Quincy’s Josh Smith takes 110-lap Shatto Memorial

Quincy’s Josh Smith pulled out a thrilling victory in the Denny Shatto Memorial Saturday at Shady Bowl Speedway. 

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Smith outlasted the rest of the field for the win in the 110-lap late model event, while East Liberty driver Dean Adams won his first-ever feature race to add another highlight to the evening’s racing.

After a bumpy and physical race, Smith slipped past a  group of drivers and narrowly crossed the finish line first to claim the $2,000 prize and the win. Bill Burba, who led the first 37 laps of the race, found himself in second. Nathan Herron, who drove for the Shatto race team, came in third. Jacob Munch captured fourth and Austin Troyer was fifth. Burba was the dash winner and heat wins went to Shane Shirk and Rob Jacks.

The 20-lap compact main saw second-generation driver Dean Adams post his first ever feature. The 15-year old driver led all 20 laps. Kenny George Sr. came in second, fast qualifier Ryan Barrett took third, Jay Lakins was fourth and Nicholas Philbeck rounded out the top five. Philbeck was the dash winner, while David Callahan and Alex George were heat winners.

In modified action, Rob Yelton took control early and led 22 laps before Shane Shirk made his way to the front and claimed his second feature win. Yelton was forced to settle for second, Mike Carroll came in third, fast qualifier Greg Stapleton was fourth and Buddy Townsend was fifth. Shirk was the dash winner and Joe Pequignot and Yelton won heat races.

The street stock feature was an intense race that saw Jim Lewis Jr. emerge as the winner. Dave Sage finished in second, Josh Sage was third, Aliza Snapp came in fourth and Scott Sullenger rounded out the top five. Sullenger won the dash, with heats going to Hoelscher and Andy Heath. The fast qualifier was Ray Muncy.

Racing returns to Shady Bowl Speedway on Saturday with the Vores Compact Touring Series making its second stop of the season. The modifieds, street stocks, dwarf cars and Pro-4’s are also in action. Racing begins at 7 p.m.