Purtee and weather win big at Shady Bowl

It was the same old story at Shady Bowl Speedway over the weekend as afternoon and evening showers forced Shady Bowl Speedway promoter Rick Young to cancel the scheduled racing program for Saturday night (September 3rd).

However, the rain postponed “Mean Gene” Johnson Memorial was able to start and finish. The 63-lap feature for the Bullet Liners of Dayton Thunder Cars was held to honor the memory of Gene Johnson.

Johnson was a force to be reckoned with during his driving days. He collected the majority of his feature wins at Eldora and Shady Bowl.

It is ironic that Buck Purtee, of Quincy, won the feature in car number 63 as Purtee and Johnson became very close friends before Johnson passed away last year.

The final rundown for the 63-lap main was Purtee, Brad Blue, Landen Jones, Robert Roush, Frankie Oaks, Richard Roush, Hunter Hicks, and Brandon Helton.

On the schedule for Saturday, September 10, the 7th annual Harrod Septic Solutions 100-lap Compact Challenge will take place. The Wooten Automotive and Towing of Urbana Street Stocks, the Bullet Liners of Dayton Thunder Cars, and the Dave Nagel Excavating LLC Late Models will also hit the track.

Racing will start at 6:30 p.m.

It will be the final night of the points chase for the late models, with the other classes final points race taking place on Saturday, September 17.

Here is a list of the current standing in the points race:

  1. Josh Smith 652
  2. Don Mahaffey Jr. 610
  3. Jim Lewis Jr. 569
  4. Matt Parsons 523
  5. Scott Drake 432
  6. Ryan Fleming 392
  7. Tyler Parsons 385
  8. Josh Sage 371
  9. Logan McPherson 371
  10. Chad Pendleton 235