First of two races over the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend Complete - $10,000 to Win at Merritt Speedway next on Monday, July 3rd
Hartford, Michigan (Friday, June 30th, 2017): The American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance teams embarked on the biggest weekend of the inaugural season starting. The one and only appearance at the newly reconfigured 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval of Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Michigan, just 10 minutes from presenting sponsor Allstar Performance main headquarters, was on Friday, June 30th. A strong field of DIRTcar UMP Modifieds who race at the Southwest Michigan speed plant as well as some traveling invader were awaiting the AEMODT contingent and kicked off the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend of racing with the running of the Allstar Performance 30. For the second straight race, Jacob Poel made the winning pass on the white flag lap and the current points leader would score his second AEMODT win in a row and third of the year.
“I didn’t know if that would work or not. The top was kind of treacherous, but if I was going to beat David (Mielke) that was the only way it was going to happen,” A beaming Poel stated after he excitedly climbed out of his popular #82 Lakeshore Custom Homes/Rocket Chassis by Pro-Act/Rhyne Competition Engines open-wheeled Modified. “That was some exciting racing. I know the crowd enjoyed it that’s for sure. The American Ethanol Modified Tour proved tonight that we’re some of the best DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers in the country. We had some good teams here tonight and hopefully they’ll go back home and tell everyone how competitive this tour is.” The 30-year-old added.
After the Redraw of the top three finishers from the three Heat Races and the 28 teams on the property were dwindled to the 21-car starting field, it would be Joe Rokos, third in AEMODT points and Bobby Stremme, second in Hartford track points, leading the field to Chief Starter, Marc Henry’s green flag. Rokos would power ahead on lap one and would bring inside second row starter, David Mielke, the current DIRTcar UMP Modified Michigan State Points Leader and five-time defending state champion, with him. On the next lap, Mielke was able to slip past to take the lead for himself and would proceed to build up a huge lead. By the halfway point of the 30-lap Feature, Mielke’s lead would be nearly three seconds over Rokos and the rest of the pack.
With 10 laps to go, a caution bunched up the field. But on the restart, Mielke again got away from the rest of the field and tried to put plenty of real estate between himself and everyone else in an effort to secure his second AEMODT victory. Jacob Poel had other ideas though and with five laps to go, found himself on Mielke’s back bumper. Poel searched low for a way around before going to the top side and the momentum began to build. As the white flag came out, Poel pulled up along-side Mielke and just edged him at the line for the lead with the crowd on their feet roaring. Poel inched out ahead and would hang on for his third AEMODT win in five starts and second in a row to extend his points lead as the inaugural season approaches the halfway mark.
Mielke settled for second over Stremme who scored an AEMODT career high third. Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals invader, Mike McKinney made the most of his AEMODT debut by finishing in fourth while ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier and seven-time and defending track champion, Curt Spalding completed the top five. Chad Bauer would come home in sixth ahead of Rokos while QuickCar Racing Products Rookie points leader, Josh Scott advanced nine positions from 17th to finish in eighth. Track regular, Steven Pena was ninth while Dylan Woodling, currently 11th in the DIRTcar UMP Modified National points, finished off the top 10. Steven Brooks, also making his AEMODT debut and came into the night seventh in the DIRTcar UMP Modified National points, finished 13th.
