Collin Thirlby Dominates NUVU Fuels 30 from I-96 Speedway



Lake Odessa, MI (Saturday, May 18th, 2019) - The American Ethanol Modified Tour Presented by Allstar Performance (AEmods) took on the I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan on Friday, May 17th. The NUVU Fuels 30 marked the first time the AEmods had tackled the Speedway since June of 2017, and the 24 drivers that made up the field proved they had not forgotten how to navigate the fast 4/10ths mile oval.


The evening started with American Ethanol Qualifying, where three groups would battle for a chance to take home the Motul Motor Oil and Lubricants Fast Qualifier Award. Group one was lead by David Mielke, who holds the record for Most Career Fast Qualifier Awards, at 11, he turned in a 17.669 second lap time. Group two saw Joe Rokos best John McClure with a time of 17.299, and the final group was lead by Chad Bauer at a 17.280. Bauer took the Motul OIl and Lubricants Fast Qualifier Award by just 19-one-hundredths of a second.


The first race of the evening was Allstar Performance Heat Race Number One, and the fans saw a massive fight for the win, that came down to the final corner. Andy Sherely and Brad Wilson lead the field to the American Ethanol Green Flag. Wilson and Mielke went to work trying to decide who was going to pick up the heat race win - Wilson worked his way around the outside of the race track, keeping up his momentum working the cushion, while Mielke planted his car on the bottom of the race track using the short way around. Wilson, at times, appeared to have the race won, but Mielke never gave up on his charge, making a last lap, last corner pass to beat Wilson to the line by just six-one-thousandths of a second. Luke Hubbell finished out the podium, with Sherley and Garrett Rons rounding out the top five.


YellowHose.com Heat Race Number Two saw Dylan Woodling get the best of Rokos, McClure, Todd Sherman, and Dillon Nusbaum. In Lane Automotive Heat Race Number Three, Mt. Carmel, Illinois’ Will Krup took the checkered flag by over a second-and-a-half over Collin Thirlby, Bauer, Curt Spalding, and David Vanguilder. All 24 cars on property were scheduled to start the 30 Lap main event, with the top three cars eligible for the redraw.


The Zeigler Ford American Ethanol Pace Truck lead 22 cars onto the Speedway, with Brad Wilson and Collin Thirlby on the front row. Thirlby took the early lead, as they went two and three wide through the rest of the field. A fairly clean event saw four cautions wave for single car spins and debris. Mielke and Dylan Woodling worked each other over throughout, what seemed like the entire event, taking turns running in second and third. Inside of five laps to go, the final caution of the night flew, allowing Woodling and Mielke a final chance to try and make a move on Thirlby, but to no avail as Thirlby went to victory lane.


Next up for the AEmods is a double-header with the American Ethanol Late Model Tour from Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana on Saturday, May 18th. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. with Hot Laps at 6:00 p.m. and racing to follow. Then, on Sunday, May 19th, both Tours take on Gas City I-69 Speedway for the American Ethanol Showdown! For more on the AEmods, including behind the scenes access, stories, and more, log on to aemodt.com, and follow the Tour on social media including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Unofficial Results:

47 Collin Thirlby

3W Dylan Woodling

87 David Mielke

K19 Will Krup

65 Todd Sherman

77 Joe Rokos

23 Luke Hubbell

8C Corey Bevard

19 Chad Bauer

5D David VanGuilder

15 Dave Baker

81 Rick Swartout

9 Garrett Rons

98P Patrick Lajeunesse

26P Michael Patrick

12M John McClure

32H Dan Hubbell

12 Jeff Reay

21W Brad Wilson

44 Andy Sherley

1E Jeffery Erickson Jr.

17N Dillon Nusbaum


Allstar Performance Heat Race 1

87 David Mielke

21W Brad Wilson

23 Luke Hubbell

44 Andy Sherley

9 Garrett Rons

26P Michael Patrick

98P Patrick Lajeunesse

5X Trent Musk


YellowHose.com Heat Race 2

3W Dylan Woodling

77 Joe Rokos

12M John McClure

65 Todd Sherman

17N Dillon Nusbaum

15 Dave Baker

81 Rick Swartout


Lane Automotive Heat Race 3

K19 Will Krup

47 Collin Thirlby

19 Chad Bauer

111 Curt Spalding

5D David VanGuilder

32H Dan Hubbell

12 Jeff Reay

8C Corey Bevard

1E Jeffery Erickson Jr.

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