2014 News Stories
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DeGraff OH (9/13): Shady Bowl Speedway hosted its annual Military Night Saturday. The event was free of charge to all active and retired military members. It turned out to be a cold night, but the action on the track was hot.
In late model action Josh Smith set quick time (13.606) to lead all qualifiers. The feature began with Chris Abbott pacing the field the first eight counters before giving way to Jacob Muncy. Muncy took charge the next six laps. Slowly fast qualifier Smith was making his way to the front from his eighth place starting spot. Smith took over lead on lap 16 and held it the final half of the 35 lapper to post the win. The Quincy driver has wrapped up the championship for his Smith Motorsports group. Muncy was second followed byJohn Stroble, Mark Parker and Brad Coons . Parker won the dash, with Abbott taking the heat win.
The powerful Modifieds took to the speedway next. The race got off to a rocky start as the field piled up forcing another restart. Joe Pequinot led the first two laps before giving way to Mike Carroll. Carroll held off the charges of fast qualifier (13.550) Shane Shirk until lap sixteen when Shirk put his Maplewood Tree Service backed racer out front. When the checker flew for Shirk, Carroll, Brad Williams, Pequignot and Buddy Townsend rounded out the top five. Townsend won the dash with heats going to Pequingot and Don Skaggs.
Jacob Muncy filled in for Ray Muncy and had a big night in the number 8 street stock. He set fast time (15.052) and won the 25 lap feature after passing early leader Josh Sage on lap ten. Sage was able to hold on to finish second followed by Rodney Roush, Andy Heath and Dave Sage.
Heath and Roush took heat race checkers.
New Carlisle driver Kenny George continued his dominance of the compact class. Dave Callahan led the first five laps before giving way to George in his Quick Parts backed Cavalier. The race finished with Nicholas Meade, Chris Lucas, Callahan and Josh Foltz rounding out the top five.
In the tuner class Terry Eaton Jr set fast time and won the feature in his Blade Runner backed Honda. Rodney Roush was second after leading the first seven laps before Eaton took the lead. Roush was second with Jim Massengill, Austin Eaton and Eddie Kemp rounding out the top five.
Ryan Miller was first to the checker in the Dwarf car main, as he posted his second win. Miller got by early leader Daniel Wirick on lap 12 to lead the field to the checker. Wirrick, Jason Hitchcock, Greg Sparks and Lynn Mitchell followed. Sparks was fast qualifier with a 14.011 lap.
This Saturday (9/20) will be the final points race for all classes except the Pro-4's and the OVDCA. The racing will start at 7.
Eaton Tops VORES Series 40 Lapper
DeGraff OH; The Vores Series brought their front wheel drive cars to Shady Bowl Speedway Saturday. A steller field included some of the best and fastest four cylinders cars in the Midwest. A full field of 29 cars took the green flag. It took several restarts before the cars seemed to settle down. Holli Eaton of West Liberty look over the lead and to fend off challenges from her father Ron Masters, her husband Gary and cousin Terry. It was clear it was a four car
dash to the checker between the four Hondas. Holli set the pace for the field
and led all the way to the checker in the Sirica MFG front wheeler . Gary Eaton, Terry Eaton, Ron Masters and Chris Jennings rounded out the top five. Heat wins went to Kenny George Austin Eaton and Steve Vore.
In late model action Greg Stapleton won the late model main. Stapleton was behind the wheel of the Stapleton Tool And Machine. Fast qualifier Josh Smith
was second , Brock Coyer was third, John Stroble fourth and Mark Parker fifth
Brad Coons won the dash with the heat going to Jacob Muncy.
The streets saw a familiar posing for photos. Rodney Roush put the M&M Head Service Chevelle in the winners circle after a series of bad luck races. Dave Sage was second, with Josh Sage third , Jason Drummond fourth and Scott Sullenberger fifth. Heat wins went to Roush , Drummond and Aliza Snapp.
The modified feature was a quick running event with Mike Carroll taking the win in his McDonalds backed racer. Brad Williams, Greg Stapleton, Buddy Townsend
and points leader Shane Shirk rounded out the top five.Townsend was the dash winner with Brad Yelton taking the heat win
Ryan Miller topped the field of DWARF CARS. Miller was clearly the fastest car on the track as he sped to the win..
The compact feature saw Kenny George put a last lap move on Bryan Barrett to take the win .Chris Lucas was third, Rob Sharpe fourth and Nick Philbeck fifth. George and Lucas won heats.
The PRO-4 feature was won by Justin Meade. It marked the return of former track champion Wayne Watercutter. The 75 year old appeared to have lost nothing as he kept it pointed it in the right direction and ran the whole feature. Next Saturday Nite will be Military night with all Active and retired personnel with proper ID will be admitted Free. On hand will be Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Tuners, Compacts and Dwarfs. Racing at 7.
SMITH TAKES KORN MEMORIAL
DeGraff OH: (8/30); The racing action at Shady Bowl Speedway was “Fast and Furious” in the early stages, but soon turned into "all my rowdy friends are coming over tonight”!
The 72 lap late model feature was a make up from an earlier rain out. It honors the memory of Bob Korn. The Miamisburg resident built cars that ran from the high banks of Daytona to the Forest Park Amusement Park oval. Jacob Muncy took the lead on the start and looked to be headed to the checker until Josh Smith of Quincy put his familiar 93 Creative Die out front on lap 32. Smith paced the field the rest of the way to add to his point total as the season winds down. Muncy ran a tough race to finish second. Mark Parker was third, with Ross Klinglehofer fourth and Tyler Mahaffey fifth. Mark Parker was the winner of the dash, with the heat win going to Jim Lewis Jr. Smith was the fast qualifier.
