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Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP invaded Merritt Speedway for the annual Allstar Performance Open Wheel Spectacular with Dan McCarron (Britton, MI) picking up his second career win at “Michigan’s Premier Dirt Track.”

“Danny Mac” started second, but was moved back one row for jumping the start.  All that did was give him a chance to prove he was the class of the field as he took the lead on lap nine.  Thirteen-year-old Andrew Scheid (Sparta, MI), leading SOD sprint car rookie, started on the pole and led the first lap before Gregg Dalman (Bellevue, MI) grabbed the lead.  After McCarron took command, Dalman held second until lap sixteen when Steve Irwin (Fenton, MI) took the position.  At times, it looked like Irwin had the speed in the low groove to overtake McCarron, but McCarron was up to the task and used the middle groove to perfection to pull away.

Lap eighteen saw a quick caution for a spin by Tyler Bearden , then disaster struck for Chris Jones when he flipped while trying to evade a spinning Mike Burkin.

Ryan Ruhl and Thomas Schinderle also looked like they could challenge for the win, but finished third and fourth respectively.  2016 SOD champion Brian Smith finished fifth.

Steve Irwin did double duty and won the non-winged portion of the Allstar Performance Open Wheel Spectacular over Brian Smith.

Qualifying – Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition Fast Masters (fast qualifiers) $50 each

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 14.528 0 Steve Irwin
COMP Cams Heat 14.286 16 Ryan Ruhl
RockAuto.com Heat 14.402 41 Thomas Schinderle

 

Heat Races – Winners $100 each

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 49T Gregg Dalman
2 0 Steve Irwin Kistler Racing Products
3 77 Andrew Scheid Racing Optics
4 10J Chris Jones
5 17X Dain Naida
6 58 Tony Bures
7 89 Chris Pobanz

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 16 Ryan Ruhl
2 22M Dan McCarron Allstar Performance
3 8 Justin Ward Racing Optics
4 20A Andy Chehowski
5 3A Mike Astrauskas
6 46 Robery Huisken
7 10s Jay Steinebach

 

RockAuto.com Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 41 Thomas Schinderle
2 2+ Brian Smith Kistler Racing Products
3 9E Tim Evilsizer Racing Optics
4 21T Troy Chehowski
5 91L Mike Burkin
6 47 Robert Bulloch
7 6 Tyler Bearden

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  # Driver Awards Contingencies
1 22M Dan McCarron 2 Rod End Supply
2 0 Steve Irwin 8 Rod End Supply
3 16 Ryan Ruhl 3 Rod End Supply
4 41 Thomas Schinderle 6 Schoenfeld Headers
5 2+ Brian Smith 7 ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 17X Dain Naida 13
7 77 Andrew Scheid 1 Allstar Performance
8 49T Gregg Dalman 4
9 20A Andy Chehowski 11 King Racing Products
10 9E Tim Evilsizer 5
11 21T Troy Chehowski 12 Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 10s Jay Steinebach 20
13 46 Robery Huisken 17
14 8 Justin Ward 9
15 91L Mike Burkin 15
16 89 Chris Pobanz 19
17 3A Mike Astrauskas 14
18 18 Robert Bulloch 18
19 58 Tony Bures 16
20 6 Tyler Bearden 21
21 10J Chris Jones 10

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Jay Steinebach (+8)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Andy Chehowski
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Robert Huisken
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Dan McCarron

For more information about Engine Pro go to www.enginepro.com.  For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com.  The full 2017 Sprints on Dirt schedule, rules, current news, and other information are available at www.sprintsondirt.com.

