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3rd Annual Merritt Showdown $1,500 Payday Goes To Jacob Poel – Takes Over AEMODT Points Lead

June 15, 2017

First of three American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance appearances at Merritt is a rousing success


Lake City, Michigan (Wednesday, June 14th, 2017): The second race of the 2017 racing season for the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance would see the AEMODT cars and stars travel north to Merritt Speedway on Wednesday, June 14th. The AEMODT contingent were a part of the 3rd Annual Merritt Showdown presented by Don’s Auto Clinic at the fast ¼ (0.250) mile semi-banked dirt oval located west of Houghton Lake in Lake City, Michigan. The second ever AEMODT race and first of three appearances by the premier DIRTcar UMP Modified Tour in the Great Lakes/Midwestern region of the United States would see a thrilling Allstar Performance 40-Lap Feature and when all was said and done, Jacob Poel would walk away with a $1,500 payday.


“This car is so fun to drive. I honestly can’t wait to race it again after each race, especially after getting a checkered flag.” The elated 30-year-old standout from Spring Lake, Michigan stated in victory lane after climbing from his #82 Lakeshore Custom Homes/Rocket Chassis by Pro-Act/Rhyne Competition Engines entry. “A huge thanks to all our sponsors for their continued support. Also want to thank my father Steve (Poel) for everything he does for me. Scott Presley and his wife Karen, and Troy for the help at the track tonight. Onto Baer Field (Motorsports Park) in just three days.” He added.


After 29 cars on the property went through three qualifier heat races and a last chance race, plus following the redraw of the top three finishers of each heat race, Andy Sprague and Collin Thirlby would lead the 21-car starting field to the green flag to begin the Allstar Performance 40. Thirlby shot out to the early race lead while everyone else jockeyed for position behind him. The “Traverse City Terror 2.0” checked out early from the rest of the field and put plenty of real estate between himself and the rest of the pack early on. Jacob Poel, who started ninth, began methodically picking his way through the field and soon was in second and set his sights on Thirlby just past the halfway point.


Poel quickly reeled in Thirlby and the two standout DIRTcar UMP Modified pilots began to wage war. On lap 27, Poel made what would be the winning pass and began to pull away from the rest of the field. Chad Bauer, who started fifth, and defending Merritt Showdown winner, Joe Rokos, who started 15th, also disposed of Thirlby and set their sights on the leader. But Poel’s lead was too much to overcome and in the end, the former DIRTcar UMP Modified Michigan State champion would take the checkered flag first and leave the “great white north” with a $1,500 paycheck and the AEMODTS points lead.  


Bauer, a former two-time winner at Merritt in the tracks prestigious Wood-Tic, came home in second with Rokos charging up 12 spots to finish third for the second race in a row. Jeff Erickson Jr., came away with a fourth place finish as Inaugural AEMODT winner, David Mielke, who had to go to a backup car and start 21st, charged his way up to fifth to complete the top five. Thirlby fell back to sixth in the end while QuickCar Racing Products Rookie of the Year points leader, Josh Scott continued his strong start to his freshman season by finishing seventh. Sprague slipped back to eighth while Dave Baker and Brian Brindley rounded out the top 10.


The AEMODT teams won’t have much turnaround time before the next race on the schedule. Just three days after the Merritt Showdown, the AEMODT contingent make the long haul south for their one and only appearance of the inaugural season in the Hoosier State. The tight ¼ (0.250) mile slightly banked dirt oval of Baer Field Motorsports Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana will serve as hosts of the Hoosichigan Hustle on Saturday, June 17th. The Summit City speed plant has built a ¼ mile dirt oval in the infield of the tracks existing ½ mile and 3/8s mile pavement configurations and this event will be the first time ever that DIRTcar UMP Modifieds will be in action. This event is also the second ever race on the ¼ mile dirt track.  


For more information about the remainder of 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”.


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: 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:


Official Results (Race #2 – 29 Cars) – Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 – Merritt Speedway – Lake City, Michigan
3rd Annual Merritt Showdown presented by Don’s Auto Clinic – Allstar Performance 40

American Ethanol Feature (Allstar Performance 40): 1. (9) 82 Jacob Poel, 2. (5) 19 Chad Bauer, 3 (15) 77 Joe Rokos, 4. (3) 1e Jeff Erickson Jr., 5 (6) 87 David Mielke, 6. (2) 47 Collin Thirlby, 7. (12) 11js Josh Scott ®, 8. (1) 1s Andy Sprague, 9. (10) 15 Dave Baker, 10. (8) 4b Brian Brindley, 11. (17) 24n Kyle Novak, 12. (16) 77 Brent Banning, 13. (18) 14 Kevin Cavanaugh, 14. (11) 22 Brian Speelman ®, 15. (7) 21 Brad Wilson, 16. (19) 1 Brian Przepiora ®, 17. (21) 22js Joel Sherman ®, 18. (13) 711 Scott Payton, 19. (4) 63 Donnie Roberts, 20. (14) 77d Anthony Deming ®, 21. (20) 79 Kory Maurice