The street stocks also ran a 72 lap feature. It about this time in the distance you could hear Hank Jr.'s “Rowdy Friends”. Ricky Young took the field into turn one with 25 drivers trying get past. Jason Burnside
got by on lap seven and led thru lap 33. Ray Muncy took over the top spot the rest of the way. In the action Buck Purtee ended up on top of the turn two wall with heavy damage to the Buck truck. Muncy not only won the feature, he also set a new track record and picked up the hard charger award. Josh Poore, Josh Sage, Jamie Sites and Bo Hoelscher rounded out the top five. Andy Heath, Tim Hines and Jamie Sites took heat wins. Dave Sage won the dash.
Jim Lewis Jr won the Pro-4 main in a car owned by Steve Clarkson. Justin Meed, Matt Thompson, Josh Plummer and Paul Hazlett rounded out the top 5.
Several compact drivers loaned their cars to the gals for them to compete in “Powder Puff” races. The cars were split into two classes - a rookie class and a pro class. The beginner's race started off with Kali Sharpe leading the pack for the first few laps until contact in turn 1 sent her into the inside retaining wall. Kali was airlifted to Miami Valley with complaints of a sore neck. She was treated and released the next day and is in good shape. After the action resumed, Jessica Keeton took the lead and sailed to victory, but not without being challenged by one of Shadybowl's own trophy girls, Hilleary Ross, who briefly took the lead from Keeton. Keeton was followed across the finish line by Hilleary Ross and Lucy Barner. The pro division featured drivers who had racing experience. The pro race saw Amber Holley grab the lead from her outside pole starting position and maintain it, with some early challenges for the lead from Lynn Mitchell and Catelyn Parker. When the checkered flag flew, Amber was in the winners circle, followed by Catelyn Parker, Lynn Mitchell, Kim Mahaffey, and Sue Sutton.
This Saturday they will host the Vores Series front wheel cars. Late Models, street stock and compacts will also be in action. Racing will start at 7.
Full Night of Racing at Shady Bowl
DeGraff OH(8/16): Shady Bowl Speedway had a full night of play Saturday (8/16) for local race fans. The evening got off to a bad start as rain showers put the program on hold for two hours. The track crew did a great job of getting the oval back into racing shape.
The late models came to the green flag for their feature with Dylan Troyer taking the lead. The teenager led the first six laps before giving way to to Josh Smith of Quincy. Smith, in his Smith Motor Sports stocker set sail for the checker. Smith was never challenged in his march to the checker. The pace was slowed by several incidents,
that left a couple cars with heavy damage. John Stroble was second,with Jacob Muncy third, Austin Troyer fourth and Greg Jackson fifth. Smith was the fast qualifier, with Stroble taking the heat win.
In modified racing Joe Pequignot led th first seven laps before giving was to Greg Stapleton had his car running to perfection as he led the remainder of the way in his Stapleton Machine and Tool backed open wheeler. Points leader dash winner Shane Shirk was second with Mike Carroll third, fast qualifier Brad Williams was fourth and Buddy Townsend fifth.
The street stock main was brought to the green by Buck Purtee. Purtee led the first 7 laps before Josh Sage took over the lead. Sage pulled away to take the win in his Moore Trucking ride. Purtee held on for second, with Dave Sage third, Rodney Roush fourth and Scott Sullenberger fifth. Josh Sage won the dash, with Chad Brandyberry setting fast time.
In compact racing, Dave Callahan took the win in his Quick Parts. The win was the first for Callahan. Nicholas Meed, Kenny George, Chris Lucas and Dean Adams took the first five spots. George was the dash winner with Ryan Barrett setting fast time.
Gary Eaton of West Liberty carried the checker for the tuner class as he passed early leader Ron Masters. Eaton was behind the wheel of his Sirica MFG sponsored Honda. Point leader Terry Eaton was third,with Austin Eaton fourth and Chris Lucas fifth. Holli Eaton set fast time, and Gary Eaton won the fast dash.
The OVDCA cars rounded out the nights action. Daniel Wirick of West Liberty took the win. Brandon Basye, Ryan Miller, Greg Sparks and Jason Hitchcock rounded out the top five.
The VARC vintage race cars were also on hand.
It was also “Kids Night” with big wheel racing, penny scrambles and the “Bouncy House”. The staff and management of the Bowl would like to thank all the racing fans who donated bookbags of school items to over 40 kids. Race teams donated a varity of things. A special thanks to the Stroble family and CS and SS for donating several bikes, scooters and gift cards.
This Saturday (8/23) the Bowl will host the “Lee Raymond Memorial”
with a 40 lap feature for the modifieds. Raymond was a driver from Dayton who won two ARCA National Championships. The second generation driver raced locally and served as a track official after he retired. The late models,street stocks, tuners and compacts will also be racing. The first race will start at 7.
PERRY DOMINATES MERS SHADY BOWL
DeGraff OH: The Main Event Racing Series was on hand Saturday (8/9 ) with the worlds fastest full bodied late models on hand. Rich Rohrer of Canton led the field to the green and led the first 25 laps of the 75 lap feature battle, Bud Perry a former track champion and two time MERS champion had the field covered as he led the rest of the way. Alex Rosenberry, Marcus Malcuit, Roherer and Bryan Clay filled out the top five.