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP is brought to you in 2017 by many important sponsor partners including: Engine Pro (Title Sponsor), ARP (Title Sponsor), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire), MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor), Driven Racing Oil (Battlegrounds Bash Sponsor), King Engine Bearings (King of Michigan Sponsor), Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition (Fast Masters Sponsor), Engler Machine & Tool (Heat Race Sponsor), COMP Cams (Heat Race Sponsor), RockAuto.com (Heat Race Sponsor), The Perfit Corporation (Lucky Dog Sponsor), KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Sponsor), XYZ Machining (Season Sportsman & Crew Chief Sponsor).  In addition, SOD contingency sponsors include: Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, BR Motorsports, Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI), K2W Precision/Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kistler Racing Products, Maxim Racing, Motor City Racing Promotions, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Racing Products, Walker Performance Filtration.

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Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP will be racing at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in Onekama, Michigan, this Friday, for the first time since July 18, 1999.  The race, originally scheduled for August 4th rained out, will be the fifth and final race of the 2017 MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge, determining the BLC champion.

The MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge offers drivers the opportunity to focus on a mini-championship with its own point fund within the full Sprints on Dirt series points chase.  The champion will receive $1,000; 2nd, $600; 3rd, $400; 4th, $300; 5th, $200; 6th, $100.  All Manistee SOD competitors who do not receive point fund money will receive a $100 bonus.

Steve Irwin (Fenton, MI) leads Thomas Schinderle (Berkley, MI), Gregg Dalman (Bellevue, MI), Chris Jones (Allen, MI), and Robert Bulloch (Pittsford, MI).

The Allstar Performance Open Wheel Spectacular is next this Saturday.  It will be the second 2017 appearance of Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP at Mike Blackmer’s Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan, “Michigan’s Premier Dirt Track.”  2007 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Rookie of the Year Ryan Ruhl won the July 8th caution-free feature at Merritt.

For the second time this year, SOD competitors will have the opportunity to race with SOD and in non-winged competition in the same program Saturday.  Steve Irwin will race in both divisions and 2016 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Champion Brian Smith are expected to race in both divisions Saturday.  Smith won the non-winged portion of the dual program at Hartford Speedway on July 9th.

For more information about MAHLE/Clevite, go to https://catalog.mahle-aftermarket.com/eu/home/index.xhtml?l=EN.  To learn more about Engine Pro, go to www.enginepro.com.  For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com.  For more information about Sprints on Dirt, visit www.sprintsondirt.com and the Sprints On Dirt Facebook page.

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP is brought to you in 2017 by many important sponsor partners including: Engine Pro (Title Sponsor), ARP (Title Sponsor), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire), MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor), Driven Racing Oil (Battlegrounds Bash Sponsor), King Engine Bearings (King of Michigan Sponsor), Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition (Fast Masters Sponsor), Engler Machine & Tool (Heat Race Sponsor), COMP Cams (Heat Race Sponsor), RockAuto.com (Heat Race Sponsor), The Perfit Corporation (Lucky Dog Sponsor), KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Sponsor), XYZ Machining (Season Sportsman & Crew Chief Sponsor).  In addition, SOD contingency sponsors include: Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, BR Motorsports, Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI), K2W Precision/Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kistler Racing Products, Maxim Racing, Motor City Racing Promotions, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Racing Products, Walker Performance Filtration.

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Boston Mead (3rd), winner Thomas Schinderle, Joe Swanson (2nd)

Thomas Schinderle was dialed in as Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP invaded Butler Motor Speedway for the Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash finale/4th Annual Butler Bash Saturday night.  The spectacular show, the last 2017 SOD race at Butler, put an exclamation point on the three-race series.  The Driven Racing Oil, Butler Motor Speedway, Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP partnership was a huge success.

Schinderle (Berkley, MI) not only picked up his first sprint car feature win, but also the $1,000 check as the 2017 Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash points champion.  He started the night in fourth place in the points, but a combination of several factors, including his stellar performance, propelled him to the championship.  Joe Swanson, Chad Blonde, Jay Steinebach, and Steve Irwin will also share in the point fund payout.

