Shawn Valenti scores exciting SOD Butler Bash victory


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ERIE, MI (August 5, 2018) – Shawn Valenti, Fostoria, Ohio, powered to victory in the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP finale of the two-night 5th annual Butler Bash at Butler Speedway last night.  Valenti started on the pole for the feature and led all twenty-five laps in his Gressman Powersports powered Triple X Race Co #7 to win over Chad Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan) and Quentin Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan).

The feature line up set the stage for an exciting race with Valenti, 2nd in SOD points, on the pole and point leader Chad Blonde on the outside of the front row.  Valenti took the lead at the start but was under tremendous pressure from Blonde who threw everything he had at the leader searching for a faster groove.  Valenti found a line that was best and stuck with it flawlessly to stay out front.  Traffic was a challenge for the leaders with Valenti having a little easier time of it than Blonde.  Late race restarts showed Valenti was in command for the win.

Josh Turner brought out the red flag on lap 12 when he flipped over the top of the track in turn four.  Ryan Ruhl, running 3rd through the first half of the race, dropped out with mechanical issues on lap 17.  Daryl Shaffer flipped hard at the end of the front straight and Boston Mead stopped with a broken shifter on lap 19.  Mead restarted on the rear and charged to a 5th place finish.  As the checkered flag flew, Ricky Ferkel climbed over Thomas Schinderle’s tire and flipped off of turn 2.

Josh Turner was the fastest qualifier both nights of the Butler Bash.  Boston Mead took the Engler Machine & Tool heat and Josh Turner won the COMP Cams heat race.

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

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 13.628 27B Boston Mead
COMP Cams Heat 13.321 4T Josh Turner

Heat Races

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 5b Chad Blonde
2 39 Tylar Rankin
3 41 Thomas Schinderle Benic Enterprises
4 27B Boston Mead Racing Optics
5 0 Ricky Ferkel
6 1a Mark Aldrich
7 27K Brad Wickham
8 8 Justin Ward
9 52 Zac Broughman
10 29 Daryl Shaffer


COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 71H Ryan Ruhl
2 10s Jay Steinebach
3 7 Shawn Valenti Benic Enterprises
4 5QB Quentin Blonde Racing Optics
5 4T Josh Turner
6 24+ Mike Schumacher
7 6 Tyler Bearden
8 57x Skippy Bradford
9 8W Josh Ward


  # Driver Awards Contingencies
1 7 Shawn Valenti Rod End Supply
2 5b Chad Blonde Jim Coffey & Son Rod End Supply
3 5QB Quentin Blonde Rod End Supply
4 10s Jay Steinebach Schoenfeld Headers
5 27B Boston Mead ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 39 Tylar Rankin Allstar Performance
7 41 Thomas Schinderle
8 1a Mark Aldrich
9 0 Ricky Ferkel
10 8 Justin Ward
11 27K Brad Wickham Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 24+ Mike Schumacher
13 52 Zac Broughman
14 57x Skippy Bradford
15 6 Tyler Bearden
16 29 Daryl Shaffer
17 71H Ryan Ruhl
18 4T Josh Turner
19 8W Josh Ward

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Quentin Blonde (+4)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Tylar Rankin
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Mike Schumacher
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Tylar Rankin
Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Josh Turner

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