The Pro-4 feature turned out to be a two car race with Justin Meed of Piqua taking the win over Jim Lewis Jr. Josh Plummer, Matt Thompson and Paul Hazlett took the top five spots.
In street stock action, Josh Sage of Piqua posted the victory in his Chevy. Mike Snapp, Ray Muncy, Jim Lewis Jr and Buck Purtee second thru fifth.
The compact feature saw Kenny George emerge as the feature winner in his four cylinder. The win was the 6th feature win for George. Josh Foltz, Dave Callahan, Nicholas Meade and Alex George finished second thru fifth.
The Saturday night will be “Kids Night” with big Wheel races, penny scrambles,
the crowning of two Little Miss Shady Bowl as trophy queens and a bouncy room for the kids to play. Racing will start at 7.
SMITH CONTINUES LATE MODEL WINNING STREAK
DeGraff OH (8/2): Quincy resident Josh Smith picked up his sixth feature win of season Saturday night. The win gave Smith a boosting to his point lead over Nathan Herron. Ross Klingelhofer led the first 18 laps before Smith sped by in his Creative Tool And Die racer. Klinghofer was second followed by Curt Fraizer, fast qualifier Austin Troyer and Brad Coons. Smith won the dash with Dylan Troyer taking the heat checker.
Shane Shirk carried the checker for the modifieds for his fourth win of the season. Shirk watched as Bud Perry took the top spot on lap 13 and was already counting his earnings as he got the one to go signal. Shirk also wanted the win, and passed Perry as they crossed the finish line. Perry was second with Brad Williams third, Buddy Townsend fourth and Chris Parker fifth. Williams was fast qualifier, while Perry took the dash win Joe Pequignot won the heat.
The Pro-4 division was won by Josh Plummer - which was an impressive win as Josh's hood pin had failed, letting his hood partially fly up onto the windshield! Paul Hazlett, Justin Meed and Dave Gerstner were the top 4 finishers.
The compact feature was won by Nicholas Meade, with Kenny George, Jay Lakins, David Callahan and Zach Doolin finishing in the top 5. Kenny George set quick time with Lakins winning the fast dash. Alex George and David Callahan won the heat races.
In the tuner class, Terry Eaton once again had the tuner class covered as he won the feature. Finishing behind him were Austin Eaton, Les Rhodes and Josh Worley.
The Street stocks saw Andy Heath take the lead right away and never looked back. Buck Purtee didn’t make it easy for Heath as he tried his best to get around Heath but wasn’t able to. Purtee was second with Dave Sage, Josh Sage and Rodney Roush rounding out the top five.
Smith Takes Shatto Memorial
DeGraff OH: Shady Bowl Speedway had a great night of racing Saturday. Fans took in one of the most exciting races of the season as the late models competed in the Denny Shatto Memorial. Shatto, a long time owner of cars that competed with some of the best drivers in the Midwest. Shatto passed away after a long health battle in 2006. The team lives on however as Denny’s son Kevin has kept the car on the track with Nathan Herron behind the wheel. The team claimed the the 2013 track champioship..
The action started in time trials with Greg Stapleton setting quick time. The Denny Shatto Memorial started out with Herron giving the command from inside his stocker. On the start , the field piled up on the front chute forcing a complete restart. When the green came back out, Curt Frazier led the first three laps before giving way to Jacob Muncy. The Columbus OH resident took command on lap four and paced the field until lap 37 when he lost the lead to Bill Burba. Burba pulled away from the pack in his Platinum Trucking and seemed to have the race in the win column. Quincy driver Josh Smith and Herron also had a big pay day in their sites . The trio took the white flag with Burba out front and Josh Smith second. They made contact on the back chute and both recovered. On the entrance to turn three the cars made contact again. They made it thru turn four still swapping paint. Smith took the lead just before the checker flew and won the event in his Smith Motorsports backed car. Smith took over $2000.00 home with him. Burba held on for second with Herron nursing a clutch issue third. Muncy was fourth with Austin Troyer fifth. Burba was the dash winner, with heat wins going to Shane Shirk and Rob Jacks
In modified racing, Rob Yelton took command of the feature at the start. Yelton led 22 laps before Springfields Shane Shirk powered his Maplewood Tree Service open wheeler past. Shirk led the final circuits to win his second feature win. Yelton held on for second, with Mike Carroll third. Fast qualifier Greg Stapleton was fourth and Buddy Townsend fifth. Shirk was the dash winner with Joe Pequignot
and Rob Yelton winning heat races.
The street stock feature was thrilling race that fans will be talking about for a while. Dave Little led the first lap with Buck Purtee right on his bumper. Purtee took the lead on lap two in his fan favorite “Buck Truck”. Purtee led until the white came out. Bo Hoelscher tried the low groove and made contact with Purtee. Hoelscher was pit bound and Purtee was disqualified for unsportman like conduct after the crash. The win went to Jim Lewis Jr. in his family owned Camaro sponsored by Performance Paint. Dave Sage, Josh Sage, Aliza Snapp and Scott Sullenger rounding out the top five. Sullenberger won the dash with heats going to Hoelscher and Andy Heath. Fast qualifier was Ray Muncy.
