American Ethanol Late Model & Modified Tours Shut Down

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Travis Stemler (2), Brandon Thirlby (14) and Dona Marcoullier race for position during Friday's American Ethanol Late Model Tour event at Farmer City Raceway. (Jim Denhamer Photo)
Travis Stemler (2), Brandon Thirlby (14) and Dona Marcoullier race for position during an American Ethanol Late Model Tour event at Farmer City Raceway last year. (Jim Denhamer Photo)

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. – The American Ethanol Late Model Tour and American Ethanol Modified Tour have both ceased operations.

The American Ethanol Late Model Tour was founded five years ago, with the American Ethanol Modified Tour launching two years later. Both divisions were owned by Carbon Green BioEnergy LLC CEO and Growth Energy board member Mitch Miller, with Motor City Racing Promotions serving as the operators of the series.

“In 2015, the Tour’s founders laid a five-year plan for a dirt late model series with the goal of promoting American Ethanol and affiliates at the grass-roots level, while developing a professionally organized regional touring series. At the completion of year five, AELMT will not proceed forward,” said a statement posted on the American Ethanol Late Model Tour website.

Brandon Thirlby captured his second and final American Ethanol Late Model Tour championship, while Will Krup was crowned the final American Ethanol Modified Tour title.

Previous American Ethanol Late Model Tour champions also included Dona Marcoullier and Rich Neiser. Jacob Poel won the American Ethanol Modified Tour title in 2017 and ’18.