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Smith Carries Checker for Shatto Memorial

DeGraff OH (7/25): It was a rare sight for Shady Bowl Speedway fans Saturday night as the racing program played out before a sundrenched crowd. The track has had the most rain outs in any season in track history this season.

The main event was the Denny Shatto Memorial for the late models. The event is held annually to honor the memory of Shatto, who fielded some of the best looking and running cars in the midwest. A field of 15 cars took the green flag to start the 110 lap main. It was yellow flag after yellow flag during the running with Josh Smith of Quincy taking the checker. Greg Stapleton, John Stroble Buck Purtee and Brad Coons rounded out the top five. Stroble was the dash winner, with heat checkers going to Ross Klinglehofer and Scott Sullenberger . Smith was fast qualifier.

The open wheel modifieds had 23 cars take the green for their feature. It took several restarts to get the field sorted out. Chad Poole of Springfield was the winner of the feature as he bested Logan McPherson. Brad Yelton, Ross Klinglehofer and Brad Williams . Klinglehofer took the dash checker, with heat wins going to Steve Snapp, Jim Lewis Jr. and Chad Fiessinger. Greg Stapleton was fast qualifier.

The street stock feature also was a victim of several minor spins and crashes. When the event was over Bo Hoelscher of Riverside was in victory lane. Rodney Roush, Buck Purtee, Shawn Stansell and Chad Brandyberry. Mike Snapp won the dash, with Hoelscher and Josh Longstreth were heat winners. Jacob Muncy was the fastest qualifer.

Rodney Roush put his Honda in victory lane for the tuners. Terry Eaton Jr, Austin Eaton, Bill Honious and Lesley Rhodes finished second thru fifth. Austin Eaton won the dash, with Honious taking the eight lap heat win.

The compact main saw Larry Adams take over the lead at the halfway point. Adams never looked back as he led the final 10 counters to notch the win. Nicholas Meade, Josh Foltz, Zach Doolin and Chris Lucas rounded out the top five. Foltz was the dash winner with Alex George taking the heat win. Adams set quick time.


SMITH TAKES BOWL LM WIN

July 11, 2015 - Saturday night fans were treated to a great night of racing at Shady Bowl Speedway. Great field of cars were on hand and a Meet and Greet session at intermission for the fans.
In racing action for the Late Models saw Urbana’s Mike Ward take the lead for the first seven laps before Quincy’s Josh Smith decided different. Smith went on to claim the win. Brad Coons and Buck Purtee took the heat wins. Smith was also your fast qualifier.
In the Modified action saw Mike Carroll of Kettering lead the first 29 laps only to see Brad Yelton of Bellefontaine get past Carroll to claim the victory. Jamie Sites of Tipp City was the fast qualifier, with Chris Parker winning the dash and Mike Carroll and Rob Yelton taking the heat wins.
Street stock action was just as exciting as the Modifieds as Buck Purtee of DeGraff led the first 24 laps only to be passed by Jacob Muncy of Columbus to claim the win. Jacob Muncy was the fast qualifier. Dillon Snapp claimed the dash win, with Buck Purtee and Rex Purtee claiming heat wins.
Compacts were also on hand with Larry Adams claiming the feature win. Chris Lucas took the first 5 counters with Zach Doolin taking over only to be passed by Adams on lap 15. Adams was also your fast qualifier. Dash winner went to Doolin and heat win went to Chris Lucas.
In Tuner action saw Rodney Roush claiming another feature win for the year. Austin Eaton led the first 3 laps only to giving way to Roush. Terry Eaton Jr. was the fast qualifier. Roush also took the dash win, with Justin Pope claiming the heat win.
Next week will be the Roger Roush Classic. Roush a long time mechanic, driver and car owner will be on hand to honor his years of hard work and dedication to the sport of Auto Racing. The Street Stocks will run 47 laps with $ 1,007 going to the winner. Also on hand will be Late Models, Modifieds, Tuners, Compacts and Pure Stocks. This will also be DARF night for all active DARF members. Members will be admitted free with a current Membership card.
Racing starts at 7 pm.


The Rain Wins at Shadybowl 6/13/15

DeGraff, OH: Despite the best efforts of the track crew and racers to keep the track dry, Mother Nature wasn't willing to keep the skies from opening on Shadybowl. The racers were ready and had completed their hot laps sessions when round 1 of the showers came. After spending some time drying the track out, yet another pop up shower forced everyone to repeat the same measures. Once line ups were posted for the heat races, and drivers were strapping in to their rides to take to the track, once again, the skies opened up. This time, however, the rain did not let up, forcing managment to call it a night. Before the rain hit, Josh Smith was able to set a new track record during qualifying in his Late Model by performing with a 13.046 lap. Join us next week, 6/20/15 for the return of the American Motorsports Challenge Outlaw Super Lates, plus a full show with the Modifieds, Street Stocks, Tuners and Compacts. Racing to begin at 7 p.m.


