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They were in the right place at the right time. Local tornado victims may have lost their belongings but escaped with their lives.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

We'll check on damage estimates and recovery efforts and show you how other states weathered the storm.

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[ANCHOR=mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports Avalanche highlights, plus news from the Redskins and notes concerning Jerry West and my man Roy Stanley.
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[VO-NAT]

Plus, Roanoke College's Alan Bayse is named ODAC softball coach of the year.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
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The backside of the cold front that triggered severe weather yesterday brought a chilly wind and sunshine today. Tomorrow's forecast is next.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 4-Shot]


News 7 at six is next.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


From Bedford County to Campbell County, folks are picking up the pieces from yesterday's severe storms.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The National Weather service now confirms it was indeed a tornado that swept through Central Virginia yesterday.


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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And I'm Shannon Young.

[Bedford-Storm]
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The tornado apparently touched down first in the City of Bedford.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[Double Boxes=Keith-Shannon and JoeD/Microwave]


That's where Joe Dashiell is tonight. What's the situation there now?
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(Rollcue: no one here was injured. )
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[SUPER=01-Bob McKinney/Auto Repair Shop Owner; :11]
[SUPER=01-Michael Burnette/Watts Petroleum Manager; :34]
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[***TORNADO MONITOR GRAPHIC***]
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[County-Storm]


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[***TORNADO MONITOR GRAPHIC***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=JoeD & Marya /Microwave;]
(Joe tosses to Marya)


It could take months for residents to rebuild ... and they were already hard at work doing that today.
The damages in Bedford County are estimated in the millions.
[LIVE= Marya /FULL Monitors]
[SUPER=@Marya1;]


7 houses were condemned ... 58 other buildings were damaged.
But there was only ONE minor injury when a tractor-trailer flipped over, hurting the driver.
And that's why residents and officials in Bedford County are breathing a sigh of relief ... that it was property -- and not lives -- that were lost.
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[IN Q=All of a sudden,]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]
[SUPER=01-Jim Hudgins/Homeowner;]
[SUPER=01-Glen Hilbish/Homeowner;]
[SUPER=01-James Owen/Business Owner;]
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[SOT 2:18:29 - :47]

((JIM HUDGINS: ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL THE WINDOWS IN THAT ROOM BLEW OUT. I YELLED FOR MY WIFE MARY. WE BOTH RAN INTO THE KITCHEN, LAID DOWN ON THE FLOOR. AND IN 5 SECONDS, THE WHOLE THING WAS OVER.)) [RUNS:18]
Building inspectors condemned Jim Hudgins' 1925 farmhouse.
The tornado went right through it ... tearing off the roof, shifting the foundation and uprooting giant trees in his yard.
Hudgins ... who was building another home that WASN'T touched nearby ... just feels lucky to be alive.
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[SOT 2:15:01 - :08]

((JIM HUDGINS: WE HAD A NUMBER OF GOOD YEARS HERE. WE'VE LIVED HERE SINCE 1970, SO WE GOT OUR MONEY'S WORTH.)) [RUNS:07]
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[SOT]

((NATS: TEARING UP ROOF.)) [RUNS:02]
A quarter-mile away at Glen Hilbish's house, contractors are tearing off what's left of his roof and building a new one.
Even as he and his family pick up the pieces, they crack jokes about their new sunroof.
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[SOT 1:52:23 - :36]

