Rochester Hills, Michigan (Wednesday, October 25, 2017): Seventeen drivers between the American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT) and American Ethanol Modified Tour Presented by Allstar Performance (AEMODT) chased the QuickCar Racing Products Rookie of the Year titles in 2017. As the season wound down, Matt Shipley and Jesse Playter became the serious contenders in the Late Model Tour while Josh Scott, Anthony Deming and Brian Przepiora fought for the crown in the Modified Tour. In the end, it was both Ohio natives, Shipley and Scott who won their respective QuickCar Rookie of the Year titles and did so by a relatively large margin.
Matt Shipley made his trips from Bowling Green, Ohio to compete with AELMT worthwhile. Shipley made 11 out of 12 A-Mains in his rookie season and had several solid finishes; his best, a fifth place finish on June 21st at Mt. Pleasant Speedway, driving the only crate engine powered late model on the Tour. Three days later, Matt Shipley drove his Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants number 44 to the Pace Performance Heat Race Victory Lane at I-96 Speedway. Shipley finished ninth in the overall AELMT Championship Point Standings and finished atop the AELMT QuickCar Rookie of the Year Standings 268 points ahead of second place, Jesse Playter.
Josh Scott began his QuickCar Rookie of the Year title quest with an impressive fourth place finish at Thunderbird Raceway on May 27, 2017, the inaugural race for the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance. Scott would go on to earn two more top five finishes in 2017, one of which came at I-96 Speedway on June 25th and the other at Merritt Speedway on September 2nd. Josh Scott driving the Log Cabin Tavern number 11js would go on to collect an impressive 10 top ten finishes in his rookie season. The Grand Rapids, Ohio driver finished seventh in the overall AEMODT Championship Standings and 151 points ahead of second place Anthony Deming in the QuickCar Rookie of the Year Standings.
Complete AELMT QuickCar Rookie of the Year Standings - Click Here
Complete AEMODT QuickCar Rookie of the Year Standings - Click Here
Both drivers will be honored at the American Ethanol Tours Awards Banquet along with the top 11 drivers in each the American Ethanol Late Model Tour and American Ethanol Modified Tour Presented by Allstar Performance 2017 Championship Standings. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, November 18th at the Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro located in Hastings, Michigan. Tickets must be purchased online and are available at aelmt.com.
QuickCar Racing Products is the title sponsor of the Rookie of the Year competition for the American Ethanol Late Model Tour & American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance. Since 1992, QuickCar has grown to be one of the industry's premier racing equipment manufacturers by producing and distributing quality racecar components and continually seeking better ways to serve customers. QuickCar is committed to bringing high quality, innovative new products to the market, products built with pride that will save time and money and improve the performance of every racecar.
For more information about the American Ethanol Late Model Tour, please visit the website at: aelmt.com. You can also follow the tour on Facebook by going to: facebook.com/AmericanEthanolLateModelTour and click on “Like”. The tour Twitter account will be the primary source for race day updates throughout the racing seasons. Be sure to go to AELMT Twitter page today at: twitter.com/AELMT and click on “Follow”.
For more information about the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance, please visit the website at: aemodt.com You can also follow the tour on Facebook by going to: facebook.com/AmericanEthanolModifiedTour and click on “Like”. The tour Twitter account will be the primary source for race day updates throughout the racing seasons. Be sure to go to the AEMODT Twitter page today at: twitter.com/AEMODT and click on “Follow”.
To learn more about Motor City Racing Promotions, the event management group for the American Ethanol Tours, email MCRP President, Scott Menlen at: email@example.com. You can also visit the MCRP website at: motorcityracing.co. The Facebook Fan Page for MCRP is at: facebook.com/motorcityracingpromotions and click on “Like” today. Don’t forget to “Follow” MCRP on Twitter at: twitter.com/MCRP_Racing.
By: Motor City Racing Promotions
Photo: WynterRose Photography