Blackford Memorial at Shady Bowl


DeGRAFF – Shady Bowl Speedway will remember two drivers in a special program tonight – weather permitting.

The Blackford Memorial, a 55-lap feature for the Nagels Excavating late models, will headline the night’s action. The winner will take home $1,555. The race is held annually to honor the memory of Buster and Bussie Blackford of Dayton. Buster started racing at Shady Bowl in the old coupe-bodied cars. He scored many of his feature wins in a Mercury Comet owned by Donnie Seaborn. The car was sponsored by the Home Juice company.

Buster ran through the mid-1980s before giving up the ride to his son Bussie. The pair teamed up to dominate wherever they ran. The family met with tragedy, as Bussie passed away in 2006 as a result of injuries from a car accident. Buster fell into ill health and passed away the next year.

The Street Stocks, Hanger 18 Hobby Stocks and Buckeye FWD Mini Stocks will also do battle tonight. Racing will begin at 7 p.m.

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