Lake Odessa, MI (Wednesday, August 7, 2019) - One of the largest events in DIRTcar UMP Modified racing is this Friday, August 9th at Mt. Pleasant Speedway. The 4th Annual Tommie Bauer Memorial Presented by YellowHose.com, boasts the largest purse in Mt. Pleasant Speedway history and also gives drivers the chance to write their name into the history books as an American Ethanol Modified Tour Presented by Allstar Performance (AEmods) winner.
The event, which is organized by AEmods driver Chad Bauer, memorializes Chad’s father, Tommie Bauer and has done so since 2016. The $2,519 payoff to win the event is just the tip of the iceberg in available prize money for the weekend. The overall purse for the event surpases the $22,000 mark, which includes a 22 car, 40-lap, A-Main, paying $319 to start. Cash prizes fill up the event card, as drivers will battle for money nearly every time their cars touch the Speedway.
In addition to the Motul Motor Oil and Lubricants Fast Qualifier Award, a $519 prize awaits the driver who turns the fastest lap in qualifying. Then, the fastest six cars will duke it out for another chance at $519 for the win, $419 for second, $319 for third, $219 for fourth, $119 for fifth and $19 for sixth. Something not seen very often in short track racing is payoff for heat races but that will be the case this weekend. Each heat race will pay $319 to win, dropping in $100 increments through 4th place. The top four drivers will also transfer directly into the Main Event.
The special event brings with it a special format, not typically used by the AEmods. Some drivers will be trying to race their way through the “alphabet soup”, something fans saw Collin Thirlby do in 2018. Drivers who find themselves in a C-Main, will need to finish in the top four to transfer to the B-Main, where they will again need to finish in the top four to go to the A-Main.
In 2018, Thirlby struggled during qualifying, and got caught up in an incident during his heat race, putting the then championship contender at the back of the C-Main. By the end of the 3rd Annual Tommie Bauer Memorial, Thirlby had passed nearly 30 cars, to finish in fourth position. While he didn’t win the race, his efforts nearly stole the show.
David Mielke, put on his own clinic in the 2018 edition, as the sole driver to use the outside of Mt. Pleasant Speedway to advance his position, coming from the 11th starting spot, to the lead by lap 20 of the 40 lap event. He held off Jeffery Erickson, Jr during a late race restart to collect the win, his second in event history (Chad Bauer won the 2017 race).
The 4th Annual Tommie Bauer Memorial Presented by YellowHose.com begins at 4:00 p.m. when the Pit Gates and Draw open. American Ethanol Qualifying begins at 6:45 p.m. and the American Ethanol Green Flag waves at 7:45 p.m.
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Find out more about Mt. Pleasant Speedway at mtpleasantspeedway.com.