Lake Odessa, MI (Monday, June 24, 2019) - A big weekend of racing is in the books for the American Ethanol Late Model Tour, with a pair of $4,000 to win shows from Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Michigan, and Thunderbird Raceway in Muskegon, Michigan. While the big paycheck at the end of the race is always the main goal, Tour members also had a total of $2,500 in cash and contingency awards up for grabs.
On Friday at Hartford Speedway, Brandon Thirlby kicked the evening off with awards, grabbing the Motul Motor Oil and Lubricants Fast Qualifier Award for the 13th time in his career en route to his first feature win of the season. During the race, he added even more to his payday by being awarded the ARP Most Laps Led Award and the COMP Cams Halfway Leader Award. Logan Arntz posted his best career AELMT finish (at the time) by finishing second during the Michigan Corn 40 from Hartford Speedway; he was also awarded the QuarterMaster Move of the Race for a late race restart in which he held off third place finisher Rusty Schlenk. Schlenk was given the Lane Automotive Member Award, being the highest finishing AELMT Member without an award, while Brett Miller received the QuickCar Member Award, being the second highest finishing Member without an award. Matt Shipley picked up the American Ethanol Performer of the Race Award, by being the highest finishing driver running a fuel blended with 15% or more ethanol. Shipley received a $500 bonus for his 10th place finish running One Ethanol's R Blend. Devin Shiels missed out on his chance to pick up some Tour extras, as he would have been awarded a $100 product certificate, if he was a Tour member, for earning the Allstar Performance Hard Charger Award, gaining ten spots during the race, going from 16th to 6th.
On Saturday, the Tour took on Thunderbird Raceway for the Allstar Performance 40. Logan Arntz collected his first career AELMT victory and picked up some extra awards along the way, including the COMP Cams Halfway Leader and the ARP Most Laps Led Awards. Rich Bell received the QuarterMaster Move of the Race Award for being one of the few drivers to make the outside of Thunderbird Raceway work, driving his way into the top five, before bringing home a third place finish. Rich Neiser finished runner up on Saturday, and he did so while running American Ethanol E85 - as a result, Neiser was awarded the American Ethanol Performer of the Race Award, a $500 cash bonus. Thirlby picked up another Motul Motor Oil and Lubricants Fast Qualifier Award to start the night, giving him a Tour best 14 career Fast Qualifier Awards.
The next chance for Tour members to pick up some extras through the AELMT Contingency Program is this Friday, June 28th at Lake Odessa’s I-96 Speedway during the Battle of Speed. Drivers can become eligible for bonuses and awards at the beginning of the night by becoming a Tour member.
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