It was the “younger generation” in the front row to start the feature, thirteen-year-old leading SOD sprint car rookie of the year candidate Andrew Scheid (Sparta, MI) started from the pole.  Butler competitor nineteen-year-old Quentin Blonde (Litchfield, MI) started outside front row.  After a first lap caution for a Tony Bures spin, Scheid took the lead on the start and looked like anything but a sprint car rookie.

On lap five Joe Swanson (Etna Green, IN) used his experience to grab the lead from Scheid.  Swanson looked fast, but sixth place starter Thomas Schinderle drove by Swanson, winner of the second Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash race, on lap 9 after a crowd-pleasing back and forth battle.

Once out front, Schinderle skillfully worked his way through traffic and maintained a small lead over Swanson.  For a lap twenty-one restart, Chad Blonde had moved into third and all eyes were on him as the race went green.  Schinderle and Swanson were up to the challenge though.  Blonde’s charge ended as he ran over the top of turn three, losing six places.

Josh Shantz , a regular at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario, entered his first Engine Pro Sprints On presented by ARP.  Former Michigander Chad Goff, now an Olathe, Kansas, resident and longtime winged and non-winged, pavement and dirt sprint car competitor also competed in the program.

Qualifying – Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition Fast Masters (fast qualifiers) $50 each

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 13.565 19Z Doug Zimmerman
COMP Cams Heat 14.517 5QB Quentin Blonde
RockAuto.com Heat 15.348 10s Jay Steinebach

Heat Races – Winners $100 each

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 19Z Doug Zimmerman  
2 5b Chad Blonde Kistler Racing Products
3 7J Joe Swanson Racing Optics
4 4T Josh Turner  
5 20A Andy Chehowski  
6 49T Gregg Dalman  
7 21T Troy Chehowski  
8 18x Josh Shantz  
9 6 Tyler Bearden  

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 27b Boston Mead  
2 41 Thomas Schinderle Allstar Performance
3 5QB Quentin Blonde Racing Optics
4 1a Mark Aldrich  
5 9 Chad Goff  
6 9E Tim Evilsizer  
7 10J Chris Jones  
8 27K Ryan Kirkendall  
9 8 Justin Ward  

 

RockAuto.com Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 0 Steve Irwin  
2 77 Andrew Scheid Kistler Racing Products
3 47 Robert Bulloch Racing Optics
4 58 Tony Bures  
5 18 DJ Lamance  
6 17 Dustin Carl  
7 52 Zac Broughman  
8 10s Jay Steinebach  
DNS 12 Mike Baker  

B-Main

  # Driver
1 9E Tim Evilsizer
2 10J Chris Jones
3 49T Gregg Dalman
4 18x Josh Shantz
5 10s Jay Steinebach
6 21T Troy Chehowski
7 8 Justin Ward
8 27K Ryan Kirkendall
9 52 Zac Broughman
10 17 Dustin Carl
11 6 Tyler Bearden

Feature

  # Driver Awards Contingencies
1 41 Thomas Schinderle   Rod End Supply
2 7J Joe Swanson   Rod End Supply
3 27b Boston Mead   Rod End Supply
4 19Z Doug Zimmerman   Schoenfeld Headers
5 0 Steve Irwin   ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 4T Josh Turner    
7 5b Chad Blonde   Allstar Performance
8 77 Andrew Scheid    
9 9 Chad Goff   King Racing Products
10 47 Robert Bulloch    
11 9E Tim Evilsizer   Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 49T Gregg Dalman    
13 18x Josh Shantz    
14 20A Andy Chehowski    
15 10s Jay Steinebach    
16 18 DJ Lamance    
17 58 Tony Bures    
18 5QB Quentin Blonde    
19 10J Chris Jones    
20 1a Mark Aldrich    

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Gregg Dalman (+6)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Steve Irwin
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Gregg Dalman
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Tim Evilsizer

For more information about Engine Pro go to www.enginepro.com.  For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com.  The full 2017 Sprints on Dirt schedule, rules, current news, and other information are available at www.sprintsondirt.com.

