DeGRAFF – The fourth running of the All-American Compact Challenge is in the books for Shady Bowl Speedway. A full field of 28 cars took the green to start the 100-lap feature on Saturday.
Dillon Higginbotham paced the field in the opening laps before yielding the top spot to Larry Adams. The 2015 winner led until lap 38 when Josh Foltz took the lead. Foltz, of Medway, soon had his hands full as Mike Wintrow and Jimmy Devuono worked their way to the front. Devuono was able to lead for two laps before Foltz sped by to reclaim the lead on lap 85. Wintrow took second from Devuono but could only watch as Foltz took the checkered in his Schaffer Oil backed Neon. This was his 12th win of the season and second All- American Compact Challenge victory. Wintrow turned in a strong effort to finish second, followed by Devuono in third, Nick Barrett fourth and Dusty Harding fifth. Foltz was also fast qualifier setting a new track record of 16.593.
In what turned out to be the most exciting race of the night, Jim Lewis Jr. and Josh Sage put on a driving clinic in the 50-lap street stock main. The pair ran side by side and bumper to bumper as fans cheered them on. Lewis, of Fairborn, took the checkered in his Performance Paint Camaro for his third win of the season. Sage was second, followed by Joe Hinton, Chad Small II and Matt Wilson.
Rob Schaeff was the dash winner, with heat checkereds going to Lewis, Jacob Heckman and Jamie Sites. Josh Smith was fast qualifier with a 14.416 lap.
Rob Dutra led the modified feature for the first five laps before giving way to Xenia driver Scott Drake. Drake stayed out front the final laps to win his first feature of the season. Brad Yelton. Mike Carroll, Dutra and Ross Klingelhofer rounded out the top five. Daniel McPherson was the dash victor, with Drake winning the heat. Joe Pequignot set quick time with a 13.656 lap.
In pure stock racing, Jason Purtee powered his Ford to his third win of the season. Purtee is sponsored by L&B Auto. Don Pyles was second, with Zach Doolin third.
This Saturday, the modifieds will run a 40-lap feature paying $1,000 to win. If you have not raced at Shady Bowl in a modified you will be given four pit passes at no charge. The street stocks will see a new twist as the feature will be for non-winners only. The compacts will run the Bonanza 40 – a 40-lap feature with $300 to win. Drivers should check the website as some rules have been changed for this event. The late models will also be racing. Racing will start at 7 p.m.