Daggett Grabs Crystal in ASCS SOD Opener

By Mike Strevel

CRYSTAL, Mich. (April 30, 2011) – On a crisp, cool evening, Dustin Daggett took the checkered flag for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP 32nd season opener at Ron Flinn’s Crystal Motor Speedway.

A tremendous field of 24 winged sprint cars made an appearance kicking off the long anticipated season of exciting open wheel action.

Daggett of Portland, MI, started in ninth position for the 25-lap main event. There were only a handful of yellow flags that slowed the action, however one red flag marred the action when Robert Huisken flipped end over end in turn one ending his evening. While sore, Huisken was unhurt. The feature winner in his Maxim chassis was able to capture the $1,200 first prize in exciting fashion.

Daggett stated, “Starting ninth was a small challenge, however the car was handling well and the cautions were timed out rather well”. The winning driver taking his ninth straight Crystal Motor Speedway Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP thanked his fine sponsors including Miles Petroleum, Sweet Manufacturing, Glen’s Gas & Welding, Steve Winnie Auto Sales and Richardson Farms.

Front row starters were Mike Daggett & Tim Champlin. Mike Daggett led the first 17 laps of the feature before Dustin Daggett was finally able to complete the pass for the lead and eventual victory. Gregg Dalman, Ryan Grubaugh and Jared Horstman all challenged for top five positions with Brett Mann getting into the top five at the end of the main event. It did look like the elder Daggett might take the honors, however the winningest driver in SOD history was able to make the pass and capture the main event.

The top five finishers of the 32nd season opener for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP were Dustin Daggett, Mike Daggett, Dalman, Grubaugh and Mann.

Heat race wins were captured by Grubaugh, Dalman and Horstman, the fast car dash went to D. Daggett and the B-main was cancelled and all 21 cars started the feature that were running.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP Results-
Saturday April 30, 2011
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. 3w Ryan Grubaugh, 2. 19 Brett Mann, 3. 11 Trey Smith, 4. 41 Jim Goetgeluck, 5. 22t Tank Brakenberry, 6. 10s Jay Steinbach, 7. 2T Ralph Brakenberry. DNS: 61x Don Smith.

Lane Automotive/Comp Cams Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 49t Gregg Dalman, 2. 88 Mike Daggett, 3. 2m Dustin Daggett, 4. 8 Tim Champlin, 5. 49 Shawn Dancer, 6. 91 Joe Bares, 7. 29s Marques Huffer, 8. 31 Andy Teunessen.

ARP Fastners Heat Race #3 (8 Laps): 1. 17 Jared Horstman, 2. 55 Kirk Cheney, 3. 46 Robert Huisken, 4. 14 Gary Fast, 5. 10 Davey Brown, 6. 27r Ryan Ruhl, 7. 21 Matt Lumbert, 8. 70 Jim Lingar.

B-Main (Cancelled all 21 cars running transferred to A Main)

Gaerte Engines Fast Car Dash (4 Laps): 1. 2m Dustin Daggett, 2. 11 Trey Smith, 3. 14 Gary Fast, 4. 41 Jim Goetgeluck.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP “A” Feature

“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2m Dustin Daggett, 2. 88 Mike Daggett, 3. 49t Gregg Dalman, 4. 3w Ryan Grubaugh, 5. 19 Brett Mann, 6. 17 Jared Horstman, 7. 8 Tim Champlin, 8. 27r Ryan Ruhl, 9. 14 Gary Fast, 10. 91 Joe Bares, 11. 11 Trey Smith, 12. 10 Davey Brown, 13. 55 Kirk Cheney, 14. 49 Shawn Dancer, 15. 41 Jim Goetgeluck, 16. 10s Jay Steinbach, 17. 21 Matt Lumbert, 18. 22t Tank Brakenberry, 19. 2t Ralph Brakenberry, 20. 46 Robert Huisken, 21. 31 Andy Teunessen. DNS: 29s Marques Huffer, 70-Jim Lingar, 61x-Don Smith.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP Points (Top Ten): 1. Dustin Daggett 150, 2. Mike Daggett 142, 3. Gregg Dalman 135, 4. Ryan Grubaugh 130, 5. Brett Mann 125, 6. Jared Horstman 122, 7. Tim Champlin 119, 8. Ryan Ruhl 116, 9. Gary Fast 113, 10. Joe Bares 110.