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1-News-head

ANCHOR=Keith

A matter of life or livelihood. How you size up today's settlement with one of the smaller tobacco companies depends on your perspective.
We'll hear both sides on NEWS -7 at SIX.
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VO-NAT


We'll also get an assessment of how much use Norfolk Southern may have for repair shops it'll acquire in the Conrail deal- -an assessment from the top man at N-S.
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Sports-Head
ANCHOR=Mike


Tonight on News 7 Sports, March Madness has made its way to Salem for the NCAA division three final four, Dan Wooldridge gets a big honor today, Darlington is on the horizon tomorrow for the Cup cars,
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and Bassett native Sherman Dillard officially takes over at JMU as the school's new head hoop coach.
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WX-Head
TALENT=Robin
SS=None


The first full day of spring roars in with mild temperatures tomorrow but the bottom falls out this weekend. Details just ahead.

Tobacco-React


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=jmo
TAPE#97-2
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire


For the first time, a tobacco company has admitted that cigarettes cause lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema, and that nicotine is addictive.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


This afternoon the attorneys general of 22 states announced a settlement of their lawsuits against Liggett Group.
SUPER=@File;


Those suits seek to recover millions of dollars spent on health care for sick smokers.
Local anti- smoking activists consider the settlement a historic day for public health.
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IN Q=We really

((TED GLICKMAN/AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF VA.: WE REALLY WEREN'T SURPRISED THAT THEY DECIDED TO SETTLE, BUT THE SCOPE OF IT. LIKE YOU MENTIONED. JUST THE OTHER DOCUMENTS. WE'RE FINALLY GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND OUT WHAT THE TOBACCO COMPANIES KNEW ABOUT THEIR PRODUCTS AND WHEN THEY KNEW IT.))
SUPER=01-Ted Glickman/American Lung Assoc. of Va.;
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OUT Q=knew it.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;


Some Southside farmers consider this yet another hurdle to overcome in protecting their livelihood.
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IN Q=It doesn't

((CLARENCE BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO CHAIRMAN:IT DOESN'T AFFECT YOU AS MUCH AS IT DOES IN THE BEGINNING BECAUSE SO MANY THINGS ARE THROWN AT YOU AND YOU AND YOU LEARN TO DEVELOP MORE OF A FIGHTING SPIRIT, AND OF COURSE, THAT'S WHY I'M THE CHAIRMAN OF CONCERNED FRIENDS FOR TOBACCO, BECAUSE WE'RE ACTUALLY FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVELIHOOD. ))
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Concerned Friends for Tobacco; :00
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OUT Q=our livelihood.
ANCHOR=Keith
SS=Jim Gilmore


Even though Liggett admits it marketed a deadly and addictive product TO CHILDREN, Virginia Attorney General -- and candidate for governor -- Jim Gilmore says he still has NO plans to sue any tobacco companies.
A Gilmore spokesman says such a lawsuit would devastate Virginia's economy.

SS=Don Beyer


Democrat Don Beyer, Gilmore's opponent for governor, says his goal is keeping cigarettes away from kids. Beyer says to any degree that the Liggett settlement is helpful in those efforts, he applauds today's developments.

Cole


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
TAPE#97-3
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


Steven Wayne Cole's lawyer says the death of two year- old Joshua Blevins was a tragic accident, NOT murder.
Cole's first-degree murder trial is still under way in Hillsville this evening.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Cole told police he was high on drugs when he shoved the toddler into a wall.
Cole said when he was unable to revive Joshua he put him to bed, where he died of skull fractures.
The boy's mother,
SUPER=03-Hillsville; :10 LaDonna Blevins says she returned home in the wee

hours of the morning, but never checked on Joshua until late the next afternoon.
Cole has since changed his story, alleging that Blevins knew what had happened and SHE put Joshua to bed.
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((HE'S IN DENIAL. HE KNOWS HE DID IT AND I HOPE HE PAYS FOR IT. ))
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OUT Q=HE PAYS FOR IT.
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VO-NAT


Blevins was convicted LAST March of felony child neglect and is due out of prison this summer.
Cole faces up to life in prison if he's convicted.
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Mercer-Killings


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation


A man from Mercer County- -accused of killing his parents- -will soon be on his way back to West Virginia.
Jamie Drake was arrested a couple of days ago WALKING along Interstate 77 near Hillsville.
Drake waived his extradition hearing today in Carroll County and is already on his back to Mercer County.
Sheriff Harold Buckner says Drake fatally shot his parents with a high-powered rifle as they slept.
He's also allegedly shot his sister.

