Engine Pro (SOD) Sprints On Dirt Butler Speedway’s WWIII Recap

Josh Turner with his wife. Photos by Jim DenHamer.

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.

#0 Ricky Ferkel and #96 Josh Mohr.

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.

#5 Chad Blonde and #27 Jason Blonde.

 

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.

#10 Jay Steinebach and #71 Ryan Ruhl.

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.

#77 Andrew Scheid and #27 Jason Blonde.

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. – Text by John Naida.

#27 Jason Blonde and #4 Josh Turner.

Qualifying – (fast qualifiers)

  • Group 1: 14.253 # 7 Shawn Valenti
  • Group 2: 14.272 #27B Boston Mead
  • Group 3: 15.008 #71H Ryan Ruhl

Josh Turner.

Heat #1:

  1. #7 Shawn Valenti
  2. #10s Jay Steinebach
  3. #11 Trey Smith
  4. #7J Joe Swanson
  5. #0 Ricky Ferkel
  6. #29 Daryl Shaffer
  7. #8 Justin Ward
  8. #66 Kyle Stepke

#96 Josh Mohr and #52 Zac Broughman.

Heat #2:

  1. #41Thomas Schinderle
  2. #4T Josh Turner
  3. #39 Tylar Rankin
  4. #77 Andrew Scheid
  5. #1a Mark Aldrich
  6. #52 Zac Broughman
  7. #6 Tyler Bearden
  8. #27B Boston Mead

#4 Josh Turner makes the pass for the lead over #5 Chad Blonde.

Heat #3:

  1. # 27K Jason Blonde
  2. # 5b Chad Blonde
  3. #24+ Mike Schumaker
  4. #96M Josh Mohr
  5. #24 Eric Smith
  6. #8W Josh Ward
  7. #71H Ryan Ruhl

#7 Shawn Valenti battles #4 Josh Turner.

Feature:

  1.  #4T Josh Turner
  2. #5b Chad Blonde
  3. #7 Shawn Valenti
  4. #7J Joe Swanson
  5. #10s Jay Steinebach
  6. #0 Ricky Ferkel
  7. #27K Jason Blonde
  8. #77 Andrew Scheid
  9. #1a Mark Aldrich
  10. #24+ Mike Schumaker
  11. #96M Josh Mohr
  12. #11 Trey Smith
  13. #29 Daryl Shaffer
  14. #52 Zac Broughman
  15. #66 Kyle Stepke
  16. #39 Tylar Rankin
  17. #8 Justin Ward
  18. #71H Ryan Ruhl
  19. #41 Thomas Schinderle
  20. #6 Tyler Bearden
  21. #8W Josh Ward
  22. #24 Eric Smith
  23. DNS #27B Boston Mead

Josh Turner with his hardware.

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Ricky Ferkel (+7)

BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Chad Blonde

DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Kyle Stepke

Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Josh Ward

Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Tyler Bearden

#77 Andrew Scheid and #96 Josh Mohr.

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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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