Joe Swanson Tops SOD Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash at Butler Motor Speedway


Butler top 3Jay Steinebach (2nd), Joe Swanson (1st), Ryan Ruhl (3rd)

Swanson (Etna Green, Indiana) started from the pole, but a lap one red for a Shebly Bilton and Andy Chehowski crash on the back straightaway, and a quick caution for Tyler Bearden’s spin halted action quickly.  Once back under green, Swanson took the lead over Tim Evilsizer.  Boston Mead took 2nd on lap 7, then Steinebach took the spot on the next lap.  Steinebach was getting faster as Swanson battled traffic and on lap 16 he shot by the leader and opened up a small lead.  On lap 18 the caution flew for Tyler Rankin’s spin.  Steinebach held the lead in spite of heavy pressure from Swanson through lap 22 when the caution came out for Doug Zimmerman’s spin.  Swanson charged into 1st on lap 23 and led the final 2 laps to win the epic battle.

COMP Cams heat race winner Boston Mead suffered a broken rocker arm at the end of his heat race and SOD point leader suffered the same fate while leading the Engler Machine & Tool heat.  While it looked like both drivers were done for the night, they borrowed the parts needed to run the feature and their perseverance paid off.  Mead started 3rd and finished 4th.  Irwin started 22nd and charged to a 6th place finish, easily winning the KSE Hard Charger Award.

Doug Zimmerman led the 27-car field in qualifying with a 13.272 lap.

The SOD program was completed with typical SOD efficiency through the combined efforts of SOD competitors and Butler Motor Speedway officials.

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

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 13.337 16 Ryan Ruhl
COMP Cams Heat 13.272 19Z Doug Zimmerman Heat 14.008 10S Jay Steinebach

Heat Races – Winners $100 each

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 16 Ryan Ruhl
2 4T Josh Turner Kistler Racing Products
3 1a Mark Aldrich Racing Optics
4 7Z Zach Hampton
5 20A Andy Chehowski
6 27K Ryan Kirkendall
7 58 Tony Bures
8 0 Steve Irwin
9 5QB Quentin Blonde


COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 27B Boston Mead
2 5B Chad Blonde Allstar Performance
3 7J Joe Swanson Racing Optics
4 19Z Doug Zimmerman
5 49T Gregg Dalman
6 10J Chris Jones
7 39 Tylar Rankin
8 6 Tyler Bearden
9 91L Lexi Adgate Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 41 Thomas Schinderle
2 10s Jay Steinebach Kistler Racing Products
3 9E Tim Evilsizer Racing Optics
4 27 Shelby Bilton
5 21T Troy Chehowski
6 8 Justin Ward
7 47 Robert Bulloch
8 3G John Gurley
DNS 52 Zac Broughman


  # Driver Start Contingencies
1 7J Joe Swanson 1 Rod End Supply
2 10s Jay Steinebach 4 Rod End Supply
3 16 Ryan Ruhl 5 Rod End Supply
4 27B Boston Mead 3 Schoenfeld Headers
5 41 Thomas Schinderle 8 ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 0 Steve Irwin 22
7 4T Josh Turner 6 Allstar Performance
8 5B Chad Blonde 9
9 1a Mark Aldrich 7 King Racing Products
10 19Z Doug Zimmerman 11
11 49T Gregg Dalman 14 Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 7Z Zach Hampton 10
13 9E Tim Evilsizer 2
14 21T Troy Chehowski 15
15 10J Chris Jones 17
16 8 Justin Ward 18
17 27K Ryan Kirkendall 16
18 58 Tony Bures 19
19 47 Robert Bulloch 21
20 39 Tylar Rankin 20
21 6 Tyler Bearden 23
22 27 Shelby Bilton 12
23 20A Andy Chehowski 13

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Steve Irwin (+16)
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Mark Aldrich
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Chris Jones
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Zach Hampton

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