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP is brought to you in 2017 by many important sponsor partners including: Engine Pro (Title Sponsor), ARP (Title Sponsor), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire), MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor), Driven Racing Oil (Battlegrounds Bash Sponsor), King Engine Bearings (King of Michigan Sponsor), Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition (Fast Masters Sponsor), Engler Machine & Tool (Heat Race Sponsor), COMP Cams (Heat Race Sponsor), RockAuto.com (Heat Race Sponsor), The Perfit Corporation (Lucky Dog Sponsor), KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Sponsor), XYZ Machining (Season Sportsman & Crew Chief Sponsor).  In addition, SOD contingency sponsors include: Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, BR Motorsports, Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI), K2W Precision/Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kistler Racing Products, Maxim Racing, Motor City Racing Promotions, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Racing Products, Walker Performance Filtration.

 

 

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Kenny Wallace helps Chad Blonde and crew celebrate win

Chad Blonde dominated the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt King Engine Bearing King of Michigan Race #3 at Hartford Speedway Friday night.

The large crowd was treated to an impressive display of masterful driving as Blonde charged from his eighth starting position and had little trouble with lapped traffic on the wide, expansive track.  Blonde took the lead from Linden Jones on lap four and drove away from the field.  He was chased to the checkered flag by Ryan Ruhl who took second from Steve Irwin on lap 17.  Ruhl was also impressive as he ran the entire race on seven cylinders, losing a cylinder at the start of the feature.  SOD championship point leader Irwin finished third.  The caution-free feature was completed in just five minutes and twenty-five seconds with only seven cars finishing on the lead lap.

Blonde is perfect in the three King Engine Bearing KoM races so far in 2017 and also won the last SOD race on the old Hartford track configuration last year.  He was also the fastest overall qualifier and heat race winner.  His three wins give him a commanding lead in the King Engine Bearing King of Michigan point standings over Steve Irwin, Gregg Dalman, Thomas Schinderle, and Linden Jones.

The Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition Fast Masters also won their respective heats with Blonde in the Engler Machine & Tool heat, Joe Swanson in the COMP Cams heat, and Ryan Ruhl in the RockAuto.com heat.

Qualifying – Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition Fast Masters (fast qualifiers) $50 each

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 14.008 5B Chad Blonde
COMP Cams Heat 14.224 7J Joe Swanson
RockAuto.com Heat 14.444 71H Ryan Ruhl

 

Heat Races – Winners $100 each

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 5B Chad Blonde
2 0 Steve Irwin Kistler Racing Products
3 12 Chris Gurley Racing Optics
4 10J Chris Jones
5 47 Robert Bulloch
6 91L Alexis Adgate
7 DNS Chad Goff

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 7J Joe Swanson
2 49T Gregg Dalman Allstar Performance
3 27B Boston Mead Racing Optics
4 1a Mark Aldrich
5 41 Thomas Schinderle
6 77 Andrew Scheid
7 58 Toney Bures

 

RockAuto.com Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 71H Ryan Ruhl
2 19J Linden Jones Kistler Racing Products
3 20A Andy Chehowski Racing Optics
4 18 DJ Lamance
5 8 Justin Ward
6 70 Eli Lakin
7 10s Jay Steinebach

 

Feature

  # Driver Started Contingencies
1 5b Chad Blonde 8 Rod End Supply
2 71H Ryan Ruhl 5 Rod End Supply
3 0 Steve Irwin 3 Rod End Supply
4 49T Gregg Dalman 6 Schoenfeld Headers
5 19J Linden Jones 1 ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 27B Boston Mead 4
7 7J Joe Swanson 7 Allstar Performance
8 41 Thomas Schinderle 14
9 10J Chris Jones 10 King Racing Products
10 10s Jay Steinebach 20
11 77 Andrew Scheid 15 Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 20A Andy Chehowski 9
13 58 Toney Bures 17
14 8 Justin Ward 13
15 70 Eli Lakin 18
16 47 Robert Bulloch 11
17 18 DJ Lamance 12
18 91L Alexis Adgate 16
19 12 Chris Gurley 2
20 1a Mark Aldrich DNS

 

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Jay Steinebach (+10)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Linden Jones
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Eli Lakin
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Alexis Adgate

For more information about Engine Pro go to www.enginepro.com.  For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com.  The full 2017 Sprints on Dirt schedule, rules, current news, and other information are available at www.sprintsondirt.com.

