Sprints on Dirt Ends Agreement with ASCS
After a seven year sanctioning agreement with the American Sprint Car Series the Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt had ended its affiliation with the Tulsa Oklahoma sanctioning body.
The seven year run as a regional affiliate of the ASCS was of great help, but it was determined by SOD ownership that a change was necessary. “The Sprints on Dirt Series has great respect for Emmett Hahn and his staff with ASCS” stated John Naida owner of the Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt. “The assistance of ASCS has made our group stronger in the Midwest and we are looking forward to an incredible 2013” stated Series Director Mike Strevel.
The Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP is currently in negotiations to determine 2013 rules, including tires. The 2013 schedule will be released this week and an announcement regarding series sponsorship and rules will be following soon.
The Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP promotes 360 winged sprint car racing in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Ontario. The 34th season of exciting Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP racing will start at the Crystal Motor Speedway on April 27. For more information www.sprintsondirt.com is the official website for the series.
2012 SOD CHAMPION DALMAN HONORED
The 2012 Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP came to a conclusion Friday night with a crowd of nearly 100 celebrating the recently completed season.
The Fountains banquet center in Parchment MI was the location for the celebration of Gregg Dalman’s first sprint car championship in 13 years of competition. The Bellevue MI racer thanked his hard working crew and car owner Jason Fausey for helping him reach this tremendous accomplishment.
Marketing Director Scott Overlund of Engine Pro Grand Rapids was on hand to congratulate the top 11 point drivers and track promoters Ron Flinn of Crystal Motor Speedway and Steve Pavalowski of Tri City Motor Speedway was among the special guests at the celebration of the 33rd year of the Michigan based sprint series.
The special awards that were announced at the banquet included the following-
2012 Engine Pro Rookie of the Year- Eric Smith
2012 MAHLE/Clevite Short Track Challenge Champion-Gregg Dalman
2012 Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt Favorite Track-Tri City Motor Speedway
2012 Engine Pro Engine Builder of the Year-Gaerte Engines
2012 Crew Chief of the Year-Ken Grubaugh
2012 Engine Pro Car Owner of the Year-Tracy Rice
2012 Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt Driver of the Year-Gregg Dalman
2012 Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP Top 11 Points
- Gregg Dalman 2421
- Ryan Grubaugh 2391
- Ryan Ruhl 2147
- Andy Teunessen 2105
- Dustin Daggett 2024
- Greg Wheeler 2022
- Brett Mann 1991
- Joe Geibe 1858
- Jared Horstman 1803
- Robert Huisken 1768
- Jim Lingar 1462
2013 Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP Schedule is Released
The 33rd season of exciting sprint car racing will begin at Crystal Motor Speedway on April 28 for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP series. An incredible variety of events are on the calendar at speedways in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Ontario. A total of 22 races are currently on the schedule and the very special three day Canadian Sprint Car Nationals among the much anticipated 2012 calendar.
Highlights for the 2012 season include the debut of an exciting new event at Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth Indiana. This long time asphalt 3/8 mile oval is constructing a racy ¼ mile oval inside the asphalt track will host the series on Saturday June 16. To add even more interest to this incredible event three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart has agreed to compete in this race, this will mark the Indiana natives’ debut in the series. Advance tickets are available for this event being labeled the “Engine Pro Battle at the Bullring Presented by Hastings Manufacturing, MAHLE/Clevite and Melling Engine Parts”.
The return of the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP northern swing will be held on June 29 & 30. The first stop is at the exciting Mt. Pleasant Speedway and then the stars of the Sprints on Dirt will head further north to Rick Ancel’s Merritt Raceway for the return of the winged warriors after several year’s absence. This will be a weekend that racers and fans alike will not want to miss. The King of Michigan race September 7 at Hartford Motor Speedway always brings out the best racers in the Midwest; Hartford also hosts the series on June 1. The series will make return visits to Ohio tracks; Limaland Motorsports Park, Eldora Speedway, and Waynesfield Raceway Park twice, which includes the inaugural Bob Reynolds Memorial race paying $6,000 to win and $600 to start on July 3 to support the NRA racing series. The series will compete at a total of 16 different race tracks during the 2012 championship chase.
