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Q: Why do races at Bowman Gray Stadium start at 8 p.m. every week? If they started at 7 or 7:30 it would be better. People could get home earlier and not worry about curfew. Not as many races would have to stop because of rain-outs. People will come no matter what time.


Answer: There are several reasons the track has settled on an 8 p.m. start time, according to Loren Pinilis, a spokesman for Bowman Gray Stadium.

“An 8 p.m. start time allows fans to finish their Saturday activities, have dinner, and then attend the racing,” he said in an email response to SAM.

“It also allows the sun to go down and for the summer heat to subside. Also, the 8 p.m. start time is early enough to allow the overwhelming majority of our events to be completed before curfew.

“Occasionally some of our events end early due to rainfall, but this rainfall comes at random times and would be a factor no matter our starting time,” he said.

Q: I saw a news report about exploding cans of Pam cooking spray from Conagra. Can you find out more details so we fully understand what to use and what to throw out? All I got was that random cans of Pam have exploded and no other brand was mentioned and they said they have four horseshoe shapes stamped on the bottom. More details, please?


Answer: According to an Associated Press report, eight burn victims have filed a suit against Conagra, claiming that certain larger cans of Pam, 10 ounces or larger with a “U-shaped vent system in the bottom,” are prone to explosion.

According to the AP report, Conagra said that Pam and other cooking sprays are 100 percent safe and effective when used correctly, and have clear warning labels that they “should not be left on or near a stove or heat source.”

“Conagra says the vent system was used on a ‘limited’ number of cans but was eliminated during a product redesign earlier this year,” according to the report.

“The redesign was not related to the lawsuits and was part of an effort to standardize the company’s cans, Conagra said.”

Rabies Clinic

A rabies and microchip clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Piney Grove United Methodist Church, 1130 Jonestown Road.

Rabies vaccines are $8.

Microchips are $25, registration included.

Nail trims are $8.

And spay/neuter vouchers will also be available, $35 for cats and $50 for dogs.

Cash and checks are accepted; debit or credit cards are also accepted but a three percent fee will be added to those transactions.

Also, $10 cash-only spay/neuter vouchers will be available to low-income pet owners who live in Forsyth County and are on government assistance.

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Write: Ask SAM, 418 N. Marshall St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 

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