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TONIGHT AT THE SPEEDWAY

SPORTING AROUND

Where: Citrus County Speedway, located three miles south of Inverness on U.S. 41.

What: Local drivers in five regular classes, plus the Crystal Chevrolet Late Model Firecracker 50 and the Citrus 95/JB Country Demolition Derby.

When: Gates open at 5 p.m.; racing starts at 7.

Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $2 for children ages 6-12, and free to children under 6 accompanied by an adult.

Notes: $1,200 awaits the winner of the Crystal Chevrolet Late Model Firecracker 50, a non-points race that highlights this week's program. The Citrus 95/JB Country Demolition Derby, a victim of last week's rainout, has been rescheduled for July 15. The Dwarf Cars, originally slated to run tonight, will not be in action because of a scheduling conflict.

OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK

NATURE NOTES

Boating safety: Many Florida boaters will celebrate Independence Day cruising the state's thousands of miles of waterways, and the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission wants everyone to have a safe and fun holiday.

This year, as in the past, GFC wildlife officers will be out in force stressing boating safety. They will be focusing on reckless, drunk and generally unsafe boaters. Last year, the GFC investigated 90 boating accidents in the Central Region, four of which occurred over the busy Fourth of July weekend.

Boaters also are reminded to obey the new life jacket law that went into effect May 1 and requires that there be a U.S. Coast Guard-approved wearable life jacket on every boat for every passenger on board.

The GFC offers safe boating classes throughout the region and state. For information on a course in your area, contact the Central Region office at (904) 732-1225.

_ Compiled by JOANNE KORTH

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