George Lane Passes Away

Racing giant and staunch Sprints On Dirt supporter George Lane has passed away. This information was posted on the Lane Automotive Facebook page. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George Lane. Born and raised in Southwest Michigan, it is where George met his lifelong wife and partner, Janet, and they settled to raise their two sons, Doug and David. From humble beginnings to building an automotive powerhouse, George, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, entrepreneur, and racer, was a true pioneer. He had an unparalleled passion for cars, racing, and really anything with an engine! To feed this passion, George would make frequent trips to the Detroit area to purchase performance parts for himself and friends. This ultimately led to his first startup, a part-time speed shop operated out of his garage. As this venture began to flourish, George started selling these parts to local racers and hot rod enthusiasts. His business grew quickly, and in 1964 Lane Automotive was formed. Not long after, in 1970, George launched Lane’s wholesale division, Motor State Distributing. This division brought performance and racing parts from manufacturers across the country to locally owned speed shops and retailers throughout the Midwest.
Over its 57 years in business, Lane Automotive has grown into a multi-generational business which has had the privilege to be led by George, his children, and most recently, his grandchildren. Under George’s leadership, fueled by his unwavering love for the industry, his company has grown into a well-recognized and highly respected brand, serving performance automotive enthusiasts around the world. Regardless of the company’s growth, however, George remained heavily involved in the race and hot rod scenes, and could often be found at local tracks on race day. He helped to support local tracks and racers, as well as to standardize many safety and certification practices across various sanctioning bodies. For this, George was honored with his induction into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Even after he formally retired, George continued to be actively involved with the company. He was a fixture at the annual Lane Automotive Car Show, and a regular at Cars and Coffee events where he could often be found swapping stories with customers he had known for decades. He lived life and built his company around a core set of values that are still at the epicenter of Lane Automotive culture: Accountability, Innovation, Integrity, Passion, and Respect. These values are forever central to our business, its employees, and the service we provide to our valued suppliers and customers.
George Lane both shaped and left an indelible mark on the automotive aftermarket, his family, and those he met throughout his full life. He will be greatly missed, but we are honored to carry his legacy forward for generations to come.
A small and private family funeral will be held in the coming days, and a celebration of George’s life is being scheduled for later this year. Please keep the Lane family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Fritts snags NEFCO 360 awards at Butler SOD John C. Reeve Memorial

Butler Motor Speedway’s Denny Donaldson presents the NEFCO awards to Gary Fritts

Gary Fritts was the highest finishing 360 in Saturday’s John C. Reeve Memorial Race with the return of Sprints On Dirt. He was awarded a neat custom plaque and check compliments of NEFCO.

On behalf of everyone involved with SOD, we thank NEFCO, a welding supply and custom fabrication shop located in Jonesville, Michigan, for its support. Check out NEFCO at https://www.facebook.com/nefcoinc.net

John C. Reeve Memorial, Saturday, September 12th

        Sprints On Dirt is back!

ERIE, MICHIGAN (July 10, 2020) – Just as the legendary Phoenix rose from the ashes, Sprints On Dirt is poised to do the same. Denny Donaldson with Bob and Karen Garrett have partnered to acquire Sprints On Dirt. They are already partners in Butler Motor Speedway. The long-time supporters of Sprints On Dirt are determined to help sprint car racing thrive in Michigan, not only with their weekly sprint program, but with the opportunity for racers and fans to enjoy SOD’s “beyond limits” traveling series in their area.

Denny Donaldson followed in the footsteps of his very successful father Ralph into racing, winning six Butler championships in three different divisions. Both Ralph and Denny are members of the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame.

Bob Garrett is also a 2nd generation driver, picking up seven
track championships. As if that isn’t enough, Garrett also has over thirty-five
championships as a car owner. His teams are still winning today.

Butler and SOD have worked towards common rules for the
benefit of sprint car racing in Michigan. The new acquisition will make the
cooperative efforts even more beneficial for Michigan racers. The partners have
a strong drive to keep sprint car racing in Michigan alive and well.

Communication has begun with promoters and potential
marketing partners in preparation for the 2021 season. SOD’s prominence in
Michigan sprint car racing took a nose dive in 2019, but is emerging from its near-death experience like the Phoenix
and will be stronger, smarter and more powerful.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating for racing
in general, there is a silver lining for Sprints On Dirt. Speedways and
organizations have struggled to finalize schedules, but since SOD’s plans were
to sit out 2020 anyway, it has given SOD more time to finalize its plans.
Sprints On Dirt will return to its values that made it so successful before.

Sprints On Dirt contact information:

            Website: www.sprintsondirt.com

            Email: director@sprintsondirt.com.

            Twitter: www.twitter.com/SprintsOnDirt.