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Bicycle racers to share track with big boys, sort of

The return of the Figure 8s for their fourth points race of the season highlights Saturday's card at the Citrus County Speedway. In addition, there will be four age divisions of bicycle racing for some of the younger fans.

Children ages 5-8, 9-12, 13-15 and 16-and-over will have an opportunity to make a run at the quarter-mile oval. The two younger groups will race in one-lap events, while the 13-15 and 16-over groups will race two laps. Proper protective gear will be required and registration will continue until 6:30 p.m. in the pit area.

In other action, "Magic" Mike Veltman, who has been on a tear in three divisions, again will be active in Limited Sportsman, Street Stock and Figure 8 races Saturday. After his third feature win in the Limited Sportsman division last week, he moved to the top of the points race, one point ahead of Corky Miley (292). Rex Strubble (266) had a tough night last week, but held on to third place, while Victor Stanley (253) moved up to fourth, 10 points ahead of David Black (243).

Erica Wilson (287) almost had her second win of the season last week, but moved into first place in the Hobby Stock points race with her second-place finish. Virginia Wilson (271) slipped to second, with Chuckie Smith (266) six points ahead of Jodie Daniels (260) in third. Mark Gregorski (215) scored his fourth feature win in a side-by-side dual with Erica Wilson and moved up to sixth, 14 points ahead of Nathan Gaskins (229).

Veltman (181) moved from 10th to eighth in Street Stock points on the merits of his second-place run last week, two feature wins and three top-five finishes. Sport Wilson (273) and James Cannon (265) continue their battle for the top spot in that division. Dan Drummond (255) slipped one spot to third, while Mark Gillette (243) remains in fourth ahead of last week's winner, Wes Wilson (235).

Veltman also holds eighth in the Figure 8 points race as they go into Week 4. Fred Tuski (102) holds a slim lead on Dwayne Fults (100), and defending champion Tim Farris (98) fell from the top spot to third after the last race (two weeks ago). Ronnie Schreifels (96) and Robert Aaron (90) round out the top five and will try to improve their positions in intersection action this weekend.

Al Lawrence (327) added two points to his cushion in the Late Model division with his third feature win and eighth top-five finish last Saturday. James "Doc" Batson (307) continues his quest for the points crown and has an 80-point advantage over Forrest Goff (227), who continued to have bad luck last week when he blew a motor and was unable to make it to time trials or heat races.

Billy Bechtelheimer (202) popped his engine in warmups and holds out in fourth. Despite a DNF (did not finish), Keith Zavrel (200) moved up to fifth based on his consistent effort.

George Neumann (327) is going for a repeat Mini Stock crown, and after eight weeks of action has finished in the top five every week, including two feature wins. Jim Smith (275) holds out in second and is being chased by Steve Griffin (251). Rookie Mike Mitrisin (192) moved up to fourth due to the absence of Robbie Yoakam (186) last week.

The speedway is located 2 miles south of Inverness on U.S. 41 at the Citrus County Fairgrounds. General admission is $10, senior citizens and students to age 17 get in for $8, and children under 8 years old are admitted for $2.