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Shawn Valenti scores exciting SOD Butler Bash victory


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ERIE, MI (August 5, 2018) – Shawn Valenti, Fostoria, Ohio, powered to victory in the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP finale of the two-night 5th annual Butler Bash at Butler Speedway last night.  Valenti started on the pole for the feature and led all twenty-five laps in his Gressman Powersports powered Triple X Race Co #7 to win over Chad Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan) and Quentin Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan).

 

The feature line up set the stage for an exciting race with Valenti, 2nd in SOD points, on the pole and point leader Chad Blonde on the outside of the front row.  Valenti took the lead at the start but was under tremendous pressure from Blonde who threw everything he had at the leader searching for a faster groove.  Valenti found a line that was best and stuck with it flawlessly to stay out front.  Traffic was a challenge for the leaders with Valenti having a little easier time of it than Blonde.  Late race restarts showed Valenti was in command for the win.

 

Josh Turner brought out the red flag on lap 12 when he flipped over the top of the track in turn four.  Ryan Ruhl, running 3rd through the first half of the race, dropped out with mechanical issues on lap 17.  Daryl Shaffer flipped hard at the end of the front straight and Boston Mead stopped with a broken shifter on lap 19.  Mead restarted on the rear and charged to a 5th place finish.  As the checkered flag flew, Ricky Ferkel climbed over Thomas Schinderle’s tire and flipped off of turn 2.

 

Josh Turner was the fastest qualifier both nights of the Butler Bash.  Boston Mead took the Engler Machine & Tool heat and Josh Turner won the COMP Cams heat race.

 

Qualifying - Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition Fast Masters (fast qualifiers) $50 each

Group

Time

#

Driver

Engler Machine & Tool Heat

13.628

27B

Boston Mead

COMP Cams Heat

13.321

4T

Josh Turner

 

Heat Races

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1

 

#

Driver

Contingency

1

5b

Chad Blonde

 

2

39

Tylar Rankin

 

3

41

Thomas Schinderle

Benic Enterprises

4

27B

Boston Mead

Racing Optics

5

0

Ricky Ferkel

 

6

1a

Mark Aldrich

 

7

27K

Brad Wickham

 

8

8

Justin Ward

 

9

52

Zac Broughman

 

10

29

Daryl Shaffer

 

 

COMP Cams Heat #2

 

#

Driver

Contingency

1

71H

Ryan Ruhl

 

2

10s

Jay Steinebach

 

3

7

Shawn Valenti

Benic Enterprises

4

5QB

Quentin Blonde

Racing Optics

5

4T

Josh Turner

 

6

24+

Mike Schumacher

 

7

6

Tyler Bearden

 

8

57x

Skippy Bradford

 

9

8W

Josh Ward

 

 

Feature

 

#

Driver

Awards

Contingencies

1

7

Shawn Valenti

 

Rod End Supply

2

5b

Chad Blonde

Jim Coffey & Son

Rod End Supply

3

5QB

Quentin Blonde

 

Rod End Supply

4

10s

Jay Steinebach

 

Schoenfeld Headers

5

27B

Boston Mead

 

ATL Racing Fuel Cells

6

39

Tylar Rankin

 

Allstar Performance

7

41

Thomas Schinderle

 

 

8

1a

Mark Aldrich

 

 

9

0

Ricky Ferkel

 

 

10

8

Justin Ward

 

 

11

27K

Brad Wickham

 

Keizer Aluminum Wheels

12

24+

Mike Schumacher

 

 

13

52

Zac Broughman

 

 

14

57x

Skippy Bradford

 

 

15

6

Tyler Bearden

 

 

16

29

Daryl Shaffer

 

 

17

71H

Ryan Ruhl

 

 

18

4T

Josh Turner

 

 

19

8W

Josh Ward

 

 

 

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Quentin Blonde (+4)

BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Tylar Rankin

DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Mike Schumacher

Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Tylar Rankin

Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Josh Turner

 

For more information about Butler Motor Speedway, go to www.butlerspeedway.net and the speedway’s Facebook page at https://goo.gl/csxUkX.  To learn more about Engine Pro, go to www.enginepro.com.  For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com.  Follow SOD at www.sprintsondirt.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sprintsondirt.

 

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