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2017 American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance Season Preview – Who Will Be The First Champion?

May 26, 2017

AEMODT kicks off inaugural season on Saturday, May 27th at Thunderbird Raceway in the Allstar Performance Shootout

Rochester Hills, Michigan (Friday, May 26th, 2017): This Saturday, May 27th, history will be made with the official start of the inaugural season for the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance. It what is already being billed as one of the biggest and most anticipated openers for any Modified tour in the country, the Allstar Performance Shootout is almost here. The premier tour for DIRTcar Racing UMP Modifieds in the Great Lakes / Midwestern region of the United States begins at the fast 1/3 (0.333) mile semi-banked dirt oval of Thunderbird Raceway in Muskegon, Michigan.  


A stacked field of 20 teams have committed to the full 2017 AEMODT schedule and with 21 spots to fill each race night, competition will be amongst the fiercest seen anywhere in the country. Here’s an in-depth look at the full-time teams that truly reveals a who’s who of the best Dirt Modified teams in the country and it all starts with one of the divisions’ biggest star, David Mielke. The Gladwin, Michigan standout is the five-time defending DIRTcar Racing UMP Modified Michigan State Champion as well as a three-time champion in the now defunct Michigan Dirt Cup Tour. Additionally, Mielke is the three-time and defending track champion at both Merritt Speedway and Mt. Pleasant Speedway. Overall in 2016, the 25-year-old collected four different titles. 


One driver who could thwart Mielke’s efforts is one that is also an accomplished pilot in the Dirt Modified world, Jacob Poel. The Spring Lake, Michigan standout comes into the 2017 racing season with his sights fully set on the inaugural AEMODT title. Prior to Mielke’s impressive run of five consecutive UMP Michigan State titles, Poel was the state champion in 2011 as well as the track champion that same year at I-96 Speedway. Also, that season, Poel would also take home the first of two MDC titles. The 30-year-old is also a two-time track champion at Berlin Raceway with those titles coming in 2013 & 2014 and is one of the best drivers in the country at quickly adapting to different race tracks and the varying conditions.


Three drivers who look to make sure it’s not just the Mielke/Poel show all season are three accomplished drivers in the world of DIRTcar Racing UMP Modifieds; Chad Bauer, Collin Thirlby and Joe Rokos. Bauer is a former three-time track champion at his home track of Mt. Pleasant Speedway and in 2016, scored a couple of late season special event wins including the DIRTcar Fall Nationals at the famed Eldora Speedway. Thirlby, like Poel, is one of the best at adapting to any race track under any condition and has feature wins in four different states over his career to prove it. Rokos comes into the 2017 racing season as the defending race winner of the Merritt Showdown and is a three-time track champion at the now closed Cherry Raceway. All three will give Mielke and Poel fits all season long in the chase for the inaugural AEMODT championship.


A slew of talented drivers will take on the “Big 5” as a couple of West Michigan standouts look to start the season off strong at their home track of Thunderbird Raceway. Muskegon, Michigan area pilots, Kevin Cavanaugh, Jeff Erickson Jr., and Brad Wilson all home that some “home cooking” will propel them off to a fast start. Dave Baker is also a West Michigan competitor as the Grand Rapids, Michigan veteran has traveled all over the country, not staying home except for traveling with the old Michigan Dirt Cup tour.


Northern Michigan standouts, Brian Brindley and Kyle Novak look to take advantage of four races close to home in 2017 with three at Merritt Speedway and one at the Manistee County Fairgrounds while 2005 Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, Donnie Roberts looks to add even more accomplishments to his illustrious career. One driver from across the border, Justin Coulter will be one of two full-time teams representing Canada as the Leamington, Ontario competitor has raced in the United States before and primarily at Eldora Speedway.


The crop of Rookie of the Year title contenders is diverse to say the least with seven drivers looking to claim the inaugural freshman crown led by 2016 Waynesfield Raceway Park Track Champion, Josh Scott. The Grand Rapids, Ohio competitor will embark on his first season as a touring series competitor. Luke Hubbell makes the big jump up from IMCA Modifieds and will take on the challenges of traveling to different tracks week in and week out after staying primarily close to home at I-96 Speedway.


One Canadian will make the trip across the border for every race as Brian Speelman looks to represent his native province of Ontario after competing mostly at his home track of South Buxton Speedway. 17-year-old Anthony Deming will tour for the first time after running the past two seasons at Silver Bullet Speedway where he was the 2015 rookie of the year. Brian Przepiora will race for the first time anywhere since the 2013 campaign and has chosen to run the full AEMODT schedule while Doug McLachlan comes back to dirt track racing after spending time on the pavement. Previously, on dirt, he competed primarily at Butler Motor Speedway.


To learn more about Motor City Racing Promotions, the event management group for the AEMODT, email MCRP President, Scott Menlen at: or call the MCRP office at: (248) 747-6277. You can also go to the MCRP website at: The Facebook Fan Page for MCRP is at: and click on “Like” today. Don’t forget to “Follow” MCRP on Twitter at:


For more information about the inaugural 2017 racing season for the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance, please visit the website at: You can also follow the tour on Facebook by going to: and click on “Like”.

The tour Twitter account will be the primary source for race day updates throughout the 2017 racing season. Be sure to go to the AEMODT Twitter page today at: and click on “Follow”. Finally, and throughout the 2017 racing season, Live Timing & Scoring from every race in 2017 will be available for absolutely free from your mobile device by purchasing the Race Monitor Mobile App or online at:


2017 American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance Marketing Partners

American Ethanol (Title Sponsor) & Allstar Performance (Presenting Sponsor) as well as ARP Bolts, Carbon Green BioEnergy, Dirty Girl Racewear, Growth Energy, Hoosier Racing Tires, Horsepower Innovations, Iroquois Bio-Energy, Isky Racing Cams, Keyser Manufacturing, Lane Automotive, Michigan Corn Growers Association, Motor City Racing Promotions, NUVU Fuels, Pace Performance, Poet Bio-Refining, Quarter Master, QuickCar Racing Products, Shirtworks Racewear and


About the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance

Founded on December 6th, 2016, the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance was created as a brand new tour utilizing DIRTcar Racing UMP Modifieds in the Great Lakes / Midwestern region of the United States. In the inaugural season, the AEMODT will race in 13 events within three states, including one race paying a whopping $10,000 to Win (Monday, July 3rd at Merritt Speedway). The home state of Michigan is well represented with 11 events while the neighboring states of Indiana and Ohio will have one show apiece. Future plans for the AEMODT see the Tour expanded outside of the Great Lakes State with more events in Indiana and Ohio as well as outside those three key states.


About American Ethanol

American Ethanol is a partnership between Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association and is a collaborative-effort marketing campaign to increase awareness of the reliability, performance capabilities and affordability of American made E15 Ethanol. Growth Energy, an ethanol industry group, and the National Corn Growers Association formed the American Ethanol partnership which highlights E15, a high-performance fuel, providing the same drivability with increased engine performance as regular gasoline. It’s a 15% Ethanol blend made with American ethanol from corn grown in our nation’s heartland and an 85% Gas blend. After extensive testing, NASCAR adopted the fuel for use in all three of their national racing series in 2011. The race teams and engine builders were heavily involved in the transition process, and have since reported high praise for the fuel, which boosts horsepower while reducing emissions. For more information about American Ethanol, go to: