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.
In spite of challenging hot, sunny weather, speedway owner/promoter Ron Flinn had the track surface ready for fast qualifying times. Jay Steinebach, Hudsonville, Michigan; Steve Irwin, Fenton, Michigan; and Thomas Schinderle, Berkley, Michigan; were heat race fast qualifiers. Irwin was overall fast-timer at 12.303.
Brad Lamberson, Parma, Michigan, took the Engler Machine & Tool heat over Steinebach and John Gall, Elsie, Michigan. Chad Blonde, Litchfield, Michigan, Friday’s King Engine Bearings King of Michigan feature winner, looked strong, winning the COMP Cams heat over Irwin and Valenti. Robert Huisken, Marne, Michigan, in his first 2018 SOD race, took the RockAuto.com heat over Ricky Ferkel, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and Schinderle.
The twenty-five-lap feature started with pole sitter Steve Irwin grabbing the early lead. Fourth starter Jay Steinebach showing some early speed, but a rear end issue ended his race early. It was eighth starter Valenti quickly driving to the front and after a couple laps challenging Irwin; he then set a torrid pace, opening up a several car-length lead over Irwin. The race was slowed by a pair of cautions, but it had little effect on Valenti as he motored away from the field, each time. Eleventh place starter Boston, Mead, Onsted, Michigan quietly cut through the field and passed Steve Irwin for second late in the race. Valenti charged to a straight away win over Mead and Irwin. For more information about Engine Pro go to www.enginepro.com. For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com.
Qualifying – Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition Fast Masters (fast qualifiers) $50 each
Group 1: 12.675 (#10S) Jay Steinebach.
Group 2: 12.303 (#0) Steve Irwin
Group 3: 13.266 (#41) Thomas Schinderle
Heat #1: 1. #27K Brad Lamberson, 2. #10s Jay Steinebach, 3. #81 John Gall, 4. #5QB Quentin Blonde, 5. #91L Lexi Adgate, 6. #52 Zac Broughman, 7. #29 Daryl Shaffer, 8. #89 Chris Pobanz.
Heat #2: 1. #5B Chad Blonde, 2. #0 Steve Irwin, 3. #7 Shawn Valenti, 4. #27B Boston Mead, 5. #3A Mike Astrauskas, 6. #35 Justin Ward, 7. #24 Eric Smith.
Heat #3: #46 Robert Huisken, 2. #0 Ricky Ferkel, 3. #41 Thomas Schinderle, 4. #77 Andrew Scheid, 5. #5 Andy Teunessen, 6. #31 Tanner Astrauskas, 7. #8W Josh Ward.
Feature: 1. #7 Shawn Valenti, 2. #27B Boston Mead. 3. #0 Steve Irwin, 4. #5B Chad Blonde, 5. #41 Thomas Schinderle, 6. #0 Ricky Ferkel, 7. #5 Andy Teunessen, 8. #46 Robert Huisken, 9. #5QB Quentin Blonde, 10. #3A Mike Astrauskas, 11. #81 John Gall, 12. #91L Lexi Adgate, 13. #35 Justin Ward, 14. #89 Chris Pobanz, 15. #24 Eric Smith, 16. #29 Daryl Shaffer, 17. #31 Tanner Astrauskas, 18. #77 Andrew Scheid, 19. #27K Brad Lamberson, 20. #10S Jay Steinebach, 21. #52 Zac Broughman, DNS. #8W Josh Ward.
- KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Boston Mead (+9)
- BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Jay Steinebach
- ARP Lucky Dog – Zac Broughman
- Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Jay Steinebach, Josh Ward
Text by John Naida. Photos by Jim DenHamer.