Category Archives: Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP

Chad Blonde crowned 2018 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt by ARP Champion

ERIE, MI (October 28, 2018) – Chad Blonde (Litchfield, MI) was honored as the 2018 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Champion with points cash and awards of $9,420 of the $41,095 distributed to the top finishers in 2018 points. Shawn Valenti (Fostoria, OH), finished 2nd in points and earned $6,839. Jay Steinebach (Hudsonville, MI) finished 3rd and earned $4,576. Eric Smith (Lakeview, MI) received $1,133 for 12th place.

The banquet payout brought the 2018 season total for contingency cash and awards to $90,876. Continue reading Chad Blonde crowned 2018 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt by ARP Champion

NARC NEWSLINE – October 21, 2018

NARC NEWSLINE – October 21, 2018, By Jim Allen

One of the best things about open wheel racing is that it’s almost always unpredictable. Every time you think you’ve got this gig figured out … BAM … the unexpected! Somebody jumps a wheel, somebody else scores a perfectly timed victory, and next thing you know, you’re in the middle of a championship hunt again. Continue reading NARC NEWSLINE – October 21, 2018

SHANE GOLOBIC SCORES THE “W” AT KCRP

SHANE GOLOBIC SCORES THE “W” AT KCRP
October 7, 2018
Jim Allen

(10/6/18, Bakersfield, CA – By Jim Allen) … Shane Golobic outdueled Willie Croft at the Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park and went on to earn his fourth King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series 30-lap feature event of the season.

In fact, it was a season sweep of the two races at Kern County for Golobic and the Tarlton Motorsports Tachi-Palace & Casino-backed, Paul Baines-wrenched KPC team. This combination also claimed the KWS-NARC season opener on April 7th. Continue reading SHANE GOLOBIC SCORES THE “W” AT KCRP

2018 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt by ARP Awards Banquet

ERIE, MI (October 3, 2018) – The 2018 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Awards Banquet will take place at the Battle Creek (MI) Holiday Inn on Saturday, October 27th.

The season championship point fund will be distributed to the top 12 finishers in points who attend the banquet, as well as mini point funds and contingency cash and awards. Continue reading 2018 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt by ARP Awards Banquet

Cap Henry top gun in COMP Cams End-of-the-Year Shootout

Erie, MI (September 30, 2018) – Cap Henry (Republic, OH) returned to victory lane in Lane Racing’s (Armada, MI) J&J Auto Racing #4 for the second year in a row for the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP season finale. The COMP Cams End-of-the-Year Shootout at Berlin Speedway also overwhelmingly repeated as part of the season’s biggest dirt track race in Michigan. Continue reading Cap Henry top gun in COMP Cams End-of-the-Year Shootout

COMP Cams End-of-the-Year Shootout Saturday at Berlin Raceway

Erie, MI (September 24, 2018) – For the second consecutive year, Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP closes out the season at Michigan’s renowned Berlin Raceway, the most unique venue on the Sprints On Dirt schedule.

In what promises to be Michigan’s largest dirt track event, this Saturday, September 29, Berlin Raceway will present SOD’s COMP Cams End-of-the-Year Shootout with promotional consideration by Merritt Speedway and Noizee 1 Motorsports.

As with last year’s COMP Cams GLSCC, the Shootout 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. Continue reading COMP Cams End-of-the-Year Shootout Saturday at Berlin Raceway

Mad Max Stambaugh takes SOD win at I-96 Speedway

Erie, MI (September 22, 2018) – The temperature may have been in the low forties with a brisk north wind, but the action on the track was hot for the Dual on Dirt Take 2 backed by Noizee 1 Motorsports at I-96 Speedway for Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt last night as “Mad Max” Stambaugh earned a hard-fought win.

Ryan Ruhl (Coldwater, Michigan) took the lead at the start of the feature from his outside front rows starting position, but the caution flew as pole starter Mark Aldrich (Addison, Michigan) broke a front hub coming out of turn 2 on lap 1, spinning in front of the pack; everyone avoided Aldrich’s disabled car, but his night was done early. Continue reading Mad Max Stambaugh takes SOD win at I-96 Speedway

Chad Blonde captures SOD 2018 Motul Leader of the Pack!

ERIE, MI (September 6, 2018) – The Motul Leader of the Pack for Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP 2018 competitors had a unique format. The entire season was divided into four stages and the best average finish for all stages determined the champion. Chad Blonde showed his season-long strength by winning three stages and finishing second in the other stage. Continue reading Chad Blonde captures SOD 2018 Motul Leader of the Pack!

