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ERIE, MI (July 23, 2018) –Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP returns to Hartford Speedway this Friday, July 27th, for the third of five 2018 King Engine Bearings King of Michigan races.

Ryan Ruhl took KoM race 1 on July 6th over Chad Blonde and Gregg Dalman after it had been rained out twice.  Chad Blonde took the KoM win on July 13th with Steve Irwin finishing second and Shawn Valenti taking third.

With outstanding racing in the first two KoM races, this Friday promises to be a real crowd pleaser.  The wide track’s multiple grooves provide plenty of room and three-wide racing.

The rest of the 2018 King Engine Bearings KoM series at Hartford includes race #4 presented by Merritt Speedway and Ti22 Performance on August 10th and the King Engine Bearings King of Michigan finale on August 31st.

The 2018 King Engine Bearings King of Michigan champion will receive $1,000.  The top five drivers that meet eligibility requirements will share in the point fund.  Current top five are:

iiiiiiiiiiiii1          5B        Chad Blonde                292
iiiiiiiiiiiii2          7          Shawn Valenti              251
iiiiiiiiiiiii3          49T      Gregg Dalman             227
iiiiiiiiiiiii4          0          Ricky Ferkel                 226
iiiiiiiiiiiii5          10S      Jay Steinebach            225

The 2018 Sprints On Dirt Championship point fund will pay the top twelve SOD members in points that meet eligibility requirements.  Current SOD Championship top five are:

iiiiiiiiiiiii1          5B        Chad Blonde                976
iiiiiiiiiiiii2          7          Shawn Valenti              926
iiiiiiiiiiiii3          0          Ricky Ferkel                 786
iiiiiiiiiiiii4          10S      Jay Steinebach            779
iiiiiiiiiiiii5          8          Justin Ward                  689

The 2018 Motul Leader of the Pack divides the season into four stages.  Each stage finish is based on SOD points earned during the stage.  The Motul Leader of the Pack Champion will be the driver that meets eligibility requirements with the best average finishing position for all stages.  The LoP will pay a five-place point fund with the champion earning $1,000.  Chad Blonde was the winner of Stage 1 and Shawn Valenti won Stage 2.  The July 27th KoM is the last race of Stage 3.  Current Stage 3 standings are:

iiiiiiiiiiiii1          5B        Chad Blonde                422
iiiiiiiiiiiii2          7          Shawn Valenti               401
iiiiiiiiiiiii3          0          Ricky Ferkel                  348
iiiiiiiiiiiii4          10S      Jay Steinebach             315
iiiiiiiiiiiii5          24        Eric Smith                     304

All current, complete SOD point standing can be found on the Sprints On Dirt website.

For more information about King Engine Bearings, go to www.kingbearings.com.  Check out Hartford Speedway at www.hartfordspeedway.net.  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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ERIE, MI (July 15, 2018) – Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP took on the racy 3/8 mile Crystal Motor Speedway last night for the second time in 2018 for the MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge Race #3.  Fostoria, Ohio’s Shawn Valenti drove an impressive race to take the victory, his second SOD win of the year utilizing a Gressman Powersports engine.

In spite of challenging hot, sunny weather, speedway owner/promoter Ron Flinn had the track surface ready for fast qualifying times.  Jay Steinebach, Hudsonville, Michigan; Steve Irwin, Fenton, Michigan; and Thomas Schinderle, Berkley, Michigan; were heat race fast qualifiers.  Irwin was overall fast-timer at 12.303.

Brad Lamberson, Parma, Michigan, took the Engler Machine & Tool heat over Steinebach and John Gall, Elsie, Michigan.  Chad Blonde, Litchfield, Michigan, Friday’s King Engine Bearings King of Michigan feature winner, looked strong, winning the COMP Cams heat over Irwin and Valenti.  Robert Huisken, Marne, Michigan, in his first 2018 SOD race, took the RockAuto.com heat over Ricky Ferkel, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and Schinderle.

The twenty-five-lap feature started with pole sitter Steve Irwin grabbing the early lead.  Fourth starter Jay Steinebach showing some early speed, but a rear end issue ended his race early.  It was eighth starter Valenti quickly driving to the front and after a couple laps challenging Irwin; he then set a torrid pace, opening up a several car-length lead over Irwin.  The race was slowed by a pair of cautions, but it had little effect on Valenti as he motored away from the field, each time.  Eleventh place starter Boston, Mead, Onsted, Michigan quietly cut through the field and passed Steve Irwin for second late in the race.  Valenti charged to a straight away win over Mead and Irwin.

