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ERIE, MI (June 30, 2018) – There have been a few questions recently among Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP competitors.  This bulletin is being provided for the benefit of SOD teams.

As with any speedways and series, it is the responsibility of each team to know the rules that they are racing under.  The complete Sprint On Dirt rule book is available online at https://goo.gl/xZEoMG.

 Raceceivers

The Sprints On Dirt default channel is now channel 000, 454.0000 frequency.  This is the channel the raceceiver will default to when replacing the battery.  It may be necessary to use another channel at times, and it will be announced at the speedway when required.  INSTALL A NEW BATTERY FOR EACH RACE DAY.

 Mufflers

Unaltered mufflers or inserts are required at all tracks.  Inserts can be purchased from Sprints On Dirt at every race.

Car Specifications (rule book excerpt)

3.4.      Car number: Number must be prominently displayed on both sides of the fuel cell, both sides of the top wing, and top of the center section of the top wing.

3.5.      Electronic devices and battery-powered devices: Only the following devices are allowed:
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iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiOil pressure warning lights
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3.5.1.   Traction control devices are not allowed.

3.5.2.   Other devices are not allowed unless prior written approval has been given.  Unapproved devices will be confiscated.  This includes all devices that use any power such as batteries, internal power supplies, wind-up, etc.

Top Wings (rule book excerpt)

6.2.      No wicker bills or Gurney lips permitted on center foil unless center foil is totally flat. If flat, a one-inch wicker bill is allowed.

6.6.2.   Sideboards: Top wing sideboards maximum size, 72 inches long and 30 inches tall. Panels must be of one-piece construction. Panels must be fabricated flat. Turnouts on all edges of the wing must not exceed 1 1/4” perpendicular to the sideboard x 1 1/4” from the rear of the sideboard forward.  The entire panel must remain perpendicular to the center foil. No bending the side panel and/or moving the braces to kick out the right side panel.

The Sprints on Dirt schedule, rules, current news, and other information are available at www.sprintsondirt.com.

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

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ERIE, MI (June 23, 2018) – Shawn Valenti, Fostoria, Ohio, took the MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP win at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan, last night.  The entire program was run in typical SOD fashion without a single caution all night in front of a capacity crowd.

The night started out under sunny skies before light rain started falling.  It was not initially enough to halt the program, however, the rain increased and halted racing around 7:00 PM.  After a medical emergency and almost two hours of a huge effort by the track crew, racing resumed with the SOD feature taking the track first.

In qualifying before the rain, Steve Irwin, Fenton, Michigan, tied the track record at 11.107.  Thomas Schinderle and Gregg Dalman looked strong in taking the Engler Machine & Tool and COMP Cams heat races.

Valenti started on the pole for the feature and led all twenty-five laps of the feature completed in just over five minutes.  But it was not easy as Steve Irwin made several serious challenges, even pulling along side the leader.  Irwin dropped to third on lap eighteen then fourth on lap 24.  Ryan Ruhl took second on lap 18 where he finished.  Chad Blonde moved up seven places to finish third.

Steve and Erika Puvalowski, Tri-City Motor Speedway owners/promoters and their entire staff did a tremendous, relentless job of getting the race program in under very difficult conditions.  As a result, the full house enjoyed an exciting, action-packed night of racing.

Blonde leads SOD championship points over Valenti and Ruhl.  Blonde also leads Ruhl and Valenti in MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge points.  Valenti won stage 2 of the Motul Leader of the Pack over Chad Blonde with Jay Steinebach and Ricky Ferkel tied for third.

