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  Motorsports: New England driver enjoying Selinsgrove Speedway By Shawn Wood for The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA  


(03-08-2012) -

Harrisburg, PA – March 8, 2012 – What happens when a driver who has excelled in every division he has ever raced since the age of seven takes on the 410 circuit?  Big news for the 2012 season!

Selinsgrove’s Rookie of the Year will be debuting there as a contender at this Sunday's 410 race.  In his first season behind the wheel of a Sprint Car, Ruttkamp picked up his first win at Trail-Way Speedway. He has also compiled many top 5 and top 10 finishes in the past two seasons; racing at Lincoln, Williams Grove and Selinsgrove Speedways. He has been racing since age 7 but took a 5 year hiatus to go to college. During the winter of 2009 Ruttkamp returned to racing - his passion, addiction and greatest love.

Over the years he has compiled 6 National Championships in go-karts, and many wins in Micro Sprints and Asphalt Super Late Models. He was also the youngest driver to race in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series at age 15 and was asked by Tony Stewart to drive his midget that same year.

"This has been my childhood dream, and it is pretty neat to be able to fulfill it.  With out the help from my awesome crew and great sponsors this would not be possible.  We have thrashed for the past two weeks after purchasing the engine to get the Maxim Chassis, Don Ott Racing Engine combination ready for this weekend." Ruttkamp says. The team hits the 2012 season running with Josh Lemaster, Ruttkamp's dedicated and long-time crew chief paired up with a renowned crew chief to create a dynamic duo in the pit area.

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