Rochester Hills, Michigan (Wednesday, October 18, 2017): After the American Ethanol Championships event at Berlin Raceway had been cancelled, on a cold, rainy, October Saturday afternoon, American Ethanol Touring Officials brought the Pace Performance Victory Lane 30 minutes west of Berlin, to Jacob Poel Racing in Spring Lake, Michigan. The occasion was to officially crown Jacob Poel as the Inaugural American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance (AEMODT) Champion.
Championship Victory Lane Photo Gallery
The 2017 AEMODT season opening race at Thunderbird Raceway was one for the ages. The spectacular battle between Poel, Mielke, Rokos, Bauer and Thirlby set the tone for the season [view race highlights]. David Mielke was the eventual winner of the Allstar Performance Shootout at Thunderbird Raceway. When the Tour traveled to Merritt Speedway for the second race of the season, the Merritt Showdown, it was Jacob Poel who arose victorious. Brian Brindley stole the show at Baer Field Motorsports Park a few days later but Jacob Poel broke-through in the later stages of June, winning Tour races number four, five and six. David Mielke stayed within striking distance until the final race before the Tour’s summer break. On Friday, July 7th at the Manistee County Fairgrounds, David Mielke’s Krompetz Elevator number 87 grenaded not one but two engines, losing 45 points on that night. Mielke was unable to recover. When racing resumed for the second half of the season, Poel continued his dominance, collecting two more feature wins and finished 63 points ahead of second place David Mielke in the final championship point standings.
Jacob Poel’s six tour wins came at Merritt Speedway, twice (including winning $10,000 at the Allstar Performance Classic on July 3rd), I-96 Speedway, Hartford Speedway, Oakshade Raceway and Berlin Raceway. Poel, driving the Lakeshore Custom Services, Sweet Manufacturing number 82, collected twelve top fives, six heat races wins and three ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier Awards in twelve starts.
American Ethanol Modified Tour Championship Interview
2017 American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance Champion, Jacob Poel sits down with Motor City Racing Promotions Interim Media Correspondent, Zach Hiser on Saturday, October 14,2017.
In addition to winning the season opener, David Mielke managed to score a victory at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, September 23rd. Mielke stood on the podium on nine occasions with second place finishes at Hartford Speedway, Merritt Speedway (twice) and Oakshade Raceway, his third place finishes came at Baer Field Motorsports Park, I-96 Speedway and Berlin Raceway. David earned a total of eleven top five feature finishes, a record eleven heat race wins and six ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier Awards during his 2017 campaign.
Interlochen, Michigan driver Joe Rokos finished third in the championship standings. Rokos compiled ten top fives, twelve top tens, one heat race win and one ISKY Racing Cams Fast Qualifier Award behind the wheel of the Gilboes Lack and Safe, Thirbly Automotive number 77.
Chad Bauer, the Farwell, Michigan veteran, drove to victory lane twice in 2017. Both wins coming on Labor Day weekend, the first at Mt. Pleasant Speedway, the second at Merritt Speedway. Bauer earned seven top fives, eleven top tens and three heat race wins, placing him forth in the final championship standings.
The fifth place spot in the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance Championship standings belongs to Dave Baker. B