The second of two races over the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend is the first signature event of the AEMODT’s inaugural campaign on Monday, July 3rd. It 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 #5 – 28 Cars) – Friday, June 30th, 2017 – Hartford Speedway – Hartford, Michigan
Allstar Performance 30
American Ethanol Feature (Allstar Performance 30): 1. (4) 82 Jacob Poel, 2. (3) 87 David Mielke, 3. (2) 53 Bobby Stremme, 4. (8) 96m Mike McKinney, 5. (11) 111 Curt Spalding, 6. (7) 19 Chad Bauer, 7. (1) 77 Joe Rokos, 8. (17) 11js Josh Scott ®, 9. (9) 6 Steven Pena, 10. (15) 3w Dylan Woodling, 11. (20) 24n Kyle Novak, 12. (13) 9j Jared Guinn, 13. (12) 5b Steven Brooks, 14. (18) 12m John McClure, 15. (10) 21 Brad Wilson, 16. (19) 4j Paul Johnson, 17. (14) 222 Ryan Flagel, 18. (16) 15 Dave Baker, 19. (5) 4b Brian Brindley, 20. (21) 1 Brian Przepiora ®, 21. (6) 53m Hillard Miller
(Lap Leaders: 77 Joe Rokos 1, 87 David Mielke 2-28, 82 Jacob Poel 29-30 – Cautions=3)
NUVU Fuels Last Chance Race (12 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (3) 15 Dave Baker, 2. (6) 11js Josh Scott ®, 3. (1) 12m John McClure, 4. (2) 4j Paul Johnson, 5. (7) 24n Kyle Novak, 6. (4) 22s Joel Sherman ®, 7. (8) 5d Dave VanGuilder, 8. (9) 17 Doug McLachlan, 9. (11) 1 Brian Przepiora ® 10. (4) 14 Kevin Cavanaugh, 11. (10) 77d Anthony Deming – Did Not Start: 47 Collin Thirlby, 63 Donnie Roberts
Carbon Green BioEnergy Heat Race #1 (10 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (4) 87 David Mielke, 2. (2) 6 Steven Pena, 3. (3) 77 Joe Rokos, 4. (1) 21 Brad Wilson, 5. (5) 9j Jared Guinn, 6. (6) 12m John McClure, 7. (7) 22s Joel Sherman, 8. (8) 47 Collin Thirlby – Did Not Start: 63 Donnie Roberts
YellowHose.com Heat Race #2 (10 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (2) 82 Jacob Poel, 2. (1) 19 Chad Bauer, 3. (3) 96m Mike McKinney, 4. (4) 111 Curt Spalding, 5. (6) 222 Ryan Flagel, 6. (7) 14 Kevin Cavanaugh, 7. (5) 4j Paul Johnson, 8. (8) 5d Dave VanGuilder, 9. (9) 77d Anthony Deming ®
Growth Energy Heat Race #3 (10 Laps / Top 5 Transfer): 1. (1) 53 Bobby Stremme, 2. (2) 4b Brian Brindley, 3. (4) 53m Hillard Miller, 4. (3) 5b Steven Brooks, 5. (5) 3w Dylan Woodling, 6. (6) 15 Dave Baker, 7. (7) 11js Josh Scott, 8. (8) 24n Kyle Novak, 9. (10) 17 Doug McLachlan, 10. (9) 1 Brian Przepiora
American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 1): 1. 87 David Mielke 18.685, 2. 77 Joe Rokos 18.850, 3. 6 Steven Pena 19.090, 4. 21 Brad Wilson 19.260, 5. 9j Jared Guinn 19.337, 6. 12m John McClure 19.446, 7. 22s Joel Sherman ® 19.687, 8. 47 Collin Thirlby 19.874, 9. 63 Donnie Roberts No Time
American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 2): 1. 111 Curt Spalding 18.567 (ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier), 2. 96m Mike McKinney 18.683, 3. 82 Jacob Poel 18.924, 4. 19 Chad Bauer 19.063, 5. 4j Paul Johnson 19.278, 6. 222 Ryan Flagel 19.640, 7. 14 Kevin Cavanaugh 19.693, 8. 5d Dave VanGuilder 20.202, 9. 77d Anthony Deming ® 21.085
American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 3): 1. 53 Bobby Stremme 19.091, 2. 5b Steven Brooks, 3. 4b Brian Brindley 19.256, 4. 53m Hillard Miller 19.257, 5. 3w Dylan Woodling 19.342, 6. 15 Dave Baker 19.407, 7. 11js Josh Scott ® 19.492, 8. 24n Kyle Novak 19.734, 9. 1 Brian Przepiora ® 19.963, 10. 17 Doug McLachlan 20.259
QuickCar Racing Products Rookie of the Race: 11js Josh Scott
Allstar Performance Hard-Charger Award: 11js Josh Scott
Aeroquip Halfway Leader: 87 David Mielke
ARP Most Laps Led: 87 David Mielke
Driven Racing Oil P3: 111 Curt Spalding
Keyser Manufacturing P4: 111 Curt Spalding
Shirtworks Apparel P5: 111 Curt Spalding
Dirty Girl Racewear P10: 24n Kyle Novak
ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier: 111 Curt Spalding
American Ethanol Performer of the Race: 82 Jacob Poel
Hoosier Racing Tire Hard-Luck Award: 4b Brian Brindley
Quarter Master Move of the Race: 82 Jacob Poel
Lane Automotive Member A: 19 Chad Bauer
Hoosier Racing Tire Member B: 22s Joel Sherman