Montpelier, Indiana (Sunday, July 8, 2018) - In just their second race of the 2018 season (due to weather) the cars and stars of the American Ethanol Modified Tour Presented by Allstar Performance (AEMODT) hosted their largest field in history, in their first ever trip to Montpelier Motor Speedway, Montpelier, Indiana. If that wasn't enough, the winner of the POET Biofuels 30 was a first time winner with the AEMODT.
On a beautiful summer day in middle Indiana, UMP Modified drivers from across the region filed in to be a part of the AEMODT's first ever appearance to Montpelier Motor Speedway. At the close of driver registration, 51 cars were registered and on the property getting set to do battle for the $1600 to win main event, many drivers making their first ever start with the AEMODT. Due to the record breaking amount of cars, a format was used for the first time by AEMODT officials, which included five heat races and three last chance qualifiers to set the field. Because of that, drivers knew they needed to have their cars dialed in all night long.
Collecting the first victory on the night was Bobby Stemme as he set Motul Motor Oil and Lubricants Quick Time turning a lap of 17.239 in group number one of five for the night. With such a wide variety of cars showing up for the Poet BioFuels 30, qualifying was extremely important to decide where drivers would start in their heat race. The field was separated by nearly three seconds, with the slowest lap time being turned at a 21.397.
From there, heat race action was next on the docket. Under the 50 car format, the top three would advance directly to the show, while only the top two would go on to be a part of the all important re-draw. While the track was slicking up and slowing down, racing for the final transfer spot was exciting to watch all evening long, right through the last chance qualifiers.
After the Last Chance Qualifiers, officials with the Montpelier Motor Speedway took some time to try and "bring some life back" to the track before the AEMODT main event. 22 cars rolled off the grid to take the green flag, all of which raced their way into the show, excluding Clayton Smith who was awarded the AEMODT Champions Provisional for being the highest placed member driver in 2018 points to not make the show. Lynn, Indiana's Bill Lewis started along side of Todd Sherman to start the race, and from their, Lewis never looked back. Lewis saw a challenge by Zeke McKenzi late in the race, but was able to power back by to collect the win. Jacob Poel made a late race run, gaining six positions, Poel earned the Allstar Performance Hard Charger Award, en-route to his eventual second place finish. Zeke McKenzi rounded out the podium by finishing third.
Next up for the AEMODT is the continuation of the Merritt Show on Saturday, July 28th. If ever you miss a race, or can't attend in person, be sure to log onto aemodt.com to enjoy LIVE flag-to-flag coverage provided by Motorsports Broadcasting of Michigan, as well as LIVE timing and scoring provided by Motor City Racing Promotions. Live race day updates can also be found on the tours Facebook and Twitter accounts.
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