36 DIRTcar UMP Modified Teams invade Lake Odessa, Michigan for Inaugural American Ethanol Shootout
Lake Odessa, Michigan (Sunday, June 25th, 2017): The American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance cars and stars made their one and only appearance at the fast 4/10s (0.400) mile high-banked dirt oval of I-96 Speedway on Sunday, June 25th for the Inaugural American Ethanol Shootout. The Allstar Performance 30 would see a new record 36 DIRTcar UMP Modified teams make the trip, an all-time high car count in just the tour’s fourth race of the inaugural season. The crowd on hand witnessed some of the best in the business put on a battle not soon forgotten as current AEMODT points leader, Jacob Poel slid past race leader, Collin Thirlby and second place David Mielke while three-wide and coming down for the white flag to score win number two of the year.
“Wow, that was a lot of fun. We definitely knew we had our work cut out for us, but we stayed patient and coming to the white flag, we were running third with first and second right there and about three lapped cars. We were altogether in one big group,” Explained the jubilant driver of the #82 Lakeshore Custom Homes/Rocket Chassis by Pro-Act/Rhyne Competition Engines open-wheeled machine. “Somehow, I managed to be in the right place at the right time and snuck through everyone there, making it three-wide in the process to come home with the win. This is the best tour in the country. It’s a lot of fun to race with these guys every week.” The 30-year-old from Spring Lake, Michigan added.
After the top three finishers in each race Redraw for their Feature starting position, it would be Dave Baker and Chad Bauer leading the 22-car starting and it would be Bauer who would sail out to the early lead while the rest of the field jockeyed for position. Collin Thirlby, who started third, quickly followed Bauer past Baker and on lap five, would overtake Bauer for the lead. Thirlby set a torrid early pace by building up his lead to almost five seconds over second place. David Mielke and Jacob Poel, who started together in fourth row, started their assault towards the front and soon found themselves in second and third respectively.
As time was running out, Thirlby was beginning to have difficulties negotiating around lapped traffic while both Mielke and Poel quickly disposed of the traffic left behind by Thirlby. With three laps to go and Thirlby stuck behind traffic, Mielke and Poel challenged for the lead with Mielke edging out ahead with two laps to go. On the white flag lap, the trio went three-wide with Poel escaping as the race leader and getting through the remaining traffic ahead of Thirlby and Mielke. Poel would then hang on for his second AEMODT win of the season and extend his early season points lead in the process.
Thirlby finished a disappointing second with Mielke completing the podium finishers. Joe Rokos continues his fast start to the season. After a pair of thirds in the first two races and a second in the last event, he would finish fourth on this night ahead of QuickCar Racing Products Rookie points leader, Josh Scott who would wrap up the top five. Baker finished sixth ahead of Bauer while John McClure was eighth after starting 20th. Brian Brindley, the last event winner at Baer Field Motorsports Park on June 17th would come home ninth ahead of Kyle Novak who completed the top 10.
The American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance teams will embark on the biggest weekend of the inaugural season starting on Friday, June 30th with the one and only appearance at the newly reconfigured 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval of Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Michigan. A strong field of DIRTcar UMP Modifieds who race at the Southwest Michigan speed plant will be awaiting the AEMODT contingent and kick off the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend of racing with the running of the Allstar Performance 30.
Then on Monday, July 3rd, the first signature event of the AEMODT’s inaugural campaign occurs at the fast ¼ (0.250) mile semi-banked dirt oval of Merritt Speedway, located west of Houghton Lake in Lake City, Michigan. The Inaugural Merritt Allstar Performance Classic will see the winner take home a $10,000 check. This event also serves as the final round of the tracks Allstar Performance $15,000 Clean Sweep Challenge. If a driver can sweep all three races, including two weekly events on Saturday-Sunday, July 1-2nd as well as the Allstar Performance Classic, they will get $1,500 to win on Saturday and Sunday, plus $10,000 on Monday for that win and a $15,000 bonus for sweeping all three days for a grand total of $28,000. All part of the tracks mammoth three-day race weekend, the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Independence Weekend.
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: 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 #4 – 36 Cars) – Sunday, June 25th, 2017 – I-96 Speedway – Lake Odessa, Michigan
Inaugural American Ethanol Shootout – Allstar Performance 30
American Ethanol Feature (Allstar Performance 30): 1. (8) 82 Jacob Poel, 2. (3) 47 Collin Thirlby, 3. (7) 87 David Mielke, 4. (9) 77 Joe Rokos, 5. (6) 11js Josh Scott ®, 6. (1) 15 Dave Baker, 7. (2) 19 Chad Bauer, 8. (20) 12m John McClure, 9. (12) 4b Brian Brindley, 10. (11) 24n Kyle Novak, 11. (13) 21 Brad Wilson, 12. (14) 4j Paul Johnson, 13. (16) 79 Kory Maurice, 14. (18) 9j Jared Guinn, 15. (17) 164 Garrett Wiles, 16. (15) 21jr Tom Conrad Jr., 17. (10) 22s Joel Sherman ®, 18. (21) 32 Dan Hubbell, 19. (22) 1 Brian Przepiora ®, 20. (19) 77d Anthony Deming, 21. (5) 1e Jeff Erickson Jr., 22. (4) 0x Zack Olger
(Lap Leaders: 19 Chad Bauer 1-4, 47 Collin Thirlby 5-27, 87 David Mielke 28, 82 Jacob Poel 29-30 – Cautions=1)
NUVU Fuels Last Chance Race (12 Laps / Top 3 Transfer): 1. (3) 79 Kory Maurice, 2. (6) 9j Jared Guinn, 3. (10) 12m John McClure, 4. (1) 29 Steve Shellenberger, 5. (4) 5d Dave VanGuilder, 6. (2) 22 Brian Speelman ®, 7. (9) 1 Brian Przepiora ®, 8. (7) 23 Luke Hubbell ®, 9. (8) 38 Dave Boening, 10. (5) 21 Jeff Reay – Did Not Start: 31g Rick Gokee Jr.