Rail-Merger


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-5
GRAPHIC=Rail Merger

For the first time the chief executives of Norfolk Southern and C-S-X are answering lawmakers' questions about their deal to take over and split up rival Conrail. The railroad executives were on Capitol Hill today, addressing the concerns of Pennsylvania representatives, who are worried about job losses in their state. Len Besthoff was there and files this report.
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=NONE


Still to come on News 7 at Six-- Roanoke city officials are trying to clean up an eyesore--people dumping old tires.
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VO-NAT


And not quite two years after flood waters ravaged their community, Timber Lake residents are marking a new beginning.
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ANCHOR=Robin

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Salem-VA


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-6
GRAPHIC=John Presley


Roanoke Valley Veterans say John Presley has been good for the V- A Medical Center in Salem.
And today, they staged a show of support for the director.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Salem;


Members of the Roanoke Valley Veterans Council organized the midday demonstration at the hospital entrance.
They say Presley has improved patient care and working conditions since he became director in 1992.
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IN Q=We think

((GENE LEE: WE THINK HE'S RIGHT. HE'S DONE A LOT FOR THE HOSPITAL HERE AND WE JUST WANT HIM TO STAY HERE. HE'S FOR THE PATIENTS. HE'S FOR THE EMPLOYEES AND I'M JUST 100 PERCENT IN SUPPORT OF HIM.)) ((LATRICE BARLOW: AND I AM REALLY HERE IN SUPPORT OF THE VETERANS BECAUSE I KNOW THEY DESERVE QUALITY PATIENT CARE AND DR. PRESLEY HAS REALLY HELPED WITH THAT.))
SUPER=07-Gene Lee; :00
SUPER=07-Latrice Barlow; :15
RUNS=:23
OUT Q=helped with that.
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VO-NAT


Presley recently suspended Associate Director William Delamater
(DELL-uh-MAY-ter).


Now both men are on administrative leave while a V-A panel investigates allegations that officials say are not related to patient care.
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Glasgow-Police


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-8
GRAPHIC=State Police Investigation


State police investigators have cleared two local law enforcement officers accused of using excessive force.
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VO-NAT


Bedford County Sheriff's Lieutenant John McCain was cleared of any wrong-doing involving the arrest of David Fielder last Summer.
Glasgow Town Sergeant Leonard Stewart will not face charges. Neither will the man he arrested in January.
Because Sergeant Stewart was actually out of jurisdiction- -in Rockbridge COUNTY when he tried to arrest Gary Gibson,
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=None

prosecutor Joel Branscom says it could technically be considered assault.
But there were also racial overtones to this incident- -as Gibson indicated he was not about to be apprehended by a black officer.

Timberlake-Dam


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-11
GRAPHIC=None


It's been a wet, dreary week for most of Virginia, but in one area of Campbell County, you'd be hard- pressed to hear any complaints.
That's because in the Timber Lake subdivision, every drop of rain means residents are that much closer to getting their lake back.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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IN Q=It's been more
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SUPER=01-Ken Carlton/Hurt & Proffitt Engineer; :41
SUPER=01-Joe Piccolo/Counts & Dobyns Excavating; :46
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SUPER=01-Charles Falwell/Lake Resident; 1:05
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OUT Q=News7, Campbell County.


