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July 20, 1994 | VINCE KOWALICK
Steve Burdett, a former Sportsman division driver at Saugus Speedway who retired last season after announcing he had tested positive for HIV, has died after a five-month illness. He was 31. Burdett died Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at his home in West Hollywood after battling lymphoma since February, according to his mother, Nanette Matuska. Burdett had been hospitalized periodically until a few weeks ago, she added. Burdett had recently told fellow racers he was gay.
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July 20, 1994 | VINCE KOWALICK
Steve Burdett, a former Sportsman division driver at Saugus Speedway who retired last season after announcing he had tested positive for HIV, has died after a five-month illness. He was 31. Burdett died Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at his home in West Hollywood after battling lymphoma since February, according to his mother, Nanette Matuska. Burdett had been hospitalized periodically until a few weeks ago, she added. Burdett had recently told fellow racers he was gay.
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August 29, 1993 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Steve Burdett coasted his sportsman stock car into the pits midway through the second of two 50-lap main events one recent Saturday night at Saugus Speedway, his exit from the race officially was blamed on a flat tire. Truth be told, he had run out of gas. Burdett climbed from his orange and white Chevrolet Lumina "and just dropped on the spot," said Henry Miles, the car's owner.
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January 1, 1994 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
I remember the waiter standing at our table, pad and pencil poised, just as Steve Burdett was breaking the ice. "First of all," Burdett said with only the hint of a shrug, "I'm gay." I turned to our server: "We'll need a couple of minutes." Frankly, I was floored by Burdett's candor. I considered this a sensitive subject.
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January 1, 1994 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
I remember the waiter standing at our table, pad and pencil poised, just as Steve Burdett was breaking the ice. "First of all," Burdett said with only the hint of a shrug, "I'm gay." I turned to our server: "We'll need a couple of minutes." Frankly, I was floored by Burdett's candor. I considered this a sensitive subject.
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August 20, 1993 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Steve Burdett coasted his Sportsman car off the track and into the pits midway through the second of two 50-lap main events Saturday night at Saugus Speedway, his exit from the race officially was blamed on a flat tire. Truth was, he had run out of gas. Burdett climbed from his orange-and-white Chevrolet Lumina "and just dropped on the spot," said Henry Miles, the car's owner.
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July 24, 1988 | STEVEN FLEISCHMAN
Just like clockwork, Dave Phibbs of Simi Valley won another main event at Saugus Speedway on Saturday night, adding to a Sportsman Division points lead that stood at more than 70 when the night began. Phibbs had the fastest qualifying time and then pulled the No. 2 starting position before passing Jerry Bosson of Simi Valley on Lap 12 of the 30-lap race and cruising to a quarter-lap victory before a crowd of 3,604. "It's still a thrill any time you win," Phibbs said.
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June 3, 1990 | STEVEN FLEISCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For three consecutive weeks at Saugus Speedway, the driver who started the Sportsman Division main event in the pole position had led all the way. That pattern changed Saturday night in front of 3,528. This time the pole-sitter, Tom Eurton of Valencia, couldn't finish the first lap, pulling into the infield. Larry Woodside of Saugus, starting in the same row as Eurton on the outside, led the rest of the way for his first Sportsman main-event win at Saugus.
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May 20, 1990 | STEVEN FLEISCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the second consecutive week, John Cran of Reseda started from the front and was never headed en route to a Sportsman Division main event win at Saugus Speedway on Saturday. Last week, Cran was challenged by points leader Will Harper of Tarzana for the last 28 laps, but Saturday, in front of a crowd of 3,170, Harper was unable to get around John Covan of Simi Valley, who finished second as Cran cruised to a quarter-lap win. The win was Cran's second career main-event victory.
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August 29, 1993 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Steve Burdett coasted his sportsman stock car into the pits midway through the second of two 50-lap main events one recent Saturday night at Saugus Speedway, his exit from the race officially was blamed on a flat tire. Truth be told, he had run out of gas. Burdett climbed from his orange and white Chevrolet Lumina "and just dropped on the spot," said Henry Miles, the car's owner.
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August 20, 1993 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Steve Burdett coasted his Sportsman car off the track and into the pits midway through the second of two 50-lap main events Saturday night at Saugus Speedway, his exit from the race officially was blamed on a flat tire. Truth was, he had run out of gas. Burdett climbed from his orange-and-white Chevrolet Lumina "and just dropped on the spot," said Henry Miles, the car's owner.
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July 17, 1988 | VINCE KOWALICK, Times Staff Writer
The backstretch at Saugus Speedway is hardly the place to expect favors from fellow stock car drivers--even if it is your birthday. So John Kirby of Ventura was forced to take matters into his own hands in order to make his 46th birthday a happy one Saturday night.
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May 29, 1988 | STEVEN FLEISCHMAN
On a night that featured a demolition derby as the final event, an accident-marred program seemed fitting. Saturday night's 15-lap Street Stock Oval semi-main event at Saugus Speedway before 3,709 was delayed five times by accidents, two of which brought out red flags. When the race had finally reached its conclusion, Don Rogers Jr. of Palmdale held off a challenge from Jim Marlewski of Simi Valley on the back stretch of the final lap for the win.
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