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Local drivers dominate at Shady Bowl

Three area drivers recorded feature wins to highlight racing Saturday night at Shady Bowl Speedway.

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ABOVE: Holli Eaton of West Liberty won her second tuner feature of the season. BELOW: Brad Yelton of DeGraff OH is joined by his CeeCee after winning the modified feature. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Josh Smith of Quincy was the winner of the Denny Shatto Memorial at Shady Bowl Speedway. He is joined by his parents Jerry and Dawn and Kevin Shatto. (PHOTOS | SHADYBOWL)

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Quincy’s Josh Smith was the big winner as he gutted out the 110 laps to take the checkered flag in the Denny Shatto Memorial late model feature.

Smith started from the 11th spot, but made his way to the front and took the top spot on lap 35.

On the 63rd lap, the race was stopped because of grease on the track. It was discovered that Smith’s car was responsible for the problem. After going to the pit area to repair the leak, Smith rejoined the race at the back of the pack.

Mark Parker was the new leader and led the way until lap 95, when Smith moved back ahead. Smith then led the last 15 laps to get the victory. The win was worth over $2,500 for Smith and car owner Curt Frazier. Parker was second, with Mike Ward third, Sam Heckman fourth and Jamie Hunt fifth. Matthew Parsons won the dash, with Parker and Russ Bobb notching heat wins.

In modified action, Buck Purtee led the first 17 laps before DeGraff driver Brad Yelton took over the lead. Yelton dominated from there to get the win. Purtee was second, Chris Parker was third, Rob Yelton took fourth and Greg Winget was fifth. Rob Yelton was the dash winner, with Purtee and Rob Schaeff taking heat wins. Chad Poole was the fast qualifier.

The street stocks took to the track next, with Rodney Roush recording his fourth win of the season. He had to hold off a challenge by Jason Burnside, who was the fast qualifier. Burnside passed Roush at one point in the race before having a mechanical issue.

Jason Drummond, James Harding, Josh Sage and Richard Roush rounded out the top five. Rodney Roush was the dash winner, with Buck Purtee and Chad Brandyberry taking heat wins.

In tuner action, Holli Eaton of West Liberty passed early leader Justin Pope on lap 9 and powered her way to her second feature win of the season. Holli’s father Ron Masters took second. Gary Eaton, Terry Eaton and Chad Small II rounded out the top five. Small was the dash winner and Pope was the heat winner.

The compact feature saw Chris Prater reach victory lane. Jay Lakins was second, Matt Jackson took third, Zack Doolins was fourth and Nicholas Meade finished fifth.

Racing returns to Shady Bowl on Saturday with a regular program of late models, modifieds, street stocks, tuners and dwarf cars. Racing begins at 7 p.m.

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