(( It's been more than eighteen months since heavy rains washed out the Timber Lake dam, killing two people downstream and leaving residents high and dry for two straight summers.
But through a homeowner- financing plan, residents have raised more than 800- thousand dollars to rebuild the dam.. and their community.
Those who designed and constructed the new dam say this one is built to last: the top of the dam itself is a huge spillway, that allows excess water to flow over it, but not collapse it.
It's also more solid: more than a thousand cubic yards of concrete on top of tons of red clay.
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SOT 4:42:51
IN Q=If it wasn't

((KEN CARLETON/HURT AND PROFFITT ENGINEER: IF IT WASN'T FOR THAT CLAY MATERIAL, YOU'D SEE SOME OF THIS WATER GOING THROUGH THE DAM, IT PROVIDES A BARRIER AGAINST INFILTRATION OF THE WATER.))
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OUT Q=of the water.
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IN Q=We took some

((JOE PICCOLO/COUNTS AND DOBYN CONSTRUCTION: WE TOOK SOME PROVISIONS TO ENSURE THAT THE BUILDUP OF SILT WOULDN'T OCCUR, SO THIS SHOULD BE PRETTY THIS SUMMER, PEOPLE WILL ENJOY IT.))
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=will enjoy it.


But in the backs of many minds will be Carter Martin, the Timber Lake resident and firefighter who died trying to save flooding victims when the dam collapsed.
Martin will be remembered during a dedication ceremony later this summer.
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IN Q=Out of tragedy

((CHARLES FALWELL/LAKE RESIDENT: OUT OF TRAGEDY SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LOOK FOR A SILVER LINING, AND I THINK IT REALLY WORKED OUT TO BE A WONDERFUL END.))
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=a wonderful end.


Or a wonderful beginning.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))

Stocks


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#=None
GRAPHIC=NONE


Blue chips fell again on Wall Street, though technology stocks faired better.
The Dow lost 57 points, closing at 68 hundred 20.
NASDAQ gained ten points.
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SUPER=x5005;


Tire-Amnesty


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-7
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal


A spring clean- up in the Roanoke Valley will take aim at old tires.
Next month, residents of Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Vinton will have a chance to dispose of tires free of charge.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Discarded tires are a common eyesore in neighborhoods throughout the Roanoke Valley.
So three local governments will set up five drop- off sites on April 11th and 12th.
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IN Q=We see this

((LINDSEY MARTIN/LOUDON MELROSE NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: WE SEE THIS ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS, TIRES, JUNK ALL THIS STUFF IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND WHEN THE CITY ANNOUNCED THEY WERE GOING TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS IT WAS GOOD, AND I'M HOPING ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD RESPOND.)) ((CHRIS MUSE/OLD SOUTHWEST RESIDENT: YOU GET BLINDERS ON AFTER ALL. YOU LOOK AT THE TRASH. IT'S SO MUCH. IT'S SO BIG, HOW COULD WE POSSIBLY CLEAN IT UP, BUT ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PUT ON SOME GLOVES AND GO OUT THERE AND PUT A DAY INTO IT.))
SUPER=01-Lindsey Martin/Loudon Melrose N'hood Organization; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Muse/Old Southwest Inc.
RUNS=:25
OUT Q=and put a day into it.
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VO-NAT


Roanoke City is also establishing a schedule for curbside pickup of brush, and bulk items such as refrigerators and furniture.
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=None


Meanwhile The Clean Valley Council is planning a valley- wide effort on April 5th.
Last year, more than one thousand volunteers helped pick up trash on Clean Valley Day.

Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#SPORTS TEASE
GRAPHIC=NONE


Coming your way tonight in sports, the Winston Cup drivers return to action this week in Darlington, Sherman takes over in Harrisonburg, the Salem Rotary club goes national,
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and the Division Three final four participants hit the hardwood in Salem as they get set for tomorrow night's final four.
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S-Dillard


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-5
GRAPHIC=SHERMAN DILLARD


Sherman Dillard proved this afternoon that you can always come back home no matter how long you've been away.
After stops in Maryland, Atlanta, and California and Indiana, Dillard returned to his alma mater to take over as the school's new head basketball coach.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Harrisonburg; :00


The 41-year-old Bassett native met the media at the Convocation in Harrisonburg.
In the late 70's he was the Dukes top player and an honors graduate.
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((SHERMAN DILLARD/NEW JMU HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Sherman Dillard/New JMU Head Coach; :00
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OUT Q=...CHAMPIONSHIP."
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VO-NAT CON'T


Dillard replaces one of his former bosses, Lefty Driesell and inherits a team that won 16 games last season.
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S-WDBJ


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=final four


The men's NCAA Division One championships resume tonight at 7:30 right here on the WDBJ with action in the Sweet 16.
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pinnacle board - 18085
Minnesota takes on the Clemson Tigers in the opener.


