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Sprint-Car Racer Dies After Crash

August 3, 2001

ROSSBURG, Ohio (AP) _ A 61-year-old sprint-car driver died Friday, hours after crashing during a race at Eldora Speedway.

John Bankston, of Beaumont, Texas, crashed into the wall Thursday night during the All-Star Sprint Series feature.

Bankston was taken to Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater, where he died early Friday, hospital spokesman Ken Obringer said.

The coroner is investigating the cause of death, Obringer said.

Rossburg is about 40 miles northwest of Dayton.

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