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SOD Season Opener at Crystal Motor Speedway tonight is cancelled due to weather. It is rescheduled for Saturday, May 14th.

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Crystal,Mi (Sept. 5th 2015)- Ryan Ruhl captured the 25 lap Engine Pro, Sprints On Dirt, presented by ARP “Mike Olrich Memorial” at Crystal Motor Speeday Saturday in front of a packed house. Gregg Dalman became the series 2015 Champion after his 11th place finish tonight and Kyle Pitts captured the Short Track Challenge championship following his 5th place finish.

The “Mike Olrich Memorial” was originally set for July but suffered a rainout, therefore the event recalling the very popular former series director was made up on the Labor Day weekend visit to the 1/3 mile facility.

Craig Karazim would start on the pole of the feature with Kyle Pitts along side. Pitts led at the green with 3rd starting Ryan Ruhl quickly disposing of Karazim and setting his sights on Pitts. Pitts managed to hold Ruhl at bay for several laps but lap 10 saw Ruhl go low, pulling even with Pitts with the duo running side by side for two laps until Ruhl completed the pass and took command. Max Stambaugh in the #17 was now pressuring Pitts and moved into 2nd.

With less than five laps remaining, Ruhl encountered heavy lapped traffic. Stambaugh pounced and wrestled the lead away but Ruhl was strong and drove back around Stambaugh. 16th starting Dustin Daggett had advanced to third just as laps were running out. As the checkers waved, Ruhl drove under them followed by Stambaugh, Daggett, Kyle Sauder and Pitts.

A nice field 27 strong, saw heats won by Buckeyes Sauder, Stambaugh, Devon Dobie and John Gall. Troy Chehowski picked up the B main win.

Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP
Mike Olrich Memorial
Crystal Motor Speedway
Crystal, MI
Saturday September 5, 2015

Comp Cams / Lane Automotive Heat Race #1 (8 Laps): 1. 83 – Kyle Sauder, 2. 16 – Ryan Ruhl, 3. 11R – Chase Ridenour, 4. 1A – Mark Aldrich, 5. 89 – Chris Pobanz, 6. 23G – Joe Geibe, 7. 50B – Mike Burns. (Top four finishers transferred to the A-Main)

Kistler Racing Products Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 17H – Max Stambaugh, 2. 4 – Craig Karazim, 3. 22M – Dan McCarron, 4. 49T – Gregg Dalman, 5. 21T – Troy Chehowski, 6. 20A – Andy Chehowski, 7. 2T – Ralph Brakenberry. (Top four finishers transferred to the A-Main)

Allstar Performance / Engler Machine and Tool Heat Race #3 (8 Laps): 1. 23 – Devon Dobie, 2. 7K – Kyle Pitts, 3. 27 – Brad Lamberson, 4. 19 – Brett Mann, 5. 7 – Nic Rogers, 6. 47 – Brian Smith, 7. 3 – Tank Brakenberry. (Top four finishers transferred to the A-Main)

Hoosier Tire Heat Race #4 (8 Laps): 1. 81 – John Gall, 2. 84 – Kyle Poortenta, 3. 11G – Luke Griffith, 4. 2M – Dustin Daggett, 5. 46 – Robert Huisken. DNS: 31 – Andy Teunessen. (Top four finishers transferred to the A-Main)

B-Main (10 Laps): 1. 21T – Troy Chehowski, 2. 89 – Chris Pobanz, 3. 47 – Eric Smith, 4. 7 – Nic Rogers, 5. 20A – Andy Chehowski, 6. 23G – Joe Geibe, 7. 50B – Mike Burns, 8. 46 – Robert Huisken, 9. 3T – Tank Brakenberry, 10. 2T – Ralph Brakenberry.

A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 16 – Ryan Ruhl, 2. 17H – Max Stambaugh, 3. 2M – Dustin Daggett, 4. 83 – Kyle Sauder, 5. 7K – Kyle Pitts, 6. 11R – Chase Ridenour, 7. 4 – Craig Karazim, 8. 23 – Devon Dobie, 9. 22M – Dan McCarron, 10. 19 – Brett Mann, 11. 49T – Gregg Dalman, 12. 11G – Luke Griffith, 13. 7 – Nic Rogers, 14. 1A – Mark Aldrich, 15. 21T – Troy Chehowski, 16. 89 – Chris Pobanz, 17. 27 – Brad Lamberson, 18. 84 – Kyle Poortenga, 19. 81 – John Gall, 20. 47 – Brian Smith.

