September 28th, 2003


Binghamton, NY: The efforts of many people are assisting local 358 Modified driver, Dave Locke with his mounting medical bills. Some of the early efforts were recognized on Saturday night at Five Mile Point Speedway. A bake sale was held to raise money for Dave and Mandy Locke. Fans and Race Teams brought items to sell prior to the start of the Southern Tier 100. $ 233.00 was collected from the sale of items ranging from 25 cents to a dollar.

The handcrafted clock built by racefan, Robert Hitchcock from Kattelville, NY was given away as well. The craftsman was accompanied trackside by Dave Lockeís mother, Linda Locke. Mr. Hitchcock reached into the container and drew the name of Roger Batzel as the winner of the clock. Roger was in Florida on Saturday night, and the clock was claimed by Rogerís sister, Louise. $400.00 was raised in the clock raffle.

Dave Locke was injured on July 26th when a mechanical failure on the 29th lap in the 358 Modified feature at Five Mile Point severely injured the driverís left leg. The drive shaft snapped off, and embedded itself in the left calf of the Binghamton, NY driver. Surgery performed in the early hours following the accident re-established circulation to the lower leg after two arteries supplying blood to the left foot were severed. The response of the racing community has been overwhelming for the quiet Locke, but he is indeed appreciative of the assistance and support.

Currently, Dave is recovering well, but will have surgery the week of September 28th for repair to the tissues of his leg. A Benefit for Dave and Mandy Locke will be held on Sunday October 26th 2003 at the Vestal American Legion, Jensen Road, Vestal, NY. A buffet dinner is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm with an Auction scheduled for 4:00 pm. 50/50 raffle tickets are being sold. The winner will be drawn at the Benefit dinner. The donation for the 50/50 raffle is $ 2.00/ticket.

Another raffle to be drawn at the benefit dinner is for an S&S Chassis and Body donated by Hart Racing. The donation for this raffle is $ 5.00/ticket, with tickets available from Don, Susan and Vanessa Hart. Tickets will be available for the raffles and benefit for Dave Locke at Five Mile Point Speedway on October 18th. Tickets are also available at B&D Exhaust Warehouse 1-9 Jackson Street Binghamton, N.Y. , Carquest Locations on Old Vestal Road in Vestal, NY or on Hall Street in Binghamton, Dougís Speed Shop Upper Court Street in Binghamton, Eddieís Radiator on North Street in Endicott and at Trackside Products on Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY.

Your support of those who risk their lives every week for your entertainment is greatly appreciated.