Then you'll be able to see Kentucky & St. Joe's.
Of course you will also get some bonus coverage of the other two games tonight.
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S-NCAA


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#s7-4
GRAPHIC=Final Four


Over in Salem this weekend, the best teams in division three will jump it off in the N-C-Double-A final four championship.
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VO-NAT ENG#
SUPER=03-Salem; :


The four teams held workouts this afternoon at the Salem civic Center. Nebraska Wesleyan went through an early practice.
Joining the Plainsmen in the final four are Williams, Illinois Wesleyan and Alvernia.
The two day tournament is hosted by the Salem Civic Center and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
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((BRAD BANKSTON/ODAC ASST. COMMISSIONER: ))
SUPER=01-Brad Bankston/ODAC Asst. Commissioner; :
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OUT Q=...TO DO."
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Nebraska Wesleyan played at home during the early rounds of the N-C-Double-A playoffs.
And the Plainsmen's first trip to the valley is one they will never forget.
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((TODD RARIDON/PLAINSMEN HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Todd Raridon/Plainsmen Head Coach; :
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ANCHOR=Mike

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Illinois Wesleyan and Alvernia will open the tournament tomorrow at six with Williams and Nebraska Wesleyan scheduled to tip it off at 8.
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S-Rotary


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-3
GRAPHIC=fina four


In conjunction with the Final Four festivities in Salem
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SUPER=04-Salem; :00


The city's Rotary Club announced this morning it is co-sponsoring the new Jostens Trophy.
The award will be given annually to the top player in Division Three starting with the 1998 season.
The club also announced the formation of the Wooldridge scholarship, in honor of retiring ODAC commissioner Dan Wooldridge.
The player of the year's university will receive $500 a year.
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((MARK HENRICKSON/SALEM ROTARY CLUB:)) ((DAN WOOLDRIDGE/RETIRING ODAC COMMISSIONER:))
SUPER=01-Mark Henrickson/Salem Rotary Club; :00
SUPER=01-Dan Wooldridge/Retiring ODAC Commissioner; :15
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OUT Q=...and josten."
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VO-NAT CON'T
SUPER=03-Salem; :00


On Monday the ODAC is expected to name Brad Bankston as the ODAC's new commissioner, but look for Dan to still be around for a while.
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((DAN WOOLDRIDGE:))
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OUT Q=...AROUND."
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S-Avalanche


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-2
GRAPHIC=AVALANCHE


The Salem Avalanche is closing in the opening night of its new season.
Two weeks from tomorrow night the team hosts Durham at Salem Memorial.
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SUPER=03-Salem; :00


This afternoon workers inside the stadium were finishing up work on the outfield wall billboards.
The team is planning a number of events this year to compliment the action on the field.
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((DAVE OSTER/AVALANCHE GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Dave Oster/Avalanche General Manager; :00
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OUT Q=...A LOT OF FUN."
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S-Jarrett


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=R-35
GRAPHIC=Darlington


After a week off; Winston Cup drivers will qualify at Darlington tomorrow for Sunday's Transouth Financial 400.
SS=Rick Mast


You can bet on Rick Mast and his Remington team being ready for the 1.366 mile track.
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IN Q="we made

((RICK MAST/DRIVER OF REMINGTON FORD:))
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Remington Ford Driver; :00
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OUT Q=...speeds we ran"
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SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00


Points leader Dale Jarrett, who tested this week at Martinsville, finished 15th in the spring race at Darlington last year.
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IN Q="We've run

((DALE JARRETT/DRIVER OF QUALITY CARE FORD:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Driver of Quality Care Ford; :00
RUNS=:28
OUT Q=...my first victory"
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