Ryan Ruhl Races to Crystal SOD Checkers

By Bob Buffenbarger
Crystal, Mi.-(August 30, 2014)- Ryan Ruhl thrilled the large crowd at Crystal Motor Speedway by re-taking the lead from Dustin Daggett with two laps remaining to capture the Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP 25 lap feature Saturday night.

Gregg Dalman and Ruhl started on the front row with Ruhl taking command on the the first lap with Dalman, Craig Karazim, Daggett and Kyle Pitts falling in line. Laps were clicking off quickly as Ruhl was putting distance between himself and Dalman and by the 10th circuit, 6th starting Daggett had climbed into third place and one lap later the red 2m of Daggett took 2nd and was gaining on Ruhl.

At the 15 lap mark, Daggett was knocking on the door and was all over Ruhl nearly making the pass as they approached lapped traffic. The red flag flew for Gregg Dalman as he made contact with the turn four wall while running 3rd, and turned over on lap 18. Dalman was not injured but was finished for the night.

As the green appeared once more Daggett and Ruhl were racing side by side with the 11r of Chase Ridenour now moving into the mix. With laps winding down, racing for the lead was intense and Daggett made the pass at the stripe on lap 21. Ruhl was determined and with two to go, Ruhl went low in turn two and drove under Daggett to take the lead once again. One lap later the yellow light flashed for a John Gall spin in turn four.

This would set up a green, white checker finish and Ruhl was up to the task with a good re-start and went on to take the checkers with Daggett, Ridenour, Brett Mann and Kyle Pitts rounding out the top five.

Crystal Motor Speedway did a fine job running a fast paced program tonight with some threatening weather not far away. The Sprints on Dirt dash was cancelled because of these conditions.

Heats were won by Gregg Dalman, Dustin Daggett and Craig Karazim

Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP
Crystal Motor Speedway – Crystal, Mi.
Saturday August 30, 2014

Hoosier Racing Tire Heat Race #1 (8 Laps):1. 49t-Gregg Dalman, 2. 27-Brad Lamberson, 3. 19m-Brett Mann, 4. 21t-Troy Chehowski, 5. 21-Kirk Cheney, 6. 70-Jim Lingar
All Star Performance / Comp Cams Heat Race #2 (8 Laps):1. 2m-Dustin Daggett, 2. 16-Ryan Ruhl, 3. 7k-Kyle Pitts, 4. 81-John Gall, 5. 20a-Andy Chehowski
Speed Pro Heat Race #3 (8 Laps):1. 4z-Craig Karazim, 2. 11r-Chase Ridenour, 3.  31-Andy Teunessen, 4. 46-Robert Huisken, 4-Eric Smith dns

Nitro Black Dash (4 Laps): Cancelled due to incoming weather

Engine Pro / ARP A-Main (25 Laps):1. 16-Ryan Ruhl, 2. 2m-Dustin Daggett, 3. 11r-Chase Ridenour, 4. 19m-Brett Mann, 5. 7k-Kyle Pitts, 6. 27-Brad Lamberson, 7. 4z-Craig Karazim, 8. 21t-Troy Chehowski, 9. 20a-Andy Chehowski, 10. 31-Andy Teunessen, 11. 46- Robert Huisken, 12. 21-Kirk Cheney, 13. 81-John Gall, 14. 70-Jim Lingar, 15. 49t-Gregg Dalman, 16. 4-Eric Smith

Engine Pro Lucky Dog: Kyle Pitts