 19-20 AT SALINA — Preseason slow- pitch and fast-pitch toumaments sponsored by Salina Parks & Rec ... 10,12,14,16,18 age divisions for both ... entry fees $75 (slow) and $100 (fast) ... entry deadline May 14 ... call Tim Kerbs (785-309-5765). • MAY 5-6 AT SALINA — Preseason touma­ ment sponsored by Salina Pari<s & Recreation ... 10-under, 12-under, 14-under, 16-under, 18-under ... eight teams per division... entry fee $100 ... entry deadline May 14 ... call 785-309-5765. • MAY 26 AT CLAY CENTER — 12-under, 14- under toumaments sponsored by Clay Center B's ... four-game guarantee ... entry fee $75 ... call Wade Bauer (785-632-5196). • MAY 27 AT CLAY CENTER — 10-under, 12- under tournaments sponsored by Clay Center B's ... four-game guarantee ... entry fee $75 ... call Wade Bauer (785-632-5196). • MAY 28 AT CLAY CENTER — 10-under, 14- under tournaments sponsored by Clay Center B's ... four-game guarantee ... entry fee $75 ... call Wade Bauer (785-632-5196). • JUNE 2-3 AT CLAY CENTER — 16 -undBr, 18-under tournaments sponsored by Clay Center B's... six-game guarantee... entry fee $125... call Wade Bauer (785-632-5196). • JUNE 2-3 AT SALINA — Salina Invitational fast-pitch tournament at Salina South diamonds... 12-under, 14-under, 16-under... three-game guarantee ... entry fee $125 ... entry deadline May 24 ... call Daryl Hoelting (785-825-2815). • JUNE 2-3 AT SALINA — Sunflower Softball Super Series at East Cravirford Complex ... Men's Class D/E... USSSA sanctioned ... entry fee $130 ... entry deadline May 30 ... call 785-309-5765. • JUNE 9-10 AT CLAY CENTER — 10-under, 12-under toumaments sponsored by Clay Center B's... six-game guarantee ... entry tee $125... call Wade Bauer (785-632-5196). • JUNE 16-17 AT SALINA — Fourth annual Sacred Heart Booster Club Tournament at Bill Burite Park... ASA sanctioned... 12-under, 14-under, 16- under, 18-underage divisions ... entry fee $140 ... five-game guarantee ... entry deadline May 25 ... call Harold Bechard (785-825-0039). • JUNE 16-17 AT SALINA — Sunflower Softball Super Series at East Crawford Complex ... Men's Class D/E... USSSA sanctioned... entry fee $130 ... entry deadline May 30 ... call 785-3095765. • JUNE 23-24 AT CLAY CENTER — 16-under, 18 -undBr tournaments sponsored by Clay Center B's... six-game guarantee... entry fee $125 ... call Wade Bauer (785-632-5196). • JUNE 30 AT BELOIT — 2nd annual Beloit Rotary Club Tournament... 12-under, 14-under... entry fee $100... four-game guarantee... entry deadline June 16 ... call Todd Catlln (785-738-5704 or 785-738-5351). • JUNE 30-JULY 1 AT EMPORIA — ASA Sunflower Showdown ... 14-under, 16-under, 18-under ... entry fee $125 ... call 316-342-5582. • JULY7-8ATCLAYCENTER —12-under, 14- under toumaments sponsored by Clay Center B's ... six-game guarantee ... entry fee $125 ... call Wade Bauer (785-632-5196). • JULY 7-8 AT SALINA — Salina Downtown Lions Tournament at Bill Burke Park ... 12-under, 14-under, 16-under ... entry fee $135 ... entry deadline July 2 ... call Terry Criss (785-827-7251, weekdays; 785-825-5963, evenings and weekends). Tennis camps • BETHANY COLLEGE AT LINDSBORG — 26th annual Bethany College camps ... Camp I: June 3-6; Camp II: June 6-8; Camp III: June 3-8 (combination of first two camps); Camp IV: August 6-8 (high school girls, ages 14-18) ... call Connie Cox-Dort (785-227-3380, Ext. 8132). Tennis tournaments • APRIL 22 AT SALINA — Doubles Mixer at Oakdale Park courts, 2-5 p.m.... men and women, all levels ... sponsored by Salina Parks & Rec and Play Tennis Salina... fee $1 lor PTS members and $3 for non-menbers ... call Cliff Metzger (785-8236844) or Sherry Ingles (785-827-0271). • MAY 26-27 AT SALINA — Men's draw lor your partner tournament at Qakdale Pari< ... $20 entry fee per player with May 24 entry deadline ... call Bob Warkentine (785-823-9351). Track meets • APRIL 21 AT SMITH CENTER — 1 llh annual Rotary Club meet... boys and glris, ages 5-12 ... entry fee $3 per participant... 9 a.m. start ... April 28 rain date ... call John Terrill (785-282-6570). • MAY 5 AT MINNEAPOLIS — Youth meet (or boys and girls, 14-under ... 9 a.m. start at Minneapolis H.S. ... four age groups ... entry fee $8 per athlete by May 1... late entries $15... call Dale Leech (785-392-3044). Volleyball tournaments • APRIL 28 AT INMAN — Adult co-ed touma­ ment at Inman High School... entry deadline April 21 ... looking for 15 teams ... contact Russ Goer- Ing tor more Information 620-685-6779 (H) or 620585-6441 (W). Volleyball camps • HEART OF AMERICA AT SALINA —Heart of America Midwestern States Camp at Kansas Wesleyan's Muir Gymnasium ... ages 8-17 ... June 1721 ... Midwest Advanced Starters Top 100 Camp (for top eight on high school team) June 17-21 ... fulltime campers $285, day campers $175 ... team and family discounts available ... call Ken Cochran or Tom Collins (785-827-6229). Notices • USGA HANDICAPS — USGA golf handicvaps available at Salina Municipal G.C. through Salina Municipal Men's Golf Association ... membership to SMMQA Is $25 per year, which also qualifies player to compete in all SMMGA tournaments ... call Steve Hardesty (785-826-7450). • TEAM IN TRAINING VOLUNTEERS — The