((GLEN HILBISH: WE SAW THE FUNNEL CLOUD AT THE EDGE OF THE WOODS. WE RAN IN... AND BY THE TIME ... ABOUT 30 SECONDS IT WAS ALL OVER ... GONE.)) [RUNS:13]
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((NATS: TRUCK REPAIR SHOP)) [RUNS:02]
Farther down the road, James Owen's truck repair shop lies in ruins.
When the tornado hit, his son and grandson were inside ... but they were somehow unhurt.
He plans to rebuild ... even though the building wasn't insured.
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((JAMES OWEN: NO USE CRYING ABOUT IT NOW. MILK SPILT.)) [RUNS:03]))
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County emergency officials are reminding residents that the tornadoes wreckage presents it's OWN danger.
They're asking people to be careful as they clean up and, of course, tread cautiously in buildings that are structurally unsound.
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Keith and Shannon?
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The Bedford County Red Cross is ready to help victims of yesterday's storms.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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[TAKE PINNACLE FS]
Anyone who needs assistance can call the Bedford County Chapter at 540-586-7792.
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[L'burg-Storm]
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Similar relief efforts are underway in Campbell County, where at least 20 homes were damaged and eight destroyed.


[ANCHOR=Keith 2-SHot]


As bad as the damage is, many residents consider themselves lucky.
Steve Smallshaw explains why.
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[SUPER=01-Al Brandt/Lynchburg RV Sales; :12]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Simonton/Homeowner; :50]
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[SUPER=01-Walter Smith/Homeowner; 1:50]
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(( Monday morning dawned sunny and bright, but evidence of the storm was still clear...memories still fresh.
Members of Al Brandt's family were inside his R-V business on Route 29 when the storm hit.
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((AL BRANDT/LYNCHBURG RV SALES: MY WIFE AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AND GRANDSON WERE IN THERE AND THEY HID IN THE BATHROOM AND DID THE THING YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THE COVERS OVER THEIR HEAD AND THE DOORS SHOOK AND ONE OF THE GARAGE DOORS FLEW OPEN AND IT WAS SOLID GREEN.. LIKE A GIANT SALAD OUT HERE YOU KNOW.))
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The storm flipped some trailers over, and threw one into the building.
Brandt figures his damage will total about a hundred thousand dollars.
Across the road it was like a bomb had hit the Briarwood Mobile Home Park.
Trees littered the roadway, sections of roof and siding were strewn everywhere.
Among the more severely damaged homes, there were stories of survival and narrow escapes.
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((JENNIFER SIMONTON/HOMEOWNER: WE WERE IN THE KITCHEN AND WE ALL RAN BACK HERE. AND BY THE TIME WE DID, THE ROOF IN THE LIVING ROOM STARTED COMING OFF AND WE ALL JUST SAT RIGHT HERE BY THE DOORWAY WHERE WE'D BE OUT OF THE WAY OF EVERYTHING.))
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A few houses away, Walter Smith was home with four children when they heard the roar and ran for the bathroom.
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((WALTER SMITH/HOMEOWNER: AND THEN THIS TREE SNAPPED OFF AND BLEW THROUGH AND WE WERE ALL HID IN THE BATHROOM AND JUST CAME ON THROUGH AND ANOTHER FOOT AND IT PROBABLY WOULD'VE KILLED EVERYBODY IN THERE.))
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[Standup 8:01:06] ((Just a few miles away on Missionary Road, Gloria Ward was having a close call of her own. The sky was black and the winds had picked up as she tried to close her door.. that's when the storm apparently sucked her right out of the house. She came to in her front yard in a pile of debris.))
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Ward's home was rocked completely off its foundation... the front wall separating from the rest of the frame.
Like everyone else in Campbell County she escaped serious injury.. and despite the damage, many residents were counting themselves lucky.
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((WALTER SMITH: THE MAIN THING IS EVERYBODY GOT OUT ALIVE. I DON'T CARE ABOUT MATERIAL THINGS, YOU CAN'T REPLACE A LIFE, BUT YOU CAN REPLACE MATERIAL THINGS.))
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That process started today.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))
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The same storm system that brought severe weather to Central Virginia also caused tornados from Missouri to New York.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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[VO-NAT]
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The Governor of Maryland has issued a disaster declaration for two counties south of the District of Columbia.
A twister caused serious damage to a ten-mile stretch of (luh-PLAY'-tuh) La Plata.
Three people were killed and more than 90 injured.
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((RESIDENT; IT STARTED BUSTING ALL THE WINDOWS OUT, I LOOKED DOWN AND THE BOARD LANDED RIGHT BETWEEN MY LEGS. RESIDENT; MY CAR IS TOTALED, IT'S GO A TELEPHONE ON TOP OF IT, THEY SAY IF IT WASN'T FOR THE POLE, THE TORNADO WOULD HAVE PICKED US UP AND THROWN US, SO WE REALLY LUCKED OUT.)) [NO SUPERS!]
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[VO-NAT]


