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Boston Mead (3rd), winner Thomas Schinderle, Joe Swanson (2nd)

Thomas Schinderle was dialed in as Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP invaded Butler Motor Speedway for the Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash finale/4th Annual Butler Bash Saturday night.  The spectacular show, the last 2017 SOD race at Butler, put an exclamation point on the three-race series.  The Driven Racing Oil, Butler Motor Speedway, Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP partnership was a huge success.

Schinderle (Berkley, MI) not only picked up his first sprint car feature win, but also the $1,000 check as the 2017 Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash points champion.  He started the night in fourth place in the points, but a combination of several factors, including his stellar performance, propelled him to the championship.  Joe Swanson, Chad Blonde, Jay Steinebach, and Steve Irwin will also share in the point fund payout.

It was the “younger generation” in the front row to start the feature, thirteen-year-old leading SOD sprint car rookie of the year candidate Andrew Scheid (Sparta, MI) started from the pole.  Butler competitor nineteen-year-old Quentin Blonde (Litchfield, MI) started outside front row.  After a first lap caution for a Tony Bures spin, Scheid took the lead on the start and looked like anything but a sprint car rookie.

On lap five Joe Swanson (Etna Green, IN) used his experience to grab the lead from Scheid.  Swanson looked fast, but sixth place starter Thomas Schinderle drove by Swanson, winner of the second Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash race, on lap 9 after a crowd-pleasing back and forth battle.

Once out front, Schinderle skillfully worked his way through traffic and maintained a small lead over Swanson.  For a lap twenty-one restart, Chad Blonde had moved into third and all eyes were on him as the race went green.  Schinderle and Swanson were up to the challenge though.  Blonde’s charge ended as he ran over the top of turn three, losing six places.

Josh Shantz , a regular at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario, entered his first Engine Pro Sprints On presented by ARP.  Former Michigander Chad Goff, now an Olathe, Kansas, resident and longtime winged and non-winged, pavement and dirt sprint car competitor also competed in the program.

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

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 13.565 19Z Doug Zimmerman
COMP Cams Heat 14.517 5QB Quentin Blonde
RockAuto.com Heat 15.348 10s Jay Steinebach

Heat Races – Winners $100 each

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 19Z Doug Zimmerman  
2 5b Chad Blonde Kistler Racing Products
3 7J Joe Swanson Racing Optics
4 4T Josh Turner  
5 20A Andy Chehowski  
6 49T Gregg Dalman  
7 21T Troy Chehowski  
8 18x Josh Shantz  
9 6 Tyler Bearden  

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 27b Boston Mead  
2 41 Thomas Schinderle Allstar Performance
3 5QB Quentin Blonde Racing Optics
4 1a Mark Aldrich  
5 9 Chad Goff  
6 9E Tim Evilsizer  
7 10J Chris Jones  
8 27K Ryan Kirkendall  
9 8 Justin Ward  

 

RockAuto.com Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 0 Steve Irwin  
2 77 Andrew Scheid Kistler Racing Products
3 47 Robert Bulloch Racing Optics
4 58 Tony Bures  
5 18 DJ Lamance  
6 17 Dustin Carl  
7 52 Zac Broughman  
8 10s Jay Steinebach  
DNS 12 Mike Baker  

B-Main

  # Driver
1 9E Tim Evilsizer
2 10J Chris Jones
3 49T Gregg Dalman
4 18x Josh Shantz
5 10s Jay Steinebach
6 21T Troy Chehowski
7 8 Justin Ward
8 27K Ryan Kirkendall
9 52 Zac Broughman
10 17 Dustin Carl
11 6 Tyler Bearden

Feature

  # Driver Awards Contingencies
1 41 Thomas Schinderle   Rod End Supply
2 7J Joe Swanson   Rod End Supply
3 27b Boston Mead   Rod End Supply
4 19Z Doug Zimmerman   Schoenfeld Headers
5 0 Steve Irwin   ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 4T Josh Turner    
7 5b Chad Blonde   Allstar Performance
8 77 Andrew Scheid    
9 9 Chad Goff   King Racing Products
10 47 Robert Bulloch    
11 9E Tim Evilsizer   Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 49T Gregg Dalman    
13 18x Josh Shantz    
14 20A Andy Chehowski    
15 10s Jay Steinebach    
16 18 DJ Lamance    
17 58 Tony Bures    
18 5QB Quentin Blonde    
19 10J Chris Jones    
20 1a Mark Aldrich    

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Gregg Dalman (+6)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Steve Irwin
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Gregg Dalman
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Tim Evilsizer

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.