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Sauder wins at Hartford

September 5, 2015 by

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Hartford, MI — (September 4, 2015) — Even though it had been almost 10 years since visiting Hartford Speedway Kyle Sauder looked as sharp as ever around the massive half mile oval picking up the feature victory Friday with the Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP. Sauder took the lead from Ryan Ruhl while negotiating slower traffic and held on following a late race restart for the victory in the CH Motorsports car.

For Sauder ripping around Hartford’s half mile was like putting on his favorite pair of shoes after not wearing them for a long time.

“I love this place. It’s big and fast. Ryan (Ruhl) made me work for the win tonight,” said Sauder. “These guys are pretty good up here, and just to come up here once a year and win is great. I’m just glad to get CH Motorsports with Terry Hendricks in victory lane.”

Linden Jones and Gregg Dalman started on the front row for the 20-lap main event. Brett Mann made an aggressive move at the start to make it three wide through turns one and two to lead the opening lap. Ryan Ruhl pounced on Dalman to take over the second spot and immediately started to apply pressure on Mann for the lead when Joe Geibe came to a stop on the front stretch with front end damage. Geibe was forced pit side and was unable to continue.

Ruhl put pressure on Mann for the lead immediately following the restart. Mann was able to hold Ruhl at bay for one lap until Ruhl successfully executed a side job on lap three to take the lead off of turn two. Two laps later Sauder moved past Mann into second. Then while Mann and Dustin Daggett were racing for third the duo made contact on the front stretch on lap six with Mann sliding to a stop and Daggett forced pit side with damage to his car. Both cars suffered too much damage to continue.

Ruhl motored away from Sauder during the restart. Ruhl maintained a sizeable advantage until encountering slower traffic on lap 11. With five laps to go Ruhl approached a slower car and drifted up the track in turns three and four, allowing Sauder to take the lead. Ruhl went for a while ride through the grass in turn one, somehow holding onto second spot.

Two laps later a scary incident took place when 69 year old Jim Lingar slammed head on into the water barrels in turn four. Amazingly Lingar exited the car under his own power and after a moment to collect his thoughts accepted a golf cart ride back to his pit area.

This setup a three lap dash to the finish. Ruhl took a couple of looks under Sauder, but using the top side of the race track Sauder kept up his momentum and went on to victory. Ruhl held on for second with Dalman, Chase Ridenour, and Kyle Pitts rounding out the top five.

Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt presented by APR
Hartford Speedway
Hartford, MI
Friday September 4, 2015

Comp Cams / Lane Automotive Heat Race #1 (8 Laps): 1. 2M – Dustin Daggett, 2. 16 – Ryan Ruhl, 3. 23 – Joe Geibe, 4. 11R – Chase Ridenour, 5. 27 – Brad Lamberson, 6. 16B – Dakota Busche, 7. 22OZ – Aaron Shaffer, 8. 20A – Andy Chehowski, 9. 1A – Mark Aldrich.

Kistler Racing Products Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 83 – Kyle Sauder, 2. 19 – Brett Mann, 3. 19J – Linden Jones, 4. 49T – Gregg Dalman, 5. 4 – Craig Karazim, 6. 73 – Dustin Shriver, 7. 7K – Kyle Pitts, 8. 70 – Jim Lingar.

Engine Pro Feature: (20 Laps): 1. 83 – Kyle Sauder, 2. 16 – Ryan Ruhl, 3. 49T – Gregg Dalman, 4. 11R – Chase Ridenour, 5. 7K – Kyle Pitts, 6. 4 – Craig Karazim, 7. 73 – Dustin Shrive,r 8. 19J – Linden Jones, 9. 22OZ – Aaron Shaffer, 10. 1A – Mark Aldrich, 11. 20A – Andy Chehowski, 12. 16B – Dakota Busche, 13. 70 – Jim Lingar, 14. 27 – Brad Lamberson, 15. 2M – Dustin Daggett, 16. 19 – Brett Mann, 17. 23 – Joe Geibe.

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McCarron wins at Merritt

August 22, 2015 by






Merritt, MI — (August 22, 2015) — Dan McCarron picked up his first career feature win in the Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP feature Saturday night at Merritt Speedway.  Andy Teunessen jumped into an early lead from his 2nd place starting position while pole sitter, Brad Lamberson, retired early due to mechanical issues.  Teunessen maintained the lead until lap 18 when he got high coming out of turn four and Gregg Dalman was able to pass him for the lead.  In the meantime, McCarron had worked his way up to 3rd and was challenging the two front runners for the lead.  As the leaders were working through heavy lapped traffic, McCarron was able to slip by both Teunessen and Dalman on lap 20 to pick up the win.  Gregg Dalman, Andy Teunessen, Kyle Pitts, and Craig Karazim rounded out the top five.  Heat race winners for the field of 22 cars were Dan McCarron, Robert Huisken and Brad Lamberson.