Williams Takes Bowl Modified Win

DeGraff, OH: It was a great night of racing for local fans Saturday night at Shady Bowl Speedway. The event was the American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser. A big thanks to all who made the night a huge success as the speedway and several vendors donated to the cause.
In modified action, Columbus driver Shawn Gray jumped out to take the lead. Gray led the first 12 counters before fast qualifier Brad Williams motored by. Williams had his TSD Transportation backed open wheeler dialed in, as he led the rest of the event to post his third win of the season. Mike Carroll was a very competitive second. Logan McPherson was third, with Chad Fiessinger fourth and Anthony Heitzman. Joe Pequignot was the dash winner with Fiessinger and Chris Prater taking heat wins.
The street stock feature was a crash filled event that saw a rash of torn up race cars and hurt feelings. No one was injured in any of the melees. Josh Longstreth led the first 12 laps before Ray Muncy
put his Camaro out front. At lap 18 crash saw Jacob Muncy come to rest with his front bumper inside the drivers side of Mike Snapp’s racer. The veteran driver told officials “ I leaned over as far as I could and his bumper hit me on the arm”. Snapp was able to restart and was the leader when racing resumed. The Springhill resident powered his SRS Monte Carlo all the way to the checker to notch his second win of the season. Jimmy Hurt finished a strong second, with Mike South third, Jacob Muncy fourth and Dave Little fifth. Chad Brandyberry was the dash victor, with Ray Muncy and Rodney Roush scoring heat wins. Jacob Muncy was fast qualifier.
In tuner action Austin Eaton carried the checker for the feature win and the dash.. Austin was able to hold of his Uncle Terry Eaton in a great race. Eddie Kemp finished third to go along with his heat win to notch his best finishes of the season. David Callahan and Les Rhodes rounded out the top five. Rodney Roush was fast qualifier.
Alex George dominated the compact main to carry the checker in the feature. He was also the dash winner. George is sponsored by A&B Auto Parts. Larry Adams was second, with Josh Foltz third, Nicholas Meade won the dash to go along with his fourth place finish. Zach Doolin rounded out the top five.
Justin Durflinger won the Pure Stock main.
This Saturday June 13th the Bowl will welcome the Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Compacts and Pure Stocks.


Stroble Wins at Shady Bowl

DeGraff Ohio (5/30). Mother nature tried her best to wash out the racing program at Shady Bowl Saturday. The racing action was halted about one hour as a result of a heavy rain shower. The track crew did an excellent job getting the track race ready.

The late model feature saw Josh Smith of Quincy for the second week in a row have victory slip thru his hands. Last week he was leading with seven laps to go he cut down a tire. This week he was leading again on lap 27 when the engine let go. John Stroble took over the lead in his Rader Industries. The Urbana resident set sail for the checker and took the win. Buck Purtee,Shawn Stroble,Jesse Gade and Mark Parker rounded out the top five. The dash was won by Purtee with heat honors to Gade. Smith was fast qualifer,

The modified main saw Ketterings Mike Carroll in his Moore Trucking
open wheeler claim the feature. The win was the first of the season for Carroll. Brad Yelton, Brad Williams, Logan McPherson and Chris Parker rounded out the top five. The dash checker went to Steve Snapp in his ride, with Chris Parker taking the dash. Jamie Sites set fast time.

The street stocks were on the track when the rain started. Racing resumed after a one hour delay. Piqua’s Josh Sage led the race all the way after passing early leader Jamie Sites. Sage, behind the wheel of his Cazadores Mexican eatery, held off Shawn Stansell, Jacob Muncy, Chad Brandeberry and Chris Abbott. Stansell took the win in the dash, with the heat going to Sage. Muncy also set fast time.

The tuner race saw Rodney Roush dominate the feature in his Roush and Sons Racing Honda. Justin Pope, Austin Eaton, Eddie Kemp and Terry Eaton finished second to fifth. Eaton was the dash winner with Scott Marquis winning the heat. Roush was fast qualifier.
The compact feature saw Nicholas Meade carry the checker for the win. Larry Adams turned in a strong effort but came up just short, as Roush sped under the checkered flag. Alex George was third to go along with his heat win. Fast qualifier Josh Foltz was fourth . Ryan Barrett claimed the fifth spot to go along with a dash win earlier in the evening.

In the Pure Stock feature Justin Durflinger was your winner.

This Saturday will be the American Cancer Society Relay for Life night at the Bowl. The Mods, Street stocks, tuners, compacts and pure stocks will be racing. The first event rolls off at 7.