Kansas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is recruiting volunteers to participate in 40 accredited marathons and century rides around the country ... informational meetings April 21 (10 a.m.) and April 24 (6:30 p.m.) at Salina County Sheriff's Office, 251 N. 10th. • YOUTH BASEBALL UMPIRES CLINIC — Rule clinic dates at City-County Building, Room 107, 6:30 p.m., April 11, 12, 25, 26 ... May 2 mechanics clinic at Matson Field ... May 16 rules test ... call (785-309-6765). • ADULT SOFTBALL REGISTRATION — Salina Parks & Recreation sponsored men's and woman's Softball teams ... registration deadline April 26,5 p.m.... extended deadline ($20 late fee) April 30 ... games begin May 21 ... call (785-3095765). • NYSCA COACHING CLINICS — National Youth Sports Coaches Association baseball and Softball clinics sponsored by SP&R ... April 10 (7 p.m.), April 19 (7 p.m.) and April 28 (9 a.m.) in Room 107, City-County Building ... call Tim Kerijs (785-309-5765). Martinsville Speedway Turn 3 Turn 2 Turn 4 START/FINISH Virginia 500 Site: Martinsville, Va. Track lengtli: 0.526 miles Race length: 500 laps, 263 miles Defending champion: Marl< Martin Qualifying record: Tony Stewart, 95.371 mph, Sept. 29, 2000 Race record: Jeff Gordon 82.223 mph, Sept. 22, 1996 Turn 1 Winston Cup standings Top drivers Points Wale-airrettv:'; ''••';{'jiMl 2. Jeff Gordon 981 ,3, Johni?y"Bwsion . /9^? 4. Steve Park 933 .5;Sferlin9lVifl!rtin SOURCE: Compiled from AP wire reports AP Martinsville: So many factors and so littie certainty Drivers expect 'chess match' during 500- lap short-track race By HANK KURZ Jr. The Associated Press MARTINSVILLE, Va. — As one of three short tracks left on the Winston Cup circuit, Mar- 11:30 Fox ^^^^^ way is an oddity, a place where factors like brakes, tires and pit location toy with the minds of drivers. The Virginia 500 Winston Cup race figures to be no exception today, especially if qualifying and Saturday's practice were an indication. Ward Burton qualified fourth here last October On Friday, he posted the 38th-fastest qualifying speed and needed a provisional to make the field. "The car was a piece of junk," Burton said after his run. It was only marginally better in practice Saturday when Burton's fastest lap was 91.971 mph, 25th among the 43 cars entered and far behind Jerry Nadeau, who led the field at 92.642 mph. "We're behind the eight-ball now," Burton said. Throughout the garage area, drivers said they expected today's 500-lap event to be a study in tire strategy because of a new Goodyear model. "It's going to be exciting because it is going to be a chess game all the way," said Kenny Wallace, who will start 28th. "There's going to be some crazy stuff going on Sunday whether to stay out or come in and pit for tires," said Dave Blaney, who starts 34th. What happens on the track often dictates how teams choose to manage the race, and that's a call normally made by crew chiefs. "I think you have to react to it when the time comes," said James Ince, crew chief for Johnny Benson. "This is a place where track position means way more than speed, so we want to make sure we get the car good and then react to whatever we've got to on Sunday I don't know what that is." For some, that's an element that makes the .526-mile oval a difficult place. For others, it's what makes it a NASCAR treasure. "You can go into some of these video arcades and find a game that simulates racing," said Kyle Petty, who will be making his 590th career start when he crosses the start-finish line in the 33rd position. "If you want that kind of experience with something that most closely resembles Martinsville, leave there and head for the pinball machines. "I've seen bumper cars at the fair that don't have as much beating and banging as some of the Martinsville races I've run. The floor for those bumper cars is about as slick as these turns here." Jeff Burton, like Petty thinks it all adds up to a good show. "When I watch a race at Martinsville, I see a competitive race. I see a competitive race at Bristol (Tenn.) and at Richmond," he said, listing the other two shorts tracks. "These tracks put on the best shows. "To me, it's what racing is about — side-by-side, bumper- to-bumper It's fun to watch and it's fun to race." No. 3 starting spot little consolation for Jeff Burton Jeff Burton is a notoriously bad qualifier, having earned just two poles in 231 career Winston Cup races. He'll start third Sunday in the Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway The starting spot is his best of the season and just his third in the top 10, but Burton said there's too much going wrong to celebrate. "One decent qualifying run isn't going to change our season, nor would one bad qualifying run change our season," Burton said. "Having a good finish wouldn't hurt us any Golly at this point we just heed to finish." Burton has finished in the top five in points in each of the last four years, winning 15 races during that span. This season, his best finish has been 18th in Darlington, S.C. His other finishes were 19th twice, 30th, 37th, 39th and 40th, the last coming when he crashed March 25 in Bristol, Tenn. 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