Shawn Valenti SOD 2018 MAHLE/Clevite BLC Mini-series Champ

ERIE, MI (September 5, 2018) – The Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP 2018 MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge Championship was a barn-burner with Shawn Valenti taking the title by three points over Chad Blonde. Valenti, in his Gressman Powersports Triple X chassis, won two of the three BLC races that escaped weather woes.
Continue reading Shawn Valenti SOD 2018 MAHLE/Clevite BLC Mini-series Champ

Chad Blonde earns SOD 2018 Hog Creek Showdown Championship

ERIE, MI (September 4, 2018) – The four-race Butler Motor Speedway/Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Hog Creek Showdown wrapped up with the Butler Bash on August 4th. Chad Blonde used four solid finishes, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, and 2nd, to take the championship. Shawn Valenti took the HCS finale but it was too little, too late to catch Blonde.

2018 Hog Creek Showdown final points are:
‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ 1. 5B, Chad Blonde, 569
‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ 2. 7, Shawn Valenti, 545
‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ 3. 27B, Boston Mead, 482
‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ 4. 10s, Jay Steinebach, 472
‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ 4. 4, Josh Turner, 472

Blonde will collect $1,000 at the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt Awards Banquet on October 27 at the Battle Creek Holiday Inn, Battle Creek, Michigan for his HCS championship. The top five in HCS points will be awarded a portion of the mini-series point fund.

For full HCS point standings and all other Sprints On Dirt points, go to the SOD website and click on the “2018 Points” tab.

The 2018 Hog Creek Showdown dates and top three were:
Saturday, May 19, Chase Ridenour, Boston Mead, Chad Blonde
Saturday, June 16 – WWIII, Josh Turner, Chad Blonde, Shawn Valenti
Friday, August 3 – Butler Bash 1, Chad Blonde, Ryan Ruhl, Boston Mead
Saturday, August 4 – Butler Bash 2, Shawn Valenti, Chad Blonde, Quentin Blonde

Chad Blonde repeats as SOD King Engine Bearings King of Michigan

ERIE, MICHIGAN (September 3, 2018) – Labor Day weekend traditionally brings the curtain down on the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP points season and this year is no exception. There is one twist for 2018 though, the points finale, the Mike Olrich Memorial and MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge Championship fell victim to heavy rains and flooding at Crystal Motor Speedway Saturday. The Dual On Dirt Take II at I-96 Speedway on September 21 and the COMP Cams End-of-the-Year Shootout at Berlin Raceway on September 29 are non-points races. Continue reading Chad Blonde repeats as SOD King Engine Bearings King of Michigan

Chad Blonde Crowned King Engine Bearings King of Michigan

ERIE, MI (September 1, 2018) –Chad Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan) picked up his third 2018 King Engine Bearings King of Michigan win at Hartford Speedway Friday and wrapped up the 2018 KoM Championship with an exciting 0.177 second win over Ryan Ruhl (Coldwater, Michigan).

The SOD Kids Feature Draw put Shawn Valenti (Fostoria, Ohio) and Mark Aldrich (Addison, Michigan) on the front row for the feature with Blonde, the current SOD point leader, starting sixth. Before a lap could be completed, Michael Schumacher (Constantine, Michigan) brought out the red with a turn three crash. Blonde charged into the lead on lap 2 while fifth starter Ruhl took second on lap four. Ruhl did everything he could to reel in the leader, but Blonde was strong, holding onto a narrow lead as they weaved through lapped traffic and held on to win by less than two-tenths of a second. Both Blonde and Ruhl utilized Krieger Racing Engines powered Maxims.

Zane DeVault (Plymouth, Indiana) led all qualifiers after returning to SOD competition. DeVault picked up his first SOD victory on April 28 at Crystal Motor Speedway before sitting out most of the season due to an injury. For the third time in 2018, Quentin Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan) was the KSE Hard Charger with +7.

As 2018 King Engine Bearings King of Michigan, Blonde will received $1,000 at the Sprints On Dirt Awards Banquet on October 27. Also collecting part of the point fund will be Shawn Valenti, Jay Steinebach, Dustin Shriver, and Ricky Ferkel.

 Big Labor Day weekend ahead for Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP

ERIE, MI (August 30, 2018) – The Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP 2018 championship points season closes out this weekend with two big races. Tomorrow, Friday, August 31, the King Engine Bearings King of Michigan series concludes at Hartford Speedway. Saturday, September 1, the MAHLE/Clevite Beyonds Limits Challenge concludes at Crystal Motor Speedway with the 5th Annual Mike Olrich Memorial.

