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Fort Wayne, IN (May 12, 2019) – With rain percentages looking better and better as the day went on Saturday, the first 2019 Lane Automotive Sprints On Dirt powered by King Engine Bearings / MSD Ignition / Motul race at Butler Motor Speedway looked good.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature apparently wasn’t watching the percentages.

As pit gates opened and the pits filled with cars, intermittent sprinkles started.  Just as SOD sign in was winding down, rain increased, and it soon became clear to everyone watching weather radar on their phones that we wouldn’t get the show in.  After having put in a long week prepping for the race, Promoters Denny Donaldson and Bob Garrett had to pull the plug and cancel the show.

Butler and SOD officials went to work to replace the date, and within a short time, it was agreed to reschedule the race for Saturday, May 25.  It will be a two-day weekend for SOD competitors with Hartford Motor Speedway on the schedule for Friday, May 24.

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

Please check out these websites too:
Lane Automotive – www.laneautomotive.com
King Engine Bearings – www.kingbearings.com
MSD Ignition – www.msdperformance.com
Motul – www.motul.com/us/en-US
Sprints On Dirt – www.sprintsondirt.com

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Chad Blonde (2nd), Ryan Ruhl(1st), Zane DeVault (3rd)

ERIE, MI (May 5, 2019) – The Lane Automotive Sprints On Dirt powered by King Engine Bearings / MSD Ignition / Motul traditional season opener at Crystal Motor Speedway, rained out a week ago, went off under a sunny day Saturday. Ryan Ruhl was impressive in winning his Engler Machine & Tool heat race and the twenty-five-lap feature.

In the feature, Ruhl took the lead from the pole at the start, but the caution flag came out causing a complete restart.  On the second start Ruhl and Joshua Turner (Osseo, MI) battled side by side with Turner using the top of the track to grab the early lead.  But Ruhl (Coldwater, MI) had his Smith Motorsports Krieger-powered, Maxim hooked up on the lower groove and quickly moved into the lead.  As the race went on, Ruhl got stronger and stronger, turning laps near 98 mph on the Crystal oval.

2018 SOD champion Chad Blonde (Litchfield, MI) used a slight miscue by Turner to take second.  Blonde had a couple shots at Ruhl on the high side on restarts, but Ruhl was just too strong and motored away to win by a wide margin.  Blonde held on for second while Zane DeVault (Plymouth, IN), last year’s SOD opener winner, was impressive in finishing third in former SOD competitor, now car owner Greg Wheeler’s 360 ride.  Turner took fourth and second-generation driver Ricky Ferkel (Mt. Pleasant, MI) had a strong showing to finish fifth.  Tyler Gunn (Napoleon, OH), easy winner of the King Engine Bearings heat race, recovered from a spin and charged from last to finish sixth.

Gremlins made the night difficult for some veteran drivers as former SOD champions Brett Mann (Goshen, IN) and Steve Irwin (Fenton, MI) both had engine problems.  Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame member Jason Blonde (Litchfield, MI) suffered the same fate.

Garrett Saunders (Lakeville, IN), a standout in Plymouth (IN) Speedway crate Pro Sprints, made his unlimited sprint car debut as team mate to Zane DeVault.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, Kent Gardner (Fenton, MI) returned to SOD competition after a twenty-six-year absence!

Crystal owner/promoter Ron Flinn, new SOD owner Dave Muzzillo, and their staffs did a great job to kick off the 2019 season in front of a great crowd.

Qualifying – Benic Enterprises Fast Masters (fast qualifiers)

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat     13.836 16C Zane DeVault
King Engine Bearings Heat     14.334 5b Chad Blonde

Heat Races

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 71H Ryan Ruhl  
2 4 Joshua Turner Ti22 Performance
3 16C Zane DeVault Racing Optics
4 46 Robert Huisken  
5 10S Jay Steinebach  
6 10XS Robert Bulloch  
7 16W Garrett Saunders  
8 24 Eric Smith  
9 0 Steve Irwin  
DNS 19 Brett Mann  
King Engine Bearings Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 68G Tyler Gunn  
2 5b Chad Blonde Ti22 Performance
3 1a Mark Aldrich Racing Optics
4 0 Ricky Ferkel  
5 8 Justin Ward  
6 81 John Gall  
7 52 Zac Broughman  
8 6 Tyler Bearden  
9 41 Kent Gardner  
10 27K Jason Blonde  

