Extended vacation for American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance teams until the Labor Day Holiday Weekend
Onekama, Michigan (Friday, July 7th, 2017): The American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance were back in action just four days after the highly successful $10,000 to win Inaugural Merritt Allstar Performance Classic at Merritt Speedway. The massive 0.525 mile slightly banked dirt oval of the Manistee County Fairgrounds, located west of Cadillac in Onekama, Michigan would host the YellowHose.com 30. This was the first race of the season for the historic fairgrounds oval and the AEMODT cars and stars highlighted the program. In an exciting and wild race around the huge fairgrounds oval, Brad Wilson made his first ever Feature win a Modified count by holding off the hottest DIRTcar UMP Modified driver in the country, Jacob Poel to take home the victory.
“I just can’t believe this, to beat one of the hottest drivers around in one of the premier tours for us in the country. I really can’t describe how this all feels” The emotional 40-year-old from Muskegon, Michigan stated in victory lane after climbing from his #21 Novotny Electronics/B.M.S. by Close Chassis/Avenger Racing Engines modified. “We were good all day here. First time I’ve ever raced here, only watched before. I thought Joe (Rokos) had us covered when he passed me, then something happened to him and we got the lead back. I could hear Jacob (Poel) behind me, but never saw him. There’s so many people to thank. It’s so tough to win any Feature let alone in this Tour with the very best competition is at. I just can’t believe the first ever Feature win in a Modified came in a Tour race. This is unreal. I’m truly a lucky guy tonight.” He added.
After the Redraw of the top three finishers in the Heat Races, it would be Wilson and Chad Bauer leading the field to Chief Starter, Tim Beebe’s green flag. The caution came out right away when Joe Rokos and Kyle Novak got together in turn two and while under yellow, outside pole-sitter, Bauer was forced to pit due to a flat left rear tire. Since it was a complete restart and only Bauer pitted, the outside row moved up and it would be Rokos flanking Wilson’s outside. Wilson would beat Rokos to the first corner to take the lead as the rest of the field scramble for position on the massive oval. Rokos worked on Wilson and on lap 11 took the race lead.
Rokos checked out on the field opening up a nearly nine-second advantage when the caution came out on lap 19. While under yellow, Rokos was forced to put due to overheating, which gave the lead back to Wilson who now had to deal with AEMODT points leader and winner of the last three tour Features, Jacob Poel. Wilson got a great jump on Poel on what would be the final restart, but Poel quickly reeled him back in and the battle was on for the lead. Poel was going for four-in-a-row while Wilson was fighting to stay on top to secure his first ever Feature win. Poel threw everything he had at the race leader, but Wilson wasn’t to be denied on this night and would take the checkered flag first to score his first ever Modified Feature win of any kind and it came in a tour race.
Poel settled for second, but extended his points lead over David Mielke who broke two motors during the night. One in Hot Laps and again in his back up while taking the checkered flag in his Heat Race. Bauer recovered from his flat tire to finish in third ahead of Dave Baker who finished a season high fourth over Paul Johnson who collected his best finish of the season in fifth. Josh Guerne, in his first appearance of the season, finished sixth ahead of QuickCar Racing Products Rookie of the Race, Brian Speelman while 17-year-old rookie, Anthony Deming scored a career high eighth place effort. Rokos and Kyle Novak completed the top 10.
The American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance teams will take an extended vacation before returning to action over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. Starting on Friday, September 1st, the 1/3 (0.333) mile semi-banked dirt oval of Mt. Pleasant Speedway in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan will host the Carbon Green BioEnergy 30. Then a night later on Saturday, September 2nd, the third and final appearance will occur at Merritt Speedway, located west of Houghton Lake in Lake City, Michigan will host the Allstar Performance 30. A week later, the AEMODT contingent will then venture into the Buckeye State for the first time ever and race in the Growth Energy 30 at the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked dirt oval of Oakshade Raceway, located west of Toledo in Wauseon, Ohio on Saturday, September 9th.
The final three races of the inaugural 2017 racing season for the AEMODT teams will all happen at the soon to be converted 7/16s (0.437) mile semi-banked dirt oval of Berlin Raceway, located west of Grand Rapids in Marne. Michigan. Track Promoter, Mike Bursley recently announced that is one driver can sweep all three AEMODT races at his track on Saturday, September 23rd, Saturday, September 30th and on 2017 American Ethanol Championship Night on Saturday, October 7th, that driver will leave his track with a whopping $30,000 bonus for completing the “Hat Trick.”
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 #7 – 13 Cars) – Friday, July 7th, 2017 – Manistee County Fairgrounds - Onekama, Michigan
American Ethanol Feature (YellowHose.com 30): 1. (1) 21 Brad Wilson, 2. (7) 82 Jacob Poel, 3. (2) 19 Chad Bauer, 4. (6) 15 Dave Baker, 5. (3) 4j Paul Johnson, 6. (11) 8 Josh Guerne, 7. (8) 22 Brian Speelman ®, 8. (9) 88 Anthony Deming ®, 9. (4) 77 Joe Rokos, 10. 5) 24n Kyle Novak, 11. (12) 17 Doug McLachlan, 12. (10) 60 Nate Wilbur - Did Not Start: 87 David Mielke
(Lap Leaders: 21 Brad Wilson 1-10, 77 Joe Rokos 11-19, 21 Brad Wilson 20-30 – Cautions=3)
Carbon Green BioEnergy Heat Race #1 (8 Laps / All Transfer): 1. (2) 4j Paul Johnson, 2. (1) 24n Kyle Novak, 3. (3) 19 Chad Bauer, 4. (4) 15 Dave Baker, 5. (5) 22 Brian Speelman ®, 6. (6) 60 Nate Wilbur
YellowHose.com Heat Race #2 (8 Laps / All Transfer): 1. (2) 87 David Mielke, 2. (3) 77 Joe Rokos, 3. (1) 21 Brad Wilson, 4. (4) 82 Jacob Poel, 5. (6) 88 Anthony Deming ®, 6. (5) 8 Josh Guerne, 7. (7) 17 Doug McLachlan
American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 1): 1. 15 Dave Baker 22.472, 2. 19 Chad Bauer 22.977, 3. 4j Paul Johnson 23.147, 24n Kyle Novak 23.344, 5. 22 Brian Speelman ® 23.873, 6. 60 Nate Wilbur 25.595
American Ethanol Qualifying (Group 2): 1. 82 Jacob Poel 21.868 (ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier), 2. 77 Joe Rokos 21.956, 3. 87 David Mielke 22.001, 4. 21 Brad Wilson 22.810, 5. 8 Josh Guerne 23.669, 88 Anthony Deming ® 23.598, 7. 17 Doug McLachlan 24.434
QuickCar Racing Products Rookie of the Race: 22 Brian Speelman
Allstar Performance Hard-Charger Award: 82 Jacob Poel
Aeroquip Halfway Leader: 77 Joe Rokos
ARP Most Laps Led: 21 Brad Wilson
Driven Racing Oil P3: 19 Chad Bauer
Keyser Manufacturing P4: 15 Dave Baker
Shirtworks Apparel P5: 4j Paul Johnson
Dirty Girl Racewear P10: 24n Kyle Novak
ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier: 82 Jacob Poel
American Ethanol Performer of the Race: 82 Jacob Poel
Hoosier Racing Tire Hard-Luck Award: 77 Joe Rokos
Quarter Master Move of the Race: 21 Brad Wilson
Lane Automotive Member A: 8 Josh Guerne
Hoosier Racing Tire Member B: 87 David Mielke