The 20 lap compact main saw second generation driver Dean Adams of East Liberty post his first ever feature . Dean is sponsored by Detroit Tire. The fifteen year old driver led all 20 laps. Kenny George Sr was second, with fast qualifer Ryan Barrett third. Jay Lakins was fourth and Nicholas Philbeck rounded out the top five. Philbeck was the dash winner, David Callahan and Alex George were heat winners.
This Saturday (7/26) the Vores Compact Touring Series makes its second stop of the season. The modifieds, street stocks, Dwarf
cars and Pro-4’s are also racing. Racing will begin at 7.
DeGraff OH: (7/12): Shady Bowl Speedway played host to six different classes of stock cars Saturday . The race was well attended with a large crowd on hand.
In late model racing a large crash early in the 35 lapper took out several cars. When racing resumed, John Stroble was out front. As Stroble was leading the pack Josh Smith was passing cars on the outside. On lap twelve Smith pushed his Smith Motorsports entry to the lead. The Quincy resident led the final laps to post the win and increase his point lead. Stroble was second with Mark Parker third Jacob Muncy fourth and Bill Burba fifth. Smith posted fast time with Parker taking the dash win. Ross Klinglehofer and Brandon Basye taking heat checkers.
The modified feature was real battle with Shane Shirk, Mike Carroll and Brad Williams all running for the win. When the checker dropped, it was Springfields Shane Shirk out front. Carroll was second with Williams third, Brad Yelton was fourth with Buddy Townsend fifth. Shirk in his Maplewood Tree Service sponsored open wheeler set fast time. Townsend was the Dash victory with Carroll taking the heat.
The street stock feature was a very close battle all the way. When all the dust had settled Dave Sage of Piqua was posing for photos. Buck Purtee was second, with Andy Heath third, Scott Sullenberger fourth and Roger Thornhill fifth. Dave Sage set fast time in his Sandys Muffler sponsored Camaro. Ray Muncy won the dash, with Aliza Snapp and Robert Roush both taking heat wins.
The OVDCA feature was brought to the green flag by Zach Hitchcock and Connie Smith. Fourth place starter Lynn Mitchell had worked her way to first before the first lap was completed, and gained about a half a straightaway lead on the field for the next few laps. Lynn looked to be ready to clinch her first win in a dwarf car until Daniel Wirick caught and passed her. Wirick was closely followed by Brandon Basye and Greg Sparks. Sparks and Basye raced hard and swapped places several times before a yellow brought the field back into line. When the checkered flag waved, Wirick was first to cross the line, followed by Brandon Basye, Greg Sparks, Jason Hitchcock, and Lynn Mitchell. Daniel Wirick was the winner of the fast dash, followed by Greg Sparks, Brandon Basye and Lynn Mitchell.
The 20 lap compact feature saw Nick Philbeck speed to his first career win. Fast qualifier Ryan Barrett was second, with Nicholas Meed third Justin Durflinger fourth and Kenny George fifth. Durflinger was the dash winner with Dave Callahan taking the heat win.
The tuner race saw point leader Terry Eaton Jr. march to still another feature win. Gary Eaton was second, with Ron Master third, Chris Crozier fourth and Justin Birt fifth. Terry Eaton won the dash and Les Rhodes was the heat winner.
This Saturday(7/19) will see the running of the annual Denny Shatto Memorial. The late main will be 110 laps with $2000.00 to the winner. The modifieds, street stocks and compacts will also do battle. Racing will start at 7.
Fast Qualifier Josh Smith 13.768
Feature: 1. Josh Smith 2. Jacob Muncy 3. John Stroble 4. Austin Troyer 5. Mark Parker
Fast Qualifier: Shane Shirk 13.586
Feature: 1. Mike Carroll 2. Brad Williams 3. Shane Shirk 4. Buddy Townsend 5. Joe Pequignot
Fast Qualifier: Josh Sage 15.053
Feature: 1. Dave Sage 2. Rodney Roush 3. Ray Muncy 4. Aliza Snapp 5. Josh Sage
Fast Qualifier: Terry Eaton Jr. 15.603
Feature: 1. Gary Eaton Jr. 2. Terry Eaton Jr. 3. Ron Masters 4. Chris Crosier 5. Justin Birt
Fast Qualifier: Brandon Basye 13.817
Feature: 1. Brandon Basye 2. Daniel Wirrick 3. Greg Sparks 4. Lynn Mitrchell 5. Rob Dutra
MOTHER NATURE WINS AT SHADYBOWL
DeGraff, OH: 6/21/2014 Due to excessive rains, Shadybowl has been forced to cancel racing for this evening. Racing will resume next week with the running of the Hostetler Classic for the OVDCA drivers, as well as Street Stocks, Late Models, Modifieds and Tuners.
EATON VORES WINNER AT THE BOWL
DeGraff OH: The VORES Series front wheel drive cars headlined the nights action at Shady Bowl Speedway Saturday (6/14). The group based out of Indiana, are branching out to compete in several midwest speedways. Gary Eaton of West Liberty dominated the nights action as he set fast time and led the last 25 laps of the feature in his Sarica MFG Honda. Cousin Terry Eaton was second, but was not quite quick enough to pass Gary. Chris Jennings, Chris Crozier and Les Rhodes rounded out the top five.Terry Eaton and Tommy Bigelow notched heat wins
The late model 35 lap feature was a wild affair with lots of close action. Early leader Austin led thru lap 15 before an oil leak sent him to the pits. Brad Coons then took over for the next seven laps before losing it to former track champion Nathan Herron . Herron had been involved in a early skirmish that forced him to restart at the rear of the field. Herron was a man on a mission in his Helman Brothers Body Shop Chevy as he set sail on the high groove to take the win.