Stapleton Takes Checker for Sceva /Dean Memorial

DeGraff OH 5/23-5/24/15; Shady Bowl fans were treated to a two day speedfest as the finest drivers in the tri-state area took to the 3/10ths mile oval. The track was the scene of the Neal Sceva-Robbie Dean Memorial Classic as the two day event saw 491 laps of feature racing over the two days. Saturday saw all cars qualify and the tuners, modifieds,compacts and dwarf cars running features. Joe Pequignot led all 30 laps to win the modified main with Mike Carroll, Chris Parker, Logan McPherson and Chad Poole claimed the top five spots. Greg Stapleton was fast qualifier, with Brad Yelton taking the dash win. Heat checkers went to Rob Yelton and Jerry Stapleton.
The 20 lap dwarf car main went to West Libertys Daniel Wirick in his Bill Hostetler built racer. Brandon Basye was second just ahead of fast qualifier Jason Hitchcock, Greg Sparks and Tristen Francis.
The 20 lap tuner feature saw DeGraff’s Justin Pope take the lead from Brad Worley and cruise to his first win . Worley held on for second, with Austin Eaton third, Rodney Roush fourth and Eddie Kemp fifth. Pope was fast qualifier. Worley took the dash checker and Kevin McCoy captured the heat win.
In compact racing Saturday Nicholas Meade was fast qualifier. Chris Lucas was the dash winner with the heat going to Alex George. The 20 lap main saw Jimmy McElfresh post his first win, with Meade a close second. Zach Doolin, Alex George and Josh Plummer filled out the top five.
The action on Sunday saw the late models take to the track first for a 145 lap feature. Buck Purtee led the first 28 counters before giving way to Josh Smith. The 2014 track champion was hooked up and appeared ready to smile for victory lane photos. Smith ran into trouble on lap 137 with a rearview mirror full of Greg Stapleton plus having to deal with lapped traffic. He tangled with a lapped car cutting down a tire and forcing him to pit. Stapleton then took the lead and led the final laps to post his third straight feature win. John Strobe was a close second, followed by Jim Lewis Jr.,Purtee and Ross Klingelhofer..
The next event was the 145 lapper for the street stocks. Josh Smith of Quincy was a man on a mission after the late model incident as he dominated the race. Bryan Amonett was able to run with Smith, but just came up short. Chad Brandyberry, Jamie Sites and Mike Litchfield rounded out the top five.
The 51 lap modified main was won by Brad Williams. Buddy Townsend led the first 16 laps before Williams motored by to post his second win of the season.Bob Sibila was second, chased across the finish line by Chad Poole, Greg Stapleton and Chris Parker.
Larry Adams dominated the compact class to notch his first win The fast qualifier was chased to the checker by Nicholas Meade, Alex George, Jim McElfresh and Jay Laykins.
In the tuner main Rodney Roush had the field covered as he won the 20 lap main. Fast qualifier Terry Eaton was second, with Justin Pope, Austin Eaton and Kevin McCoy.
The 20 lap dwarf car main saw Daniel Wirick win his second feature of the weekend. Brandon Basye, Jason Hitchcock, Zack Hitchcock and Aaron Chatfield rounded out the top five.
The weekend saw several hard crashes, but none required a trip to a local hospital .

Next Saturday 05-30-15 will be a regular program of Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Tuners, Compacts and Pure Stocks.


Stapleton tops Shady Bowl Late Models

05-09-15: Shady Bowl fans were greeted by warm weather and a full pit area of fast cars Saturday night.

In Late Model action Jim Lewis Jr. led this first lap before losing out to Buck Purtee in his familiar number 63. Purtee led until lap 12 before giving away to Greg Stapleton. The Troy, Oh driver behind the wheel of the U Safety backed racer went on to claim top spot in the feature. Jim Lewis Jr, Josh Smith, Purtee and John Stroble rounded out the top five. Gregg Jackson was the winner of the dash with John Stroble taking the heat win. Josh Smith was the fast qualifier for the evening with a time of 13.144.

The 30 lap Modified feature saw Huber Heights, Brad Williams post his first feature win of the season in his Fast Lane Wash and Lube sponsored machine. Brad Yelton, Greg Stapleton, Mike Carroll and Logan McPherson finished second thru fifth. McPherson took the dash with Carroll taking the heat win. Stapleton had quick time with a 13.539.

The Street Stock feature saw Rodney Roush lead the first 17 laps before tangling with Buck Purtee. Roush was able to continue, but Purtee was unable to finish. Mike Snapp of Spring Hill took over the lead and lead the final laps in his SRS racing Monte Carlo to capture the feature. Josh Sage, Chad Small, Jacob Heckman and Brian Burch rounded out the top five. Dash winner was Buck Purtee. Heat winners were Mike South Jr. and Rodney Kreusch.
Jacob Muncy set quick time with a 14.557 lap.

