LAKE CITY, Mich. – David Mielke put together a perfect performance to win Friday’s American Ethanol Modified Tour main event at Merritt Speedway.
Mielke’s run to perfection began on Thursday night, when the team unloaded for what was supposed to be night one of the doubleheader weekends. Mielke laid down the fastest time of time trials, but Mother Nature moved in before heat races could be completed.
Speedway and series officials opted to scrap the events from Thursday’s schedule for Friday’s races, meaning teams would compete in a pair of qualifying races to set the inside and outside rows.
Collin Thirlby won the first qualifier while Mielke won the second qualifier, making them the front row for the 25-lap main event.
Mielke jumped out into the early lead in the feature over Thirlby and Will Krup. One caution flag slowed the field when Caleb Kill came to a stop on the top of turn four.
The restart and lapped traffic were no match for Mielke, who led every lap and went to victory lane to collect the $2,500 check.