Championship Implications for American Ethanol Tour Contenders

Updated: Sep 29, 2019

Plymouth, IN (Friday, September 27, 2019) – Night One of the Hoosier Autumn Classic at Plymouth Speedway, for the American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT) has been cancelled due to heavy rains and thunderstorms. Only two races remain on the AELMT schedule; Night Two of the Hoosier Autumn Classic tomorrow, Saturday, September 28th and The Championships at I-96 Speedway on Saturday, October 12th.

With the loss of one of the final three races, what does this mean for AELMT Championship Contenders Brandon Thirlby, Travis Stemler, Logan Arntz and Rich Bell? Rich Bell comes into the Hoosier Autumn Classic fourth in the standings, 119 points out of P1. With only two races remaining and a maximum A-Main point gain of 45, for all intents and purposes, some may say, Rich Bell has virtually been eliminated.

How about third place points holder, Logan Arntz, is he still in the hunt? Arntz told MCRP Media Director, Zach Hiser that tonight’s rainout made things more difficult for his chances.

“I’m 82 points back coming into tonight ... I need all three shows to really have a chance,” Arntz said.

MCRP Media Correspondent Rich Frantz ways in, “It’s a tough deal for all involved. Obviously we would love to continue this points battle to the final event at I-96 on October 12th, but the reality is that we cannot control Mother Nature. It’s now down to two events. Any mistakes at this point will be crucial by any of the three contenders.”

Does the rainout of Hoosier Autumn Classic night one hurt or help Travis Stemler who lies 26 points behind Championship leader, Thirlby?

“It makes it a little tougher. One less race always hurts your chances a little bit when you’re chasing,” said Stemler, when asked about the rainout.

Hiser says even with the rainout, the Championship hunt is not over by any means. “I think one thing is for sure, two races remain and three of the best on the Tour are still in the hunt for this Championship. Thirlby, Stemler and Arntz run well at I-96, and they all have limited experience at Plymouth - however, Stemler has a fourth here in 2017, and a win back in his Modified days.”

Race fans can watch the remainder of the 2019 points battle unfold, Saturday September 28th at the Hoosier Autumn Classic from Plymouth Speedway, when $12,000 will be on the line in the 50-lap main event. Then, Saturday, October 12th, the final event of the 2019 season will settle the score from I-96 Speedway.

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