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP is brought to you in 2017 by many important sponsor partners including: Engine Pro (Title Sponsor), ARP (Title Sponsor), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire), MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor), Driven Racing Oil (Battlegrounds Bash Sponsor), King Engine Bearings (King of Michigan Sponsor), Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition (Fast Masters Sponsor), Engler Machine & Tool (Heat Race Sponsor), COMP Cams (Heat Race Sponsor), RockAuto.com (Heat Race Sponsor), The Perfit Corporation (Lucky Dog Sponsor), KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Sponsor), XYZ Machining (Season Sportsman & Crew Chief Sponsor).  In addition, SOD contingency sponsors include: Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, BR Motorsports, Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI), K2W Precision/Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kistler 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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Kenny Wallace helps Chad Blonde and crew celebrate win

Chad Blonde dominated the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt King Engine Bearing King of Michigan Race #3 at Hartford Speedway Friday night.

The large crowd was treated to an impressive display of masterful driving as Blonde charged from his eighth starting position and had little trouble with lapped traffic on the wide, expansive track.  Blonde took the lead from Linden Jones on lap four and drove away from the field.  He was chased to the checkered flag by Ryan Ruhl who took second from Steve Irwin on lap 17.  Ruhl was also impressive as he ran the entire race on seven cylinders, losing a cylinder at the start of the feature.  SOD championship point leader Irwin finished third.  The caution-free feature was completed in just five minutes and twenty-five seconds with only seven cars finishing on the lead lap.

Blonde is perfect in the three King Engine Bearing KoM races so far in 2017 and also won the last SOD race on the old Hartford track configuration last year.  He was also the fastest overall qualifier and heat race winner.  His three wins give him a commanding lead in the King Engine Bearing King of Michigan point standings over Steve Irwin, Gregg Dalman, Thomas Schinderle, and Linden Jones.

The Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition Fast Masters also won their respective heats with Blonde in the Engler Machine & Tool heat, Joe Swanson in the COMP Cams heat, and Ryan Ruhl in the RockAuto.com heat.

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

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 14.008 5B Chad Blonde
COMP Cams Heat 14.224 7J Joe Swanson
RockAuto.com Heat 14.444 71H Ryan Ruhl

 

Heat Races – Winners $100 each

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 5B Chad Blonde
2 0 Steve Irwin Kistler Racing Products
3 12 Chris Gurley Racing Optics
4 10J Chris Jones
5 47 Robert Bulloch
6 91L Alexis Adgate
7 DNS Chad Goff

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 7J Joe Swanson
2 49T Gregg Dalman Allstar Performance
3 27B Boston Mead Racing Optics
4 1a Mark Aldrich
5 41 Thomas Schinderle
6 77 Andrew Scheid
7 58 Toney Bures

 

RockAuto.com Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 71H Ryan Ruhl
2 19J Linden Jones Kistler Racing Products
3 20A Andy Chehowski Racing Optics
4 18 DJ Lamance
5 8 Justin Ward
6 70 Eli Lakin
7 10s Jay Steinebach

 

Feature

  # Driver Started Contingencies
1 5b Chad Blonde 8 Rod End Supply
2 71H Ryan Ruhl 5 Rod End Supply
3 0 Steve Irwin 3 Rod End Supply
4 49T Gregg Dalman 6 Schoenfeld Headers
5 19J Linden Jones 1 ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 27B Boston Mead 4
7 7J Joe Swanson 7 Allstar Performance
8 41 Thomas Schinderle 14
9 10J Chris Jones 10 King Racing Products
10 10s Jay Steinebach 20
11 77 Andrew Scheid 15 Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 20A Andy Chehowski 9
13 58 Toney Bures 17
14 8 Justin Ward 13
15 70 Eli Lakin 18
16 47 Robert Bulloch 11
17 18 DJ Lamance 12
18 91L Alexis Adgate 16
19 12 Chris Gurley 2
20 1a Mark Aldrich DNS

 

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Jay Steinebach (+10)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Linden Jones
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Eli Lakin
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Alexis Adgate

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.

