Rochester Hills, Michigan (Wednesday, September 20, 2017): The 2017 race season will close in style for all three Motor City Racing Promotions affiliated series. Berlin Raceway, located in Marne, Michigan, just Northwest of Grand Rapids, will host the American Ethanol Late Model Tour and the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance on Saturday, September 23rd, September 30th and October 7th. The Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt Presented by ARP will race on the temporary dirt track at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, September 30th for the COMP Cams Great Lakes Sprint Car Classic.
This Saturday, September 23rd will feature the American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT), American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance (AEMODT), Street Stocks and Compacts. Pit gates will open at 3:30pm with hot laps beginning at 5:30pm and racing starting at approximately 6:30pm. Tickets are only $12 for adults, just $5 for kids eight to eleven years old and all kids seven and under are free. Pit Passes will be $30 for this event.
Saturday’s running of the Boyne Machine 40 for the American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT) will be race number 11 of 13. A $10,000 Championship Prize is on the line for the 2017 Tour Champion. Defending AELMT Champion, Dona Marcoullier, leads the standings, 86 points ahead of three-time winner in 2017, Eric Spangler who is 69 points ahead of the Traverse City Terror, Brandon Thirlby. 2016 AELMT Rookie or the Year, Travis Stemler sits 4th in the point standings, 195 points back from leader Marcoullier and just 19 points ahead of fifth place runner Ryan VanderVeen.
Dona Marcoullier has collected four wins in 2017, each of those coming at different race tracks; the NUVU Fuels Dual on Dirt at I-96 Speedway, the Carbon Green BioEnergy 40 at Mt. Pleasant Speedway, the Growth Energy 40 at Oakshade Raceway and the most recent winning coming at Merritt Speedway on July 2rd. Eric Spangler has collected three wins this season, his first was a $10,000 payday at the Merritt Showdown on June 15th before winning the Michigan Corn 40 at Thunderbird Raceway on the Fourth of July Weekend and then most recently, winning the Pace Performance 40 at Merritt Speedway on Labor Day Weekend. Brandon Thirlby, Rusty Schlenk and Steve Casebolt have each picked-up single race victories this season.
Jacob Poel leads the charge of American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance competitors into Saturday’s NUVU Fuels 30 at Berlin Raceway. Poel has an impressive five victories this season, giving him a 65 point advantage over the last driver to go to victory lane on the dirt at Berlin Raceway, David Mielke. During the last few weeks, Joe Rokos and Chad Bauer have swapped the third and fourth positions in the championship standings. Rokos currently sits third, 128 points out of first and Bauer sits fourth, 137 points back from first.
Jacob Poel’s five AEMODT victories came at; I-96 Speedway, Hartford Speedway, Oakshade Raceway and Merritt Speedway, twice. When Poel won the Allstar Performance Classic at Merritt Speedway, he earned over $30,000 in purse, bonuses and contingency awards. There is another $35,000 plus on the line in purse, bonuses and contingency awards at Berlin Raceway if an AEMODT driver can win all three A-Main’s.
Berlin Raceway Officials have recently announced the purses for all divisions. The American Ethanol Late Model Tour first place prize will increase from $5,000 to $7,500 to $10,000 for the final show. Though the American Ethanol Modified Tour purse remains the same and the first place prize of $1,500 does not change from show-to-show, there is a $30,000 bonus for any AEMODT driver that can win all three races at Berlin Raceway. The Street Stocks will race for $500 to win and $100 to start on September 23rd and October 7th, while the Compacts will race for $200 to win and $40 to start. Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt Officials have previously announced the pay for their event presented by COMP Cams on September 30th, it is $4,000 to win and $400 to start.
To learn more about Berlin Goes Dirt visit Berlin Raceway online at BerlinRaceway.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/WhereSpeedBelongs. You can also go to MotorCityRacing.co or Facebook.com/MotorCityRacingPromotions to learn more about these special events on the dirt at Berlin Raceway.
Story By: Motor City Racing Promotions
Photo Credit: Randy Ellen Photography & Johnny B Imagery