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Opening Night Ends in a Blaze

DeGraff, OH 4/18/15 - Shadybowl officially started their racing season 4/18/15 by welcoming the CRA Street Stocks. The field was full of great looking and fast cars that put on a fantastic show for the fans. Local favorite, Ricky Young, had his night ended early due to motor issues. The defending champ of the 2014 CRA event at Shadybowl, Josh Poore, was on hand and set fast qualifying time. While Josh Poore was a strong contender to clinch the checkered for this year, Colby Lane proved he was the man to beat and took home the $3000 top prize.

In the compacts class, Nicholas Philbeck won the fast dash with Josh Foltz setting fast qualifying time. Second-year racer Alex George won his heat race and followed that up with an aggressive performance in the feature where he held off the challenges of fast qualifier Josh Foltz to claim the victory.

The tuner class saw Justin Pope claim fast qualifier honors by turning a 15.775 lap. In the fast dash Terry Eaton Jr. took the checkered. The heat winner was Leslie Rhodes. The tuner feature proved to be a show-stopper - literally. With 4 laps to go in the feature race, Rodney Roush's #8 tuner caught fire due to an unknown issue. His car came to a rest in between turns 3 & 4 where the car became engulfed in flames. Track crews and officials sprang into action, helping Rodney exit his car. The blaze became difficult to manage due to a wiring issue on Roush's car which kept the fuel pump running and feeding gasoline into the fire. While crews battled the flames, EMTs ensured Rodney's safety and we are happy to report that he suffered no injuries. Due to the extensive track cleanup that was necessary after extinguishing the fire, track officials decided to call the race, and finish the evening's events. This meant the win went to a familiar face - the defending Tuner Track Champion, Terry Eaton, Jr.


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