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Stapleton dominates Shady Bowl, winning late model and modified features

Shady Bowl Speedway survived a threat of thunderstorms to get in a full program of stock car racing at the rural oval Saturday night.

(Pictures courtesy of Isaacs Photo)

It was the annual Bob Korn Memorial for the late models. A 72-lap feature paying $1,200 to the winner was the highlight of the night’s action. Korn always fielded cars sporting the #72 with the top drivers always wanting to strap in and race one of his machines. Korn lost his life to cancer several years ago. The 72-lap main saw Jim Lewis Jr. lead the pack into turn one. Lewis quickly set out to lead every lap until Lap 29 when he spun on the backchute. Lewis went to the rear of the field on the restart with Josh Smith taking the lead. Smith led until Lap 65 when his engine went up in flames. Greg Stapleton (pictured left) of Troy had been all over Smith as the laps wound down, taking the lead when Smith broke. Stapleton, who was also fast qualifier, led the final laps to win the event. It was the third win in four starts for Greg in his Tony Hunt owned Stapleton Tool and Machine/AK Photography backed racer. Nathan Herron had a solid run to finish second with Matthew Parsons third, Sam Heckman fourth, and Mike Ward fifth. Brandon Bayse was the winner of the dash with Russ Bobb taking the heat checker.

In the street stock main, Dillon Snapp brought the field to the green with James Harding second.  Turn three turned out to be a disaster for Harding as a three-wide scramble ended up with him hitting the wall hard. Harding was uninjured, but the car had heavy damage. Snapp took the lead again on the restart and led lap one. Defending track champion Rodney Roush (pictured right) then put his M&M Head Service/Roush and Sons Racing Chevelle out front. Roush ran his famous inside lane to lead the final laps to post the win. Josh Sage and Steve Snapp battled for the number 2 spot with Sage finally finishing second. Dillon Snapp turned in a great effort to finish fourth with Scott Sullenberger fifth. Ricky Young set quick time with Rodney Roush winning the heat. Aliza Snapp carried the checker for the first in her career when she won the heat.

The tuner 20-lap feature once again had a close finish with the win decided in the final feet. Ron Masters jumped out front to lead the first couple of laps before last week’s winner, Chad Small II, blew by. Small (pictured left) put the hammer down in his Chad’s Automotive Honda and built a seemingly safe lead. Fast qualifier Gary Eaton Jr. closed the gap and caught Small but ran out of laps and had to settle for second as Small made it two in a row. Holli Eaton, Terry Eaton, and Justin Pope rounded out the top five. Small II also won the dash with Holli Eaton winning the heat.

The modified feature started out with Rob Schaeff leading the first lap before last week’s winner, Buck Purtee, picked up the top spot. Purtee was dialed in again as he set sail for the win. Meanwhile, Greg Stapleton (pictured right) was making his way to  the front in his Stapleton Tool and Machine/Springhill Auto Parts sponsored open-wheeler. Stapleton, who was also fast qualifier, passed Purtee on Lap 22 and bagged his third win in three  starts eight laps later. Bill Burba got by Purtee to finish second, with Purtee third, Brad Williams fourth, and Brad Yelton fifth. Gregg Jackson won the dash with Yelton posting the heat win.

This Saturday the Bill Hostetler Classic will be held for the dwarf cars. The late models, modifieds, street stocks, compacts, and Pro 4’s will also be on the schedule. Racing will start at 7 p.m.

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