DEGRAFF — Shady Bowl Speedway outlasted a heavy rain shower that set race time back one hour, but the wait was worth it as fans saw a full program of stock car racing.
The main event was a 67-lap modified feature to honor the memory of local racer Lee Raymond. Raymond competed at local ovals before joining the ARCA Racing Series. He went on to claim rookie of the year honors and post two series championships.
The modified feature saw Brian Brandyberry and Steve Snapp battling for the lead. The two made contact with both being sent to the rear of the field. Mike Carroll then took over the lead briefly before fast qualifier Greg Stapleton sped by on lap 34. Stapleton, of Troy, set his sights on the checker and went on to win his fifth feature of the season in his Springhills Auto Wrecking open wheeler. Carroll finished a close second, with Chris Parker third, Brad Yelton fourth and Daniel McPherson fifth.
The tuner division saw DeGraff’s Terry Eaton Jr. make a clean sweep in L&B Auto Repair Honda. Eaton set fast time, won the dash and the feature. The win was his third of the season with one coming in the Vores Series . Matt Jackson, Austin Eaton, Justin Pope and Nicholas Philbeck finished second thru fifth in the feature.
The street stock feature saw Sidney’s Rodney Roush lead the field into turn one. Roush was never passed and went on to win his third feature of the season in his Roush and Sons Racing Chevelle. The win was far from easy as Shawn Stansell, Jim Lewis Jr. and Buck Purtee all battled for a shot at Roush before finishing in that order. Mike South Jr, was fifth.
The pure stock feature was a hard fought battle, with Josh Foltz, Jason Purtee and Rob Bryant trading paint as they battled for the win. Foltz, of New Carlisle, went on to post the win in his Whiteline Designs racer. The win was the third of the season for Foltz. Purtee, Bryant, Lane Crabtree and Jeff Binkley rounded out the top five.
The winner of the compact feature was Kettering resident Nick Barrett in his Barrett Tool and Technology four cylinder. He also carried the checker for the dash.
Justin Nease edged out Jacob Muncy to win the spectator drag race.
This Saturday will see Frazier Night Tribute. The Bowl will recognize Curt Frazier and his family for supporting the speedway. The late models, street stocks, pure stocks, modifieds, compacts, tuners and spectator drag races. Racing will begin at 7.
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