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ERIE, MI (June 11, 2018) – A fan-favorite special event at Butler Motor Speedway, the WWIII race, will be run this Saturday in partnership with Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP.  The race will also be the second Hog Creek Showdown.

This year’s WWIII winner will be awarded a unique trophy custom designed and built by Tylar Rankin.  The polished stainless steel and black wood 4’-7” tall trophy is topped off by a large globe and accented by small glass globes and black graphics.


Going into the second of the four Hog Creek Showdown races, Chase Ridenour (Perry, Michigan) leads Boston Mead (Onsted, Michigan), Chad Blonde, Shawn Valenti, and Dan McCarron (Britton, Michigan).  The 2018 Hog Creek Showdown will conclude with the two-day Butler Bash on Friday, August 3, and Saturday, August 4.

In SOD season championship points, Litchfield, Michigan’s Chad Blonde holds the early lead over Plymouth, Indiana’s Zane DeVault.  Shawn Valenti (Fostoria, Ohio), Gregg Dalman (Bellevue, Michigan), and Ryan Ruhl (Coldwater, Michigan) complete the top five.

Butler Motor Speedway and Sprints On Dirt continue to work together to ensure a strong future for sprint car racing in Michigan.  In a move that is sure to benefit fans and competitors alike, Butler reduced the track banking by about one-third and widened the racing surface over the offseason.

For more information about Butler Motor Speedway, go to www.butlerspeedway.net and the speedway’s Facebook page at https://goo.gl/csxUkX.  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 (June 4, 2018) – The King is back!  The KoM opener was rained out on May 18, so we will try again, traveling to Hartford Speedway for the first 2018 King Engine Bearings King of Michigan race this Friday, June 8.

This year, with King Engine Bearings returning as the KoM title sponsor, the series has expanded to five races, the rained-out May 18 race, this Friday, June 8, July 6, July 27, and August 31.

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 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).

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 Awards Banquet.

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

The race will be the first of three races of the Motul Leader of the Pack Stage 2.  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.

Blonde currently leads SOD championship points over Zane DeVault, Shawn Valenti, Gregg Dalman, and Ryan Ruhl.

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

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ERIE, MI (May 29, 2018) – The first month of the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP 2018 season closes out, and we head into June, hoping that we have better luck with weather.  May was a struggle, as weather caused cancellation of two races and wasn’t helpful in getting two races in.

For the first time in several years, we got in the season opener at Crystal, not under the best of condition though, as the temperatures were frigid. It didn’t discourage the SOD fans as they filed the stands. In typical SOD fashion, the racing was exciting and caution free. Zane DeVault (360 engine), from Plymouth, Indiana, did an excellent job to take the feature win over Litchfield, Michigan’s Chad Blonde (410 engine) by just 0.03 seconds. Matt Foos (305 engine), Fremont, Ohio, finished third followed by Ryan Ruhl (410 engine), Coldwater, Michigan, and Bellevue, Michigan’s Gregg Dalman (360 engine).

The season opener was the first race of the five-race MAHLE/Clevite 2018 Beyond Limits Challenge. It was also the first race of stage one of the four-stage Motul Leader of the Pack.  Saturday, May 12, was to be the opening race of the four-race Hog Creek Showdown, but a relentless rain system resulted in the race being canceled early and rescheduled for May 19.  The fan-favorite King Engine Bearings King of Michigan at Hartford Speedway was scheduled to open on May 18. Promoter Tim Dibble put his best effort forward, but eminent bad weather caused him to pull the plug late in the afternoon. The decision proved to be the right one as the rain started and continued until early the next morning.

May 19 at Butler Speedway looked doubtful as wide spread rain caused many speedways to cancel, but promoter Bob Garrett was determined to get the race in, that he did. Chase Ridenour (Perry, Michigan) was the class of the field, mastering the newly reconfigured track. Boston Mead (Onsted, Michigan) grabbed second, followed by Chad Blonde, Shawn Valenti (Fostoria, Ohio), and Dan McCarron (Britton, Michigan).