The Ohio Valley Dwarf Car Association (OVDCA) was dominated by West Liberty’s Daniel Wirick who set fast time at 13.686. He won the dash and the feature also. Greg Sparks was second followed by Jason Hitchcock, Lynn Mitchell and Connie Smith. Zach Hitchcock won the heat race.

The 4cylinder front wheel drive compacts saw Josh Foltz claim his second feature of the year Saturday night. Nicholas Meade, Larry Adams, Zach Doolin and Jimmy McElfresh rounded out the top five. Larry Adams was your fast qualifier with a 16.948 time.
Dash winner was Nicholas Meade with Jimmy McElfresh your heat winner.

The 10 lap Pure Stock feature was won by Justin Durflinger.

Next Saturday night 05-16-15 will host DARF (Dayton Auto Racing Fans) nite with all active members admitted free. On hand will be the ORA Outlaw Super Lates along with Modifieds, Street Stocks, Tuners, Compacts and Pure Stocks. Racing starts at 7.


Chris Parker Takes Lewis Memorial

DeGraff OH: Shady Bowl Speedway played host to a great field of stock cars after suffering several rainouts. One of the races lost to weather was the Bill Lewis Memorrial. The 40 lap modified main saw Anthony Heitzman led the first ten counters before Bellefontaine driver Chris Parker took the lead. Parker led the rest of the race to claim top spot. Brad Yelton, Ross Klinglehofer, Mike Carroll and Brad Williams took the next four spots. Carroll was the dash winner with Klinglehofer and Carl Stapleton taking heat wins.

In late model action, Troy, OH driver Greg Stapleton claimed top spot. Buck Purtee was second, with new track record holder Josh Smith third. John Stroble and Ross Klinglehofer fourth and fifth, Shawn Stroble was the dash winner with Purtee taking the heat checker.

Columbus driver Jacob Muncy took the win in the street stocks. Finishing second was Jason Burnside followed by Mike South Jr., Rodney Kreusch and Chad Small II. Muncy also claimed the dash win with heat checkers going to South and Bo Hoelscher.

In tuner action Austin Eaton of Bellefontaine, Oh claimed top spot after leaving his Prom early to win his feature. Justin Durflinger, Eric Souders, Leslie Rhodes and David Callahan rounded out the top five. Rodney Roush took the dash win , with Callahan taking the heat win.

Josh Foltz of New Carlisle got off to a great start as he set a NTR (New track record) and also claiming the feature. Alex George, Jimmy McElfresh , Ryan Barrett and Zach Doolin finished second thru fifth. Barrett was the dash winner, with Ray Smith and Nicholas Meade winning heats.

This Saturday will see Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, OVDCA, Compacts and Pure Stocks on hand. Racing starts at 7.


Opening Night Ends in a Blaze

DeGraff, OH 4/18/15 - Shadybowl officially started their racing season 4/18/15 by welcoming the CRA Street Stocks. The field was full of great looking and fast cars that put on a fantastic show for the fans. Local favorite, Ricky Young, had his night ended early due to motor issues. The defending champ of the 2014 CRA event at Shadybowl, Josh Poore, was on hand and set fast qualifying time. While Josh Poore was a strong contender to clinch the checkered for this year, Colby Lane proved he was the man to beat and took home the $3000 top prize.

In the compacts class, Nicholas Philbeck won the fast dash with Josh Foltz setting fast qualifying time. Second-year racer Alex George won his heat race and followed that up with an aggressive performance in the feature where he held off the challenges of fast qualifier Josh Foltz to claim the victory.

The tuner class saw Justin Pope claim fast qualifier honors by turning a 15.775 lap. In the fast dash Terry Eaton Jr. took the checkered. The heat winner was Leslie Rhodes. The tuner feature proved to be a show-stopper - literally. With 4 laps to go in the feature race, Rodney Roush's #8 tuner caught fire due to an unknown issue. His car came to a rest in between turns 3 & 4 where the car became engulfed in flames. Track crews and officials sprang into action, helping Rodney exit his car. The blaze became difficult to manage due to a wiring issue on Roush's car which kept the fuel pump running and feeding gasoline into the fire. While crews battled the flames, EMTs ensured Rodney's safety and we are happy to report that he suffered no injuries. Due to the extensive track cleanup that was necessary after extinguishing the fire, track officials decided to call the race, and finish the evening's events. This meant the win went to a familiar face - the defending Tuner Track Champion, Terry Eaton, Jr.

 

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