Rochester Hills, Michigan — After a month vacation from racing action, the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour Presented by Lane Automotive returns to Northern Michigan for the third and final appearance of the season at Merritt Speedway. The fast 1/4 (0.250) mile high-banked dirt oval located west of Houghton Lake in Lake City, Michigan will host the UMP DIRTcar Modified cars and stars on Saturday, August 22nd as part of the Lane Automotive Open Wheel Showdown.
This race will be the third and final appearance at the Mike Blackmer owned facility in 2015 as the MDC Modified Tour contingent will be joined by the Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP, Michigan Traditional Sprint Series and MORA Mini Sprints for an all open wheel show in Northern Michigan. The fifth anniversary 2015 racing season has been dominated by 2013 MDC Modified Tour Champion, David Mielke, who has already set a record for most wins in one season with six victories in the seven races conducted leading into this event.
The Gladwin, Michigan drivers’ career year has the 23-year-old driver of the #87 Krompetz Elevator / Northeastern Builders machine leading the season long points in the chase for the 2015 MDC Modified Tour Championship. Mielke is looking to become the first repeat champion since Jacob Poel accomplished the feat in 2011 and again in 2012. With his last win at Merritt on July 18th, he has won the last four MDC Modified Tour races including both races at the Lake City, Michigan speed plant. His latest triumph was also milestone victory #10 of his MDC Modified Tour career.
Defending MDC Modified Tour Champion, Travis Stemler is second in points, but had work to do in his bid to repeat as Champion. The Ionia, Michigan driver is 14 markers back of Mielke and has finished in the top five in six of the seven races in 2015. The only other driver to win an event in 2015, Aaron Morey is third in points, 16 behind Stemler as Collin Thirlby has been steady all season and still remains in the title hunt with three point’s races remaining. Brian Brindley completes the top five in the point’s standings and is hoping the third race at his home track will propel him to a late season run at the championship.
After the Merritt event, the MDC Modified Tour contingent head back to the wicked fast 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval of Hartford Speedway, located west of Kalamazoo in Hartford, Michigan on Friday, September 4th. The Labor Day Holiday Weekend kicks off with the running of the Labor Day Weekend Speed Harvest. From there, the 2015 MDC Modified Tour Champion will be crowned on Saturday, September 12th ironically in the neighboring state of Ohio at Oakshade Raceway, located west of Toledo and just south of the Michigan / Ohio state line in Wauseon, Ohio.
While the points season will be over at that point, there will still be three MDC Modified Tour sanctioned events remaining on the schedule and all three shows will be held at the soon to be converted 7/16s (0.437) mile semi-banked dirt oval of Berlin Raceway. The famed fairgrounds facility, located west of Grand Rapids in Marne, Michigan will bring in the MDC cars and stars on Friday & Saturday, September 18-19th and they will join the World of Outlaws Late Model Series as part of the Down & Dirty Race Weekend. The final race of the dirt series at Berlin is on Saturday, September 26th when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series invades.
For more information about the remainder of the fifth anniversary 2015 racing season within the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour Presented by Lane Automotive, go to the Tour website at: www.michigandirtcup.com. You can also follow MDC all season long on Facebook and Twitter at: www.facebook.com/midirtcup and www.twitter.com/michigandirtcup. You can also email Michigan Dirt Cup, Director of Operations Scott Menlen at: [email protected] Finally, for more info on Merritt Speedway, the host track for eighth race of the fifth anniversary 2015 racing season, log onto the track website located at: www.merrittspeedwaymi.com.
-Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour Press Release. Photo credit: Steve Datema