Big Finale October 12th at I-96 Speedway

American Ethanol Late Model Tour & Great Lakes Super Sprints Headline

Lake Odessa, MI (Monday, October 7, 2019) – The end of season specials for racing in Michigan begin to approach the finish line with just a few events remaining in the state. One of the biggest year-end caps is the American Ethanol Championship at I-96 Speedway on Saturday, October 12th, in Lake Odessa. The event features the American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT), Great Lakes Super Sprints (GLSS) and the new Great Lakes Lightning Sprints.

The American Ethanol Late Model Tour is Michigan’s premier traveling dirt late model series. Eleven different drivers - Tyler Erb, Ryan Missler, Scott James, Travis Stemler, Dona Marcoullier, Brandon Thirlby, Logan Arntz, David Mielke, Rusty Schlenk, Bobby Pierce and Frank Heckenast Jr. have picked-up feature wins on the Tour that has conducted 14 races across four states this season.

2018 DIRTcar UMP National Late Model Champion, Rusty Schlenk, is always a threat to win at I-96. The McClure, Ohio driver holds the record for most AELMT wins at the fast four-tenths mile oval with four. Brandon Thilby, the current AELMT points leader, is the only other driver to win multiple Tour races at I-96, collecting two A-Mains, one in 2017 and one in 2018. Though Schlenk has twice as many wins, Thilby does have a more consistent record, stepping on the podium six times out of ten AELMT appearances in Lake Odessa.

As the point’s leader, Thirlby plans to carry the American Ethanol Green Spoiler all the way to Victory Lane to be crowned a two-time AELMT Champion, but Ionia, Michigan’s Travis Stemler will be gunning for the m14 Thirlby Automotive Machine with everything he has, attempting to erase a 26-point deficit.

For the open wheel portion of the show, the Great Lakes Super Sprint Series Championship fight is over. Phil Gressman clinched the Title on August 30th at Tri-City Speedway, 110 points over championship rival Dustin Daggett. The GLSS has conducted 24 races across two states and one Canadian Province this season and is expected to bring a stout field of cars and stars for the 360 Sprint Showdown at I-96 Speedway.

Recently added to the blockbuster event and the Great Lakes Sprints moniker are the Lightning Sprints; 1,000cc powered winged midgets. Johnny Roberts collected the division Championship at Merritt Speedway, ousting Mack Erickson by a near 7 points earlier this year.

Tickets for this highly anticipated event can be purchased from the I-96 Speedway Box Office on race day, when gates open at 4:00pm. All seating is General Admission. Adult tickets are $20, Kids 6 to 12 years of age are only $5 and Kids 5 and under are FREE. All parking at I-96 Speedway is FREE and overnight stays are permitted anywhere in the grass parking lots.

Hot Laps begin at 5:00pm and the first American Ethanol Green Flag flies at 6:30pm.

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road, Lake Odessa, Michigan 48849. Learn more about I-96 Speedway at and visit them on Facebook and Twitter @i96speedway.

For official event information, visit To learn more about the American Ethanol Late Model Tour, click on Follow the Tour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Information about the Great Lakes Sprints can be obtained by visiting Be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter.


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