Sprints on Dirt Undergo Ownership Change for 2019 and Beyond

On the heels of a successful 2018 season, the Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt (SOD) presented by ARP have announced a change in ownership.

The series, which was founded in 1979, enters a new era after being acquired by Indiana’s Dave Muzzillo.

Muzzillo is well known in oval track racing.  He has been promoting racing and other public events for many years.  He is recognized as a personable innovative promoter, who is willing to think outside of the box.

The Fort Wayne, Indiana native currently owns Baer Field Speedway in his hometown. He also operates the International Championship Auto Racing (ICAR) Modified Series. In addition, he recently acquired the 602 Crate Sprint Car Series that raced at Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway. The series will serve as a feeder class for the Sprints on Dirt.

Muzzillo will continue to work hand-in-hand with John Naida, who took over active management of the series three years ago. Naida is known for introducing the series’ “beyond limits” format.  The format transformed the series from a 360 c.i. series into a tour that now has no engine or weight limits. He also introduced the new spec tires that the series competitors currently utilize.

Naida will continue scheduling and working with SOD marketing partners and will help with race-day operations when the new season begins.

“I will do everything I can to help Dave [Muzzillo].  His passion for racing will be great for SOD’s future,” said Naida of how the transition will take place.

Muzzillo does not plan on making any changes to the “beyond limits” SOD format, adding, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”

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Ben Shelton

Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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