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Stapleton wins Dean Memorial Late Model at Shady Bowl; Durflinger races to another win at Waynesfield

Shady Bowl Speedway hosted four feature races Saturday night, including the annual Robbie Dean Memorial Late Model Classic. The pit area was packed with 27 late models that included some of the finest cars and drivers in the Midwest. Greg Stapleton (pictured left) of Troy paced the field during time trials with a 13.450 lap. The dash win went to Don Mahaffey with Brock Coyer, Russ Bobb, and Buddy Townsend taking heat wins.

(Pictures are courtesy of Isaacs Photos.)

The 94-lap main saw Covington's Brandon Bayse jump out front at the drop of the green flag. Bayse looked like the man to beat as he led the first 49 laps. Lap 50 proved to be his downfall when he retired to the pit area with a broken drive belt. Stapleton, who had been on his typical outside line charge, then took over the lead in his Tony Hunt owned Chevy. On lap 57 it looked like his time out front was over as Don Mahaffey pulled along side. Mahaffey was unable to pass Stapleton as he gave it his best shot before spinning down the front straight. On the restart it was Stapleton out front with Mahaffey at the rear of the field. Stapleton set a torrid pace as he headed for the checker. All eyes were on Mahaffey however, as the veteran driver worked his way back to the lead pack. Out front, Nathan Herron had closed on Stapleton's rear bumper and was looking for a way by. The laps finally ran out with Stapleton taking the checker ahead of Herron, Mahaffey, Chad Pendleton, and Justin Alsip.

The 20-lap Tuner feature saw rookie driver Dylan Troyer lead laps 2 thru 13 after passing early leader Justin Pope. Troyer gave way to Chad Small II. Small led the next two counters before giving way to West Liberty’s Gary Eaton (pictured left). The defending track champion pushed his Southwest Bowling backed Honda to victory lane for the third straight week. Small held on for second with Terry Eaton third, Holli Eaton fourth, and Dylan Troyer fifth. Terry Eaton was fast qualifier with a 15.683 lap.

The modified main saw Quincy’s Ross Klingelhoffer  (pictured right) lead all the way in his C&M Service Center backed racer. The win was the first of the season for Klinglehoffer. Buck Purtee, Brad Williams, Greg Stapleton, and Bill Burba rounded out the top five. Klingelhoffer won the heat race with Brad Yelton notching the dash win. Stapleton was fast qualifier with a 13.653 lap.

The 20-lap street stock feature was a one-man show with Plain City’s Richard Roush (pictured left) leading the entire event. Big brother Rodney finished second as the Roush and Sons Racing Team ran one-two. Dash winner James Harding was third with Jason Burnside fourth and Scott Sullenberger fifth. Josh Sage won the heat race that was marred by a wicked crash involving Jay Lakins. Lakins made contact with another car and collected the turn one wall. The car rode atop the wall through turn one and two. It then rolled down on the track, landing on its roof (pictured below). Lakins wasn’t injured, but his race car took a beating.

This Saturday the Bowl will host Memorial Day Championships. The late models and modifieds will run 40-lap features with the street stocks running 30 laps.

The Compacts, Tuners, and Pro-4’s will round out the program. It will also be double points night. Racing is set to start at 7.

Justin Durflinger of Bellefontaine drove his Fat Boy’s Pizza Honda to victory lane in the heat and feature races at Waynesfield Raceway Park Saturday night.

Durflinger is the defending track champion in the compacts.

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