Sprints on Dirt Hartford 2008-09-05

MANN WINS ASCS SPRINTS ON DIRT KING OF MICHIGAN EVENT AT HARTFORD HARTFORD, Mich. (September 5, 2008) -- Brett Mann continued his strong finish to the season on Friday night by winning the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor...

MANN WINS ASCS SPRINTS ON DIRT KING OF MICHIGAN EVENT AT HARTFORD

HARTFORD, Mich. (September 5, 2008) -- Brett Mann continued his strong finish to the season on Friday night by winning the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz King of Michigan feature event at Hartford Motor Speedway.

Mann inherited the lead when Steve Irwin went pit side under caution with a flat right rear tire and pulled away during several restarts to capture the victory and extend his point lead in the season long standings in the Rowlee and Frohlich owned Campbell powered Maxim chassis.

"This is a race I've wanted to win for a long time, and we finally got it," exclaimed Mann in victory lane. "I have to thank my car owners Bill Rowlee and Herb Frochlich and my brother in law for busting his butt on this race car."

Irwin and Joe Bares started on the front row for the King of Michigan main event. Irwin pulled into the early lead. Then on lap four defending King of Michigan winner Dustin Daggett slammed into the wall in turn four to bring out the caution flag. At the same time former King of Michigan winner Tim Allison slowed with a broken rocker arm. Both drivers retired from the event.

Under caution Irwin developed a flat tire and relinquished the lead to change it in the pit area. Quick work by his crew got Irwin back on the track before the restart.

From there Mann, Bares, and Blair pulled away from the rest of the field through several restarts. Then with four laps to go Bares front wing blew off as the caution flag flew for debris on the track. Even without the front wing Bares held onto second, but it was all Mann up front taking the feature win over Bares, Blair, Tim Norman, and Irwin from the back of the field to round out the top five.

Tim Champlin had a rear end explode in hot laps going down the backstretch and tipped over. Then in the Lane Automotive/Comp Cams heat race #2 Darren Long and Mark Grabill made contact off the second corner with Long rolling over several times. Both drivers emerged from their cars uninjured.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz Results from Hartford Speedway Park: JHeat Races (Top 16 in passing points to "A" main)

Engler Machine and Tool Heat Race #1 (8 Laps): 1. 2m -- Dustin Daggett, 2. 23 -- Ben Rutan, 3. 3g -- Tim Norman, 4. 79 -- Brett Mann, 5. 47x -- Louie Carufel, 6. 6n -- Dain Naida, 7. 1r -- Sean Robinson, 8. 11 -- Tim Allison, 9. 26 -- Gary Fast, 10. 19x -- Ryan Grubaugh.

Lane Automotive/Comp Cams Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 35 -- Ron Blair, 2. 30 -- Steve Irwin, 3. 50 -- Mark Grabill, 4. 19 -- Joe Bares, 5. 22 -- Aaron Shaffer, 6. 31 -- Andy Teunessen, 7. 70 -- Jim Lingar, 8. 7 -- Darren Long. DNS: 8 - Tim Champlin

Total Seal Fast Car Dash presented by Gaerte Engines (4 Laps): 1. 2m -- Dustin Daggett, 2. 3g -- Tim Norman, 3. 30 -- Steve Irwin, 4. 50 -- Mark Grabill.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz "A" Main Event

"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 79 -- Brett Mann, 2. 19 -- Joe Bares, 3. 35 -- Ron Blair, 4. 3g -- Tim Norman, 5. 30 -- Steve Irwin, 6. 23 -- Ben Rutan, 7. 1r -- Sean Robinson, 8. 6n -- Dain Naida, 9. 26 -- Gary Fast, 10. 22 -- Aaron Shaffer, 11. 47x -- Louie Carufel, 12. 70 -- Jim Lingar, 13. 50 -- Mark Grabill, 14. 31 -- Andy Teunessen, 15. 2m -- Dustin Daggett, 16. 11 -- Tim Allison, 17. 19x -- Ryan Grubaugh. DNS: 7 -- Darren Long, 8 -- Tim Champlin.

Lap Leaders: Irwin 1-4, Mann 5-25.

JE/SRP Pistons Hard Charger: Gary Fast (+7)

Engler Machine and Tool Half Mile Master Standings (Top Ten): 1. Dustin Daggett 562, 2. Steve Irwin 550, 3. Ben Rutan 544, (tie) Brett Mann 544, 5. Dain Naida 528, 6. Sean Robinson 526, 7. Ryan Grubaugh 522, 8. Joe Bares 516, 9. Gary Fast 467, 10. Tim Norman 459.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz Point Standings (Top Ten): 1. Brett Mann 2,616, 2. Ben Rutan 2,574, 3. Dain Naida 2,516, 4. Tim Norman 2,452, 5. Ryan Grubaugh 2,433, 6. Gregg Dalman 2,172, 7. Joe Bares 2,167, 8. Louie Carufel 2,038, 9. Dustin Daggett 1,944, 10. Gary Fast 1,779.

-credit: ascs

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