(Lap Leaders: 47 Collin Thirlby 1-26, 82 Jacob Poel 27-40  – Cautions=2)

NUVU Fuels Last Chance Race (12 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (6) 99 Brent Banning, 2. (1) 24n Kyle Novak, 3. (11) 14 Kevin Cavanaugh, 4. (2) 1 Brian Przepiora ®, 5. (10) 79 Kory Maurice, 6. (4) 48 Adam Pockrus ®, 7. (14) 36 Jeramy Wood ®, 8. (13) 92 Caleb Kill, 9. (9) 26 Mike Patrick, 10. (12) 22js Joel Sherman ®, 11. (3) 12 John McClure, 12. (5) 17 Doug McLachlan ®, 13. (7) 23 Luke Hubbell ®, DQ. (8) 31g Rick Gokee Jr. ®

Carbon Green BioEnergy Heat Race #1 (10 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (3) 47 Collin Thirlby, 2. (3) 19 Chad Bauer, 3. (1) 1s Andy Sprague, 4. (4) 15 Dave Baker, 5. (6) 711 Scott Payton, 6. (8) 24n Kyle Novak, 7. (5) 48 Adam Pockrus ®, 8. (10) 23 Luke Hubbell ®, 9. (7) 79 Kory Maurice, 10. (9) 92 Caleb Kill Heat Race #2 (10 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (2) 63 Donnie Roberts, 2. (3) 4b Brian Brindley, 3. (4) 21 Brad Wilson, 4. (10) 22s Brian Speelman ®, 5. (6) 77d Anthony Deming ®, 6. (4) 1 Brian Przepiora ®, 7. (9) 17 Doug McLachlan ®, 8. (8) 14 Kevin Cavanaugh, 9. (5) 36 Jeramy Wood ®, DQ. 31g Rick Gokee Jr. ®

Growth Energy Heat Race #3 (10 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (2) 87 David Mielke, 2. (1) 1e Jeff Erickson Jr., 3. (4) 82 Jacob Poel, 4. (3) 11js Josh Scott ®, 5. (5) 77 Joe Rokos, 6. (9) 12 John McClure, 7. (6) 99 Brent Banning, 8. (7) 26 Mike Patrick, 9. (8) 22js Joel Sherman


American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 1): 1. 15 Dave Baker 16.055, 2. 19 Chad Bauer 16.119, 3. 47 Collin Thirlby 16.168, 4. 1s Andy Sprague 16.206, 5. 48 Adam Pockrus ® 16.257, 6. 711 Scott Payton 16.284, 7. 79 Kory Maurice 16.566, 8. 24n Kyle Novak 16.597, 9. 92 Caleb Kill 16.690, 10. 23 Luke Hubbell ® No Time


American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 2): 1. 21 Brad Wilson 16.241, 2. 4b Brian Brindley 16.327, 3. 63 Donnie Roberts 16.344, 4. 1 Brian Przepiora ® 16.519, 5. 36 Jeramy Wood ® 16.640, 6. 77d Anthony Deming ® 16.650, 7. 14 Kevin Cavanaugh 16.741, 8. 17 Doug McLachlan ® 17.081, 9. 22s Brian Speelman ® 17.600, DQ. 31g Rick Gokee Jr. ® No Time


American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 3): 1. 82 Jacob Poel 15.946 (ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier), 2. 11js Josh Scott ® 15.999, 3. 87 David Mielke 16.283, 4. 1e Jeff Erickson Jr. 16.419, 5. 77 Joe Rokos 16.448, 6. 99 Brent Banning 16.612, 7. 26 Mike Patrick 16.940, 8. 22js Joel Sherman ® 17.125, 9. 12 John McClure No Time, 10. 23 Luke Hubbell ® No Time


Contingency Awards:
QuickCar Racing Products Rookie of the Race: 11js Josh Scott

Allstar Performance Hard-Charger Award: 77 Joe Rokos

Aeroquip Halfway Leader: 47 Collin Thirlby

ARP Most Laps Led: 47 Collin Thirlby

Driven Racing Oil P3: 77 Joe Rokos

Keyser Manufacturing P4: 1e Jeff Erickson Jr.

Shirtworks Apparel P5: 87 Davi