Category Archives: Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP

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

Shawn Valenti powers to SOD MAHLE/Clevite BLC win at Crystal

ERIE, MI (July 15, 2018) – Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP took on the racy 3/8 mile Crystal Motor Speedway last night for the second time in 2018 for the MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge Race #3. Fostoria, Ohio’s Shawn Valenti drove an impressive race to take the victory, his second SOD win of the year utilizing a Gressman Powersports engine. Continue reading Shawn Valenti powers to SOD MAHLE/Clevite BLC win at Crystal

Chad Blonde takes Friday the13th SOD King Engine Bearings KoM win at Hartford

ERIE, MI (July 14, 2018) –The King Engine Bearings King of Michigan Race #2 at Hartford Speedway on Friday the 13th was just what Litchfield, Michigan’s Chad Blonde needed. After being the bride’s maid several times this season, Blonde drove his Krieger Racing Engines powered Maxim to victory to the delight of the large, enthusiastic crowd that braved sweltering temperatures to see a great night of racing. Continue reading Chad Blonde takes Friday the13th SOD King Engine Bearings KoM win at Hartford

Ryan Ruhl SOD King Engine Bearings King of Michigan at Hartford

ERIE, MI (July 7, 2018) – After being rained out twice, the third attempt proved to be a charm for the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt race #1 of the King Engine Bearings King of Michigan at Hartford Speedway Friday night. It was Ryan Ruhl’s night to rule in his Krieger Racing Engines powered Maxim as he was the Lane Automotive/MSD Ignitions Faster Master in qualifying for his heat, won the RockAuto.com heat race, won the feature, then proposed to long-time girlfriend Courtney Squires in victory lane to the delight of the large, enthusiastic crowd. Continue reading Ryan Ruhl SOD King Engine Bearings King of Michigan at Hartford

Hartford King Engine Bearings KoM kicks off SOD Month of the King

ERIE, MI (July 2, 2018) – The King is back, and going big in July, with the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Month of the King, including three King Engine Bearings King of Michigan races! The KoM opener was rained out on May 18 and again on June 8, so we travel to Hartford Speedway for the first 2018 KoM race this Friday, July 6.

SOD teams kick off the Month of the King Friday, then return to Hartford on July 13 for the KoM round 2. SOD will race at Crystal Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 14, for the season’s third MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge race on July 14. The month is capped off at Hartford on July 27 for the KoM round 3.

The 2018 KoM Champion will be crowned at the series finale on August 31. The champion will have a guaranteed starting spot in the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Mike Olrich Memorial Race at Crystal Motor Speedway on September 1st. The King Engine Bearings King of Michigan will pay a point fund to the top five at the 2018 Sprints On Dirt Awards Banquet at the Battle Creek (MI) Holiday Inn on Saturday, October 27.

Chad Blonde won the first three 2017 KoM races, including a record 5 minute and 25 second, non-stop feature on August 11th; Ryan Ruhl won the 2017 KoM finale. Blonde won the KoM points championship over Steve Irwin (2001 & 2017 SOD champion), Gregg Dalman (2015 SOD champion), and Thomas Schinderle (2017 SOD Series Rookie of the Year).

SOD takes on Tri-City Motor Speedway this Friday

ERIE, MI (June 19, 2018) – Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP returns to Tri-City Motor Speedway, Auburn, Michigan, on Friday, June 22 for the first time since 2015.

The race will be the second of five SOD MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge races. The first BLC race was at Crystal Motor Speedway on April 28 where recent high school graduate Zane DeVault drove his 360 cubic inch sprinter to a narrow victory over Chad Blonde.

Tri-City is a slightly banked 3/8-mile track that is a fan favorite. It is recognized for its emphasis on family-focused entertainment, fan involvement, and efficiently run race programs.

Sprints On Dirt last raced at TCMS twice in 2015. Ryan Ruhl won his third SOD feature of the season on June 4. Floridian Kyle Pitts, now a Polk County, Florida, deputy sheriff, picked up his only SOD win on July 17.

Chad Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan) currently leads SOD Championship points over Shawn Valenti (Fostoria, Ohio) and Josh Turner (Osseo, Michigan). Zane DeVault (Plymouth, Indiana) leads MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge points. Blonde is in second and Matt Foos (Fremont, Ohio) is in third.

Josh Turner SOD Master in Butler WWIII

ERIE, MI (June 17, 2018) – Josh Turner drove to a spectacular Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP win at Butler Speedway’s WWIII, the second Hog Creek Showdown race Saturday night.

Top Shelf Turner utilized his Gressman Powersports engine and J&J Auto Racing chassis and the track’s top ridge, often slipping over it, blasting by Chad Blonde to the delight of the huge crowd for the win. Former multi-time Butler champion car owner Tom Dale, turned the wrenches to fine tune Turner’s machine.

Turner started on the pole for the feature with Shawn Valenti. Valenti took the early lead as Turner was down to third by the end of the first lap and eventually fell to fifth place. On lap seven, Chad Blonde blasted by Valenti who dropped to fourth by lap 13.

While there was plenty of action up front, all eyes were on Ryan Ruhl. Ruhl, forced to start twentieth due to a heat race issue, made an impressive charge to fifth by lap twelve before a cut right front tire ended his race early. It was deja vu with a flat tire taking Ruhl out of contention at the Butler SOD race on May 19.

Meanwhile, back up front, Turner was searching for a way to correct his backslide. In fifth place on lap nine, Turner moved to fourth on lap ten, third on lap 13, and second on lap 16. On lap twenty-two, Turner charged past Chad Blonde and withheld cautions and Blonde’s attempts to retake the lead, driving off to a three-car length win.

Butler WWIII this Saturday for SOD

ERIE, MI (June 11, 2018) – A fan-favorite special event at Butler Motor Speedway, the WWIII race, will be run this Saturday in partnership with Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP. The race will also be the second Hog Creek Showdown.

This year’s WWIII winner will be awarded a unique trophy custom designed and built by Tylar Rankin. The polished stainless steel and black wood 4’-7” tall trophy is topped off by a large globe and accented by small glass globes and black graphics. Continue reading Butler WWIII this Saturday for SOD