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Sprint Car Driver Dick Gaines Dies

February 9, 2000

MITCHELL, Ind. (AP) _ Dick Gaines, a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame who won more than 800 feature races, has died. He was 64.

Gaines had a heart attack at his home on Saturday.

He retired from racing in 1977 after a 30-year career. Last year, the North Vernon Speedway honored him by staging the first Dick Gaines Classic.

Among his victories were two Little 500s in Anderson and the Knoxville Nationals in Iowa. Two of the cars Gaines raced over the years are on display at the Lawrence County Antique Auto and Race Car Museum.

He operated Gaines Mobile Homes in Mitchell.

Survivors include two sons, two daughters, two stepdaughters, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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