Ward wins late model race at Shady Bowl


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DeGRAFF — It was Kids Night at Shady Bowl Speedway Saturday with a huge crowd on hand. The younger fans ran big wheel races, and had a penny scramble. In addition school backpacks were awarded that were packed with school supplies. The kids were also entertained by a dunking tank and a wrestling exhibition. The staff and management would to thank all the race teams and fans that donated items to give away.

In racing action the late model main saw Mike Ward lead the first five laps, before giving way to Shawn Stroble. Stroble led until lap 22 when Quincy’s Josh Smith motored by. Smith went on to post the win in his CS and SS LLC sponsored Monte Carlo. Stroble, last week’s winner, held on for second, with Greg Stapleton, Ward and Russ Bobb finishing third through fifth. Shawn Stroble won the dash, with Jerry Schaffer taking the heat win. Smith was fast qualifier.

In the modified class Huber Heights Brad Williams passed early leader Steve Snapp with five laps to go. Snapp, fast qualifier Greg Stapleton, Brad Yelton and Chris Parker rounded out the top five. Logan McPherson carried the checkere for the dash, with Jerry Stapleton and Snapp posting heat wins.

The street stock main was a crash-filled event that left several cars with heavy damge. A lap seven crash, triggered when Dillon Snapp broke his driveshaft involved at least six cars. There were no injuries in any of the melees. Brian Brandyberry led the first seven laps before contact with another car put him in the pits. Chad Brandyberry of Maplewood then took over the top spot in his Moore Trucking Chevelle. Brandeberry held off Mike Snapp, Josh Sage, Jacob Muncy and Mike South for his second win in a row. Chad Brandyberry was the dash winner, with Brian Brandyberry and Ray Muncy taking heat wins. Jacob Muncy was fast qualifier.

Jim McElfresh made the trip from Columbus pay off, as he led the last two laps in his A&T Towing Cavalier to take the win. It was a heartbreaker for Alex George, who had led 15 laps before McElfresh got by. Nick Barrett, Nicholas Meade and Larry Adams filled out the top five. McElfresh won the dash with Barrett scoring the heat checkered. Adams was fast qualifier.

Terry Eaton Jr. had his Tuner running strong as he won the Tuner feature. Scott Marquis led the first two laps until Eaton passed and lead the rest of the way. Austin Eaton was second with Justin Pope, Eddie Kemp and Scott Marquis rounded out the top five. Justin Pope was the dash winner with Eddie Kemp claiming the heat win. Terry Eaton was the fast qualifier.

This Saturday will be the “Purtee Family Classic,” a night of racing to honor the Purtee family that has seen three generations compete at Shady Bowl. Racing will start at 7 p.m.

Coach needed

West Liberty-Salem athletic department is in immediate need of a High School boys soccer assistant coach to finish the remainder of this season. Anyone interested, contact Jake Vitt at 937-465-1149 or jvitt@wlstigers.org

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