Today (Thursday, June 15th) is Race Day 2.0! After Mother Nature intervened immediately following the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance Feature, Merritt Speedway and American Ethanol Late Model Tour Officials agreed to postpone the highest paying event in the three-year history of the AELMT to Today, Thursday, June 15th.
The fast ¼ (0.250) mile semi-banked dirt oval of Merritt Speedway, located west of Houghton Lake in Lake City, Michigan hosts the 3rd Annual Merritt Showdown (2.0) as the 50-Lap main will pay a cool $10,000 to the winner.
The AELMT has visited Merritt on four occasions with two of those races, the Merritt Showdown. Defending AELMT Champion, Dona Marcoullier comes into this race as the defending race winner and leads all drivers with two total victories. Five-Time and Defending Track Champion, Eric Spangler won the inaugural Merritt Showdown in 2015 while the Inaugural AELMT Champion from the same year, Rich Neiser scored a victory there to clinch the 2015 title.
After the Redraw from last night, Ryan VanderVeen and Spangler will bring the field down to the Green Flag for the main event.
This event is the first of three appearances at the Mike Blackmer owned facility. The AELMT return on Sunday, July 2nd for the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort $5 Night & Fireworks and once more on Sunday, September 3rd.
Schedule of Events - Thursday, June 15th, 2017 – Merritt Speedway - Lake City, Michigan
6:00p.m. - Pit Gates Open / Grandstand Gates Open
7:00p.m. - AELMT Autograph Session
7:55p.m. – Invocation / National Anthem
8:00p.m. - Racing Begins
Four Cylinders Feature (25 Laps)
AELMT Feature (50 Laps)
AELMT Boyne Machine B Feature (15 Laps)
American Ethanol Feature (Don’s Auto Clinic 50): (Starting Lineup)
23v Ryan VanderVeen
27 Eric Spangler
6m Dona Marcoullier
79 Nick Kurtz
49 Brian Ruhlman
91 Rusty Schlenk
87 Rich Neiser
94 Bill Bray
21t Derek Thebo ®
25cb Chris Brindley
m14 Brandon Thirlby
9* Jesse Playter ®
21 Rich Bell
1 Michael Luberda
9r Curtis Roberts
33x Greg Gokey
4 Jason Playter Jr.
72 Kyle Borgman
111 Curt Spalding (AELMT Provisional)
44 Matt Shipley ® (Added to the field when 77 Steve Kester withdrew)
51 Steve Fairbanks (Added to the field when x3 Dan Wallace withdrew)
3 Chad Foster Sr. (Merritt Provisional)
Will Not Start: 77 Steve Kester, x3 Dan Wallace ®
Boyne Machine Company B Feature (15 Laps / Non-Transfer Race): (Starting Lineup)
4t Andrew Terrill
2 Travis Stemler
16 Garrett Wiles ®
21a Logan Arntz
87k Josh Knoll
1r Todd Rosebrugh
73 Logan Love
34 Herb Reich
21s Tom Sprague Jr.
33 Bobby Timmer
32 Dave Bowen
16s Mike Staszak
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