DeGraff OH: Shady Bowl Speedway will host former NASCAR driver and current broadcaster Michael Waltrip who will compete in a VORES Series race.. The Two-time Daytona 500 Champion and current NASCAR on Fox broadcaster Michael Waltrip will be getting back behind the wheel of a race car this weekend. Waltrip is scheduled to compete with the Vore’s Compact Touring Series at Shadybowl Speedway in Degraff, Ohio on Saturday, July 20.
Waltrip will come out of retirement and return to his roots. He will finish his career the same way he started it: racing compacts in the Vore’s Compact Touring Series.
Waltrip, who now works as a broadcaster for Fox Sports NASCAR events, said, “I thought it would be great to officially do a 360 by ending my career the same way I started it”
Rick Young from Shadybowl Speedway was instrumental in putting the wheels in motion to make this event happen for Waltrip and the fans of Shadybowl. Times have been changed to try and help the fans and drivers beat the heat. Pit gates will open at 2, front gate will open at 3 for Advanced ticket holders. General admission is still at 4, practice at 5:30. Waltrip will sign autographs from 6:30 to 7:30. There will be a limit of 2 autographs per person. Tom Bigelow, a USAC Indy Car veteran will drive the pace car and also sign autographs.
Steve Vore, owner of VCTS Racing, is building a special Toyota Celica for Waltrip, which will have a special retro paint scheme painted by BJ’s Body Shop Dayton. There are 48 cars entered for the event. Shady Bowl drivers entered include the Eaton Gang Terry Eaton Jr. , Gary Eaton Jr. and Austin Eaton. Current track record holder (15.113) Bo Hoelscher will bring along B.J. Honious and Bill Honious. B.J will help sponsor the event. Steve Vore who owns the series will be looking to carry the checker. Past winners show Gary Eaton Jr. (3), Justin Brown (2), Terry Eaton Jr. (1) and Holli Eaton (1).
The Wooten Automotive Modifieds will also take to the oval with a fifty lap feature paying $1500.00 to the winner. The Ohio Truck Series will round out the action. Racing will start at 8.
Ticket prices at Shadybowl for the second running of the Annual Bowl Classic sponsored by BJ’s Body shop are as follows: Adult $14.00, Seniors $10.00, Kids 12 to 15 $6.00, and 11 and under Free.