Lake Odessa, MI (Wednesday, July 17, 2019) - The American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT) comes back to Lake Odessa’s I-96 Speedway for the 11th time in Tour history, for the postponed IceBreaker from April 19th. Ironically enough, the IceBreaker make-up lands on a weekend where the forecast includes the hottest temperatures so far this season. That won’t keep the drivers with the AELMT from competing for $4,000 and a chance to go to YellowHose.com Victory Lane.
The last time the AELMT visited I-96, was just a couple of weeks ago, during the Battle of Speed on Friday, June 28th. During that race, a number of drivers battled damage sustained during the race, including defending Champion Brandon Thirlby, race leader Travis Stemler, and multi-time feature winner Jeep VanWormer. It was Gladwin, Michigan’s David Mielke who held on, and charged his way to the win, his first with the AELMT.
Stemler, who led the first ten laps of the Battle of Speed, said he felt as though he let one get away when he clipped a tractor tire, and spun off the top of the third turn. The driver of the “Blue Duce” comes into this weekend’s event just 42 points back from Thirlby, who leads the 2019 Championship Standings. While Stemler is trying to reel in Thirlby, he’s also fighting off a charge from Logan Arntz.
Arntz has been experiencing one of his best years with the Tour so far, picking up his first career win at Thunderbird Raceway back in June, before earning his first career Motul Motor Oil and Lubricants Fast Qualifier Award at I-96 June 28th. Arntz inherited the lead after Stemler’s misfortune, but faced front nose damage later in the race, potentially causing him to relinquish the lead to David Mielke, who went on to collect the win. Third in the points standings, Arntz is just 15 points behind Stemler, and 57 out of the top spot.
As for Mielke, while he isn’t in the battle for the Championship, he has been extremely tough during the past two shows. After his first career AELMT win at I-96, he followed the Tour back to his home track, Merritt Speedway, where he became the first driver to win in both the AELMT, and the American Ethanol Modified Tour Presented by Allstar Performance in the same weekend, as well as the first multi-time feature winner of the 2019 season.
Pit gates at I-96 Speedway open at 4:00 p.m., with general admission opening at 5:00 p.m. Hot Laps begin at 6:00 p.m., and the first American Ethanol Green Flag of the night waves at 8:00 p.m. Keep up with I-96 Speedway at i96speedway.com, plus find and follow them on social media including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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