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July 2, 2021 – DeGraff, Ohio – J.J. Henes kicked off Independence Weekend with his first Maxima Racing Oils Must See Racing Midwest Lights victory of the season Friday night at Shady Bowl Speedway.

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Current MSR Lights point leader Dylan Watson started the night off with quick time when he turned a 11.949 second lap. In a bizarre accident, Watson ploughed the turn four wall on the cool down lap when something in the steering broke, and sent him hard into the wall, severely damaging his machine. Watson would start the feature in the Craig Sharfenburg #99 in an attempt to protect his points lead.

The front row for the 40-lap feature event would find Joshua Sexton on the pole and Todd McQuillen alongside. Sexton took command of the race and lead the first four circuits with Henes trailing closely. A lap four caution would bunch the field up. One lap later Henes would assume the lead and keep the point the remainder of the race.

As Henes continued to lead, the highly competitive feature event showcased multi-car battles for position throughout the field the entire distance. Sexton would finish second followed by Jason Rader, Joey Wyckoff, and Charlie Schultz rounding out the top five.

The win was the first of the season for the seventeen-year-old Henes who claimed the MSR Lights championship last season. In victory lane Henes explained that he would have been able to mount a charge for the lead early in the race even if the lap four cation had never happened.

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“I think I still would have been able to get him, but it would have been more difficult” (Sexton) explain Henes.”On the restart I got right behind him and got a run on him on the top in one and two. It made it a whole lot easier than to run him down”.

The defending champion Henes was long overdue for a win. This win could create momentum that could help him repeat, although Henes is optimistically guarded. “The first race of the year at Lorain we broke the right front wheel and it kinda hurt us for points. I don’t know if well be able to win it, but we should be able to get up there a little bit" concluded Henes.

The MSR Lights series will now be idle until events at Lorain Raceway Park August 13-14.


  1. JJ Henes (36)
    2.       Joshua Sexton (51)
    3.       Jason Rader (52)
    4.       Joey Wyckoff (90)
    5.       Charlie Schultz (92)
    6.       Tim Henthorne (15)
    7.       Dylan Watson (99)
    8.       Todd McQuillen (21)
    DNS Dylan Watson (12)


June 29, 2021 – The Maxima Racing Oils Must See Racing Midwest Lights Series makes its first of two appearances to Shady Bowl Speedway in DeGraff, Ohio this Friday night July 2. The appearance of winged sprint cars will help kick-off Independence Weekend. The ‘Firecracker 40’ will feature 40 laps of feature racing action.

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Shady Bowl Speedway has played an important part of the MSR Lights series. The inaugural event for the series was contested at Shady Bowl last year during Independence Weekend. Charlie Schultz captured the main event. The popularity of the series with Shady Bowl Speedway fans has led to the scheduling of two visits in 2021.

The winged 602 crate series highlights up-and-coming talent, and this weekend’s line-up of expected drivers will not disappoint. Current MSR Lights points leader Dylan Watson headlines a stout group of drivers that includes defending MSR Lights champion JJ Henes, 2021 Must See Racing Sprint Series feature winner Charlie Schultz, and MSR Lights 2021 twice feature winner Joey Wyckoff.   
Other expected drivers include Junior Gould, Tim Henthorne, Dale McQuillen, Jason Rader, Joshua Sexton, Craig Sharfenburg, Justin Stanley, and 17-year-old lady racer Lauren DePasquale.

Watson carries a narrow 10-point lead over Wyckoff entering Friday’s event. Wyckoff has 2 feature victories thus far in 2021, but Watson’s 3 fast times has made the difference and kept him atop the MSR Lights standings.

The MSR Midwest Lights Series will also visit Shady Bowl Speedway again on August 21.

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Shady Bowl Speedway - The Firecracker 40 - Friday, July 2nd