Coons was second, with John Stroble third, Mark Parker fourth and Jacob Muncy fifth.Greg Stapleton set fast time, with Dylan Troyer taking the dash and Brock Coyer the heat.
Brad Williams of Huber Heights OH in his JP Motorsports ride won the modified main as he and fast qualifier Shane Shirk battlled which had the fans up and cheering their favorite driver . Shirk could only watch as Williams took the checker.. Greg Stapleton. Joe Pequignot and Logan McPherson. Williams took the dash, with heat checkers going to Greg Winget and Chris Parker.
Jim Lewis Jr of Fairborn proved to be the fastest car on this night in his E.M. Wicks Industrial Tools street stock. Bo Hoelscher ran a very smooth and fast race to finish second. Ray Muncy.Scott Sullenberger and Dave Sage rounded out the top finishers., Sage was fast qualifier. Lewis was the dash winner, with Sullenberger taking the heat.
The Pro 4’s rounded out the night, with Justin Meed taking the feature and posting quick time. Matt Thompson, David Gertsner, Paul Hazelett and Chevy Goodson filled the top five spots.
The Saturday night 6/23 will be the annual “Bob Korn Memorial” for the late models. It will feature a 72 lap feature paying $1720.00 to win. The Modifieds, Street Stocks and Compacts will also be on the racing card. Racing will start at 7.
Sceva Memorial to Lewis
DeGraff OH (6/7) Shady Bowl Speedway honored the memory of one of the tri-state drivers Saturday. Neal Sceva (Urbana) was a many time track champion with over 600 feature wins.The Bowl runs a 51 lap feature as 51 was Sceva’s number. This year the street stocks were the class chosen to run the 51 lap main.
Jason Drummond led the field to to the green to start the 51 lapper.. Jim Lewis Jr of Fairborn OH passed Ray Muncy on lap 27 and led the rest of the way to claim the prize of $1051.00 plus a $200 bonus from VMS. VMS put the extra money if the winning driver started last in the field which Lewis did. Muncy,Chris Abbott,Rodney Roush and Josh Sage rounded out the top five. Steve Snapp was fast qualifier and picked up an additional $100.00. Aliza Snapp and Josh Sage were heat winners.
In compacts it was once again Kenny George in victory lane in his White Line Designs Cavalier. George was followed by Nicholas Meade, David Callahan Justin Durflinger and Andrew George. Callahan was the dash winner, with Aaron Chatfield taking the heat win.
Terry Eaton was the winner of the tuner main in his Honda. Chris Crozier, Justin Birt , Zack Thornhill and Lesley Rhodes finished second thru fifth.
The late model feature turned out to be a crash filled event. Russ Bobb led first 6 counters before giving way to Mike Ward. Ward set the pace until lap 7. Mark Parker took over the lead on 12. The race was redflagged for a crash involving several top cars off turn 2. Fast qualifier Nathan Herron, Jacob Muncy, Austin Troyer and Mike Ward were all involved. Josh Smith led until lap 34 when it appeared he lost power. Mark Parker of West Liberty took advantage of Smiths bad luck to surge past and pick up the checker. Brandon Basye was second, with Russ Bobb third, Chris Abbott fourth and Smith fifth. Smith and Jeep Pflum were heat race winners
The modified feature saw only one yellow as Joe Pequignot in his R&R
Paint and Body openwheeler took the checker.. The win far from easy as Brad Williams put on pressure all the last half of the race. Shane Shirk,Rob Yelton and Brad Yelton rounded out the top five. The heat wins went to Logan McPherson and Carl Stapleton.
The Saturday 6/14 the Bowl will host the Vore Compact Touring Series.
The late models, modifieds, street stocks and Pro-4s will be in action. Racing will begin at 7.
Six Winners at Shady Bowl
DeGraff OH: Mother nature finally shined on Shady Bowl Speedway aftera month of cold wet weather. The Bowl hosted six divisions of cars and some of the best racing of the season. The events were marred by a crash in the Tuner class involving Holli
Eaton. The accident happened on the first lap when she had contact with another car. The car then careened drivers side first into the wall coming off turn two. Eaton was transferred to a local hospital
for treatment. Gary Eaton (Holli’s husband) , stated that she was treated and released .
The late model main saw Nathan Herron have mechanical woes that parked his #110 car. Herron then stepped into Russ Bobb’s #53. Herron led the first fifteen laps before points leader Josh Smith sped by. Smith opened up a large lead in his Smith Motorsports ride and took the checker ahead of Brad Koons, John Stroble, Jacob Muncy and Dylan Troyer. Herron’s night was bittersweet in the #53, as he won his heat, but got into the wall in the main ending his night. Austin Troyer was the dash winner.
Joe Pequigtot dominated the modifieds, as he lead every lap in his
R&R Paint and Body openwheeler.. Rob Yelton was second, with Brad Williams third, Buddy Townsend . fourth and fast qualifier Shane Shirk fifth. Williams was the dash winner with Chris Parker the heat winner.;
The tuner feature saw Terry Eaton dominate the race in his Honda.. Eaton dedicated his win to Holli Eaton who ws injured on lap one. Chris Crozier was second with Larry Kemp third, Eddie Kemp fourth and Jake Moody fifth. Holli Eaton was the dash winner with Les Rhodes winning the heat.