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

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 11.107 0 Steve Irwin
COMP Cams Heat 11.368 71H Ryan Ruhl

Heat Races

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 41 Thomas Schinderle
2 0 Ricky Ferkel
3 0 Steve Irwin Benic Enterprises
4 22M Dan McCarron Racing Optics
5 1a Mark Aldrich
6 24 Eric Smith
DNS 5QB Quentin Blonde

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 49T Gregg Dalman
2 71H Ryan Ruhl
3 7 Shawn Valenti Benic Enterprises
4 10a Jay Steinebach Racing Optics
5 5b Chad Blonde
6 8W Josh Ward
DNS 8 Justin Ward

Feature

  # Driver Awards Contingencies
1 7 Shawn Valenti Rod End Supply
2 71H Ryan Ruhl Jim Coffey & Son Rod End Supply
3 5b Chad Blonde Rod End Supply
4 0 Steve Irwin Schoenfeld Headers
5 41 Thomas Schinderle
6 0 Ricky Ferkel Allstar Performance
7 10a Jay Steinebach
8 22M Dan McCarron
9 49T Gregg Dalman King Racing Products
10 8W Josh Ward
11 24 Eric Smith Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 1a Mark Aldrich
DNS 8 Justin Ward
DNS 5QB Quentin Blonde

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Chad Blonde (+7)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Ricky Ferkel
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Mark Aldrich
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Josh Ward
Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Quentin Blonde

Check out the Tri-City Motor Speedway website at www.tricityracetrack.com and its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tricitymotorspeedway.  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.

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ERIE, MI (June 19, 2018) – Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP returns to Tri-City Motor Speedway, Auburn, Michigan, on Friday, June 22 for the first time since 2015.

The race will be the second of five SOD MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge races.  The first BLC race was at Crystal Motor Speedway on April 28 where recent high school graduate Zane DeVault drove his 360 cubic inch sprinter to a narrow victory over Chad Blonde.

Tri-City is a slightly banked 3/8-mile track that is a fan favorite.  It is recognized for its emphasis on family-focused entertainment, fan involvement, and efficiently run race programs.

Sprints On Dirt last raced at TCMS twice in 2015.  Ryan Ruhl won his third SOD feature of the season on June 4.  Floridian Kyle Pitts, now a Polk County, Florida, deputy sheriff, picked up his only SOD win on July 17.

Chad Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan) currently leads SOD Championship points over Shawn Valenti (Fostoria, Ohio) and Josh Turner (Osseo, Michigan).  Zane DeVault (Plymouth, Indiana) leads MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge points.  Blonde is in second and Matt Foos (Fremont, Ohio) is in third.

Check out the Tri-City Motor Speedway website at www.tricityracetrack.com and its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tricitymotorspeedway.  Check out Engine Pro online at www.enginepro.com and ARP atwww.arp-bolts.com.  Go to www.sprintsondirt.com for rules, schedule information, member forms, and other information and follow SOD on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sprintsondirt.

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Josh Turner with his 2018 WWIII winner trophy.  Photo by Jim DenHamer

ERIE, MI (June 17, 2018) – Josh Turner (Osseo, MI) drove to a spectacular Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP win at Butler Speedway’s WWIII, the second Hog Creek Showdown race Saturday night.

Top Shelf Turner utilized his Gressman Powersports engine and J&J Auto Racing chassis and the track’s top ridge, often slipping over it, blasting by Chad Blonde to the delight of the huge crowd for the win.  Former multi-time Butler champion car owner Tom Dale, turned the wrenches to fine tune Turner’s machine.

Turner started on the pole for the feature with Shawn Valenti.  Valenti took the early lead as Turner was down to third by the end of the first lap and eventually fell to fifth place.  On lap seven, Chad Blonde blasted by Valenti who dropped to fourth by lap 13.

While there was plenty of action up front, all eyes were on Ryan Ruhl.  Ruhl, forced to start twentieth due to a heat race issue, made an impressive charge to fifth by lap twelve before a cut right front tire ended his race early.  It was deja vu with a flat tire taking Ruhl out of contention at the Butler SOD race on May 19.

