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Stapleton wins Lewis Memorial at Shady Bowl; power outage short circuits opening night at Waynesfield

Shady Bowl Speedway fans enjoyed the best weather of the season Saturday night as the oval hosted six feature races, including the Bill Lewis Memorial modified race. The 40-lap main paid $1,200 to the winner.

Chad Poole jumped out front at the drop of the green flag. Poole was holding back a serious charge by Brad Williams as the duo circled the oval with the rest of the field in pursuit. On lap 28, fast qualifier Greg Stapleton took over the second spot. Stapleton set up Poole for an outside pass two laps later and swept by. Stapleton was clean and green the final 10 laps to post his second straight feature win in the Springhill Auto Wrecking backed racer. Poole was second, with Williams third, Dave Barnhart fourth, and Buck Purtee fifth. Gregg Jackson was the dash winner with Bill Burba and Ethan Pope taking heats.

The 30-lap late model feature got off to a rough start with a lap three crash eliminating fast qualifier Stapleton. When the green light came back on Jim Lewis Jr. of Fairborn was out front. It was smooth sailing for Lewis the rest of the way as he put his A&A Grill and Bar sponsored ride in victory lane. Nathan Herron was second with Brandon Bayse third, Sam Heckman fourth, and Matthew Parsons fifth. Lewis and Mike Ward were heat winners.

The street stock headliner was the best race of the night as Scott Sullenberger, James Harding, and Joe Hensel battled for the top spot. Sullenberger was out front all the way, but it was far from easy as Harding tried everything to get by with Hensel lurking in third. The trio finished in that order. Richard Roush was fourth with Mike Schaffer fifth. Rodney Roush was the dash winner with Sullenberger and Kevin Brandyberry winning heats.

West Liberty's Gary Eaton had a great night as the defending track champion set a new track record (15.111) and won the 20-lap tuner feature in his Quality Designs Honda. Eaton edged out his cousin Terry Eaton, Dylan Troyer, Justin Pope, and Chad Small to win his second straight feature. The dash checker fell to Terry Eaton with Dylan Troyer winning the heat.

Covington's Brandon Bayse continued to dominate the Ohio Valley Dwarf Car Association series as he led all 30 laps to win the feature. Bayse's Piqua Transfer coach was pushed across the finish line by Jesse Gade, Brian Marsh, Lynn Mitchell, and Connie Smith. Bayse and Gade were heat winners.

The compact feature saw Chris Prater earn his second straight feature win. Steve Anderson, Nicholas Meed, and Robbie Taylor rounded out the field.

This Saturday the Bowl will host the Vores Compact Touring Season for the first time. The late models, modifieds, and Dwarf cars will also be on the schedule. Racing is set to start at 7.

Justin Durflinger of Bellefontaine drove his Fat Boy's Pizza sponsored Honda to a first-place finish in the heat race of the compact division on opening night of Waynesfield Raceway Park's 2013 season.

An electrical outage caused cancellation of the feature races when lighting around the track went out.

Durflinger will be back in action Saturday with double features to be run.

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