With the month of May now in the books, Chad Blonde leads Sprints On Dirt Championship points, Zane DeVault leads MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits points, and Chase Ridenour leads Hog Creek Showdown points. Blonde won stage one of the Motul Leader of the Pack.

June will see SOD at three different speedways consisting of one race for each of the three mini-series. The finishes of the June races will determine the winner of the Motul Leader of the Pack Stage 2.

Hartford Speedway will once again try to open the King Engine Bearings 2018 King of Michigan on Friday, June 8. SOD returns to Butler on Saturday, June 16, to contest the Hog Creek Showdown race 1, Butler’s annual WWIII race. Friday, June 22, the MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge visits Tri-City Motor Speedway, Auburn, Michigan, for the first time since 2015.

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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The winning Ridenour team by Johnny B Imagery

ERIE, MI (May 20, 2018) – “Kid Rocket” Chase Ridenour, from Perry, Michigan, used a lot of speed and a little luck to win the much-anticipated Hog Creek Showdown at Butler Motor Speedway Saturday night.  The first appearance of the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP at Butler saw a huge crowd enjoy great racing while many other speedways suffered rain outs.

The youth movement led qualifying with Ridenour fastest overall, Quentin Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan) was fastest in his heat group and Onsted, Michigan’s Boston Mead was fastest in his heat group.

Quentin Blonde backed up his heat group quick time by charging to the Engler Machine & Tool heat win over early leader Dan McCarron.  Andy Teunessen, in the Home Pro Roofing Maxim, held off Ridenour to win the COMP Cams heat race.  Fostoria, Ohio’s Shawn Valenti took the RockAuto.com heat over Mead.

With twenty-seven cars, competition was stout in the B-main to make the feature.  Brad Lamberson, Mark Aldrich, Thomas Schinderle, Ricky Ferkel, and Justin Ward transferred to the feature.

Ridenour, in the seat of his father’s Maxim, worked his way from his fifth starting spot to second, and on lap six after a brief caution, charged around early leader Boston Mead.  Mead did his best to retake the lead, but Ridenour eventually drove off, leaving Mead to finish second.  Ridenour sliced through traffic and opened up his lead until lap 23 when disaster nearly struck.  Ridenour had to take evasive action to avoid a lapped car in turn four that got out of shape and, in spite of contact, kept his cool and his lead over Mead.  Ridenour then charged to the win followed by Mead, Chad Blonde, Shawn Valenti, and Dan McCarron.

Brad Lamberson, in the Kirkendall GFI, charged from the sixteenth starting spot to finish seventh, earning the KSE Hard Charger Award.  Joe Swanson had a frustrating night, dropping out of the feature early, earning the Allstar Performance Better Luck next Time Award.  Josh Turner and Ryan Ruhl saw decent runs evaporate when they had to go to the work area for tire changes.

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

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 13.521 5QB Quentin Blonde
COMP Cams Heat 13.201 11R Chase Ridenour
RockAuto.com Heat 13.398 27B Boston Mead

 

Heat Races

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 5QB Quentin Blonde
2 22M Dan McCarron
3 7J Joe Swanson Benic Enterprises
4 10s Jay Steinebach Racing Optics
5 11 Trey Smith
6 1a Mark Aldrich
7 41 Thomas Schinderle
8 24 Eric Smith
9 8W Josh Ward

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 5 Andy Teunessen
2 11R Chase Ridenour
3 5b Chad Blonde Benic Enterprises
4 4T Josh Turner Racing Optics
5 71H Ryan Ruhl
6 0 Ricky Ferkel
7 21T Troy Chehowski
8 24+ Mike Schumaker
9 52 Zac Broughman

 

RockAuto.com Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 7 Shawn Valenti
2 27B Boston Mead
3 77z Zane DeVault Benic Enterprises
4 7X Nic Rogers
5 49T Gregg Dalman
6 27k Brad Lamberson
7 8 Justin Ward
8 27W Ty Williams
9 39 Tylar Rankin

 

B-Main

  # Driver
1 27k Brad Lamberson
2 1a Mark Aldrich
3 41 Thomas Schinderle
4 0 Ricky Ferkel
5 8 Justin Ward
6 24+ Mike Schumaker
7 8W Josh Ward
8 21T Troy Chehowski
9 27W Ty Williams
10 24 Eric Smith

