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December 10, 2018 (ERIE, MI) – With PRI 2018 now a wrap, it was a great show, visiting many old friends and thanking our 2018 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP marketing partners.

SOD title sponsors Engine Pro and ARP were visited, then it was on to our friends Hoosier Racing Tire, Hoosier Tire Midwest, COMP Performance Group, King Engine Bearings, MAHLE Motorsports, MSD Performance, Rod End Supply, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Simpson Performance Products, King Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Motor State Distributing, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Walker Performance Filtration, Shirt Works Racewear, DMI Racing Components, Ti22 Performance, Engler Machine & Tool, Maxim Racing, KSE Racing Products, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, Hepfner Racing Products, and Radical Race Gear.

Again, we thank all of our 2018 marketing partners and we will continue to work hard for our partners next year through a variety of continued programs and innovative new ideas, giving them the kind of vigorous marketing partnerships they have come to expect from SOD.

Safety was a major topic at PRI and the incorporation of additional cage support was first. Sprints On Dirt strongly recommends additional cage bracing in 2019 and it will be mandatory in 2020. For anyone interested in having the bars installed, contact SOD partner Benic Enterprises at 765-573-5199.

The 2019 SOD schedule is a work in progress and, as everyone knows, SOD announces ONLY confirmed dates. Current 2019 dates are:
4/27 – Crystal Motor Speedway
5/04 – Crystal Motor Speedway (4/27 rain date)
5/11 – Butler Speedway
5/17 – Hartford Speedway
6/15 – Butler Speedway
6/28 – Hartford Speedway
7/06 – Butler Speedway
7/13 – Crystal Motor Speedway
7/26 – Hartford Speedway
7/27 – Plymouth Speedway
8/03 – Butler Speedway
8/30 – Hartford Speedway
8/31 – Crystal Speedway
9/21 – Plymouth Speedway

As we continue to work on 2019, additional speedways and race dates will be announced as they are confirmed.

The 2019 SOD rule book will be posted on the SOD website later this week. There are very few changes for 2019, the most notable is that the single-cone start/restart procedure tried at the end of 2018 will be permanent.

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 the Sprints On Dirt Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sprintsondirt/.

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Erie, MI (December 3, 2018) – Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP returns to the always exciting Hartford Speedway for four Friday races in 2019. The first SOD race at Hartford is on May 17, followed by June 28, July 26, and August 30.

The SOD races at Hartford Speedway have been a big hit for years. Speedway owner/promoter Tim Dibble’s reconfiguration of the track before the 2017 season has proven to be popular with competitors and fans, proving to be a perfect match for SOD’s “beyond limits” format.

After suffering two rain outs to start the 2018 Hartford King Engine Bearings King of Michigan series first race was finally run on July 6 with Ryan Ruhl (Coldwater, MI) taking the win over 2018 SOD Champ Chad Blonde (Litchfield, MI) and Gregg Dalman (Bellevue, MI). Blonde won on July 13 over 2017 SOD Champ Steve Irwin (Fenton, MI) and Shawn Valenti (Fostoria, OH). Blonde also picked up the win over Chase Ridenour (Perry, MI) and Gregg Dalman on July 27. Following a third rain out on August 10, the King Engine Bearings KoM Championship was run on August 31. Blonde continued his mastery of the speedway, winning over Ryan Ruhl by 0.177 seconds with Quentin Blonde (Litchfield, MI) finishing third.

For the second consecutive year, Chad Blonde drove Sean Robinson’s Krieger-powered Maxim to the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP King Engine Bearings King of Michigan championship over Shawn Valenti, Jay Steinebach (Hudsonville, MI), Dustin Shriver (Niles, MI), and Ricky Ferkel (Mt. Pleasant, MI).

Check out Hartford Speedway on Facebook at https://goo.gl/hktj3Sand its website at www.hartfordspeedway.net.

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 the Sprints On Dirt Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sprintsondirt/.

