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Booze weaves through traffic to earn victory

June 26, 2006|by ZACH PETERS / Staff Correspondent

Broken finger and all, Brian Booze cruised to victory at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday night in the 25-lap Late Model Feature for his first career Late Model win.

Booze, of Marion, Pa., entered the race with a broken left index finger - "I'm still not supposed to be driving," he said - but it proved not be an issue.

Booze started third, but by Lap 8 he had the lead. Entering Turn 3 on Lap 7, Booze went low and pulled even with leader D.J. Troutman. They stayed even until they came into Turn 3 again, where Booze completed the low pass. He gave himself a three-car-length lead by Lap 11.

After a caution on Lap 13, the side-by-side battle for second between Andy Anderson and Nathan Durboraw allowed Booze to pull away and win by about 3 seconds.

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· Dale Smith Jr. took the checkered flag in the 20-lap Late Model Sportsmen event. Smith, of Martinsburg, W.Va., got a great start, carrying his great run from the second spot high into Turn 1 and passing leader Fred Harden coming off of Turn 2.

By Lap 4, Smith had himself about a 3-second lead. He had good restarts on Laps 4 and 19 after cautions, then buried the field with his best restart after a Lap-20 caution, gaining a five-car-length lead on the backstretch to secure the victory.

· Mark Jones found himself in a familiar spot during the 15-lap Pure Stock event - out in front on the way to Victory Lane.

Jones, of Greencastle, Pa., captured his fifth win in a row and his seventh of the season. His winning move was the move of the night as he passed two cars in half a lap.

Running in third on Lap 6, Jones went low in Turn 2 to pass Darrin Younker and stayed low on the backstretch to pass leader Brian Swiger.

No one came close to Jones after that as he won by about three car lengths.

"I'm enjoying this," Jones said of the win streak.

· Larry Hurley Jr. finally got to the winner's circle during the 30-lap Enduro Dash, winning by nearly 5 seconds.

"I gave a couple away this year," Hurley said. "We've had a good car all year."

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