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ERIE, MI (June 15, 2019) – Friday night, the Lane Automotive Sprints On Dirt powered by King Engine Bearings / MSD Ignition / Motul ventured south to Jerry Gappen’s pristine Gas City I-69 Speedway for the 2nd annual Jack and Jiggs Classic. Chad Blonde drove to an impressive win in front of the large, enthusiastic crowd after some pretty intense racing.

After a slow start, qualifying 4th in his heat group, Blonde regrouped and won the Engler Machine & Tool Heat and the MSD Performance Dash, earning the pole for the feature.  With a mad scramble into turn one on the first lap of the feature, Blonde was shuffled back to 4th as Zane DeVault charged into the lead.  After a couple early cautions, Blonde moved into 2nd on lap 4.  As the leaders got into traffic, Blonde powered into the lead on lap 8 and DeVault got boxed in, letting Blonde drive away.  From there on, Blonde was in full command and survived cautions and reds to take the win. 

The big crowd was thrilled by intense racing for 2nd through 5th between DeVault in a car just put together last week, Kody Kinser, Tyler Gunn, and Boston Mead.  Dan McCarron, running in the top 4, was the victim of contact by another car and flipped, bringing out the first red flag.  Reds also were displayed for a Jay Steinebach flip and a near flip by Joshua Turner.

Kody Kinser and Boston Mead were Benic Enterprises Fast Masters (fast qualifiers).  Blonde won the Engler Machine & Tool Heat and the MSD Performance Dash.  Zane Devault took the King Engine Bearings Heat

SOD point leader Ryan Ruhl had an eventful night as a mechanical issue prevented him from qualifying.  Ruhl started 18th in the feature and charged ahead only to be the victim of a spin.  Undaunted and restarting at the rear, he quickly moved up, finishing 7th and being the MAHLE / KSE Hard Charger.

Qualifying – Benic Enterprises Fast Masters (fast qualifiers)

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 11.535 4K Kody Kinser
King Engine Bearings Heat 11.437 27B Boston Mead

Heat Races

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 5b Chad Blonde  
2 68G Tyler Gunn Ti22 Performance
3 22M Dan McCarron Racing Optics
4 4K Kody Kinser  
5 88N Frank Neill  
6 0 Ricky Ferkel  
7 70 Eli Lakin  
8 24 Eric Smith  
9 52 Zac Broughman  
DNS 3 Dustin Shriver  

 

King Engine Bearings Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 7 Zane DeVault  
2 27B Boston Mead Ti22 Performance
3 4 Joshua Turner Racing Optics
4 5QB Quentin Blonde  
5 41 Thomas Schinderle  
6 10S Jay Steinebach  
7 1a Mark Aldrich  
8 24+ Michael Schumacher  
9 71H Ryan Ruhl  
10 27K Jason Blonde  

 

MSD Performance Dash
  # Driver Contingency
1 5b Chad Blonde  
2 7 Zane DeVault Allstar Performance
3 27B Boston Mead Racing Optics
4 68G Tyler Gunn  
5 22M Dan McCarron  
6 4 Joshua Turner  

A-Main

  # Driver Contingencies
1 5b Chad Blonde Rod End Supply
2 7 Zane DeVault Rod End Supply
3 4K Kody Kinser Rod End Supply
4 68G Tyler Gunn Schoenfeld Headers
5 27B Boston Mead Saldana Racing Products
6 5QB Quentin Blonde Pyrotect Racing Cells
7 71H Ryan Ruhl King Racing Products
8 88N Frank Neill Keizer Aluminum Wheels
9 0 Ricky Ferkel  
10 70 Eli Lakin  
11 24 Eric Smith  
12 24+ Michael Schumacher  
13 41 Thomas Schinderle  
14 52 Zac Broughman  
15 27K Jason Blonde  
16 4 Joshua Turner  
17 10S Jay Steinebach  
18 1a Mark Aldrich  
19 22M Dan McCarron  
DNS 3 Dustin Shriver  

MAHLE Aftermarket Hard Charger – Ryan Ruhl (+11)
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Ryan Ruhl (+11)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Boston Mead
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Zac Broughman
COMP Cams Lucky Dog – Eli Lakin
Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Dan McCarron

For more information, check out these websites:
Gas City I-69 Speedway – www.gascityi69speedway.com
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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ERIE, MI (June 10, 2019) – This weekend finds Lane Automotive Sprints On Dirt powered by King Engine Bearings / MSD Ignition / Motul traveling to Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway and Butler Motor Speedway.

With four out of five SOD races rained out this year, competitors are anxious to get going, and the Dual on Dirt I weekend has been looked forward to since the 2019 schedule came out.

The Jack and Jiggs Classic kicks off The Dual on Dirt I on Friday with the much-anticipated return of SOD to Jerry Gappen’s Gas City I-69 Speedway for the first time in twenty years.  Saturday, by contrast, SOD returns to Butler, a mainstay of the SOD schedules the last couple seasons, for WW III.  The DoD I will give SOD competitors a convenient two-day weekend.

Mark Broughman, father of SOD competitor Zac Broughman, wonthe last SOD race at Gas City on Friday, September 24, 1999.  Shawn Valenti powered to victory in the 5thannual Butler Bash at SOD’s last race at Butler Speedway last season on August4th.

Visit Gas City I-69 Speedway at www.gascityi69speedway.com andButler Motor Speedway at www.butlerspeedway.net and both on Facebook.

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 (May 26, 2019) – In spite of the best efforts by Hartford Speedway and Butler Motor Speedway, the Lane Automotive Sprints On Dirt powered by King Engine Bearings / MSD Ignition / Motul races were both rained out.

Watching the Hartford weather Friday morning, it was already looking grim.  Then, faced with morning rains, already saturated grounds, a forecast for evening showers, and the distance teams need to travel, owner/promoter Tim Dibble announced shortly after noon that it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel the show.  Although a difficult decision, especially after being rained out for its season opener a week earlier, it was the right decision.

Weather predictions for Saturday showed Butler Motor Speedway was facing a narrow period of rain in the evening.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature apparently wasn’t watching, and around 2:30 PM a strong storm moved through dumping a large amount of rain in a short time.  Faced with a considerable amount of standing water and a prediction of more rain to come, promoters Denny Donaldson and Bob Garrett had to make a frustrating decision to cancel the show.  The race was already a make-up date for the May 11 rain out at Butler.

Sprints On Dirt thanks both Hartford and Butler for their hard work and support.  Along with SOD, they are struggling with weather woes this season.

For more information about Hartford Speedway at www.hartfordspeedway.net and Butler Motor Speedway, at www.butlerspeedway.net.

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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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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