Ryan Ruhl Wins SOD King of Michigan at Hartford Friday Night

Photo from John Naida.

After being rained out twice, the third attempt proved to be a charm for the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt race #1 of the King Engine Bearings King of Michigan at Hartford Speedway Friday night.  It was Ryan Ruhl’s night to rule in his Krieger Racing Engines powered Maxim as he was the Lane Automotive/MSD Ignitions Faster Master in qualifying for his heat, won the RockAuto.com heat race, won the feature, then proposed to long-time girlfriend Courtney Squires in victory lane to the delight of the large, enthusiastic crowd.

Qualifying – Fast Qualifiers: Group 1: #5B Chad Blonde 14.851; Group 2: #7J Joe Swanson 15.615; Group 3: #71H Ryan Ruhl 15.882.

Heat 1: 1. #5B Chad Blonde, 2. #7 Shawn Valenti, 3. #27B Boston Mead, 4. #10s Jay Steinebach, 5. #4 Tyler Fitzpatrick, 6. #8 Justin Ward, 7. #70 Eli Lakin.

Heat #2: 1. #7J Joe Swanson, 2. #5 Andy Tuenessen, 3. #18 Michael Summers, 4. #1a Mark Aldrich, 5. #3 Dustin Shriver, 6. #24 Eric Smith, 7. #52 Zac Broughman.

Heat #3: 1. #71H Ryan Ruhl, 2. #19 Brett Mann, 3. #49T Gregg Dalman, 4. #0 Ricky Ferkel, 5. #11 Trey Smith, 6. #24+ Mike Schumacher, 7. #8W Josh Ward.

Feature: 1. #71H Ryan Ruhl, 2. #5b Chad Blonde, 3. #49T Gregg Dalman, 4. #5 Andy Tuenessen, 5. #27B Boston Mead, 6. #7J Joe Swanson, 7. #4 Tyler Fitzpatrick, 8. #7 Shawn Valenti, 9. #1a Mark Aldrich, 10. #0 Ricky Ferkel, 11. #3 Dustin Shriver, 12. #8 Justin Ward, 13. #24 Eric Smith, 14. #18 Michael Summers, 15. #10s Jay Steinebach, 16. #8W Josh Ward, 17. #11 Trey Smith, 18. #24+ Mike Schumacher, 19. #19 Brett Mann, 20. #70 Eli Lakin, 21 #52 Zac Broughman.

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Gregg Dalman (+6), Tyler Fitzpatrick (+6)

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

DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Justin Ward

ARP Corporation Lucky Dog – Joe Swanson

Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Zac Broughman

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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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