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By T.J. Buffenbarger, image courtesy of Levon Hamond

Ionia, MI. – (Friday July 23rd, 2010) – Dustin Daggett made history Friday night at the Ionia Fairgrounds with the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP. Daggett scored the 71st ASCS SOD feature win of his career, tying him with the Hank Lower for the most feature victories in series history. Daggett set the record by completely dominating the Ionia Free Fair program sweeping the heat race, dash, and feature event victories.

“It feels great to tie the record and finally get a win (at Ionia),” said Daggett. “We finished second the first two times here, and I wanted to win in from of my family and friends.”

Joe Bares and started on the front row with Ryan Grubaugh. Bares took the lead and held on through the first three circuits. Daggett immediately got second from Grubaugh and went after Bares for the lead. Daggett held right into Bares back bumper until making the pass on lap four. From there Daggett checked out to what ended up being a half lap lead at the finish

Bares then had to hold off repeated challenges for second from Grubaugh. Eventually Grubaugh made the pass,but Bares passed Grubaugh returned the favor down the backstretch to maintain second spot Another attempt at taking away second position cost Grubaugh third when Gregg Dalman took the position on the final lap.

Daggett dominated the non-stop 25-lap feature. Bars, Dalman, Grubaugh, and Ben Rutan rounded out the top five. Rutan was the only driver other than Daggett to win an event during the evening, winning the second heat race.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP Results
Friday July 23rd, 2010
Ionia Fairgrounds – Ionia, Michigan

Heat Races

Engler Machine and Tool Heat Race #1 (8 Laps): 1. 2m – Dustin Daggett, 2. 91 – Joe Bares, 3. 10x – Davey Brown, 4. 8 – Tim Champlin, 5. 187 – Gavin Hunyady, 6. 85 – Mike Dagggett, 7. 46 – Robert Huisken, 8. 29s – Marques Huffer. DNS: 22 – Aaron Shaffer

Lane Automotive/Comp Cams Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 23 – Ben Rutan, 2. 00 – Ryan Grubaugh, 3. 49t – Gregg Dalman, 4. 19 – Brett Mann, 5. 1r – Sean Robinson, 6. 6n – Dain Naida, 7. 14 – Ryan Davis, 8. 70 – Jim Lingar

Total Seal Fast Car Dash presented by Gaerte Engines (4 Laps): 1. 2m – Dustin Daggett, 2. 49t – Gregg Dalman, 3. 00 – Ryan Grubaugh, 4. Ben Rutan

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP “A” Main Event

“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2m – Dustin Daggett, 2. 91 – Joe Bares, 3. 49t – Gregg Dalman, 4. 00 – Ryan Grubaugh, 5. 23 – Ben Rutan, 6. 19 – Brett Mann, 7. 1- Sean Robinson, 8. 6n – Dain Naida, 9. 10x – Davey Brown, 10. 85 – Mike Daggett, 11. 22 – Aaron Shaffer, 12. 46 – Robert Huisken, 13. 14 – Ryan Davis, 14. 187 – Gavin Hunyady, 15. 70 – Jim Lingar, 16. 29s – Marques Huffer, 17. 8 – Tim Champlin.

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Ionia Free Fair Updates

July 23, 2010 by

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Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP Results
Saturday July 18th, 2010
Crystal Motor Speedway – Crystal, MI

Heat Races (Top 16 in passing points transfer to the “A” Feature)

Engler Machine and Tool Heat Race #1 (8 Laps): 1. 10x – Davey Brown, 2. 26 – Gary Fast, 3. 187 – Gavin Hunyady, 4. 23- Ben Rutan, 5. 22 – Aaron Shaffer, 6. 61x – Don Smith, 7. 22t – Tank Brakenberry

Lane Automotive/Comp Cams Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 49t – Gregg Dalman, 2. 19x – Joe Bares, 3. 85 – Mike Daggett, 4. 14 – Ryan Davis, 5. 47x – Louie Carfuel, 6. 70 – Jim Lingar, 7. 29s – Marques Huffer

Butlerbuilt Heat Race #3 (8 Laps): 1. 2m – Dustin Daggett, 2. 19 – Brett Mann, 3. 6n – Dain Nadia, 4. 46 – Robert Huisken, 5. 8 – Tim Champlin, 6. 00 – Ryan Grubaugh, 7. 2t – Ralph Brakenberry

Total Seal Fast Car Dash presented by Gaerte Engines (4 Laps): 1. 85 – Mike Daggett, 2. 49t – Gregg Dalman, 3. 26 – Gary Fast, 4. 10x – Davey Brown

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz “A” Main Event

“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2m – Dustin Daggett, 2. 19 – Brett Mann, 3. 49t – Gregg Dalman, 4. 26 – Gary Fast, 5. 10x – Davey Brown, 6. 23 – Ben Rutan, 7. 85 – Mike Daggett, 8. 6n – Dain Naida, 9. 8 – Tim Champlin, 10. 19x – Joe Bares, 11. 187 – Gavin Hunyady, 12. 47x – Louie Carufel, 13. 00 – Ryan Grubaugh, 14. 22 – Aaron Shaffer, 15. 46 – Robert Huisken, 16. 61x – Don Smith, 17. 14 – Ryan Davis, 18. 70 – Jim Lingar, 19. 29s – Marques Huffer, 20. 22t – Tank Brakenberry, 21. Ralph Brakenberry

Lap Leaders: Daggett 1-25

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T.J. Buffenbarger, ROTHBURY, Mich. (July 16, 2010) – People in motor sports often say if you can’t win, be spectacular. Dain Naida managed to do both on the way to his second Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt feature win in as many weeks Friday at the Winston Speedway.

