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Stapleton drops hammer Late, wins Sparkler 50 at Shady Bowl

After holding back for the first 40 laps at Shady Bowl, Troy’s Greg Stapleton muscled his way up front and led the final five laps to take the checkered flag in the Sparkler 50 feature race at Shady Bowl Wednesday.

Stapleton (pictured left, photo by Isaacs Photos), Buddy Townsend, and Rob Yelton played a three-way rub-and-run for the lead for 40 laps, with Townsend leading most of the way, Yelton and Stapleton nipping at his exhaust pipe for the entire run. With 10 laps left, Stapleton wedged his way past Yelton to climb into second. After five more laps. Stapleton put the hammer down, jumped out front for the last mile-and-a-half, leaving Townsend in second and Yelton in third as they crossed the line.

In addition to bragging rights, Stapleton received a $1,250 check for crossing the line first.

The Sparkler 50 was just one of five feature races at the World’s Fastest Three-Tenths Mile Paved Oval.

Steve Clarkson of Houston took the black-and-white in the Pro-4 feature, while Kenny George of New Carlisle Jr. took home the hardware in the Compact feature. Greenville’s Brian Reeser carried home the trophy for the Street Stock feature and Chad Small II of Maplewood took the checker in the Tuners feature.

There will be no racing at Shady Bowl this Saturday, but the Bowl will host the Denny Shatto Memorial on Saturday, July 13. The Denny Shatto Memorial will be a 110-lap late model feature with a cool $1,500 going to the winner. Modifieds, street stocks, tuners, and compacts will also also have time on the oval July 13. Racing is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

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