 

Feature

  # Driver Awards Contingencies
1 11R Chase Ridenour Rod End Supply
2 27B Boston Mead Jim Coffey & Son Rod End Supply
3 5b Chad Blonde Rod End Supply
4 7 Shawn Valenti Schoenfeld Headers
5 22M Dan McCarron ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 5 Andy Teunessen
7 27k Brad Lamberson
8 77z Zane DeVault
9 5QB Quentin Blonde King Racing Products
10 41 Thomas Schinderle
11 49T Gregg Dalman Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 4T Josh Turner
13 0 Ricky Ferkel
14 7X Nic Rogers
15 71H Ryan Ruhl
16 10s Jay Steinebach
17 8 Justin Ward
18 11 Trey Smith
19 1a Mark Aldrich
20 7J Joe Swanson

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Brad Lamberson
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Zane DeVault
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Josh Turner
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Joe Swanson
Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Joe Swanson

For more information about Butler Motor Speedway, go to www.butlerspeedway.net and the speedway’s Facebook page at https://goo.gl/csxUkX.  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 (May 13, 2018) – Thanks to a little mischief by Mother Nature yesterday, Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP competitors will do battle in two big races this Friday and Saturday.

King Engine Bearing King of Michigan – On Friday, the King is back!  SOD travels to Hartford Speedway for the first 2018 King Engine Bearing King of Michigan race.

This year, with King Engine Bearings returning as the KoM title sponsor, the series has expanded to five races.  The KoM opens on May 18, followed by June 8, July 6, July 27, and the finale on August 31.

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 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).

All SOD races award competitors at least $2,033 in cash and contingency awards.  Friday’s KoM, however, will add as much as $1,200 more.  The Lane Automotive Heat Race Challenge will award all heat race winners a special prize package worth over $300 including product certificates from Lane Automotive, Allstar Performance, QuickCar Racing Products, Holley, MSD Ignition, and Royal Purple Lubricants. Special winner’s hats as well as additional apparel items will also be a part of the package. Images of winners will be featured on social media from participating partners as well as on the track pages.

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 Awards Banquet.

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

Butler vs. SOD Hog Creek Showdown – After being washed out last week, the much anticipated four-race Butler Motor Speedway/Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Hog Creek Showdown kicks off this Saturday.  Many SOD drivers will get their first laps on the newly reconfigured home of weekly sprint car racing in Michigan.

The race will be the last 2018 Motul Leader of the Pack Stage 1 race.  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.

The 2018 Hog Creek Showdown will include two major annual races at Butler, WWIII and the two-day Butler Bash.  Hog Creek Showdown dates are Saturday, May 19; Saturday, June 16 – WWIII; Friday, August 3 – Butler Bash Day 1; and Saturday, August 4 – Butler Bash Day 2.

The 2018 Hog Creek Showdown Champion will be crowned at the series finale on August 4.  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 Hog Creek Showdown series will pay a point fund to the top five at the 2018 Awards Banquet.

Last year’s Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash between Butler and SOD racers saw Chad Blonde, Joe Swanson, and Thomas Schinderle pick up wins.  Schinderle’s win in the series finale propelled him to the championship over Joe Swanson, Chad Blonde, Jay Steinebach, and Steve Irwin.

Butler Motor Speedway and Sprints On Dirt are working together to ensure a strong future for sprint car racing in Michigan.  In a move that is sure to benefit fans and competitors alike, Butler has reduced the track banking by about one-third and widened the racing surface over the offseason.

Zane DeVault, from Plymouth, Indiana, currently leads SOD points over Litchfield, Michigan’s Chad Blonde.  Fremont, Ohio’s Matt Foos currently sits 3rd in points, but is a regular competitor in the Fremont (OH) Speedway 305 division.  Ryan Ruhl, Coldwater, Michigan, is 4th in points, and two-time SOD champion Gregg Dalman, Bellevue, Michigan, is 5th in points.

For more information about Butler Motor Speedway, go to www.butlerspeedway.net and the speedway’s Facebook page at https://goo.gl/csxUkX.

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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