Schlenk Writes History in Tours First Ever Trip to Montpelier Motor Speedway

Montpelier, IN (Saturday, May 5, 2018) – For the first time in 17 years, officials with the Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier, Indiana welcomed Late Models to the semi-banked 1/4-mile bull ring.  On top of that, drivers with the American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT) opened their season outside of Michigan for the first time in their history; and if those ground-breaking stats weren’t enough, the cars and stars of the AELMT wrote history as well.

 

Prior to the first ever hot lap session for the AELMT, officials with Motorsports Broadcasting of Michigan (MBM) were told that the track record for Montpelier Motor Speedway was held by NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Christopher Bell, which he set behind the wheel of a USAC Midget in 2016 at a time of 14.141 seconds in 2016.  That record would unofficially fall just 15 minutes into the evenings events, as the first hot-lap session for the AELMT had a fast lap of 13.518.  However, those numbers were unofficial, so the work wasn’t done yet.

 

33 cars made the trip to try to make the field for the season opening American Ethanol 40, and of those drivers, Rusty Schlenk set the Motul Motor Oils and Lubricants quick time during qualifying group number one, turning a 13.8 second lap, which is now the official track record.  Schlenk and two-time defending series champion Dona Marcoullier were the only two drivers to get into the 13 second bracket.

 

The starting line-up for the American Ethanol 40 was the perfect recipe for an action packed race, as Marcoullier missed the re-draw in his heat, and started 15th, Schlenk drew pill number 9, and heavy hitters Travis Stemler and Eric Spangler lead the field to green.  A few early cautions allowed drivers to experiment with different strategies without much consequence, however after about 15 laps, the field strung out and the race was on at the front with Spangler, Schlenk and Duane Chamberlain breaking away from the field.

 

Spangler lead early and often, seeing few challenges from Schlenk or Chamberlain in the early going, however, Schlenk did attempt a couple “sliders” or slide-jobs through the corner, but Spangler powered back by.  That all changed on lap 23 when Schlenk showed his nose coming off the fourth corner, before driving deep into turn number one to take the lead down the back stretch. Spangler attempted a similar move into turns three and four, but could not complete the pass.  From there, Schlenk drove on to win the American Ethanol 40.

 

During his conversation with MBM’s AELMT Pit Reporter, Laura Ahac, Schlenk said that he knew it would be tough to get around Spangler, but had been setting up the pass for some time.  As for Spangler, he claimed that only a couple feet of dirt separated him from victory.

 

“I don’t think Rusty would have completed the pass if the cushion wasn’t there,” said Spangler.  “Without the cushion, Schlenk doesn’t win this race.”

 

Schlenk announced last night during his victory lane interview that he intends to run nearly all of the AELMT races in 2018, sighting a scheduling conflict with just two races.  Schlenk looks to defend his feature win during the GetBioFuel.com Buckeye Double Header beginning Friday at Attica Raceway Park in the Bilstein 40, before going to Fremont Speedway on Saturday and competing in the GetBioFuel.com 40.
 

 

Find full results below:

 

Allstar Performance Heat Race 1:

21b – Rich Bell

cj1 – Rusty Schlenk

87m – David Meilke

21a – Logan Artz

6m – Dona Marcoullier

44 – Matt Shipley

23v – Ryan VanderVeen

15 – Phil Ausra

42 – Chad Finley

36 – Matt Irey

rh21 – Greg Haskell

 

Bilstein Heat Race 2:

m14 – Brandon Thirlby

12 – Doug Drown

27 – Eric Spangler

13 – JR Hotvy

87 – Rich Neiser

39 – Hillard Miller

1 – Greg Gokey

79m – Cory Maurice

79t – Troy Worrick

55r – Kevin Mack

p3 – Jeff Robertson

 

YellowHose.com Heat Race 3:

c9 – Steve Casebolt

20c – Duane Chamberlain

2 – Travis Stemler

79 – Nick Kurtz

23w – Brad Wade

95j – Jerry Bowersock

20 – Chad White

27h – Ken Hahn

7m – Brad Mann

21 – Wes Morrison

4 – Jason Playter, Jr.

 

Dupont Last Chance Qualifier 1:

44 – Matt Shipley

36 – Matt Irey

1 – Greg Gokey

27h – Ken Hahn

15 – Phil Ausra

21 – Wes Morrison

p3 – Jeff Robertson

95j – Jerry Bowersock

79t – Troy Worrick

 

NUVU Fuels Last Chance Qualifier 2:

39 – Hillard Miller

20 – Chad White

23v – Ryan VanderVeen

42 – Chad Finley

4 – Jason Playter, Jr.

7m – Brad Mann

rh21 – Gregg Haskell

79m – Cory Maurice

55r – Kevin Mack

 

American Ethanol 40:

cj1 – Rusty Schlenk

27 – Eric Spangler

20c – Duane Chamberlain

c9 – Steve Casebolt

6m – Dona Marcoullier

12 – Doug Drown

79 – Nick Kurtz

m14 – Brandon Thirlby

87m – David Meilke

2 – Travis Stemler

23v – Ryan VanderVeen

23w – Brad Wade

13 – JR Hotvy

44 – Matt Shipley

1 – Greg Goke

4 – Jason Playter, Jr.

87 – Rich Neiser

21b – Rich Bell

20 – Chad White

36 – Matt Irey

21a – Logan Artz

39 – Hillard Miller

 

For more on the AELMT, log onto aelmt.com, or find them on social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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