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Butler Speedway and Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP have jointly developed rules requiring all sprint cars racing with them to have full containment seats next season.

Butler and SOD have created the new, common seat rules in an effort to make compliance easier and practical for competitors. Every effort has been made to make the rules similar to those already in place for other tracks and series. Most competitors already use the seats, but in light of serious injuries and deaths that may have been decreased or even prevented through the use of the seats, the time has come to make them mandatory. The seat rule is in effect immediately; there will be no phase-in period.

In addition to the full containment seat requirement, both Butler and SOD will also strongly recommend the use of head and neck restraint systems in 2018.

Click on the Competitor Info tab to access the 2018 Sprints On Dirt rule book. The seat rule is section 2.2 in the book.

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As announced a few weeks ago, the 2017 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Awards Banquet will take place at the Battle Creek (MI) Holiday Inn on Saturday, November 11th.

The top 12 finishers in season points will receive a portion of the championship point fund as well as contingency products and awards if they attend the banquet.

1 0 Steve Irwin
2 41 Thomas Schinderle
3 49T Gregg Dalman
4 10J Chris Jones
5 71H/16 Ryan Ruhl
6 10S Jay Steinebach
7 47 Robert Bulloch
8 77 Andrew Scheid
9 20A Andy Chehowski
10 1A Mark Aldrich
11 7J Joe Swanson
12 58 Tony Bures

Thomas Schinderle will be honored as The Perfit Corporation Sprints On Dirt Series Rookie of the Year for the top finishing driver who has previous sprint car experience, but ran their first season with Sprints On Dirt.

Andrew Scheid will be honored as The Perfit Corporation Sprints On Dirt Sprint Car Rookie of the Year for the top finishing driver who is a first-year sprint car driver.

The XYZ Machining Crew Chief of the Year and the XYZ Machining Sportsman of the Year will also be announced and honored at the banquet.

2017 points money consists of the season championship point fund, the MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge, the King Engine Bearings King of Michigan, and the Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash.  The top 5 finishers in each of the 3 season mini-series will also be recognized at the banquet.

The MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge, SOD’s original mini-series included races at Baer Field Motorsports Park, Thunderbird Raceway, Merritt Speedway, and Crystal Motor Speedway.  A BLC race was rained out twice at Manistee County Fairgrounds and not rescheduled.  Steve Irwin won the championship, followed by Thomas Schinderle, Gregg Dalman, Chris Jones, and Robert Bulloch.

The King Engine Bearings King of Michigan series was contested at Hartford Speedway and won by Chad Blonde, followed by Steve Irwin, Gregg Dalman, Thomas Schinderle, and Ryan Ruhl.

The Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash series was run at Butler Speedway and Thomas Schinderle took the championship over Joe Swanson, Chad Blonde, Jay Steinebach, and Steve Irwin.

Everyone is invited to attend the banquet.  Tickets are $35.00 per person and must be purchased by October 30th.  For full banquet information and to order tickets, click here.

Would you like to sponsor a trophy?  Call 734-309-RACE (7223) or email director@sprintsondirt.com for more information.

For more information about Engine Pro go to www.enginepro.com.  For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.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), Jim Coffey & Son Plumbing & Heating.  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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Cap Henry drove his Lane Racing, Kistler-powered J&J to victory in the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP COMP Cams Great Lakes Sprint Car Classic before a huge, enthusiastic crowd at Berlin Raceway Saturday night.

Henry started 4th and wasted little time getting to the front, taking the lead on lap 3.  Henry drove to victory over Ryan Ruhl and Jordan Ryan.  While Henry looked untouchable, Ruhl was closing in on the leader quickly at the end, but ran out of laps.  Ruhl dropped to seventh from his fifth place starting position, but came to life late in the 30 lap feature and finished just 0.6 seconds behind Henry.  The only caution came out on lap 11 for a Thomas Schinderle flat tire; he rejoined the field after changing the tire.  2017 SOD Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Andrew Scheid finished 7th to win the KSE Hard Charger Award for advancing 7 positions.

Heat races were rough.  Veteran Mark Aldrich caught the front straightaway wall in the 1st heat and did a series a hard flips to put an end to his night.  Jared Horstman clipped a turn 3 tire marker in the 2nd heat and flipped, bringing his night to an end.  In the 3rd heat, Brett Mann made hard contact with a tire marker in turn 2, destroying his #19.  All drivers were okay.

The well-prepared temporary Berlin Raceway dirt surface held up extremely well under the pressure of a big program of 28 SOD sprints, 28 AELMT late models, and 30 AEMODT modifieds.

The CCGLSCC closes an exciting 2017 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP season.  Next on tap is the 2017 awards banquet that will be held Saturday, November 11 at the Battle creek Holiday Inn, Battle Creek, Michigan.

