AEMODT kicks off inaugural season with a strong field of 31 DIRTcar UMP Modifieds for the Allstar Performance Shootout
Muskegon, Michigan (Saturday, May 27th, 2017): History was made on Saturday, May 27th with the official start of the inaugural season for the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance. It what was already being billed as one of the biggest and most anticipated openers for any Modified tour in the country, the Allstar Performance Shootout was held at Thunderbird Raceway in Muskegon, Michigan. The overflow, standing room only crowd was treated to a dramatic ending in the tours’ first ever race when five-time Defending DIRTcar Racing UMP Modified Michigan State Champion, David Mielke went to the very top of the track and rode the cushion around race leader, Jacob Poel with two laps to go and held on for the popular victory
“I thought we weren’t going to win this race at all. Then the caution came out with a couple of laps to go and thought, maybe we have a chance. Before the restart, I thought about going up high since Jacob (Poel) was running the bottom, but then there’s Collin (Thirlby) out of nowhere and I really thought we were done,” Explained the Gladwin, Michigan star after climbing out of his #87 Krompetz Elevator/Rocket by Ruhlman/B.E. Motorsports entry. “I don’t know what happened to Collin, but he had it won. On that last restart, I figured might as well try the high side up on the cushion and man the car just came to life. I can’t thank everybody enough and this is such an honor to win the first ever AEMODT race.” The 25-year-old added.
After the American Ethanol Redraw and all of the preliminary events had been completed, the first ever AEMDOT Feature would see QuickCar Racing Products Rookie of the Year title contender, Josh Scott and one of several hometown favorites from Muskegon, Michigan in the field, Kevin Cavanaugh bring the field to Chief Starter, Marc Henry’s green flag. From the drop of the green flag, the premier tour for DIRTcar UMP Modifieds in the Great Lakes / Midwestern region of the country would put on a thrilling show as Scott, the 2016 Waynesfield Raceway Park (OH) Track Champion, would lead the field for the first five laps of the main event. Soon however, he would have 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Michigan State Champion, Jacob Poel, who started sixth, on his back bumper.
Poel, who had been utilizing the very low inside lane of the 1/3 (0.333) mile semi-banked dirt oval, made the low inside lane work to his advantage once again as he slipped past Scott to take over the lead and proceed to set a torrid pace. Poel continued to stretch his lead, but the first of only two cautions with four laps to go bunched up the field. On the restart, Collin Thirlby, who had restarted in seventh, shot up to the cushion and drove around five cars to grab second and get to Poel’s back bumper. However, with two laps to go, Thirlby’s right front blew out, sending him hard into the turn three wall ending his night. On the final restart, Mielke then went to the top side and his momentum carried him around Poel to take the lead and the ensuing victory.
In addition to the win, Mielke also collected the Allstar Performance Hard-Charger award after starting in ninth. Poel settled for second, but was rewarded with the American Ethanol Performer of the Race as the top finisher utilizing American Ethanol E85. Joe Rokos never strayed out of the top three all race long and would round out the podium finishers. Scott would finish in fourth while three-time Track Champion, Andy Sprague rounded out the top five. Chad Bauer would come home in sixth place while Cavanaugh finished in seventh. Curt Spalding finished in eighth while another QuickCar Racing Products Rookie, Brian Przepiora was ninth over Brian Brindley who finished off the top 10.
The second race of the 2017 racing season see the AEMODT cars and stars travel north to be a part of the 3rd Annual Merritt Showdown presented by Don’s Auto Clinic on Wednesday, June 14th. The fast ¼ (0.250) mile semi-banked dirt oval of Merritt Speedway, located west of Houghton Lake in Lake City, Michigan will host the second ever AEMODT race as the 3rd Annual Merritt Showdown falls under the AEMODT for 2017. Joe Rokos is the defending race winner while three-time and defending track champion, David Mielke won the inaugural race in 2015. The AEMODT’s big brothers with the American Ethanol Late Model Tour will headline the midweek special with the richest paying event in tour history as the winner will get a $10,000 payday. For more information, go the track website at: merrittspeedwaymi.com
For more information about the inaugural 2017 racing season for the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance, please visit the website at: aemodt.com You can also follow the tour on Facebook by going to: facebook.com/AmericanEthanolModifiedTour 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: twitter.com/AEMODT and click on “Follow”.
To learn more about Motor City Racing Promotions, the event management group for the AEMODT, email MCRP President, Scott Menlen at: email@example.com or call the MCRP office at: (248) 747-6277. You can also go to the MCRP website at: motorcityracing.co. The Facebook Fan Page for MCRP is at: facebook.com/motorcityracingpromotions and click on “Like” today. Don’t forget to “Follow” MCRP on Twitter at: twitter.com/MCRP_Racing. 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: MotorCityRacing.co/LiveTiming.