A-Main

  # Driver Contingencies
1 71H Ryan Ruhl Rod End Supply
2 5b Chad Blonde Rod End Supply
3 16C Zane DeVault Rod End Supply
4 4 Joshua Turner Schoenfeld Headers
5 0 Ricky Ferkel Saldana Racing Products
6 68G Tyler Gunn Pyrotect Racing Cells
7 10S Jay Steinebach King Racing Products
8 46 Robert Huisken Keizer Aluminum Wheels
9 81 John Gall  
10 8 Justin Ward  
11 16W Garrett Saunders  
12 52 Zac Broughman  
13 6 Tyler Bearden  
14 1a Mark Aldrich  
15 10XS Robert Bulloch  
16 0 Steve Irwin  
17 41 Kent Gardner  
18 24 Eric Smith  
19 27K Jason Blonde  

MAHLE Aftermarket Hard Charger – 4 drivers (3)
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – 4 drivers (3)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – TylerGunn
DMI Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) –Tyler Bearden
COMP Cams Lucky Dog – Tyler Bearden
Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Brett Mann
Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Jason Blonde

Check out Crystal Motor Speedway at www.crystalmotorspeedway.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CMSpeedway.

For more information, check out these websites:
Lane Automotive – www.laneautomotive.com
King Engine Bearings – www.kingbearings.com
MSD Ignition – www.msdperformance.com
Motul – www.motul.com/us/en-US
Sprints On Dirt – www.sprintsondirt.com

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FORT WAYNE, IN (April 29, 2019) – For the third time in the last four years, the Lane Automotive Sprints On Dirt powered by King Engine Bearings / MSD Ignition / Motul traditional season opener at Crystal Motor Speedway scheduled for last Saturday had to be postponed.  Predicted day-time temperatures in the 40s and night-time in the 20s were bad enough, but predictions of 3” of snow starting at 5 PM left Crystal owner Ron Flinn no choice.

Learning from the past, a rain date for the opener was setup during season scheduling, the race will be held this Saturday, May 4th.  Pit sign in begins at 4:00 PM and racingstarts at 7:30 PM.

Remember to stay up to date on race status, by signing up for RainedOut text alerts on the SOD website.

Check out Crystal Motor Speedway at www.crystalmotorspeedway.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CMSpeedway.

For more information, check out these websites:
Lane Automotive – www.laneautomotive.com
King Engine Bearings – www.kingbearings.com
MSD Ignition – www.msdperformance.com
Motul – www.motul.com/us/en-US
Sprints On Dirt – www.sprintsondirt.com

Sprints On Dirt is brought to you in 2019 by:

  • Lane Automotive (Title Sponsor)
  • King Engine Bearings (Presenting Sponsor)
  • MSD Ignition (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Motul (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Hoosier Racing Tire (Official SOD Tire)
  • Benic Enterprises (Fast Masters Sponsor)
  • Engler Machine & Tool (Heat Race Sponsor)
  • King Engine Bearings (Heat Race Sponsor)
  • MSD Ignition (Heat Race Sponsor)
  • Motul (Heat Race Sponsor)
  • MAHLE Aftermarket (Hard Charger Sponsor)
  • KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Sponsor)
  • Allstar Performance (Better Luck Next Time Sponsor)
  • COMP Cams (Lucky Dog Sponsor)
  • Benic Enterprises (Crew Chief of the Year Sponsor)
  • Allstar Performance (Sportsman of the Year Sponsor)
  • Motul (Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Sponsor)
  • King Engine Bearings (SOD Series Rookie of the Year Sponsor)
  • Noizee 1 Motorsports (Special Awards)

SOD 2019 contingency marketing partners are:

  • Allstar Performance
  • BR Motorsports
  • Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI)
  • Hepfner Racing Products (HRP)
  • Keizer Aluminum Wheels
  • King Racing Products
  • Maxim Racing
  • Pyrotect Racing Cells
  • Racing Optics
  • Rod End Supply
  • Saldana Racing Products
  • Schoenfeld Headers
  • Simpson Racing Products
  • Ti22 Performance
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FORT WAYNE, IN (April 25, 2019) – The 40th Lane Automotive Sprints On Dirt powered by King Engine Bearings / MSD Ignition / Motul season opens with SOD’s traditional opening race venue, Ron Flinn’s Crystal Motor Speedway, this Saturday, April 27, loaded with talented drivers.

Last year, Zane DeVault, Plymouth, Indiana, drove to his first SOD victory by just 0.03 seconds over hard-charging 2018 SOD champion Chad Blonde (Litchfield, MI) and Matt Foos (Fremont, OH).  Not only was the racing exciting, but SOD’s “Beyond Limits” format proved itself with DeVault winning with a 360 engine over Blonde’s 410 and the 305 of Foos.

While there has been a lot of talk about having lost ageneration in racing, things are looking brighter for the future.  Zane DeVault, 2018 Butler champ Boston Mead,micro sprint champion Keith Sheffer Jr., Butler standout Tylar Rankin, and 2nd generation SOD competitor Zac Broughman have all notified SOD that they will be racing at Crystal.  Also competing will be Quentin Blonde.  The nephew of Chad, Quentin was impressive with SOD late last season picking up three consecutive hard charger awards.