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP is brought to you in 2017 by many important sponsor partners including: Engine Pro (Title Sponsor), ARP (Title Sponsor), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire), MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor), Driven Racing Oil (Battlegrounds Bash Sponsor), King Engine Bearings (King of Michigan Sponsor), Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition (Fast Masters Sponsor), Engler Machine & Tool (Heat Race Sponsor), COMP Cams (Heat Race Sponsor), RockAuto.com (Heat Race Sponsor), The Perfit Corporation (Lucky Dog Sponsor), KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Sponsor), XYZ Machining (Season Sportsman & Crew Chief Sponsor).  In addition, SOD contingency sponsors include: Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, BR Motorsports, Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI), K2W Precision/Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kistler 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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Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP racers and fans alike are experiencing excitement overload in anticipation of a history-making May 19th and 20th “May Mayhem” weekend.

While SOD will be at two speedways it has raced at before, both races will be on new tracks.  SOD returns to Hartford Speedway, a familiar venue for several years now.  SOD also travels to Baer Field Motortsports Park in Fort Wayne Indiana, where SOD has raced before, but over 20 years ago during a few years when SOD ran pavement as well as dirt.

On Friday, the King Engine Bearings King of Michigan Race #1 at Hartford Speedway will take place on the reconfigured 3/8 mile oval.  Excitement is running high for Tim Dibble’s new track layout that is sure to challenge racers. It is configured very differently at each end making the optimal set up a compromise.

On Saturday, SOD will make history with the first race to be held on the new Baer Field track.  The MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge will kick off its 2017 series on the newly created ¼ mile oval inside the existing paved track.  Promoter Dave Muzzillo is confident that the track layout will quickly become a big hit with race fans as exciting, close-quarters racing should be the norm.  As an extra effort to make sure the inaugural race goes as planned, the next day, Sunday, May 21 has been set as a rain date.

Visit the Hartford Speedway website at www.hartfordspeedway.net.  Check out Baer Field at www.baerfieldmotorpark.com.

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, results, rules, current news, and other information are available at www.sprintsondirt.com.

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP is brought to you in 2017 by many important sponsor partners including: Engine Pro (Title Sponsor), ARP (Title Sponsor), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire), MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor), Driven Racing Oil (Battlegrounds Bash Sponsor), King Engine Bearings (King of Michigan Sponsor), Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition (Fast Masters Sponsor), Engler Machine & Tool (Heat Race Sponsor), COMP Cams (Heat Race Sponsor), RockAuto.com (Heat Race Sponsor), The Perfit Corporation (Lucky Dog Sponsor), KSE Racing Products, and XYZ Machining.  In addition, SOD contingency sponsors include: Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, BR Motorsports, Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI), K2W Precision/Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kistler 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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On a cold, windy Michigan night, the action was hot for the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP season opener at Crystal Motor Speedway as Castalia, Ohio’s Jordan Ryan led green to checkered for the win.  Ryan, in a 410, won over Matt Foos in a 305 normally driven by Kelsey Ivy.  Foos stayed within striking distance of Ryan all race long, but never had a chance to challenge the leader.  Dain Naida, started 5th and appeared to get better as the race went on, and took 3rd from Max Stambaugh at the finish.  After a brief caution for a spin on lap 2, the next 23 laps went nonstop.

SOD competitor Mark Aldrich started the night off in an exciting way doing a series of flips in turn four during qualifying.  The damaged parts were quickly replaced, and Aldrich transferred to the feature through his heat race, but retired early, finishing in 19th place.

Dain Naida came from 4th to win the Engler Machine & Tool heat.  Max Stambaugh picked up the COMP Cams heat from the pole position.  Matt Foos won the RockAuto.com heat from the pole also.

Dan McCarron won the B Main with Sturat Brubaker, Andy Chehowski, Troy Chehowski, and Austin Nemire also advancing to the feature.

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

Heat Group # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool heat 17x Dain Naida
COMP Cams heat 35 Stuart Brubaker
RockAuto.com heat 71H Jared Horstman

Heat Races – Winners $100 each

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1   COMP Cams Heat #2 RockAuto.comHeat #3
  # Driver Contingency   # Driver Contingency        
1 17x Dain Naida 5M Max Stambasugh # Driver Contingency
2 46 Robert Huisken Kistler Racing Products 9 Jordan Ryan Allstar Performance 20i Matt Foos
3 41 Thomas Schinderle Racing Optics 49T Gregg Dalman Racing Optics 71H Jared Horstman Kistler Racing Products
4 24 Eric Smith 0 Steve Irwin 4 Craig Karazim Racing Optics
5 10s Jay Steinebach 5B Chad Blonde 12 Chris Gurley
6 47 Robert Bulloch 22m Dan McCarron 1a Mark Aldrich
7 91L Lexi Adgate 35 Stuart Brubaker 20A Andy Chehowski
8 17 Dustin Carl 16 Austin Nemire 21T Troy Chehowski
9 18 DJ Lamance 6 Tyler Bearden 89 Chris Pobanz