Naida took the lead with a last lap pass of 2008 ASCS SOD champion Brett Mann and then slammed into a loose wheel off another competitors car with his top wing while crossing the finish line.

“I didn’t even see the wheel,” said Naida after the feature in the pit area. “I got out of the car in victory lane and wondered what the heck happened to my wing.”

Mann and Naida started on the front row for the 25-lap feature. Mann too the lead at the start with Naida pulling up to challenge going down the backstretch when Ben Rutan and Dustin Daggett made contact in turn two. Daggett spun and Rutan made contact after suffering front end damage. While under caution one of Daggett’s crewmembers came onto the racing surface, disqualifying him from the remainder of the feature event. Rutan’s crew was unable to make repairs.

The second restart attempt saw Mann take the lead with Naida and Grubaugh in tow when the red flag appeared on lap three for a two car flip involving Ryan Davis and Joe Bares in turn four. Both drivers emerged from their cars uninjured.

Mann pull away again after the restart, but Naida closed the gap as the race went on. Just as the lead duo was approached slower traffic Louie Carufel spun in turn two and in the ensuing craziness Trey Smith took a wild tumble off the track in turn one to bring out another red flag. Smith was uninjured in the incident. Carufel was able to restart.

After the restart Mann opened up his largest lead of the feature, but Naida kept hanging as close to the infield marker tires as possible and began to makeup ground. Coming to the white flag Mann left just enough room on the bottom for Naida to slide under. Mann and Naida made contact coming off turn two, with Naida going into the lead.

Just as it appeared Naida would have smooth sailing to the checkered flag Aaron Smith encountered problems right in front of Naida and lost the left front wheel off his car. Naida slammed into the wheel with his top wing while crossing the finish line to take the checkered flag ahead of Mann, Grubaugh, Gregg Dalman, and Davey Brown.

Mann and Naida started on the front row for the 25-lap feature event.

Rutan, Dalman, and Gary Fast won heat race events, Daggett while won the fast car dash.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP Results

Friday July 16th, 2010
Winston Speedway – Rothbury, MI

Heat Races (Top 16 in passing points transfer to the “A” Feature)

Engler Machine and Tool Heat Race #1 (8 Laps): 1. 23 – Ben Rutan, 2. 10x – Davey Brown, 3. 22s – Aaron Shaffer, 4. 187 – Gavin Hunyady, 5. 55 – Kirk Cheney, 6. 61x – Don Smith, 7. 29s – Marques Huffer

Lane Automotive/Comp Cams Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 49t – Gregg Dalman, 2. 00 – Ryan Grubaugh, 3. 6n – Dain Naida, 4. 19 – Brett Mann, 5. 91 – Joe Bares, 6. 70 – Jim Lingar, 7. 46 – Robert Huisken

Butlerbuilt Heat Race #3 (8 Laps): 1. 26 – Gary Fast, 2. 47x – Louie Carufel, 3. 2m – Dustin Daggett, 4. 11 – Trey Smith, 5. 14 – Ryan Davis, 6. 06 – Don Bostrum

Total Seal Fast Car Dash presented by Gaerte Engines (4 Laps): 1. 2m – Dustin Daggett, .23 – Ben Rutan, 3. 49t – Gregg Dalman, 4. 10x – Davey Brown.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz “A” Main Event

“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 6n – Dain Naida, 2. 19 – Brett Mann, 3. 00 – Ryan Grubaugh, 4. 49t – Gregg Dalman, 5. 10x – Davey Brown, 6. 26 – Gary Fast, 7. 55 – Kirk Cheney, 8. 47x – Louie Carufel, 9. 46 – Robert Huisken, 10. 187 – Gavin Hunyady, 11. 22 – Aaron Shaffer, 12. 70 – Jim Lingar, 13. 61x – Don Smith, 14. 29s – Marques Huffer, 15. 11 – Trey Smith, 16. 14 – Ryan Davis, 17. 91 – Joe Bares, 18. 23 – Ben Rutan, 19. 06 – Don Bostrum, 20. 2m – Dustin Daggett

Lap Leaders: Mann 1- 24, Naida 25

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From T.J. Buffenbarger, TULSA, Okla. (July 12, 2010) – The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP continues the MAHLE / Clevite Short Track Challenge Friday and Saturday at the Winston Speedway and Crystal Motor Speedway. Friday will be the first appearance this season at Winston while Crystal will host the second of their three events this year.

Dain Naida not only leads the Short Track Challenge standings, but tied for the lead in the overall ASCS SOD points coming off the victory last Saturday at Owendale Speedway. Before last Saturday’s Naida’s last ASCS SOD feature win came at Winston. Ryan Grubaugh will look to overcome a mistake during the feature that dropped him back into a tie for the point lead with Naida.

Both Naida and Grubaugh will have to deal with Dustin Daggett returning to the circuit for both shows this weekend. Daggett once again is the leading feature winner in the series with three victories so far this season, one of which came during the season opener at Crystal.

As an added bonus Saturday’s event at Crystal can also be viewed or listened to live on the internet as part of Crystal Motor Speedway’s weekly webcast on racesontheweb.com presented by Engine Pro

The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP is in its 31st season of competition. Twenty-seven races are on the calendar scheduled throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Ontario.

The American Sprint Car Series, in its 19th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing events, brings the best of Sprint Car racing to nearly 100 different tracks throughout 25 states and Canada in 2009. Anchored by the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series, ASCS also consists of several different regions throughout the nation.

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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