Shady Bowl Speedway hosted six feature races Saturday night, including the Neal Sceva Memorial. More than 80 cars competed throughout the night.
The street stock class was chosen this year to honor the memory of Sceva. A field of 23 of the area’s top cars took the green to start the 51-lapper. Defending track champion Rodney Roush took advantage of his front row starting spot to lead the field into turn one. Roush, who is always a favorite to win, put the hammer down and led the first four laps before he slowed and stopped on the track bringing out the yellow flag. On the restart Piqua’s Josh Sage (pictured, courtesy of Isaacs Photos) surged into the lead in his Sandy’s Muffler Shop Chevy. Sage had his hands full as Columbus driver James Harding put the pressure on as they circled the oval making their way through lapped cars. Fast qualifier Ricky Young soon ran down the lead duo making it a three-car race. Sage ran great all the way to the checker as he just edged out Harding at the finish line to post his first win in the street stocks. The race was advertised to pay $551 to win, but track owner Linda Young boosted the winning total to $1,051 as a result of the full field of cars. Local Amsoil dealer Dave Beers kicked in another $100, making Sage’s total winnings $1,151. Young was third with Chad Brandyberry fourth and Jason Drummond fifth. Harding won the four-lap dash with Andy Heath and Dan Reeser winning heat races.
The late model main saw Nathan Herron lead the first four counters before Curt Frazier sped by. Frazier led until lap eleven when mechanical woes forced him to drop off the pace. Brandon Bayse then took over the helm. Bayse led until lap 26 when he tapped the wall coming off turn two giving the lead to Matthew Parsons. The defending track champion never looked back. He sped to his first win of the season in his Ohio Pallet backed racer. Sam Heckman was second with Bayse third, Herron fourth, and Russ Bobb fifth. Frazier was the dash winner with rookie Landon Sciacca winning the heat race. Parsons set fast time with a 13.530 lap.
The modified feature was easily the wildest event of the night. Chad Poole set the early pace with Buck Purtee, Ross Klingelhofer, and Brad Yelton in hot pursuit. Poole looked to have the event pretty well in hand as he led the first 22 laps. The next lap was his downfall however as he and Klingelhofer made contact just at the exit off turn two. The contact put Klingelhofer hard into the wall as the car flew into the catch fencing. The fence did its job as the car ended up in the infield with a shaken but uninjured Klingelhofer getting out. When racing resumed Yelton and Purtee put on a show that had the fans on their feet as they swapped the lead back and forth the final eight laps. Purtee, of Quincy, led the money lap in his Zimmerman Realty as he edged Yelton by two feet to post the win. Bill Burba, Brad Williams, and fast qualifier Chris Parker rounded out the top five. Williams was the dash winner with Rob Yelton and Terry Purtee taking heat honors.
Brandon Bayse of Covington dominated the Ohio Valley Dwarf Car Association. He set a new track record and won the dash and the 20-lap main in his PTS sponsored racer. Greg Sparks was second with Chris Hull third, Tyler LaVan fourth, and Lynn Mitchell fifth. Hull carried the checker for the heat race.
West Liberty’s Gary Eaton returned to his winning ways as he set fast time and won the feature in his Honda of Marysville backed tuner. Last week's winner Chad Small II was second with Chad Small third, Holli Eaton fourth, and Terry Eaton fifth.
Kenny George Jr. took the lead from Chris Prater and led the final ten laps to claim his first compact feature in his Wholesale Auto Parts sponsored four-cylinder. Matt Jackson, Josh Fultz, Nicholas Meade, and Steve Anderson finished second through fifth. George was fast qualifier.
This Saturday night the track will host the Bobby Korn Memorial for the late models. The 72-lap race will pay $1,200 to the winner. The modifieds, street stocks, tuners, and compacts will also be part of the program. Racing is set to start at 7.