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Shady Bowl honors late employee with memorial race

Rick "Pumpkin" Hensel

StartFragmentDeGraff OH: Shady Bowl Speedway will celebrate the memory of employee Rick Hensel Saturday (6/23). Hensel, one of the most loved employees of the speedway passed away in 2016. Hensel worked for more than four decades at the Bowl. The list of jobs he did included maintenance, pit steward, flagman, grounds keeper and concession stands. He and his wife Mary Jane took charge of the concessions for several seasons. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. The only thing he loved more than the racetrack was his family. "Pumpkin" as he was known by friends is missed every week at the oval. The "Rick Hensel Memorial" will headline this Saturdays racing. It will be the first of a four race series for the modifieds. All will be 50 lap events paying $1500 to win. There is a bonus of $1500 if a driver wins all four races, plus the point leader after race four will receive $500.00. Some lucky driver could pocket $8,000 by sweeping all four races. The series is called the Biggins Small Engine Repair Hero Series. Biggins, a small engine repair and mower sales, has stepped up to sponsor the entire modified season. The next race is the Pappy Lewis Memorial on July 14, the third race will be the Ed Tapp Classic on August 4 and the Steve Poland Memorial on September 23. The Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Buckeye FWD mini stocks will also be in action Saturday. The first race will roll off at 7 p.m.EndFragment

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