Cap Henry returned to victory lane for the second year in a row in the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt (SOD) presented by ARP season finale. The COMP Cams End-of-the-Year Shootout at Berlin Speedway also overwhelmingly repeated as part of the season’s biggest dirt track race in Michigan.
There was nothing easy about the event, to say getting the show in was challenging would be an understatement. The huge crowd braved frigid temperatures, but rain which was predicted to move in after 2:00 AM, made an early visit to the raceway. Slightly before the sprint feature, the AELMT 50-lap feature was halted at 28 laps due to relatively light but persistent rain. Eventually, after much track prep by the Berlin track crew, the race was completed.
Before the sprints could roll out, rain increased. The track crew once again went to work and the sprint car feature cars showed their determination to race by working the track for 31 laps. Not wanting to take time to refuel the cars, the feature was reduced to 20 laps from the originally scheduled 30 laps.
Ryan Ruhl was overall fast qualifier overall. Joining Ruhl, were Ricky Ferkel from group 2 and Max Stambaugh from group 3. Cap Henry won the first heat, Josh Turner won the second heat, and Dylan Westbrook won the third and final heat race.
Boston Mead won the B-main, but Andrew Scheid was impressive, motoring around the high side of the track to finish 2nd from his 7th starting position. Chad Blonde, Steve Irwin, and John Gurley also transferred to the feature.
Ohsweken Speedway 360 sprint track champion Dylan Westbrook, took the lead at the start of the feature from the pole, with Ryan Ruhl right chasing. Westbrook gradually opened up a several car-length lead while fifth starter Cap Henry worked his way up to 2nd.
As Westbrook was held up by heavy traffic, Henry was able to charge by him in turn 3 on lap 9. From there on, Henry was the class of the field taking a commanding lead while Westbrook did his best to hold on to 2nd. A lap 14 caution gave Westbrook a shot at Henry, but Henry maintained his mastery of the challenging track to cruise to the victory.
Ryan Ruhl took 3rd, Tyler Gunn 4th, and Zane DeVault 5th. 2018 SOD champion Chad Blonde struggled early in the night, but earned the KSE Hard Charger Award to finish 6th from his 18th starting spot. As the checkered flag flew over the COMP Cams End-of-the-Year Shootout, the skies opened up as if on cue.
- Group 1: #71H Ryan Ruhl
- Group 2: #0F Ricky Ferkel
- Group 3: #51 Max Stambaugh
Heat #1: 1. #4 Cap Henry, 2. #71H Ryan Ruhl, 3. #7J Joe Swanson, 4. #68G Tyler Gunn, 5. #7 Shawn Valenti, 6. #27B Boston Mead, 7. #46 Robert Huisken, 8. #77 Andrew Scheid.
Heat #2: 1. #4T Josh Turner, 2. #7Z Zane DeVault, 3. #0F Ricky Ferkel, 4. #3A Mike Astrauskas, 5. #8 Justin Ward, 6. #3G John Gurley, 7. #0 Steve Irwin, 8. #31 Matt Kinzinger.
Heat #3: 1. #47x Dylan Westbrook, 2. #49T Gregg Dalman, 3. #51 Max Stambaugh, 4. #10S Jay Steinebach, 5. #5QB Quentin Blonde, 6. #5B Chad Blonde, 7. #91L Alexis Adgate, 8. #33 Jeremy Ferguson.
B-Main: 1. #27B Boston Mead, 2. #77 Andrew Scheid, 3. #5B Chad Blonde, 4. #0 Steve Irwin, 5. #3G John Gurley, 6. #31 Matt Kinzinger, 7. #33 Jeremy Ferguson, 8. #46 Robert Huisken, 9. #91L Alexis Adgate.
Feature: 1. #4 Cap Henry, 2. #47x Dylan Westbrook, 3. #71H Ryan Ruhl, 4. #68G Tyler Gunn, 5. #7Z Zane DeVault, 6. #5B Chad Blonde, 7. #51 Max Stambaugh, 8. #27B Boston Mead, 9. #5QB Quentin Blonde, 10. #77 Andrew Scheid, 11. #10S Jay Steinebach, 12. #7 Shawn Valenti, 13. #0F Ricky Ferkel, 14. #3A Mike Astrauskas, 15. #49T Gregg Dalman, 16. #8 Justin Ward, 17. #4T Josh Turner, 18. #10S Jay Steinebach, 19. #7J Joe Swanson, 20. #0 Steve Irwin.
Hard Charger – Chad Blonde (+12)