More Prize Money, More Laps, More Action for AELMT, AEMODT & SOD at Berlin
Grand Rapids, Michigan (Friday, September 28, 2018) - A big crowd, big checks and big championships are all things to look forward to for the season finale for the American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT), American Ethanol Modified Tour Presented by Allstar Performance (AEMODT) and the Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP (SOD) from Berlin Raceway Saturday night. For the second year in a row, the three premier Tours will headline a single night of racing in Marne, Michigan. This year, SOD’s champion, Chad Blonde, has already been crowned, while the AELMT and AEMODT Championship is still up for grabs.
Going into the night, Brandon Thirlby leads the way for the AELMT with a 53-point advantage over Travis Stemler. For Thirlby, overwhelming consistency this season has kept him atop the points standings since the midway point in the season. Thirlby has just one win on the 2018 season but has racked up four podium finishes. For Stemler, his late season consistency has taken him from a fifth place standing, to within striking distance following two straight podiums at Berlin. Eric Spangler is also still technically in contention for the championship, sitting 73 points back. No driver in the top five has won an AELMT Championship.
Saturday will also be high stakes for drivers not in contention for the AELMT championship, as they’ll compete for $6,000 to win in the Michigan Corn 50 lap main event. Jeep VanWormer is the three time and defending feature winner at Berlin Raceway, dating back to the September 30th show in 2017. The event will also feature $3,000 for second spot, and $500 to start.
For the AEMODT, Jacob Poel is looking to defend his Inaugural Championship from 2017. Poel has racked up three wins this season, along with six podium finishes. David Mielke and Chad Bauer both remain in contention, with Mielke sitting 64 points out of the top spot, and Bauer just 67 points back. Mielke comes into the final weekend with three wins and five podiums, however DNF’s throughout the season have opened the gap to Poel. Bauer has quietly snuck to the podium over the past few weeks, taking over second spot momentarily prior to the September 22nd show. Bauer comes in with four podium finishes in 2018.
The AEMODT will also race for more money during more laps from the Berlin Goes Dirt Finale, when they go for $2,500 during the GetBioFuel.com 40. Second prize takes home $1,250, while the event pays $250 to roll off as a part of the 21-car field. Mielke and Poel had shared the victories at Berlin Raceway before Jefferey Erickson, Jr. went to victory lane on September 15th.
For SOD, their championship season wrapped up back in August when Chad Blonde was named champ. Last year’s COMP Cams Great Lakes Sprint Car Classic was won by Republic, Ohio’s Cap Henry. Coldwater’s Ryan Ruhl made a late race charge at Henry, but it came up short. Jordan Ryan, Dylan Westbrook, and Steve Irwin rounded out the top five. This year’s event will pay $4,200 to win at the end of the 30-lap event.
For ticket info, gate times, and more be sure to log onto berlinraceway.com.
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By: Motorsports Broadcasting of Michigan
Photo: Jim Denhamer