Chad Blonde Crowned King Of Michigan At Hartford Speedway

Chad Blonde. Photos by Jim DenHamer.

Chad Blonde 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.

Top three: Ryan Ruhl, Chad Blonde, and Quentin Blonde.

The SOD Kids Feature Draw put Shawn Valenti and Mark Aldrich on the front row for the feature with Blonde, the current SOD point leader, starting sixth.  Before a lap could be completed, Michael Schumacher  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.

Chad Blonde.

Zane DeVault 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 was the KSE Hard Charger with +7.

Left: John Gurley (3) and Josh Ward (8). Right: Jay Steinebach (10) and Shawn Valenti (7).

 As 2018 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.

Left: Rickey Ferkel (0) and 10 Chris Johnson (10). Right: Jay Steinebach (10) and Quentin Blonde (5).

Qualifying 

RockAuto.com Group 1: 14.795, #7Z  Zane DeVault

COMP Cams Group 2: 15.434, #7 Shawn Valenti

RockAuto.com Heat #1: 1.#5b Chad Blonde; 2. #7Z Zane DeVault; 3. #7J Joe Swanson; 4. #70 Eli Lakin; 5. #3 Dustin Shriver; 6. #46 Robert Huisken; 7. #8 Justin Ward; 8. #10J Chris Jones; DNS: #27B Boston Mead

COMP Cams Heat #2: 1. #71H Ryan Ruhl; 2. #7 Shawn Valenti; 3. #1a Mark Aldrich; 4. #10s Jay Steinebach; 5. #5QB Quentin Blonde; 6. #24+ Michael Schumacher; 7. #35 Josh Ward; 8. #3G John Gurley; 9. #33 Jeremy Ferguson; 10. #0 Ricky Ferkel.

Left: Justin Ward (8) and Chris Johnson (10). Right: Ryan Ruhl (71) and Shawn Valenti (7).

Feature: 1. #5b Chad Blonde; 2. #71H Ryan Ruhl; 3. #5QB Quentin Blonde; 4. #7Z Zane DeVault; 5. #10s Jay Steinebach; 6. #7 Shawn Valenti; 7. #1a Mark Aldrich; 8. #70 Eli Lakin; 9. #3 Dustin Shriver; 10. #46 Robert Huisken; 11. #10J Chris Jones; 12. #3G John Gurley; 13. #35 Josh Ward; 14. #7J Joe Swanson; 15. #33 Jeremy Ferguson; 16. #8 Justin Ward; 17. #0 Ricky Ferkel; 18. #24+ Michael Schumacher; DNS: #27B Boston Mead.

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Quentin Blonde (+7)

BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Mark Aldrich

DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Joe Swanson

Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Mark Aldrich

Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Michael Schumacher

Left: Mark Aldrich (1) and Eli Lakin (70). Right: Chad Blonde (5) and Shawn Valenti (7).

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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