In Pro-4 action Justin Meed held off the challeges by Steve Clarkson to take the win. David Gerstner was third, Matt Thompson was fourth, with Paul Hazlett fifth. Clarkson carried the checker in he heat.
The street stock feature also saw big crash as Buck Purtee had the throttle stick wide open and he hit the fourth turn wall. Purtee was uninjured but his just built car was heavily damaged. Dave Sage of Piqua held off Rodney Roush to take the feature win. Ray Muncie was third, Robert Roush was fourth and Roger Thornhill fifth. Purtee won the dash, with Sage and Sullenberger taking heat wins.
The OVDCA put on a great show for the fans. Zach Hitchcock and Lynn Mitchell brought the field to the green flag and had just made it into turn 1 when Connie Smith had an issue that sent her into the infield sliding across the wet grass and into the inside retaining wall. The race was restarted, and Lynn Mitchell led the first lap. On lap 2, she gave way to Daniel Wirick and Brandon Basye. Greg Sparks and Jason Hitchcock were right behind Wirick and Basye and they were blistering the track with their phenomenal speed. The 20 lap feature saw some of the fastest racing so far this year, not only for the OVDCA but also for Shadybowl Speedway. The event was caution free after lap 1, making the OVDCA the only racing division at Shadybowl to pull off that feat on 5/24/14. Daniel Wirick was the feature winner.
Next week Late Models, Modifieds, Tuners, Compacts and the Ohio Valley Dwarf Car Association will be on hand. Gates open at 4, Racing at 7.
BURBA DEAN MEMORIAL WINNER
DeGraff OH: 5/17/14: Shady Bowl Speedways fans were treated to a full night of speed Saturday (5/17). It turned into a very cold night once the sun set with fans looking like they were at a football game. The 94 lap late model feature is held annually. The event is held to honor the memory of late model legend Robbie Dean. Dean, a many time track champion, before he lost his battle with cancer in 2008. A full field of 24 of the finest late model drivers in Ohio showed up to do battle. Greg Stapleton, who was last years series winner, set fast time with a 13.599. The dash was won by Don Mahaffey, with Josh Smith and Jim Lewis Jr. taking the heat wins. Former track champion Bobby Justus took the lead at the drop of the starters Charlie Gifford’s flag. Justus led until lap 25 when he and Don Mahaffey traded some paint. Justus who slowed down after the contact bringing out the yellow. Bill Burba took over the lead on the restart in his Platinum Express backed stocker. Burba looked to have the race in hand as the laps wound down. Greg Stapleton however began his march to the front, Burba who was having a smooth going, but like a Stealth bomber Stapleton had suddenly caught Burba. Knowing he probably would only get one shot to pass Burba. He made his move on the white flag lap and just came up about six inches short in a thrilling finish. Mahaffey held on for third, with Donnie “Zero” Hill fourth and Brandon Oakley fifth.
In Modified action Brad Williams of New Carlisle picked up his first win of the season in his TSD backed open wheeler. Shane Shirk backed up his dash win with a second place finish in the feature.
Mike Carroll,Greg Stapleton and Brad Yelton rounded
out the top five. Stapleton was fast qualifier, with Jason Wells taking the heat win.
The street stock main was a paint trading event that left some drivers happy and few a little upset. Jim Lewis Jr was clearly the fastest car on this night as he set fast time and won the 25 lap feature. Rodney Roush, Mike Litchfield, Josh Sage and Ray Muncy finished second thru fifth. Chad Brandyberry was the heat winner.
The compacts closed the nights racing with fifteen cars taking the green flag to start the feature. Nicholas Philbeck was the early leader before giving way to fast qualifer and fast heat winner Kenny George. George has dominated the class this season in his White Line Design racer. Philbeck turned in a strong effort to finish second, with Chris Lucas third,
Dustin Durflinger fourth and Josh Foltz fifth. David Callahan was the heat winner.
This Saturday (May 24th) the Bowl host the late models,modifieds,street stocks,tuners, Dwarf and Pro-4’s. Racing will start at 7.
DeGraff OH: 5/10/14: It was Dayton Auto Racing Club night at the Bowl Saturday with all DARF members getting admitted free of charge. It was a good night for the fans as five classes of cars competed.
The late model feature came down to two drivers, with Mark Parker out front and Austin Troyer. Parker, looking for his first win and Troyer trying to make it two wins in a row. The fans were on their feet as the laps counted down. On lap 33 the two made contact, sending both to the tail. On the restart Josh Smith of Quincy started out front in his Creative Tool and Die backed racer. Smith took the checker with Greg Stapleton taking second spot. Fast qualifier Bill Burba was third, with Nathan Herron fourth and Jim Lewis fifth.
Troyer was the dash winner with Parker and Lewis taking heats,
The modified feature ended up with Springfield’s Shane Shirk posing for victory lane photos. Shirk took the lead from Mike Carroll and was never challenged as he sped to his first win since 2012. Brad Williams set fast time with the dash checker going to Joe Pequignot . Jamie Sites was the winner of the heat race.
In street stock action Columbus driver Mike Litchfield carried the feature win flag. Dave Sage gave it his best shot in trying to pass Litchfield , but had to settle for second. Dash winner Rodney Roush was third followed by Richard Roush and Ray Muncy. Jim Lewis Jr was fast qualifier with Jacob Muncy winning the heat race.
