Lake Odessa, MI (Wednesday, August 28, 2019) - This Friday and Saturday the American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT) will make a pair of first time trips, with an increased purse and Championship implications on the line. In their return trip to Illinois, the Tour has stops at Farmer City Raceway and Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS) with one of the closest Championship Points battles in history.
The Last time the AELMT was in action was during the 31st Running of the WoodTic / 2nd Annual Dan Salay Memorial on August 2nd and 3rd. McClure, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk dominated the event, leaving only four drivers on the lead lap at the conclusion of the 74 lap race. For the Championship contenders, they were all aware of what needed to be done to stay in the hunt, however, none of the top four in points finished in the top five. They did keep each other in check, finishing at least two spots from one another when the checkered flag flew (Travis Stemler-6th; Brandon Thirlby-8th; Rich Bell-10th; Logan Arntz-12th).
The points battle has been exciting all season long, with each podium driver sporting just one win with the Tour in 2019, as Thirlby, Stemler and Arntz all eye the $10,000 prize at the end of the season. It has been proven though, that the top three need to be on their game this weekend, as they visit Bell’s home state. Last weekend alone, the fourth place runner in the Championship Points Standings, posted solid finishes at both Farmer City (4th) and FALS (7th). A solid run this weekend for the Sheffield, Illinois native, could really shake things up within the points hunt.
On Friday, August 30th, the AELMT rolls into the Land of Lincoln with six races remaining in 2019, and drivers will be looking for a trip to YellowHose.com Victory Lane and the performance needed to get seperation in the points. Mike Spatola, who has a win with the AELMT, took home the checkered flag during the last race at Farmer City and he’ll likely be there to contest the race again.
Friday’s event, marks the final race of the 2019 season for Farmer City Raceway. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. CT and the American Ethanol Green Flag waves at 7:30 p.m. CT. To learn more about Farmer City Raceway, log onto farmercityracing.com.
Saturday, August 31st, another first time appearance for the AELMT, this time at the home of the Prairie Dirt Classic, FALS. The tight bull ring is known for putting on some of the best dirt late model racing in the country and the bill is expected to be the same on Saturday with the AELMT.
Saturday’s program also features the American Modified Series for a pair of 40 Lap events. Gates open at Noon Saturday, with the first American Ethanol Green Flag of the night at 7:15 p.m. CT. For more on FALS, log onto fairburyspeedway.com.
Find more on the American Ethanol Late Model Tour at AELMT.com, and follow along with the Tour on Social Media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.