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

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 12.675 10S Jay Steinebach
COMP Cams Heat 12.303 0 Steve Irwin
RockAuto.com Heat 13.266 41 Thomas Schinderle

Heat Races

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 27K Brad Lamberson
2 10s Jay Steinebach
3 81 John Gall Benic Enterprises
4 5QB Quentin Blonde Racing Optics
5 91L Lexi Adgate
6 52 Zac Broughman
7 29 Daryl Shaffer
8 89 Chris Pobanz

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 5B Chad Blonde
2 0 Steve Irwin
3 7 Shawn Valenti Benic Enterprises
4 27B Boston Mead Racing Optics
5 3A Mike Astrauskas
6 35 Justin Ward
7 24 Eric Smith

 

RockAuto.com Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 46 Robert Huisken
2 0 Ricky Ferkel
3 41 Thomas Schinderle Benic Enterprises
4 77 Andrew Scheid Racing Optics
5 5 Andy Teunessen
6 31 Tanner Astrauskas
7 8W Josh Ward

Feature

  # Driver Awards Contingencies
1 7 Shawn Valenti Rod End Supply
2 27B Boston Mead Jim Coffey & Son Rod End Supply
3 0 Steve Irwin Rod End Supply
4 5B Chad Blonde Schoenfeld Headers
5 41 Thomas Schinderle
6 0 Ricky Ferkel Allstar Performance
7 5 Andy Teunessen
8 46 Robert Huisken
9 5QB Quentin Blonde King Racing Products
10 3A Mike Astrauskas
11 81 John Gall
12 91L Lexi Adgate
13 35 Justin Ward
14 89 Chris Pobanz
15 24 Eric Smith
16 29 Daryl Shaffer
17 31 Tanner Astrauskas
18 77 Andrew Scheid
19 27K Brad Lamberson
20 10S Jay Steinebach
21 52 Zac Broughman
DNS 8W Josh Ward

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Boston Mead (+9)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Jay Steinebach
ARP Lucky Dog – Zac Broughman
Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Jay Steinebach, Josh Ward

For more information about Engine Pro go to www.enginepro.com.  For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com.  The full 2018 Sprints on Dirt schedule, rules, current news, and other information are available at www.sprintsondirt.com.

 

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ERIE, MI (July 14, 2018) –The King Engine Bearings King of Michigan Race #2 at Hartford Speedway on Friday the 13th was just what Litchfield, Michigan’s Chad Blonde needed.  After being the bride’s maid several times this season, Blonde drove his Krieger Racing Engines powered Maxim to victory to the delight of the large, enthusiastic crowd that braved sweltering temperatures to see a great night of racing.

Steve Irwin, Fenton, Michigan, won the Engler Machine & Tool heat over Jay Steinebach, Hudsonville, Michigan, and Dustin Shriver, South Bend, Indiana.  Andy Teunessen, Kalamazoo, Michigan, looked strong, winning the COMP Cams heat over Shawn Valenti, Fostoria, Ohio, and open-wheel standout Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, California.  The RockAuto.com heat was worth the price of admission as Gregg Dalman (360 ci engine), Bellevue, Michigan, and Chad Blonde (410 ci engine), Litchfield, Michigan, put on a spectacular show swapping the lead numerous times with Dalman finally claiming the win over Blonde and 2016 SOD champion Brian Smith, Fremont, Ohio.

Pole starter Jay Steinebach led lap one before Blonde took the lead on lap two from his outside front row starting position.  Blonde was in command, opening up a big lead as Steve Irwin, moved into second on lap six.  Gregg Dalman, running a strong third, brought out the caution on lap twelve trying to avoid contact with a lapped car, ending his race.  The caution gave Irwin a chance to challenge Blonde, and he momentarily inched ahead between turns one and two a lap later.  Blonde was too strong though and motored away to a decisive win.

Sprints On Dirt returns to Hartford Speedway, July 27, August 10 for KoM race #4 presented by Merritt Speedway and Ti22 Performance.  The King Engine Bearings King of Michigan finale takes place on August 31.