Long time supporting tracks of the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP returning for 2012 include Cherry Raceway, Owendale Speedway and the Winston Speedway. Crystal Motor Speedway in Crystal MI hosts three events in 2012 and holds the honors of being the only track in the country to host an event every year in the 33 year history of the winged sprint series. To commemorate this great support, the series is excited to announce a special event on Saturday July 21 with the inaugural 33rd Sprints on Dirt Anniversary race. This event will pay $2,033 to win, $300 to start and have a special 33 lap length feature. The National Racing Alliance Series has agreed to co-sanction this event making its return to Michigan after several years’ absence. Two visits to Owendale Speedway and three to 2011 Sprints on Dirt track of the year Cherry Raceway will be popular stops as well.
Two new speedways will be hosting their first shows; the first is the Tri City Motor Speedway located near Auburn, Michigan on August 3 and the second is at Palo, MI Mid-Michigan Raceway Park on Friday Sept 28 to be a part of Gene Hendrickson’s Corn Harvest races. This event will be sponsored by Miles Petroleum as well as the visits to Winston and Mt. Pleasant. The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP will again support the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Oshweken Speedway September 13-15.
The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP series sanctions winged Sprint Car races at speedways throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and the Canadian province of Ontario and will enjoy its 33rd season of operation. The 2012 schedule can be viewed at www.sprintsondirt.com.
In its 21st year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing, the American Sprint Car Series brings the best of Sprint Car racing to approximately 100 different tracks throughout 30 states and Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.
Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP 2013 Season Schedule
Saturday April 27th – “Season Kickoff” Crystal Motor Speedway – Crystal, MI
Saturday May 4th – I-96 Speedway – Lake Odessa, MI (1/2-mile)
Friday May 17th – Tri-City Motor Speedway – Auburn, MI
Saturday May 18th – “Earl Gaerte Classic” Plymouth Speedway – Plymouth, IN *
Friday May 24th – “Memorial Cup” Limaland Motorsports Park – Lima, OH *
Saturday May 25th – “Memorial Classic Waynesfield Raceway Park – Waynesfield, OH *
Sunday May 26th – “Johnny Appleseed Classic” Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH
Friday June 7th – TBA
Friday June 14th – Hartford Motor Speedway – Hartford, MI
Friday June 28th – TBA
Saturday June 19th – TBA
Wednesday July 3rd – “Bob Reynolds Memorial” Waynesfield Raceway Park – Waynesfield, OH *
Saturday July 6th – Owendale Speedway – Owendale, MI
Friday July 19th – Tri-City Motor Speedway – Auburn, MI
Saturday July 20th – “Mid-Season Championship” Crystal Motor Speedway – Crystal, MI *
Saturday August 3rd – I-96 Speedway – Lake Odessa, MI (1/2-Mile)
Friday August 16th - Hartford Motor Speedway – Hartford, MI
Saturday August 17th – “Bob Newton Classic” Plymouth Speedway – Plymouth, IN
Friday August 23rd – TBA
Saturday August 24th – Owendale Speedway – Owendale, MI
Friday August 30th – Winston Speedway – Rothbury, MI
Saturday August 31st – Crystal Motor Speedway – Crystal, MI
Friday September 13th – “Night Before the Nationals” Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, ON +
Saturday September 14th – “9th Annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals – $12,000 to win” Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, ON
Saturday September 21st – “Season Championship” Tri-City Motor Speedway – Auburn, MI
* – Denotes Co-Sanction with the National Racing Alliance
+ – Canadian Nationals is show up points only. Co-Sanctioned with Corr-Pak Sprint Cars, Empire Super Sprints, National Racing Alliance, Patriot Sprint Tour, and Southern Ontario Sprints