Hensel to be honored at Shady Bowl


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DeGRAFF – Shady Bowl Speedway will dedicate the Saturday night stock car racing program to the Scherer family, who built the speedway.

Raymond Scherer carved out the first track in the late 1940s along with his two sons, Gene and John. The original track was a dirt oval located just past the current pit area. They ran the track as a dirt track until the early 1950s. At that time, they built and paved the track in its current configuration. Raymond promoted the track until his death. John and Gene then took over and ran the track until its sale to Roy Staten of Troy.

The track will also have a special pure stock race on Saturday to honor the late Rick Hensel.

Hensel was a track employee for close to 40 years who did everything from maintenance to flagging to being in charge of the track crew. His favorite job was pit steward, where he got to meet all his friends every Saturday night.

The night will also see the debut of the Coyote Truck Series at Shady Bowl. The series was formerly the ARCA Truck Series. Marysville driver Shawn Szep was the 2016 champion and has won two of the three races he has entered this year.

The modifieds, street stocks, pure stocks, compacts and spectator drag cars are also on the schedule. Dayton Auto Racing Fan club active members will be admitted to the grandstands at half price. Please note that discount is for the grandstand side only.

Racing will start at 7 p.m.

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