Brandon Basye had his win streak stopped by Jason Hitchcock. Hitchcock, driving a borrowed car picked up his first win of the season. Basye, Jesse Gade, Connie Smith and
Zack Hitchcock. Basye set fast time and won the dash, with Smith scoring her first ever heat win. Lynn Mitchell and Chris Hull were involved in a heat race crash that left both with bumps and bruises and two bent up race cars.
The tuner division saw Ron Masters of Mechanicsburg take his first feature win of the season. Masters held off his son in law Gary Eaton ,Terry Eaton. Justin Pope and Chris Crozier. Masters won the dash, with Holli Eaton taking the heat.
This Saturday (May 17th) the Bowl will host the first leg of the Robbie Dean Memorial. The highlight will be a 94 lap feature for the late models. The race is the first in a three track series to honor the memory of Dean. Columbus Motor Speedway and KilKare Speedway will also hold races. Modifieds, Street Stocks and Compacts will also be in action. Racing will start at 7.
Basye Takes Shady Bowl By Storm
DeGraff OH: (4/26). The temperature was little on the cool side but the hardy fans of Shady Bowl Speedway were treated to a ton of close fast racing. Brandon Basye of Covington OH dominated the field in his coach bodied Dwarf car. He set a new track with a 13.619 tour. The lap was the same as Greg Stapleton in his late model. In the 20 lap feature had his PTS backed racer out front the early laps and never looked back. Chasing Basye across the finish line were Daniel Wirrick, Greg Sparks, Jason Hitchcock and Lynn Mitchell. Mitchell sent a clear message to the men drivers that she will be a strong force with a little tweaking on her car. Basye and Brian Marsh were heat winners.
The late model main saw Ray Muncy take the lead with the the drop of the green. Muncy was about to be disqualified for running over his time trial speed when he and Nathan Herron made contact and spun out. Herron set the pace in his Helman Brothers Body Shop backed racer when racing resumed. Fast qualifier Greg Stapleton ran down Herron and passed him on a restart, it was meant for Herron, as the yellow flew before a lap was completed putting Herron back out front Herron and Stapleton finished first and second. Mark Parker, Josh Smith and Chris Abbott finished third thru fifth. Austin Troyer was the dash winner, with Herron taking the heat checker.
In the modifieds Brad Williams set quick time with a 13.865 lap. Greg Stapleton took the lead on lap two and set sail for the checker in his Stapleton Machine and Tool sponsored open wheeler. Mike Carroll only watched from his second place car as Stapleton took the checker. Shane Shirk, Buddy Townsend and Rob Yelton took third thru fifth. Rob Yelton won the dash, with Buck Purtee taking the heat win.
The Tuner feature came down to Terry Eaton and cousin Gary Eaton, The pair had the full attention of the crowd as they were side by side on the ragged edge. When the checker waved Terry led Gary by about 8 inches to win the 20 lap event. Holli Eaton was third, Chris Crozier fourth and Damin Killen fifth. Terry Eaton also took the dash win.
Kenny George of New Carlisle continued his winning ways in the Compact main as he won the feature after setting fast time in his Quick Parts backed racer. Nicolas Meade was second, with David Callahan
Zack Doolin and Nick Philbeck rounding out the top five. Justin Durflinger was the dash winner with Doolin and Meade taking heat race victory laps.
This Saturday (5/3) the Bowl wil host the Bill Lewis Memorial for the modifieds. The 40 lap event will pay $1200.00 to win. The late models, street stocks, Tuners and Compacts will also be in action. Racing set to start at 7.
POORE WINS COMMERCIAL ROOFING 200 AT SHADY BOWL
DeGraff OH (4/19). A great crowd was on hand at Shady Bowl Speedway Saturday to watch all the thunder and lighting of the CRA racing series. A total of 37 cars signed it for the Commercial Roofing 200. Last years winner Jeff Lane was fast qualifier, but he ended on lap 95 with mechanical woes. Anderson IN driver Josh Poore led nearly all the laps to post the win and take $3000.00 Rodney Roush turned in a great effort to finish fifth. Nathan Herron turned in a steady job as he finished 12th.
In Shady Bowl stocks Gary Eaton won the tuner race, with Justin Meed taking spot in
In the Pro-4 division. Kenny George carried the checker for the compacts.
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Crumrine to Provide CRA Street Stock Triple Crown Series Feature Winner Awards
Triple Crown Points Champion to Also Receive Special Award
Salem, IN (April 17, 2014) – Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS officials have announced that Crumrine Buckle Manufacturing, a division of Crumrine Gold & Silversmiths, will award the winners of each event in the CRA Street Stock Triple Crown Series, beginning with this Saturday’s Commercial Roofing 200 at Shadybowl Speedway located in DeGraff, Ohio, with a specially designed buckle that has a retail value of $150.
Saturday’s event is the first event of the CRA Street Stock Triple Crown Series, featuring three 200 lap, $3000 to win events, the other two events in the Triple Crown will be at Kentucky Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 25th and at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, June 21st.
In addition to the individual event winner’s awards, Crumrine Buckle Manufacturing will also award the overall Triple Crown Point’s Champion with a specially designed buckle. The Triple Crown Points Champion from the three events will also receive a $1000 bonus. Second in points will receive a $500 bonus, then there will be another $500 bonus from a random draw from the cars that attended all three events.