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ERIE, MI (November 28, 2018) – The Playground of Power, Plymouth Speedway, will host Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP for two races in 2019.  SOD will take on the 3/8 mile speedway on Saturday, July 27th and a second date to be announced later.

Under owner Ed Kennedy, dirt track racing has returned to Northern Indiana in a big way with a state-of-the-art racing entertainment facility.  Opening as a paved track in 1952, the speedway started its transition to dirt with a ¼ mile dirt oval created inside the 3/8 mile paved track in 2012.  The current 3/8 mile dirt track replaced the paved oval in 2013.  In 2016, new seating was constructed to enhance the fan experience.

SOD raced at Plymouth from 2012 through 2015, giving SOD competitors some familiarity with the track.  In addition, several Plymouth (crate) Pro Sprint drivers also raced with SOD, so they will be right at home.

More information about the 2019 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP schedule will be released in upcoming announcements.

Get to know Plymouth Speedway at www.plymouthspeedway.net  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PlymouthSpeedway.

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 (November 23, 2018) – Once again, Michigan’s two leaders in sprint car racing, Butler Motor Speedway and Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP have joined for four races in 2019.  The first race will be May 11th followed by June 15th, July 6th, and August 3rd.

The four 2018 SOD races at Butler had four different winners.  Chase Ridenour (Perry, MI) won on May 19th over Boston Mead (Onsted, MI) and Chad Blonde (Litchfield, MI).  Josh Turner (Osseo, MI) took the June 16th over Chad Blonde and Shawn Valenti (Fostoria, OH).  The August 3rd win belonged to Chad Blonde followed by Ryan Ruhl (Coldwater, MI) and Boston Mead.  Shawn Valenti took the August 4th victory over Chad Blonde and Quentin Blonde (Litchfield, MI).

The strong partnership between Butler Motor Speedway and Sprints On Dirt continues in 2019 to ensure a strong future for sprint car racing in Michigan.  Last spring Butler and SOD implemented a common rule for the Butler sprint car class and Sprints On Dirt competitors requiring full containment seats in 2018.

Butler Motor Speedway has undergone several major changes over the years.  One was moving the pit area out of the infield; another was replacing the racy oiled dirt track with the current watered clay surface in 1996.  Last spring the track banking was reduced by about one-third.  2019 will see other changes that will be announced later.

More information about the 2019 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP schedule will be released in upcoming announcements.

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 (November 21, 2018) – For the 40th consecutive year, the Crystal Motor Speedway / Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP partnership continues in 2019. The 2019 SOD races at Crystal are scheduled for April 27th followed by July 13th and August 31st dates with a May 4th rain date for the opening race. Popular traditions will continue for Crystal/SOD races with the SOD season opening at Crystal and the Mike Olrich Memorial Race on Labor Day weekend.

Crystal Motor Speedway owner/promoter Ron Flinn was honored last February as the Region 3 Auto Racing Promoter of the Year by Racing Promotion Monthly and Charlotte Motor Speedway. He was inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, and has also been named “Promoter of the Year” from both the Michigan Speedway Promoters Association and the “Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club.”

At last year’s SOD season opener at Crystal, Zane DeVault (Plymouth, IN) 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 once again proved itself with DeVault winning with a 360 engine over Blonde’s 410 and the 305 of Foos. Shawn Valenti (Fostoria, OH) took the win on July 14th over 2018 Butler Speedway champion Boston Mead (Onsted, MI) and 2018 MTS champion Steve Irwin (Fenton, MI). The much-anticipated Mike Olrich Memorial on September 1st was rained out.

More information about the 2019 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP schedule will be released in upcoming announcements.

For more information about Crystal Motor Speedway, go to www.crystalmotorspeedway.com. Go to its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CMSpeedway/.

For more information about Engine Pro, go to www.enginepro.com. For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com. Follow Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP on the Sprints On Dirt Facebook page and at www.sprintsondirt.com.

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