Meanwhile, back up front, Turner was searching for a way to correct his backslide.  In fifth place on lap nine, Turner moved to fourth on lap ten, third on lap 13, and second on lap 16.  On lap twenty-two, Turner charged past Chad Blonde and withheld cautions and Blonde’s attempts to retake the lead, driving off to a three-car length win.

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

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 14.253 7 Shawn Valenti
COMP Cams Heat 14.272 27B Boston Mead
RockAuto.com Heat 15.008 71H Ryan Ruhl

Heat Races

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 7 Shawn Valenti
2 10s Jay Steinebach
3 11 Trey Smith Benic Enterprises
4 7J Joe Swanson Racing Optics
5 0 Ricky Ferkel
6 29 Daryl Shaffer
7 8 Justin Ward
8 66 Kyle Stepke

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 41 Thomas Schinderle
2 4T Josh Turner
3 39 Tylar Rankin Benic Enterprises
4 77 Andrew Scheid Racing Optics
5 1a Mark Aldrich
6 52 Zac Broughman
7 6 Tyler Bearden
8 27B Boston Mead

 

RockAuto.com Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 27K Jason Blonde
2 5b Chad Blonde
3 24+ Mike Schumaker Benic Enterprises
4 96M Josh Mohr
5 24 Eric Smith
6 8W Josh Ward
7 71H Ryan Ruhl

Feature

  # Driver Awards Contingencies
1 4T Josh Turner Rod End Supply
2 5b Chad Blonde Jim Coffey & Son Rod End Supply
3 7 Shawn Valenti Rod End Supply
4 7J Joe Swanson Schoenfeld Headers
5 10s Jay Steinebach ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 0 Ricky Ferkel
7 27K Jason Blonde
8 77 Andrew Scheid
9 1a Mark Aldrich King Racing Products
10 24+ Mike Schumaker
11 96M Josh Mohr Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 11 Trey Smith
13 29 Daryl Shaffer
14 52 Zac Broughman
15 66 Kyle Stepke
16 39 Tylar Rankin
17 8 Justin Ward
18 71H Ryan Ruhl
19 41 Thomas Schinderle
20 6 Tyler Bearden
21 8W Josh Ward
22 24 Eric Smith
DNS 27B Boston Mead

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Ricky Ferkel (+7)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Chad Blonde
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Kyle Stepke
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Josh Ward
Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Tyler Bearden

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ERIE, MI (June 11, 2018) – A fan-favorite special event at Butler Motor Speedway, the WWIII race, will be run this Saturday in partnership with Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP.  The race will also be the second Hog Creek Showdown.

This year’s WWIII winner will be awarded a unique trophy custom designed and built by Tylar Rankin.  The polished stainless steel and black wood 4’-7” tall trophy is topped off by a large globe and accented by small glass globes and black graphics.


Going into the second of the four Hog Creek Showdown races, Chase Ridenour (Perry, Michigan) leads Boston Mead (Onsted, Michigan), Chad Blonde, Shawn Valenti, and Dan McCarron (Britton, Michigan).  The 2018 Hog Creek Showdown will conclude with the two-day Butler Bash on Friday, August 3, and Saturday, August 4.

In SOD season championship points, Litchfield, Michigan’s Chad Blonde holds the early lead over Plymouth, Indiana’s Zane DeVault.  Shawn Valenti (Fostoria, Ohio), Gregg Dalman (Bellevue, Michigan), and Ryan Ruhl (Coldwater, Michigan) complete the top five.

Butler Motor Speedway and Sprints On Dirt continue to work together to ensure a strong future for sprint car racing in Michigan.  In a move that is sure to benefit fans and competitors alike, Butler reduced the track banking by about one-third and widened the racing surface over the offseason.

For more information about Butler Motor Speedway, go to www.butlerspeedway.net and the speedway’s Facebook page at https://goo.gl/csxUkX.  To learn more about Engine Pro, go to www.enginepro.com.  For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com.  Follow SOD at www.sprintsondirt.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sprintsondirt.

 

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