Smith Dominates Shady Bowl
DeGraff OH: (6/17/17: Shady Bowl Speedway honored local car builder Bob Korn Saturday. Korn for years built stock cars that every driver in the midwest wanted to take his turn driving. Korn lost his life to cancer several years ago. The Korn cars were Ford powered and painted black and white bearing the number 72. The race was a 72 lap feature in honor of his car number. The race was the Korn Memorial, but it turned out to be The Josh Smith Benefit. The Quincy driver swept the nights events. He set fast time, won his heat and the 72 lap feature, taking home over $2000.00 when the lap money was added. He also took the Amsoil Hard Charger award. Smith took the lead on lap 17 and never looked back. Mike Ward and Don Mahaffey Jr. tried to put pressure on Smith in his Fast Racing Engines sponsored ride but came up short. Buddy Townsend was fourth and Larry Kemp fifth. Jesse Gade also picked up a heat win.
The 30 lap modified feature took to the track next. Brian Brandyberry took the lead at the drop of green flag. Brandyberry held the top spot until fast qualifier Greg Stapleton took over on lap five. Stapleton of Troy OH put the pedal to the floor as he sped to victory lane. Shane Shirk was second, with Brian Brandyberry third, Brad Yelton fourth and Logan McPherson fifth. Stapleton behind the wheel of his Stapleton Machine sponsored openwheeler also was a heat winner as was Buddy Townsend. Brandyberry posted the dash win. The DeGraff Service Center Hard Charger award was won by Rob Dutra.
The 25 lap street stock feature was a battle all the way, as Sidney OH driver Rodney Roush took advantage of his front row starting spot by leading every lap in his M&M Head Service Chevelle. The win was far from easy however as he had to hold off the challenges of Josh Sage and fast qualifier Josh Smith. When the checker flew, it was Sage second, Smith third, Shawn Stansell fourth and Jacob Muncy fifth. Roush also captured the dash win, with Devon Vincent taking the heat win. The Ohlinger Auto Service Hard Charger Award went to Ryan Burch.
In compact racing it was a familiar sight in victory lane, as Medways Josh Foltz won his fifth feature of the year. It was a clean sweep for Foltz, as his Detroit Tire backed racer also won dash and picked up the Quick Parts Hard Charger award. Jimmy McElfresh, Mike Wintrow, Ryan Tamburro and Dillon Higginbotham rounded out the top five. Tamburro scored a heat win. The Quick Parts Hard Charger award went to Foltz.
The pure stock main saw Zach Doolin post his sixth win of the season in his Adams Auto Service sponsored Cutlass. Defending track champion and fast qualifier Jason Purtee was second, followed by John Eastman, Ryan Tamburro and Zach Brandyberry.
In the spectator drag racing Chad Owens took the win over Corey Plunkett.
This Saturday (6/24) will be the first double points night for all classes. The late models, modifieds, street stocks, pure stocks, compacts, the super compacts and the spectator drags will do battle.
Racing will begin at 7.