HARTFORD, MI (September 13th) - Dustin Daggett put an exclamation point on the 2003 Sprints on Dirt season by sweeping the twin-15 features at Hartford Speedway Park in Hartford, Michigan. Daggett started the day by signing in to win the 2003 ...
HARTFORD, MI (September 13th) - Dustin Daggett put an exclamation point on the 2003 Sprints on Dirt season by sweeping the twin-15 features at Hartford Speedway Park in Hartford, Michigan. Daggett started the day by signing in to win the 2003 Sprints on Dirt Championship. From there, Daggett dominated the first feature starting on the front row and leading every lap. The second feature was completely inverted and put Daggett in the 17th starting position. Undeterred, Daggett charged through the pack to make a thrilling move towards the end of the event to move from fourth to first in one corner and take the second victory.
"I took it easy for a couple of laps at the start", said Daggett about his second feature win of the night. "I thought once going into turn one I had thrown it all away. I almost spun out going in underneath another car. I have to thank my team for a great race car and all the fans for coming out. (The fans) here are awesome!'
Daggett was driving the family owned Maxim Chassis with a Dowker engine under the hood.
Daggett wasted no time at the initial start leading into turn one with Dave Fox in tow. Towards the back of the field several cars came together and Tom Miller ended up hitting a tractor tire on the end of the inside wall and turning over. Jerry Whitney and Jim Wohlfiel were also involved. Further up the track Fox got sideways in turn three causing cars to check up. Davey Brown ended up rolling over in turn four. Darren Long was also involved. Whitney was able to restart the event with no damage while Long returned to the feature at the tail after some time in the work area with front end damage. Brown, Miller and Wohlfeil retired from the event.
The second start mirrored the first with Daggett taking the lead into turn one with Fox settling into second. Matt Alloway, Fred Bliss, and Ben Rutan battled for third through fifth. By lap three Long had already moved up from the back of the field into the sixth position with his eyes set on the front of the field.
Alloway, Bliss, and Rutan continued to dice back and fourth. After disposing of Alloway, Rutan pulled the slide job on Bliss off turn four and took away second position. Up front Daggett had nearly a half-track lead.
Then while the battle for second through fifth entered lapped traffic Rutan stopped in turn two after making contact with the outside wall to bring out the caution flag. Rutan's car was towed to the pits and retired from the event.
Daggett had lapped up to the sixth position by the caution and pulled away from Bliss and Alloway at the restart. Bliss moved past Alloway on lap thirteen with Eddie Smith and Long now joining the battle. All four drivers raced through traffic battling for position. Long continued his charge, making a daring move on the last lap to dive under Smith and Bliss to take away the second position. Smith followed Long through to take third from Bliss.
Up front it was all Daggett though, taking the lead by nearly half a track over Long, Smith, Alloway, and Bliss.
The second 15-lap feature saw Brown and Fox on the front row for the start of the event. The duo raced side by side into turn one with Fox using the momentum at the top of the racetrack to take the lead. Sean Robinson and Darren Long made there presence felt early charging up from the middle and back of the field respectively to enter the top five by lap three. Then Robinson and Long battled with each other with Long pulling the big slide job in turn two.
After things settled down for a couple of laps Daggett wound up his machine at the top of the track and started passing cars. By lap five Daggett pulled a slide job on Bliss for the fifth position and was heading to the front. Daggett's next target was Alloway for fourth position. Daggett pulled the side job as both cars were close together in turn two with Daggett taking the position.
It appeared early on in the feature that Fox had checked out from the rest of the field. By lap eight Robinson and Long were right on Fox for the lead. The leaders approached traffic and allowed Daggett to close in as well. Then on lap ten Daggett drove is car straight to the bottom and drove from fourth to first in one corner, sliding up in turn four with the lead. Fox, Long, and Alloway continued to battle for second. Long eventually came out with the position and left Robinson, Fox, and Alloway to battle for third.