Rescue workers are still picking through debris searching for additional victims.
Another big priority is restoring power to thousands who are still in the dark.
The tornado that hit (luh-PLAY'-tuh) La Plata is believed to have been an F-5 with winds of more than 260-miles-an-hour.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


The Sons of Confederate Veterans win another court battle.
Still ahead, see how their hope for a special license plate is still alive.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Plus, it insures millions of people in Virginia... but big changes could be coming Trigon.
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[Trigon]
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The providor that insures more than 2 million Virginians is being bought out by an Indiana company.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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[VO-NAT]


Anthem Incorporated will spend more than four Billion dollars to buy Trigon Healthcare.
Under the agreement, Trigon's shareholders will receive 30 dollars in cash and just over one share of Anthem common stock per Trigon share.
The merger would create the nation's fourth-largest managed-care health insurance company.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Company officials say they hope to close the deal by October.
It must be approved by state and federal regulators and shareholders.


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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Authorities say a D-N-A sample taken from a man charged in the slayings of two female hikers does NOT match evidence in the unsolved slayings of three Spotsylvania County girls.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Week]


David Darrell Rice was charged earlier this month in the 1996 slayings of two hikers in the Shenandoah National Park.
The FBI compared the D-N-A of Darrell David Rice with evidence in the slayings of 16-year-old Sofia Silva, 15-year-old Kristin Lisk, and her twelve-year-old sister, Kati Lisk.
Authorities believe Silva and the Lisk girls were all killed by the same person.
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[Stocks]


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Some early session bargain-hunting didn't last and stocks once again ended in the red. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW dropped 91 points.
NASDAQ fell seven.
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[SCV-Plates]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The Sons of Confederate Veterans may still get their special license plates... complete with the Confederate flag logo.
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[VO-NAT]

A U-S District judge from Danville last year rejected the General Assembly's restriction DIS-allowing the flag on the tag. Today the Court of Appeals affirmed Judge Jackson Kiser's view.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The Sons said the purpose of the special plates was to allow individuals to express pride in their heritage. The D-M-V had argued the plates allow the government to express state- approved messages. The Court said they're both wrong; the program is designed to make money. Virginia reaps 4-and a half million dollars a year from special plates.

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Area law enforcement agencies are working together to get more people to buckle up.
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[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]

Throughout the month of May, officers will be stepping up enforcement of safety belt laws. The Buckle Up Now program will also use educational messages to encourage the use of seat belts and child seats. Officials say 72-percent of Virginians buckle up, but they want that number closer to 80-percent.
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[SOT 10:27:53 // 10:26:56]
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((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF; THE POLICE WILL STEP UP PATROLS AND DO SAFETY CHECKPOINTS.)) ((KELLY WALTERS/CHRISTIANSBURG RESCUE SQUAD CAPTAIN; SO MANY PEOPLE JUST DON'T USE THEM DON'T USE THEM PROPERLY, WE GO TO CRASHES AND OF COURSE THEY'VE COME IN CONTACT WITH THE WINSHELD, THE STEERING WHEEL DASHBOARD OR END UP IN THE BACK OF THE CAR, IN WHICH THE SEATLBELTS WOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE.))
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[SUPER=01-Kelly Walters/Christiansburg Rescue Squad Captain; :07]
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[VO-NAT]