Not to be outdone, veteran drivers Chad Blonde, pavement standout and Chad’s cousin Jason Blonde (Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame member) will compete at Crystal.  Joining them will be 2017 SOD champion Steve Irwin and Ryan Ruhl who is off to a quick start this spring and always a threat to win at Crystal.  Jay Steinebach has progressed from 9th to 6th to 3rd in points over the last three seasons and will be shooting for the championship this year.  Top twelve 2018 points finishers Ricky Ferkel, Justin Ward, Mark Aldrich, Mike Schumacher, and Eric Smith are expected at Crystal.  Robert Bulloch, away from sprint cars in 2018, returns to SOD competition as Steinebach’s team mate.

Don’t miss all the excitement as the 40th Sprints On Dirt season begins.  In case the weather doesn’t cooperate, a Saturday, May 4, rain date is already in place.  To stay up to date on race status, sign up for RainedOut text alerts on the SOD website.

Check out Crystal Motor Speedway, at www.crystalmotorspeedway.com andon Facebook at www.facebook.com/CMSpeedway.

For more information, check out these websites:
Lane Automotive – www.laneautomotive.com
King Engine Bearings – www.kingbearings.com
MSD Ignition – www.msdperformance.com
Motul – www.motul.com/us/en-US
Sprints On Dirt – www.sprintsondirt.com

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FORT WAYNE, IN (April 4, 2019) – As the 40th LaneAutomotive Sprints On Dirt powered by King Engine Bearings / MSD Ignition /Motul season fast approaches, here is pertinent information about 2019.

The 2019 schedule is a mix of long-standing SOD tracks and three that were not on the 2018 schedule. The complete schedule can be printed out by clicking here.  Current dates are:

  • Saturday, April 27 Crystal Motor Speedway, Crystal, MI, (May 4 rain date)
  • Saturday, May 11 – Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI
  • Friday, May 24 – Hartford Speedway,  Hartford, MI
  • Friday, June 14 – Gas City Speedway, Gas City, IN, Dual On Dirt I Race 1
  • Saturday, June 15 – Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI, Dual On Dirt I Race 2
  • Friday, June 28 – Hartford Speedway, Hartford,MI
  • Saturday, July 6 – Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI
  • Saturday, July 13 – Crystal Motor Speedway,Crystal, MI
  • Friday, July 26 – Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI, Dual On Dirt II Race 1
  • Saturday, July 27 – Plymouth Motor Speedway, Plymouth, IN, Dual On Dirt II Race 2
  • Saturday, August 3 – Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI
  • Friday, August 30 – Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI, King of Michigan
  • Saturday, August 31 – Crystal Motor Speedway, Crystal, MI, Mike Olrich Memorial
  • Saturday, September 21 – Plymouth Motor Speedway, Plymouth, IN
  • Saturday, October 5 – Baer Field Motorsports Park, Fort Wayne, IN, Jim Lipkey Memorial

Feature payouts for 2019 will be $1,600 to win, $320 to start.  Benic Enterprises will award the fast qualifier in each heat. Engler Machine & Tool, King Engine Bearings, MSD Ignition, and Motul will provide a payout to heat race winners.  As with last season, numerous contingency awards will be available at every race.  For complete payouts and awards details, click here.

Sprints On Dirt will once again recognize year-long achievements through the Benic Enterprises Crew Chief of the Year award, the Allstar Performance Sportsman of the Year award, the Motul Sprint Car Rookie of the Year award, and the King Engine Bearings Series Rookie of the Year award.

For 2019 rules, membership and non-member registration forms, minor releases, etc., go to the Sprints On Dirt website.

SOD spec tires are now available.  For more information and to purchase tires, call (260) 668-4912 or email dave@icarracing.com.

SOD will continue to provide competitors with sponsor panels that will allow them to install as few as 6 decals instead of numerous individual decals.  There will be a panel for primary sponsors and one for secondary sponsors; SOD decals are separate.  A few decals for each sponsor partner will still be available on a limited basis; decals for sponsor partners that join us after panel production will need to be supplied individually also.

The primary sponsor panel is 17” wide by 16.5” high.  The secondary sponsor panel is 33” wide by 4” high.  Like last year, the panels are available with either a black or white background.  Logos are arranged to make it easy to cut the panels into sections if needed.

For more 2019 SOD information, check out these websites:
Lane Automotive – www.laneautomotive.com
King Engine Bearings – www.kingbearings.com
MSD Ignition – www.msdperformance.com
Motul – www.motul.com/us/en-US
Sprints On Dirt – www.sprintsondirt.com

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