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP is brought to you in 2017 by many important sponsor partners including: Engine Pro (Title Sponsor), ARP (Title Sponsor), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire), MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor), Driven Racing Oil (Battlegrounds Bash Sponsor), King Engine Bearings (King of Michigan Sponsor), Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition (Fast Masters Sponsor), Engler Machine & Tool (Heat Race Sponsor), COMP Cams (Heat Race Sponsor), RockAuto.com (Heat Race Sponsor), The Perfit Corporation (Lucky Dog Sponsor), KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Sponsor), XYZ Machining (Season Sportsman & Crew Chief Sponsor).  In addition, SOD contingency sponsors include: Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, BR Motorsports, Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI), K2W Precision/Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kistler Racing Products, Maxim Racing, Motor City Racing Promotions, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Racing Products, Walker Performance Filtration.

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Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP is getting prepped for SOD’s “Hot August Michigan Weekend,” the first of two consecutive two-day weekends that will have a major impact on not only the SOD season championship, but all three of the season’s mini-series also.

On Friday, SOD rolls into Hartford Motor Speedway for the King Engine Bearings King of Michigan third race of the four-race series.  Chad Blonde was the winner of the first two King of Michigan races and has a commanding KoM point lead over Steve Irwin, Thomas Schinderle, Chris Gurley, and Gregg Dalman.

On Saturday, SOD moves on to the Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash championship race and 4th annual Butler Bash at Butler Motor Speedway.  Ryan Ruhl leads the Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash points over Jay Steinebach, Chad Blonde, Thomas Schinderle, and Joe Swanson.

2001 SOD champion Steve Irwin leads SOD championship points going into this weekend followed by The Perfit Corporation leading SOD series rookie contender Thomas Schinderle, two-time SOD champion Gregg Dalman, 2016 XYZ Machining Sportsman of the Year Mark Aldrich, and The Perfit Corporation SOD series rookie contender Chris Jones.

Full SOD championship, King Engine Bearings King of Michigan, Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash, and MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge points are all posted on the Sprints On Dirt website.

Once this weekend is over, competitors will have to quickly get ready for the “Michigan MegaWeekend” on August 18th for the MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge championship at the Manistee County Fairgrounds and August 19th for the Allstar Performance Open Wheel Spectacular at Merritt Speedway.  The Merritt race will be SOD’s milestone 900th race.

Check out King Engine Bearings at www.kingbearings.com and Hartford Speedway at www.hartfordspeedway.net.  Get to know Driven Racing Oil at www.drivenracingoil.com and Butler Motor Speedway at www.butlerspeedway.net.

For more information about Engine Pro go to www.enginepro.com.  For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com.

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP is brought to you in 2017 by many important sponsor partners including: Engine Pro (Title Sponsor), ARP (Title Sponsor), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire), MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor), Driven Racing Oil (Battlegrounds Bash Sponsor), King Engine Bearings (King of Michigan Sponsor), Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition (Fast Masters Sponsor), Engler Machine & Tool (Heat Race Sponsor), COMP Cams (Heat Race Sponsor), RockAuto.com (Heat Race Sponsor), The Perfit Corporation (Lucky Dog Sponsor), KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Sponsor), XYZ Machining (Season Sportsman & Crew Chief Sponsor).  In addition, SOD contingency sponsors include: Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, BR Motorsports, Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI), K2W Precision/Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kistler Racing Products, Maxim Racing, Motor City Racing Promotions, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Racing Products, Walker Performance Filtration.

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