HARTFORD, Mich. — official series release by Bob Buffenbarger — Dustin Daggett Racing photo —
Dustin Daggett stormed to a milestone 100th Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP victory on Friday night, taking a thrilling 25 lap victory at Hartford Speedway despite a ferocious battle with Ryan Ruhl after a late caution.
With a light rain trying to interrupt things, the feature was lined up with Ruhl and Brett Mann making up the front row. At the green, Ruhl shot out front with third starting Daggett running side by side early with Brett Mann falling in line third.
Lap four found Kirk Cheney getting over the turn four cushion and hard into the wall upside down. Cheney was able to get out on his own to cheers from the crowd. As the green flew again Daggett dive bombed low under Ruhl, but the No. 16 would have none of it, opening a wider lead.
Meanwhile, with Ruhl and Daggett putting distance between themselves and Mann in third, racing was intense for fourth with a strong Andy Teunessen, Gregg Dalman, Chase Ridenour, and Brad Lamberson all battling hard.
While the lead duo were maneuvering high and low through heavy lapped traffic, the laps were quickly winding down. Lap 22 saw the No. 18 of DJ Lemance encounter some trouble and slow on the front stretch. While he attempted to get off the track, Lemance spun to a stop to close to the track for racing and bring out the caution.
The green appeared for the final time with three to go and Ruhl jumped out front but going into three, Daggett dove under Ruhl to take the lead. Ruhl pulled even and the pair crossed the stripe even with two to go. The final two laps were a dogfight with Daggett getting a slight advantage and taking the checkers to the approval of a very large crowd.
Behind Daggett and Ruhl at the checkers, Mann, Teunessen and Dalman rounded out the top five.
CREDIT: Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt