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Benson isn’t afraid to get a little dirty

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Johnny Benson isn't afraid to get dirty on his week off.

Taking advantage of the break in the Winston Cup schedule, Benson will spend the weekend racing on two Missouri dirt tracks.

"Dirt racing is what racing is all about," Benson said.

He will race Friday night in Sedalia and Saturday night in Peavley on NASCAR rival Ken Schrader's track. Benson will drive a car owned by James Ince, his Winston Cup crew chief.

"This is going to be fun just hanging with James and the guys on his dirt team," Benson said. "Plus, this gets Schrader off my back about me coming out to his track.

"I'm sure all those guys at the dirt track are going to love to compare themselves to a Winston Cup driver, so I imagine it's going to be some pretty tough racing."

Benson went in the opposite direction during an off week in April, traveling to England to watch Formula One's British Grand Prix.

"I doubt I'll see too many Ferraris or McLarens this weekend," Benson said.

RUNAWAY: NASCAR Busch Series leader Jeff Green takes a record 388-point lead over Todd Bodine into Sunday's Econo Lodge 200 on Nazareth Speedway's unique mile tri-oval.

"Nazareth is a pretty tricky track because of the different-shaped corners and elevation changes," Green said. "You have to drive each corner differently, and it's tough to do well if you don't have experience there."

Green, coming off a victory July 2 in West Allis, Wis., has won four races this year, including three of the last four. He also has 10 straight top-10 finishes.

Green is trying match his brother, David, as the only Busch Series drivers to win consecutive poles at Nazareth. David Green started first in 1995 and 1996.

REEVES RETURNS: Stevie Reeves, the two-time USAC midget champion and former NASCAR Busch series driver, will make his second Indy Racing League start Saturday in the Midas 500 Classic.

The 33-year-old Reeves will drive for Logan Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He finished 10th in his first IRL start, in the 1998 race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"I grew up about three blocks from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," Reeves said. "My lifelong goal is to run the Indy 500. I've wanted to run Indy cars my whole life."

Reeves has driven in two NASCAR truck series races this year, and also has served as a spotter for Winston Cup driver Steve Park.

TREBLE DEAL: NHRA motorcycle racer Craig Treble has signed a sponsorship deal with Matco Tools through the 2001 season.

"We paid our dues," said Treble.