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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.

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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) (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 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 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 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


  # 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

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ERIE, MI (July 2, 2018) – The King is back, and going big in July, with the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Month of the King, including three King Engine Bearings King of Michigan races!  The KoM opener was rained out on May 18 and again on June 8, so we travel to Hartford Speedway for the first 2018 KoM race this Friday, July 6.

SOD teams kick off the Month of the King Friday, then return to Hartford on July 13 for the KoM round 2.  SOD will race at Crystal Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 14, for the season’s third MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge race on July 14.  The month is capped off at Hartford on July 27 for the KoM round 3.

The 2018 KoM Champion will be crowned at the series finale on August 31.  The champion will have a guaranteed starting spot in the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Mike Olrich Memorial Race at Crystal Motor Speedway on September 1st.  The King Engine Bearings King of Michigan will pay a point fund to the top five at the 2018 Sprints On Dirt Awards Banquet at the Battle Creek (MI) Holiday Inn on Saturday, October 27.

Chad Blonde won the first three 2017 KoM races, including a record 5 minute and 25 second, non-stop feature on August 11th; Ryan Ruhl won the 2017 KoM finale.  Blonde won the KoM points championship over Steve Irwin (2001 & 2017 SOD champion), Gregg Dalman (2015 SOD champion), and Thomas Schinderle (2017 SOD Series Rookie of the Year).

For more information about King Engine Bearings, go to  Check out Hartford Speedway at

The race will be the first of four races of the Motul Leader of the Pack Stage 3.  The LoP consists of four stages including all SOD races through September 1.  Each stage finish is based on SOD points earned during the stage.  The Motul Leader of the Pack Champion will be the driver with the best average finishing position for all stages and will pay a five-place point fund at the 2018 Awards Banquet.  Chad Blonde won Stage 1 of the LoP.  Shawn Valenti won Stage 2.

Blonde currently leads SOD championship points over Shawn Valenti and Ryan Ruhl.

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