Created on Monday, 06 May 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Greg Stapleton claimed the $1,200 first-place prize for winning the Bill Lewis Memorial modified race Saturday at Shady Bowl Speedway.
Chad Poole held the early lead in the 40-lap modified feature.
Stapleton, who was the fast qualifier, moved into second on the 28th lap. Two laps later, he passed Poole for the lead.
Stapleton then led the last 10 laps to take the checkered flag. Poole took second, Brad Williams finished third, Dave Barnhart was fourth and Buck Purtee finished fifth.
Gregg Jackson was the dash winner, with Bill Burba and Ethan Pope getting heat wins.
The 30-lap late model feature was plagued by an early crash that eliminated the car of fast qualifier Stapleton.
When racing resumed, Jim Lewis Jr. emerged with the lead and he held on the rest of the way for the victory.
Following Lewis in the top five were Nathan Herron, Brandon Bayse, Sam Heckman and Matthew Parsons.
Lewis and Mike Ward were heat winners.
The street stocks turned in an exciting feature event. Scott Sullenberger fought off James Harding and Joe Hensel to claim the win.
After Harding and Hensel were Richard Roush and Mike Schaffer. Rodney Roush was the dash winner and Sullenberger and Kevin Brandyberry won heat races.
Defending track champ Gary Easton set a new track record (15.111) and won the 20-lap tuner feature.
Rounding out the top five were Terry Eaton, Dylan Troyer, Justin Pope and Chad Small. Terry Eaton was the dash and Troyer won the heat race.
Brandon Bayse continued to dominate the Ohio Valley Dwarf Car Association series as he led all 30 laps to earn the checkered flag. Following Bayse were Jesse Gade, Brian Marsh, Lynn Mitchell and Connie Smith. Bayse and Gade were heat winners.
The compact feature saw Chris Prater capture his second straight feature win. Steve Anderson, Nicholas Meed and Robbie Taylor rounded out the field.
Racing returns to Shady Bowl on Saturday. Racing begins at 7 p.m.