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 YellowHose.com.
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: americanethanolracing.com
Official Results (Race #1 – 31 Cars) – Saturday, May 27th, 2017 – Thunderbird Raceway – Muskegon, Michigan
Inaugural AEMODT Race – Allstar Performance Shootout 30
American Ethanol Feature (Allstar Performance Shootout 30): 1. (7) 87 David Mielke, 2. (6) 82 Jacob Poel, 3. (3) 77 Joe Rokos, 4. (1) 11js Josh Scott ®, 5. (11) 1s Andy Sprague, 6. (8) 19 Chad Bauer, 7. (2) 14 Kevin Cavanaugh, 8. (4) 111 Curt Spalding, 9. (10) 1 Brian Przepiora ®, 10. (5) 4b Brian Brindley, 11. (15) 15 Dave Baker, 12. (14) 21 Brad Wilson, 13. (19) 22s Joel Sherman, 14. (20) 99 Brent Banning, 15. (16) 31g Rick Gokee Jr. ®, 16. (12) 47 Collin Thirlby, 17. (18) 21jr Tom Conrad Jr. ®, 18. (9) 1e Jeff Erickson Jr. 19. (17) 22 Brian Speelman, 20. (13) 48 Adam Pockrus ®
(Lap Leaders: 11js Josh Scott 1-5, 82 Jacob Poel 6-28, 87 David Mielke 29-30 – Cautions=2)
NUVU Fuels Last Chance Race (15 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (1) 31g Rick Gokee Jr. ®, 2. (6) 22 Brian Speelman ®, 3. (11) 21jr Tom Conrad Jr. ®, 4. (13) 22s Joel Sherman ®, 5. (4) 99 Brent Banning, 6 (2) 63 Donnie Roberts, 7. (8) 79 Kory Maurice, 8. (9) 26 Michael Patrick, 9. (14) 36 Jeramy Wood ®, 10. (5) 17 Doug McLachlan ®, 11. (3) 0x Zack Olger, 12. (10) 5 Travis Stemler, 13. (7) 77d Anthony Deming ®, 14. (12) 4j Paul Johnson …. Did Not Start: 24n Kyle Novak, 555 Justin Coulter
Carbon Green BioEnergy Heat Race #1 (10 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (2) 14 Kevin Cavanaugh, 2. (4) 111 Curt Spalding, 3. (5) 19 Chad Bauer, 4. (3) 1 Brian Przepiora ®, 5. (6) 48 Adam Pockrus ®, 6. (7) 31g Rick Gokee Jr. ®, 7. (10) 99 Brent Banning, 8. (8) 24n Kyle Novak, 9. (9) 26 Michael Patrick, 10. (1) 4j Paul Johnson
YellowHose.com Heat Race #2 (10 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (4) 87 David Mielke, 2. (2) 4b Brian Brindley, 3. (1) 1e Jeff Erickson Jr., 4. (3) 1s Andy Sprague, 5. (5) 21 Brad Wilson, 6. (6) 63 Donnie Roberts, 7. (8) 17 Doug McLachlan ®, 8. (9) 77d Anthony Deming ®, 9. (7) 5 Travis Stemler …. Did Not Start: 555 Justin Coulter
Growth Energy Heat Race #3 (10 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (4) 82 Jacob Poel, 2. (2) 11js Josh Scott ®, 3. (1) 77 Joe Rokos, 4. (6) 47 Collin Thirlby, 5. (3) 15 Dave Baker, 6. (7) 0x Zack Olger, 7. (5) 22 Brian Speelman ®, 8. (8) 79 Kory Maurice, 9. (11) 21jr Tom Conrad Jr. ®, 10. (9) 22s Joel Sherman ®, 11. (10) 36 Jeramy Wood ®
American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 1): 1. 111 Curt Spalding 15.348, 2. 1 Brian Przepiora ® 15.719, 3. 14 Kevin Cavanaugh 15.794, 4. 4j Paul Johnson 15.829, 5. 19 Chad Bauer 15.860, 6. 48 Adam Pockrus ® 16.070, 7. 31g Rick Gokee Jr. ® 16.094, 8. 24n Kyle Novak 16.121, 9. 26 Michael Patrick 16.244, 10. 99 Brent Banning 16.421
American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 2): 1. 87 David Mielke 15.193 (ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier), 2. 1s Andy Sprague 15.286, 3. 4b Brian Brindley 15.561, 4. 1e Jeff Erickson Jr. 15.797, 5. 21 Brad Wilson 16.053, 6. 63 Donnie Roberts 16.287, 7. 5 Travis Stemler 16.463, 8. 17 Doug McLachlan ® 16.585, 9. 77d Anthon