“We really appreciate Jeff Lathan with Work & Western Outfitters for getting these great awards for the CRA Triple Crown Series,” remarked Glenn Luckett, Managing Partner with CRA. “As a car owner with our Street Stocks, Jeff understands that racers compete for the winner’s trophies and the special awards like Crumrine is providing for the Triple Crown Series. I’m sure these awards will give our racers a little more incentive to get the wins and the Championship!”
Crumrine Gold & Silversmiths is one of the world's largest and most progressive manufacturers of belt buckles, jewelry and accessories. Crumrine began as a small jewelry manufacturer in Santa Ana, Ca. in 1948. In the early sixties they began developing a specialized manufacturing process that allowed for the production of "hand engraved" buckles and jewelry in large quantities. This process was the first of its kind in the world. Continued refinement in this process has allowed Crumrine to offer a product line that is recognized as the market leader in both value for the dollar and consistency in quality.
In 2008 M&F Western Products, based out of Sulphur Springs, Texas purchased Crumrine. Each buckle still receives the same hand craftsmanship, hand finishing and inspection that went into the company's earliest products. By using the latest tooling and manufacturing techniques, Crumrine maintains its long-standing edge in the categories of engraving depth, detail, luster of finish and overall merchandise selection.
Throughout its 50+-year history, the company has successfully maintained several important operating philosophies. The most notable of these is the company's continued use of the finest quality manufacturing materials available-without compromise. Last but not least is Crumrine's commitment to the lifestyles it serves. More information on Crumrine is available on their web site at www.crumrineonline.com.
Gates open on Saturday at 12noon. Practice is set to begin at 2pm with qualifying at 4:30pm. The race program will begin at 6pm and will include the Commercial Roofing 200 for the Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks. Also in action will be the Shadybowl Compacts, Tuners and Pro 4’s.
More event and track information is available at www.shadybowl.com. For more information on Champion Racing Association and the Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks visit www.cra-racing.com.
LEWIS SWEEPS BOWL OPENER
DeGraff Ohio (4/12/14): Shady Bowl Speedway kicked off its 2014 season with a large crowd on hand and pit with some of Ohio’s finest, ready to go. It turned out to be a big night for Fairborn's Jim Lewis, Jr. as he swept both the Late Model and Street Stocks. In the late models Josh Smith, Brad Coons, Jacob Muncey and Gregg Jackson crossed the finish line in second through fifth place.
The street stock feature had Dave Sage, Rodney Roush Ray Muncy and Jeff Albright rounding out the top five.
In modified action Buck Purtee carried the checker for the feature. Buck was chased across the finish line by Brad Yelton, Mike Carroll, Joe Pequignot and Chad Poole.
The Compacts saw Justin Durflinger take the checker. David Callahan was second, with Nicholas Meade, Zack Doolin, and Rob Sharp finishing in the top 5.
Next Saturday night will be a big night for local race fans when the CRA Street Stocks take to the oval for a 200 lap feature. The Compacts, Pro-4, and tuners will be on the racing card. Racing will start at 7. For full results, click here.
MAJOR CRA RACING COMING TO SHADYBOWL
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Shady Bowl Speedway Next to Add 200 Lap $3000 to Win Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks Race
Ohio Track will Host the First of the Major, 200-Lap CRA Street Stock Events
Salem, IN (February 11, 2014) – Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS officials and officials from Shady Bowl Speedway in DeGraff, Ohio announced today that they will be hosting a major event on the Stealth Trailers CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS schedule. A $3000 winner’s check will be on the line when local and CRA stars take to the track for the 200 lap event on Saturday, April 19th. Series officials expect to announce soon that this event will kick off a Mini Series of 200-lap Street Stock events. Shady Bowl Speedway joins Anderson Speedway and Kentucky Motor Speedway in hosting 200-lap, signature events on the Stealth Trailer CRA Street Stocks schedule.
The 3/10’s mile track was built in the mid 1940’s. Linda Young, matriarch of the local Mahaffey racing family, purchased the speedway in 2011. The new leadership has made exciting improvements to the facilities and events since they began three years ago. Paramount to their improvements was the repaving in 2012.
“Scheduling this type event is important to the Speedway” noted new Speedway Operations Manager Rick Young, “We want to keep doing exciting events for the fans and the racers.” Don Mahaffey went on to add, “We had a great show and a great car count with the CRA Street Stocks a couple years ago and it was for only $750 to win. This $3000 to Win event for street stocks should really kick things up a notch, and will bring together all the best street stock drivers around. It’s a ‘Must See’ event for us in 2014!”
That 2012 CRA event was won by Midwest racing veteran Jeff Lane. He is expected again to be a top competitor for this year’s Shady Bowl event, along with former CRA Street Stock champions Jimmy Kirby and Dustin Burge, and fellow top CRA competitors like Calvin Parham, Jason Atkinson, Tyler Marsh, Jason Thompson, J. J. Shafer and Jim Crabtree Jr. They will have their hands full with Shady Bowl’s top drivers that include James Harding, the Roush family of drivers, Ricky Young, Josh Sage and the Snapp Family.
CRA co-owner R. J. Scott commented, “This is more great news for Street Stock racing, Shady Bowl and CRA. Few tracks have the character and great racing that Shady Bowl does, and we are excited to be back there and work with all the great racers, staff and fans they have. They are all a passionate bunch!”
Full event details for the $3000 to Win Shady Bowl Speedway CRA Street Stock 200 will be released at a later date. For more information about Shady Bowl visit www.shadybowl.com and for more information on Champion Racing Association visit www.cra-racing.com.
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