B-Main

  # Driver
1 22m Dan McCarron
2 35 Stuart Brubaker
3 20A Andy Chehowski
4 21T Troy Chehowski
5 16 Austin Nemire
6 47 Robert Bulloch
7 89 Chris Pobanz
8 18 DJ Lamance
9 91L Lexi Adgate
10 17 Dustin Carl
11 6 Tyler Bearden

Feature – 25 laps

  # Driver Contingency Awards
1 9 Jordan Ryan Rod End Supply
2 10i Matt Foos Rod End Supply
3 17x Dain Naida Rod End Supply
4 5M Max Stambaugh Schoenfeld Headers
5 71H Jared Horstman ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 41 Thomas Schinderle
7 0 Steve Irwin Allstar Performance
8 5B Chad Blonde
9 35 Sturat Brubaker King Racing Products
10 46 Robert Huisken
11 4 Craig Karazim Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 12 Chris Gurley
13 22m Dan McCarron
14 10s Jay Steinebach
15 20A Andy Chehowski
16 49T Gregg Dalman
17 16 Austin Nemire
18 21T Troy Chehowski
19 1a Mark Aldrich
20 24 Eric Smith

Specialty Awards
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Stuart Brubaker, +8
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Thomas Schinderle (6th)
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Jay Steinebach (14th)
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Craig Karazim

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.

Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP is brought to you in 2017 by many important sponsor partners including: Engine Pro (Title Sponsor), ARP (Title Sponsor), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire), MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor), Driven Racing Oil (Battlegrounds Bash Sponsor), King Engine Bearings (King of Michigan Sponsor), Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition (Fast Masters Sponsor), Engler Machine & Tool (Heat Race Sponsor), COMP Cams (Heat Race Sponsor), RockAuto.com (Heat Race Sponsor), The Perfit Corporation (Lucky Dog Sponsor), KSE Racing Products, and XYZ Machining.  In addition, SOD contingency sponsors include: Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, BR Motorsports, Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI), K2W Precision/Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kistler 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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For the second year in a row, Mother Nature won out in the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP season opener at Crystal Motor Speedway yesterday.

Track owner/promoter Ron Flinn agonized over making the right decision on the day where the early forecast was dubious at best and the later forecast was one of impending doom.  With many SOD competitors and fans facing several hours travel time to the race and the forecast, Flinn notified SOD at 10:30 AM that he was pulling the plug.

Flinn’s decision proved to be the right one, as late afternoon conditions would have rendered even the best prepared track surface unraceable.  By early evening, continuous, heavy rain had moved in, and even now, over 13 hours later, Crystal continues to be pounded with rain and it is predicted not to stop until 9:00 AM tomorrow morning.

Flinn had the foresight to plan a rain out date for the always popular Sprints On Dirt, and next Saturday, May 6, is the date.

On behalf of the entire family of SOD competitors, fans, and friends, SOD management thanks Ron Flinn for his timely decision to call off the race program under difficult conditions.

Want to know more about Crystal Motor Speedway?  Go to www.crystalmotorspeedway.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CMSpeedway.

To learn more about Engine Pro, go to www.enginepro.com.  For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com.  For complete information about all 2017 SOD events, 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 2017 by many important sponsor partners including: Engine Pro (Title Sponsor), ARP (Title Sponsor), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire), MAHLE/Clevite (Beyond Limits Challenge Sponsor), Driven Racing Oil (Battlegrounds Bash Sponsor), King Engine Bearings (King of Michigan Sponsor), Lane Automotive (Fast Masters Sponsor), MSD Ignition (Fast Masters Sponsor), Engler Machine & Tool (Primary Heat Race Sponsor), COMP Cams (Primary Heat Race Sponsor), RockAuto.com (Primary Heat Race Sponsor), The Perfit Corporation (Lucky Dog Sponsor), KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Sponsor), and XYZ Machining (Season Sportman & Crew Chief Sponsor).  In addition, SOD contingency sponsors include: Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, BR Motorsports, Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI), Hepfner Racing Products (HRP), K2W Precision/Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Kistler 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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