By lap fourteen things were well in hand as Daggett pulled to a sizeable lead and held on for his second feature victory, and third top five finish during the night's activities. Long, Alloway, Robinson, and Fox rounded out the top five. Daggett, Gregg Dalman, and Fox took the heat races, with Jerry Whitney grabbing the B-main event. UP next for the SOD sprints will be a final visit to the 1/2 mile speedplant of Ionia Raceway Park for a $2000 to win, $225 to start event. SOD technical rules will apply for this event, however a membership is not required. For more information, be sure to log on to the official SOD website at www.sprintsondirt.com
B&B Oval Track Supply Heat Race, 8 laps, Top 4 to A-main: (2:20.938) 1) 85 Dustin Daggett 2) 3s Eddie Smith 3) 54n Dain Naida (scratch for a-main) 4) 81 John Gall 5) 21 Dan Phillips 6) 14 Bob Tolboski 7) 2t Ralph Brackenberry
Kear's Speed Shop Heat Race: (2:23.045) 1) 49t Gregg Dalman 2) 13 Davey Brown 3) t10 Tom Miller 4) 84 Kyle Poortenga 5) 2w Jerry Whitney 6) 1r Sean Robinson 7) p46 Frank Taylor
Goodyear Racing Tire Heat Race: (2:26.782) 1) 54j Dave Fox 2) 7 Darren Long 3) 50 Mark Grabill 4) 99 Wayne Morrison 5) 33 Bill Johnson 6) 2x Mike Galajda 7) 6 Nathan Bevard
Maxim Racing Chassis Heat Race: (2:28.651) 1) 37a Matt Alloway 2) 75 Ben Rutan 3) 15 Fred bliss 4) 3w Jim Wohlfeil 5) 3b Ronnie Beale 6) 62 Jon Nichoson
Michigan Engine Pro B-Main 10 Laps, Top 5 to A-main: (3:02.192) 1) 2w Jerry Whitney 2) 3b Ronnie Beale 3) 1 Sean Robinson 4) 33 Bill Johnson 5) 2x Mike Galajda 6) 21 Dan Phillips 7) 6 Nathan Bevard 8) 14 Bob Tolboski 9) p46 Frank Taylor 10) 2t Ralph Brackenberry 11) 62 Jon Nichoson (dns)
Sprints On Dirt A-Main #1, 15 Laps: (No Time) 1) 85 Dustin Daggett 2) 7 Darren Long 3) 3s Eddie Smith 4) 37a Matt Alloway 5) 15 Fred Bliss 6) 3b Ronnie Beale 7) 81 John Gall 8) 1 Sean Robinson 9) 49t Gregg Dalman 10) 99 Wayne Morrison 11) 2w Jerry Whitney 12) 2x Mike Galajda 13) 84 Kyle Poortenga 14) 75 Ben Rutan 15) 33 Bill Johnson 16) 54j Mark Grabill 17) 54j Dave Fox 18) 3w Jim Wohlfeil 19) 13 Davey Brown 20) t10 Tom Miller
Lap Leaders: Dustin Daggett 1-15 B&B Oval Track Supply Award Winner: 21 Dan Phillips Kear's Speed Shop Hard Luck Award: Tom Miller Rose City Motors Front Row Challenge Winner: ($1000) Not Accepted Frankland Racing Supply Award Winner: Jim Wohlfeil High Vista Video Hard Charger: Ronnie Beale +11 All Pro Cylinder Heads Rookie of the Race: Tom Miller
A-Main #2 Notes: Jim Wohlfeil, Ben Rutan, and Tom Miller would scratch after damage from the first main event. Ralph Brackenberry, Frank Taylor, and Nathan Bevard would start at the tail of feature event number two as alternates.
Sprints On Dirt A-Main #2, 15 Laps: (4:48.505) 1) 85 Dustin Daggett 2) 7n Darren Long 3) 37a Matt Alloway 4) 1 Sean Robinson 5) 54j Dave Fox 6) 3s Eddie Smith 7) 15 Fred Bliss 8) 49t Gregg Dalman 9) 3b Ronnie Beale 10) 2x Mike Galajda 11) 2w Jerry Whitney 12) 81 John Gall 13) 33 Bill Johnson 14) 84 Kyle Poortenga 15) 99 Wayne Morrison 16) 6 Nathan Bevard 17) p46 Frank Taylor 18) 2t Ralph Brackenberry 19) 13 Davey Brown 20) 50 Mark Grabill (DNS)
Lap Leaders: Dave Fox 1-9, Dustin Daggett 10-15
High Vista Video Hard Charger: Dustin Daggett +16
All Pro Cylinder Heads Rookie of the Race: Nathan Bevard