More than 20-jurisdictions along Interstate-81 are participating in Buckle Up Now. A similar seat belt effort was launched in Lynchburg in 2000....officials say usage rate jumped by more than 10-percent.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, Roy Stanley is posthumously elected to the Wytheville Sports hall of fame. I'll have those details - plus Roanoke College cleans up in the ODAC softball honors.
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And the Avalanche comes from behind this afternoon to down Kinston in a business man's special.
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[S-ROY]


[ANCHOR=MIKE]
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In the weeks since his sudden passing, there have been countless tributes to the late Roy Stanley Miller. Tonight, Roy has received an honor from his beloved hometown. The Wythe County Hall of Fame Committee announced today that Roy is a unanimous selection for the Hall of Fame Class of 2002. Roy played Softball and Baseball at George Wythe High School
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[SUPER=03-Wytheville/2001 Season;]

And after joining your hometown station as a sportscaster in 1972, spent many Friday Night's on the sidelines covering one of his passions High School Football. Roy covered his final game in Wytheville last fall as Chilhowie defeated George Wythe.
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Roy joins his father Roy Miller Senior in the Wythe County Hall of Fame. Roy Senior -- who was a star football player at Wytheville Training School -- was inducted in 1996. His proud son was there that night to photograph the moment.
Roy will be officially recognized in a ceremony at George Wythe High School's September 20th Hall of Fame game against Rural Retreat.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The Salem Avalanche came from behind this afternoon to take game two of their current three home series with the Kinston Indians.
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[SUPER=03-Salem/Indians vs. Avalanche; :00]

The sun was shining, but the wind was still gusting at nearly 30 miles an hour for the one o'clock start. Kinston went on top 4-to-nothing before the Avs scratched the board. Christian Berroa who was hitting 135, lines one last third in the bottom of the second to plate Brad Hawpe and it's 4-to-1. Then in the fifth the Avs got themselves in position to do something special. Jeff Winchester's blast to deep center goes to the base of the wall and he ends up with a standup double. Cory Sullivan would later lay down the nice bunt down third. He will be safe on the throwing error and Winchester will score to make it a 4-to-2 game. Justin Lincoln would make it 4-to-3, as he scores on Melvin Rosario's fielder's choice to the right hand side of the infield.
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Then Chris Moore's sacrifice will chase home Sullivan as the Avs tie it in the fifth and win it with two in the ninth 6-to-5.
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[S-ROANOKE]


[ANCHOR=MIKE]
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A day after winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Softball Championship, Roanoke College leads the way on the All-Conference Team announced today. Roanoke First Baseman Kim Rowe was named Rookie of the Year. Rowe hit 449 this season with 15 doubles, two triples, and five homeruns.
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[SUPER=03-Salem]

Her coach, Roanoke College's Alan Bayse was named ODAC Coach of the Year. Bayse led the Maroons to their Fourth Consecutive ODAC championship on Sunday. The Maroons went 36-and-3 in the regular season and placed an incredible 7-players on the 12-member ODAC first team.
The next closest was Virginia Wesleyan, with two.
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[talent=mike]
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Emory and Henry Shortstop Sarah Cordill was named ODAC Player of the Year.

[S-West]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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In a move that has been denied for months, it appears that Jerry West is getting back into basketball.
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[SUPER=04-NBA; :00]

The architect of the Los Angeles Lakers' team going for its third straight NBA title, has agreed to come out of retirement and run the Memphis Grizzlies according to a report on ESPN dot com. The Grizzlies will only say that they have a "special announcement" planned for tomorrow. Memphis had been pursuing the former NBA great for weeks to replace fired general manager Billy Knight.
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[S-Dale]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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And Dale Earnhardt, Junior is sore and very bruised but still as hard headed as his Daddy, Dale Senior - who would have turned 51 today. d, but he also plans to test at Lakeland, Florida tomorrow. Dale Junior suffered a bruised right ankle during yesterday's race in California, but he not only will race at Richmon