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

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 14.783 0 Steve Irwin
COMP Cams Heat 15.535 00 Thomas Meseraull
RockAuto.com Heat 15.749 5B Chad Blonde

 

Heat Races

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 0 Steve Irwin
2 10s Jay Steinebach
3 3 Dustin Shriver Benic Enterprises
4 58 Tony Bures Racing Optics
5 24 Eric Smith
6 52 Zac Broughman
7 18 Michael Summers

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 5 Andy Teunessen
2 7 Shawn Valenti
3 00 Thomas Meseraull Benic Enterprises
4 11 Trey Smith Racing Optics
5 4 Tyler Fitzpatrick
6 8 Justin Ward
7 1a Mark Aldrich

 

RockAuto.com Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 49T Gregg Dalman
2 5B Chad Blonde
3 2+ Brian Smith
4 5QB Quentin Blonde Racing Optics
5 0 Ricky Ferkel
6 24+ Mike Schumacher
7 8W Josh Ward
8 27W Ty Williams

 

Feature

  # Driver Awards Contingencies
1 5B Chad Blonde Rod End Supply
2 0 Steve Irwin Jim Coffey & Son Rod End Supply
3 7 Shawn Valenti Rod End Supply
4 00 Thomas Meseraull Schoenfeld Headers
5 10s Jay Steinebach ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 2+ Brian Smith
7 5 Andy Teunessen
8 0 Ricky Ferkel
9 3 Dustin Shriver King Racing Products
10 11 Trey Smith
11 5QB Quentin Blonde Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 4 Tyler Fitzpatrick
13 58 Tony Bures
14 18 Michael Summers
15 24 Eric Smith
16 24+ Mike Schumacher
17 27W Ty Williams
18 52 Zac Broughman
19 49T Gregg Dalman
20 8W Josh Ward
21 8 Justin Ward
22 1a Mark Aldrich

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Thomas Meseraull (+4)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Thomas Meseraull
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Tyler Fitzpatrick
ARP Corporation Lucky Dog – Justin Ward
Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Mark Aldrich

For more information about King Engine Bearings, go to www.kingbearings.com.  Check out Hartford Speedway at www.hartfordspeedway.net.  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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ERIE, MI (July 9, 2018) – Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP announces two schedule changes.

First, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Saturday, August 25th, race at Merritt Speedway has been canceled.

Second, a King Engine Bearings King of Michigan presented by Merritt Speedway and Ti22 Performance race has been add to the schedule on Friday, August 10th.

Check out Hartford Speedway at www.hartfordspeedway.net and Merritt Speedway at https://merrittspeedwaymi.com/. Get to know Ti22 Performance at https://www.ti22performance.com/.

For more information about King Engine Bearings, go to www.kingbearings.com. You will find Engine Pro at 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.

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP is brought to you in 2018 by:
Engine Pro (Title Sponsor)
ARP (Title Sponsor)
Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire)
MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor)
King Engine Bearings (Hartford King of Michigan Sponsor)
Motul (Leader of the Pack Sponsor)
Lane Automotive (Fast Masters Cosponsor)
MSD Ignition (Fast Masters Cosponsor)
Engler Machine & Tool (Heat Race Sponsor)
COMP Cams (Heat Race Sponsor)
RockAuto.com (Heat Race Sponsor)
ARP (Lucky Dog Sponsor)
KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Sponsor)
Allstar Performance (Better Luck Next Time Sponsor)
The Perfit Corporation (Series Rookie of the Year Sponsor)
The Perfit Corporation (Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Sponsor)
Jim Coffey and Son Plumbing & Heating (Deuced It! Sponsor)
XYZ Machining (Sportsman of the Year Sponsor)
XYZ Machining (Crew Chief of the Year Sponsor)
Noizee 1 Motorsports (Bags o’ Money Awards)

SOD 2018 contingency sponsor partners are:
Allstar Performance ATL Racing Fuel Cells
Benic Enterprises BR Motorsports
Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI) Hepfner Racing Products (HRP)
J & J Auto Racing Keizer Aluminum Wheels
King 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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ERIE, MI (July 7, 2018) – After being rained out twice, the third attempt proved to be a charm for the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt race #1 of the King Engine Bearings King of Michigan at Hartford Speedway Friday night.  It was Ryan Ruhl’s night to rule in his Krieger Racing Engines powered Maxim as he was the Lane Automotive/MSD Ignitions Faster Master in qualifying for his heat, won the RockAuto.com heat race, won the feature, then proposed to long-time girlfriend Courtney Squires in victory lane to the delight of the large, enthusiastic crowd.

