December 7th through 9th was the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. DirtOnDirt.com Managing Editor, Todd Turner caught a word with American Ethanol Late Model Tour driver Brandon Thirlby at the convention.
Excerpt from Dirt on Dirt report (Friday, December 8, 2017):
When Brandon Thirlby of Traverse City, Michigan, looks back at his 2017 season - a year that saw him win nine times, finish third in the American Ethanol Late Model Tour points standings and author three top-five finishes in the last four UMP DIRTcar Summernationals events - he can't help but shake his head a little.
"I kind of surprised myself," he said with a smile.
Thirlby, 30 is hopeful that he can use his '17 success as a springboard to more glory next year... Thirlby will also take another crack at winning the American Ethanol Late Model Tour Championship. He's very high on the Michigan based series.
"Not only is a good core group of guys we've got racing the series, but the biggest deal is the payback," Thirlby said. "It's not top-heavy. It pays well all the way back, the points fund is phenomenal for a 10-race series. And they hired an outside group to run the drivers' meeting, safety truck, pace truck. It's almost like a junior World of Outlaws or Lucas Oil Series - it's a lot less races, but the professionalism is there."
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