Lake Odessa, MI (Wednesday, May 29, 2019) - The month of May for the American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT) was scheduled to be the busiest month of the season and the busiest month in Tour history. Mother Nature has been reeking havoc on the spring racing season, causing several events to be postponed, including the Indiana Ethanol Producers 40, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 4th at Montpelier. The highly anticipated event is now set for this Saturday, June 1st.
Last year, AELMT made their first ever trip to Montpelier, marking the first appearance for Late Models at the Speedway in over a decade. Over thirty competitors checked in for a shot to write their name in the history books as the first AELMT winner from Montpelier.
Travis Stemler and Eric Spangler lead the field to green, and Eric Spangler jumped out to the early lead. However, ninth place starter Rusty Schlenk was on a tear, looking to bring himself to the front. On lap 23 Schlenk showed his nose to Spangler coming off the fourth corner, before driving deep into turn number one to take the lead down the back stretch. Spangler attempted a similar move into turns three and four, but could not complete the pass. From there, Schlenk drove on to win the event over Spangler, Duane Chamberlain, Steve Casebolt, and Dona Marcoullier.
The 40 lap main event also served as the 2018 season opener, meaning everyone was looking for a chance to come out of the event as the points leader, and wanting to flex their muscle early in the season. This year’s event will also hold high stakes for the points standings, as the top five drivers are separated by just 80 points.
Defending Tour Champion, Brandon Thirlby holds the top spot in this year’s standings, 33 points ahead of Travis Stemler. Stemler has looked strong in 2019, collecting his first career AELMT A-Main two weeks ago at Gas City I-69 Speedway. Rich Bell lies third in the standings, just three markers ahead of 2018 DIRTcar UMP National Champion, Rusty Schlenk. The Lake City, Michigan veteran, Eric Spangler rounds out the top five and will be looking for redemption after a disappointing run last Sunday night at his home track, Merritt Speedway.
Gates open at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, with Hot Laps getting underway at 5:00 p.m. with American Ethanol Qualifying to follow. The first American Ethanol Green Flag of the night will fly around 6:30 p.m.
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