Fastest qualifier and Engler Machine & Tool heat race winner Chad Blonde started on the pole after Braxton drew the number one pill in the King Engine Bearings Kids Feature Draw.  Third place starter Brett Mann got out of shape in turn one of the first lap after a tire bleeder stuck and Eli Lakin got caught up in the melee and flipped, ending the race for both.  On the restart, Michael Schumacher came to a stop in turn three with a shredded right rear tire.

Once back under green, Blonde looked like he was in control as he masterfully negotiated traffic, to maintain a twenty-car lead over Ruhl who started fourth and moved into second on lap two.  A caution on lap ten gave Ruhl (Coldwater, MI) a chance to deal with Blonde on an open track and he shot under Blonde to take the lead on lap 11.  Although Blonde stayed close to Ruhl for a few laps, the lead grew throughout the race and a caution resulting in a green, white, checkered finish was no problem for Ruhl who stuck to his mid to low line to take the win.  A few more laps may have proven disastrous for Ruhl as his left rear tire was slowly losing air and victory lane photos showed just how low the tire was; it eventually went flat in post-race celebration.

It was an interesting race that demonstrated the success of SOD’s “Beyond Limits” format utilizing Hoosier spec tires.  Winner Ruhl and second-place Blonde were powered by 410s and third-place Gregg Dalman and fourth-place Andy Teunessen had 360 motors.

Joining Ruhl and Blonde as Lane Automotive/MSD Ignitions Fast Masters and heat race winners was Joe Swanson in the COMP Cams heat race.

It was announced that a date has been added for Sprints On Dirt at Hartford Speedway, Friday, August 10 for a race sponsored by Ti22 Performance.  SOD also returns to Hartford Speedway for already scheduled KoM dates July 13, July 27, and August 31.1

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

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 14.851 5B Chad Blonde
COMP Cams Heat 15.615 7J Joe Swanson
RockAuto.com Heat 15.882 71H Ryan Ruhl

Heat Races

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 5B Chad Blonde
2 7 Shawn Valenti
3 27B Boston Mead Benic Enterprises
4 10s Jay Steinebach Racing Optics
5 4 Tyler Fitzpatrick
6 8 Justin Ward
7 70 Eli Lakin

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 7J Joe Swanson
2 5 Andy Tuenessen
3 18 Michael Summers Benic Enterprises
4 1a Mark Aldrich Racing Optics
5 3 Dustin Shriver
6 24 Eric Smith
7 52 Zac Broughman

 

RockAuto.com Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 71H Ryan Ruhl
2 19 Brett Mann
3 49T Gregg Dalman Benic Enterprises
4 0 Ricky Ferkel Racing Optics
5 11 Trey Smith
6 24+ Mike Schumacher
7 8W Josh Ward

Feature

  # Driver Awards Contingencies
1 71H Ryan Ruhl Rod End Supply
2 5b Chad Blonde Jim Coffey & Son Rod End Supply
3 49T Gregg Dalman Rod End Supply
4 5 Andy Tuenessen
5 27B Boston Mead ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 7J Joe Swanson
7 4 Tyler Fitzpatrick
8 7 Shawn Valenti
9 1a Mark Aldrich King Racing Products
10 0 Ricky Ferkel
11 3 Dustin Shriver Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 8 Justin Ward
13 24 Eric Smith
14 18 Michael Summers
15 10s Jay Steinebach
16 8W Josh Ward
17 11 Trey Smith
18 24+ Mike Schumacher
19 19 Brett Mann
20 70 Eli Lakin
21 52 Zac Broughman

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Gregg Dalman (+6), Tyler Fitzpatrick (+6)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Mark Aldrich
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Justin Ward
ARP Corporation Lucky Dog – Joe Swanson
Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Zac Broughman

For more information about King Engine Bearings, go to www.kingbearings.com.  Check out Hartford Speedway at www.hartfordspeedway.net.  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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