Feature: 1. 22 – Dan McCarron, 2. 49T – Gregg Dalman, 3. 31 – Andy Teunessen, 4. 7K – Kyle Pitts, 5. 4 – Craig Karazim, 6. 46 – Robert Huisken, 7. 48 – Mike Burkin, 8. 19 – Brett Mann, 9. 77X – Alex Hill, 10. 1A –Mark Aldrich, 11. 23G – Joe Geibe, 12. 20A – Andy Chehowski, 13. 27X – Jared Lamberson, 14. 47 – Brian Smith, 15. 21T – Troy Chehowski, 16. 84 – Kyle Poortenga, 17. 24 – Eric Smith, 18. 89 – Chris Pobanz, 19. 16B – Dakota Busche, 20. 27 – Brad Lamberson.



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By Bob Buffenbarger

Montpelier, In. – (August 1, 2015) – Mitch Brown used his outside front row starting position to power to the lead from the green flag and went on to an impressive Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP vs K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders win at Montpelier Motor Speedway Saturday night.

As the feature was forming, the 12R of Nick Roberts encountered trouble and took a spill in turn four, but made some hasty repairs and made it back out to start the A with a crumpled wing. Pole setter Kyle Sauder took the green for the 25 lap event and as the field came off turn two, Max Stambaugh lost power in the middle of the pack but luckily all cars were able to avoid contact. Stambaugh was finished for the night though.

A complete restart was in order and things heated up quickly with Brown and Sauder completing lap one side by side with several cars making contact behind the leaders, however the green stayed out. Brown took command early on and stretched his lead some over Sauder with Hud Horton 3rd and Tyler Moore 4th as Phil Gressman, Jared Horstman and Tim Allison were all dicing for 5th.

As the 10th lap was completed, Gressman and Horstman made contact at the stripe with Horstman spinning and bringing out the only caution of the feature. As the green appeared again the order was Brown, Horton, Sauder, Moore and Gressman. Now the 23 of Devon Dobie who started 11th was on the move and took 3rd over on lap 12.

Brown maintained the top spot as racing behind him continued to be intense with now 10th starting Shawn Dancer entering the fray and moving in on Sauder. As the white flag flew, Brown was not challenged but at the checkers it was Horton, Dobie, Dancer and Sauder all under a blanket behind Mitch Brown.

Heats for the 18 cars on hand were won by Hud Horton and Tyler Moore

Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP
Montpelier Motor Speedway
Montpelier, MI
Saturday August 1, 2015

Comp Cams / Lane Automotive Heat Race #1 (8 Laps): 1. 17H – Hud Horton, 2. 10 – Mitch Brown, 3. 17 – Jared Horstman, 4. 28H – Phil Gressman, 5. 6 – Max Stambaugh, 6. 23 – Devon Dobie, 7. 27 – Brad Lamberson, 8. 77 – Zane Devault, 9. 12 – Nick Roberts

Kistler Racing Products Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 12J – Tyler Moore, 2. 83 – Kyle Sauder, 3. 49T – Gregg Dalman, 4. 11 – Tim Allison, 5. 49 – Shawn Dancer, 6. 22R – Kevin Roberts, Jr., 7. 6S – J.R. Stewart, 8. 8J – Jess Stiger, 9. 7K – Kyle Pitts

Engine Pro Feature (25-Laps): 1. 10 – Mitch Brown, 2. 17H – Hud Horton, 3. 23 – Devon Dobie, 4. 49 – Shawn Dancer, 5. 83 – Kyle Sauder, 6. 6S – J.R. Stewart, 7. 11 – Tim Allison, 8. 28H – Phil Gressman, 9. 12J – Tyler Moore, 10. 27 – Brad Lamberson, 11. 17 – Jared Horstman, 12. 49T – Gregg Dalman, 13. 7K – Kyle Pitts, 14. 8J – Jess Stiger, 15. 77 – Zane DeVault, 16. 12R – Nick Roberts, 17. 22R – Kevin Roberts, Jr, 18. 6 – Max Stambaugh.

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