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

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 15.364 0 Steve Irwin
COMP Cams Heat 15.546 16 Ryan Ruhl
RockAuto.com Heat 15.677 4 Cap Henry

Heat Races – Winners $100 each

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 49T Gregg Dalman
2 0 Steve Irwin Kistler Racing Products
3 77Z Zane DeVault Racing Optics
4 5QB Quentin Blonde
5 71H Ryan Grubaugh
6 20A Andy Chehowski
7 27B Boston Mead
8 91L Alexis Adgate
9 8 Josh Ward
10 27K Mark Aldrich

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 16 Ryan Ruhl
2 47X Dylan Westbrook Allstar Performance
3 27 Brad Lamberson Racing Optics
4 22M Dan McCarron
5 5B Chad Blonde
6 21T Troy Chehowski
7 24 Eric Smith
8 58 Tony Bures
9 17 Jared Horstman

 

RockAuto.com Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 4 Cap Henry
2 10S Jay Steinebach Kistler Racing Products
3 9 Jordan Ryan Racing Optics
4 41 Thomas Schinderle
5 77 Andrew Scheid
6 46 Robert Huisken
7 7J Joe Swanson
8 89 Chris Pobanz
9 19 Brett Mann

B-Main

  # Driver
1 46 Robert Huisken
2 7J Joe Swanson
3 21T Troy Chehowski
4 89 Chris Pobanz
5 24 Eric Smith
6 91L Alexis Adgate
7 27B Boston Mead
8 58 Tony Bures
9 8 Josh Ward

Feature

  # Driver Start Contingencies
1 4 Cap Henry 4 Rod End Supply
2 16 Ryan Ruhl 5 Rod End Supply
3 9 Jordan Ryan 2 Rod End Supply
4 47X Dylan Westbrook 9 Schoenfeld Headers
5 0 Steve Irwin 6 ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 22M Dan McCarron 11
7 77 Andrew Scheid 14 Allstar Performance
8 27 Brad Lamberson 1
9 49T Gregg Dalman 3 King Racing Products
10 41 Thomas Schinderle 12
11 77Z Zane DeVault 7 Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 10S Jay Steinebach 8
13 89 Chris Pobanz 19
14 5QB Quentin Blonde 10
15 20A Andy Chehowski 15
16 71H Ryan Grubaugh 13
17 46 Robert Huisken 16
18 21T Troy Chehowski 18
19 91L Alexis Adgate 21
20 7J Joe Swanson 17
21 27B Boston Mead 22
22 24 Eric Smith 20

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Andrew Scheid (+7)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Jordan Ryan
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Andy Chehowski
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Joe Swanson

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), Jim Coffey & Son Plumbing & Heating.  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 returns to the most unique venue it has ever raced at.  Michigan’s renowned Berlin Raceway, a leader among paved short tracks, is being transformed into a dirt track for a few, select races this fall.  Saturday, September 30, the raceway will present SOD’s COMP Cams Great Lakes Sprint Car Classic.

COMP Cams, a 2017 SOD heat race sponsor partner, has signed on as title sponsor of the Great Lakes Sprint Car Classic.  The thirty lap feature will pay $4,000 to win and $400 to start.  As with all SOD shows, Engler Machine & Tool, COMP Cams, RockAuto.com, Jim Coffey & Son Plumbing & Heating, and Engine Pro will pay $100 to each heat race winner.  Lane Automotive and MSD Ignition will pay $50 to the fast qualifier in each heat group.  $1,500 in contingency cash and awards will be available to competitors.

Berlin Raceway’s storied 67-year history and SOD’s status as the nation’s most progressive and recognized regional sprint car series promise to make the race an event fans won’t want to miss.  The Classic will be part of an event that includes Michigan’s three leading dirt series, Sprints On Dirt, the American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT), and the American Ethanol Modified Tour (AEMODT).

When it comes to oval track racing in Michigan, Berlin Raceway’s story is right at the top.  In 1951, it was born as an oval dirt track located within the Berlin Fairgrounds.  1966 saw the track paved as a 7/16 mile asphalt oval track.  In 2012, Berlin Raceway returned to its roots, covering the asphalt with clay and turning the track into a dirt track for the month of September.  In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Berlin Raceway again hosted September dirt track racing.  This will be SOD’s third race at Berlin with previous appearances in 2013 and 2014.

Fuel will be for sale at the track by the drum or by the gallon.  To order your drum(s) in advance, call Elite Fuels & Lubricants at 269-281-4100.

Visit Berlin Raceway at www.berlinraceway.com.  Follow Berlin Raceway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wherespeedbelongs.

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.

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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Full schedule of events here – CCGLSCC Schedule of Events

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