Horsepower Innovations Last Chance Race #2 (12 Laps / Top 3 Transfer): 1. (2) 164 Garrett Wiles, 2. (5) 77d Anthony Deming ®, 3. (6) 32 Dan Hubbell, 4. (7) 14 Kevin Cavanaugh, 5. (3) 26p Mike Patrick, 6. (4) 22 Mark Beard, 7. (10) 26* Bryant Dickinson, 8. (1) 17 Doug McLachlan ®, 9. (8) 21r Milt Montgomery, 10. (9) 8j Todd Jubenville
Carbon Green BioEnergy Heat Race #1 (10 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (4) 82 Jacob Poel, 2. (3) 0x Zack Olger, 3. (2) 1e Jeff Erickson Jr., 4. (7) 22s Joel Sherman ®, 5. (5) 21 Brad Wilson, 6. (8) 29 Steve Shellenberger, 7. (10) 17 Doug McLachlan ®, 8. (11) 5d Dave VanGuilder, 9. (12) 22 Mark Beard, 10. (9) 23 Luke Hubbell ®, 11. (6) 14 Kevin Cavanaugh, 12. (1) 12m John McClure
YellowHose.com Heat Race #2 (10 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (1) 47 Collin Thirlby, 2. (2) 11js Josh Scott ®, 3. (4) 15 Dave Baker, 4. (6) 24n Kyle Novak, 5. (7) 4j Paul Johnson, 6. (3) 22 Brian Speelman ®, 7. (5) 164 Garrett Wiles, 8. (12) 21 Jeff Reay, 9. (8) 77d Anthony Deming ®, 10. (9) 38 Dave Boening, 11. (11) 21r Milt Montgomery, 12. (10) 26* Bryant Dickinson
Growth Energy Heat Race #3 (10 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (4) 87 David Mielke, 2. (2) 77 Joe Rokos, 3. (1) 19 Chad Bauer, 4. (3) 4b Brian Brindley, 5. (5) 21jr Tom Conrad Jr., 6. (7) 79 Kory Maurice, 7. (8) 26p Mike Patrick, 8. (9) 9j Jared Guinn, 9. (10) 32 Dan Hubbell, 10. (6) 1 Brian Przepiora ®, 11. (11) 8j Todd Jubenville – Did Not Start: 31g Rick Gokee Jr.
American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 1): 1. 82 Jacob Poel 18.831, 2. 0x Zack Olger 19.113, 3. 1e Jeff Erickson Jr. 19.426, 4. 12m John McClure 19.486, 5. 21 Brad Wilson 19.498, 6. 14 Kevin Cavanaugh 19.988, 7. 22s Joel Sherman ® 20.123, 8. 29 Steve Shellenberger 20.246, 9. 23 Luke Hubbell ® 20.392, 10. 17 Doug McLachlan ® 20.450, 11. 5D Dave VanGuilder 20.601, 12. 22 Mark Beard 21.325
American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 2): 1. 15 Dave Baker 19.239, 2. 22 Brian Speelman ® 19.390, 3. 11js Josh Scott ® 19.511, 4. 47 Collin Thirlby 19.621, 5. 164 Garrett Wiles 19.835, 6. 24n Kyle Novak 20.143, 7. 4j Paul Johnson 20.208, 8. 77d Anthony Deming ® 20.733, 9. 38 David Boening 21.650, 10. 26* Bryant Dickinson 23.860, 11. 21r Milt Montgomery No Time, 12. 21 Jeff Reay No Time
American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 3): 1. 87 David Mielke 18.721 (ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier), 2. 4b Brian Brindley 19.493, 3. 77 Joe Rokos 19.683, 4. 19 Chad Bauer 19.744, 5. 21jr Tom Conrad Jr. 20.292, 6. 1 Brian Przepiora ® 20.323, 7. 79 Kory Maurice 20.721, 8. 26p Mike Patrick 20.964, 9. 9j Jared Guinn 20.985, 10. 32 Dan Hubbell 21.438, 11. 8j Todd Jubenville No Time, 12. 31 Rick Gokee Jr. No Time
QuickCar Racing Products Rookie of the Race: 11js Josh Scott
Allstar Performance Hard-Charger Award: 12m John McClure
Aeroquip Halfway Leader: 47 Collin Thirlby
ARP Most Laps Led: 47 Collin Thirlby
Driven Racing Oil P3: 87 David Mielke
Keyser Manufacturing P4: 77 Joe Rokos
Shirtworks Apparel P5: 11js Josh Scott
Dirty Girl Racewear P10: 24n Kyle Novak
ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier: 87 David Mielke
American Ethanol Performer of the Race: 82 Jacob Poel
Hoosier Racing Tire Hard-Luck Award: 1e Jeff Erickson Jr.
Quarter Master Move of the Race: 82 Jacob Poel
Lane Automotive Member A: 15 Dave Baker
Hoosier Racing Tire Member B: 14 Kevin Cavanaugh