Chad Blonde (Litchfield, MI), the 2017 KoM champion, leads the King Engine Bearings King of Michigan Championship, winning the last two KoM races. Blonde leads Shawn Valenti (Fostoria, OH), Gregg Dalman (Bellevue, MI), Dustin Shriver (South Bend, IN), and Tyler Fitzpatrick (Goshen, IN) in KoM points. The 2018 champion will be crowned Friday, and will receive $1,000; the top five will win a share of the point fund. Ryan Ruhl (Coldwater, MI) won the first 2018 KoM race with Blonde finishing second. KoM races were rained out on May 18, June 8, and August 10. Continue reading  Big Labor Day weekend ahead for Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP

COMP Cams title sponsor of SOD End-of-the-Year Shootout at Berlin Raceway

ERIE, MI (August 7, 2018) – COMP Cams will be the title sponsor when Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP returns to Berlin Raceway on Saturday, September 29, for the End-of-the-Year Shootout.

SOD returns to the most unique venue it has ever raced at. Berlin Raceway is renown among paved short tracks, but for a few weeks each autumn, it is transformed into a dirt track. Saturday, September 29, the raceway will present its dirt finale with SOD’s COMP Cams End-of-the-Year Shootout. Continue reading COMP Cams title sponsor of SOD End-of-the-Year Shootout at Berlin Raceway

Chad Blonde crowned SOD 2018 Hog Creek Showdown Champ

ERIE, MI (August 6, 2018) – The four-race Butler Motor Speedway/Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Hog Creek Showdown wrapped up with the Butler Bash Friday and Saturday. Chad Blonde took the championship and will receive a $1,000 payout at the Sprints On Dirt Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 27 at the Battle Creek (MI) Holiday Inn. The top five will receive a share of the point fund.

2018 Hog Creek Showdown final points are:
Car # Driver Points
1 5B Chad Blonde 569
2 7 Shawn Valenti 545
3 27B Boston Mead 482
4 10S Jay Steinebach 472
5 4 Josh Turner 472

For full point standings and all other Sprints On Dirt points, go to the SOD website and click on the “2018 Points” tab.

The 2018 Hog Creek Showdown dates and top three were:
Saturday, May 19, Chase Ridenour, Boston Mead, Chad Blonde
Saturday, June 16 – WWIII, Josh Turner, Chad Blonde, Shawn Valenti
Friday, August 3 – Butler Bash 1, Chad Blonde, Ryan Ruhl, Boston Mead
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Shawn Valenti scores exciting SOD Butler Bash victory

ERIE, MI (August 5, 2018) – Shawn Valenti, Fostoria, Ohio, powered to victory in the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP finale of the two-night 5th annual Butler Bash at Butler Speedway last night. Valenti started on the pole for the feature and led all twenty-five laps in his Gressman Powersports powered Triple X Race Co #7 to win over Chad Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan) and Quentin Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan). Continue reading Shawn Valenti scores exciting SOD Butler Bash victory

Chad Blonde Powers to SOD King Engine Bearings King of Michigan Win at Hartford

ERIE, MI (July 28, 2018) – Litchfield, Michigan’s Chad Blonde followed up his July 13 King of Michigan win by taking the King Engine Bearings KoM Race #3 at Hartford Speedway Friday. Thrilling the crowd with an epic battle with Ryan Ruhl (Coldwater, Michigan) for much of the race, Blonde powered his Krieger Racing Engines, Maxim to victory. Continue reading Chad Blonde Powers to SOD King Engine Bearings King of Michigan Win at Hartford

SANDERS DOMINATES PLACERVILLE FUJITSU NATIONALS

SANDERS DOMINATES PLACERVILLE FUJITSU NATIONALS
July 28, 2018
Jim Allen

(7/28/18 Placerville, CA – Jim Allen) … Justin Sanders jumped into a new ride and turned in a dominating sprint car performance to capture Saturday’s fast paced 30-lap King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Summer Nationals main event at Placerville Speedway.

It was a sweet victory for Sanders, who was subbing for regular driver Tanner Thorson who was competing at a NASCAR truck race at Pocono. Sanders made the most of his opportunity, bolting his seat in the Clyde Lamar-owned, Lee Lindgren-wrenched, Tri-C/Amsoil-sponsored Spike sprint car. He set quick time and led the entire distance in the feature to score his second KWS-NARC victory of the season. It was the first for Lamar. Continue reading SANDERS DOMINATES PLACERVILLE FUJITSU NATIONALS

SOD returns to Hartford for King Engine Bearings KoM Race #3

ERIE, MI (July 23, 2018) –Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP returns to Hartford Speedway this Friday, July 27th, for the third of five 2018 King Engine Bearings King of Michigan races.

Ryan Ruhl took KoM race 1 on July 6th over Chad Blonde and Gregg Dalman after it had been rained out twice. Chad Blonde took the KoM win on July 13th with Steve Irwin finishing second and Shawn Valenti taking third.

With outstanding racing in the first two KoM races, this Friday promises to be a real crowd pleaser. The wide track’s multiple grooves provide plenty of room and three-wide racing. Continue reading SOD returns to Hartford for King Engine Bearings KoM Race #3