Rochester Hills, Michigan: The Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour Presented by Lane Automotive returns to Northern Michigan for their first of two straight events at the same facility a month apart. The fast 1/4 (0.250) mile high-banked dirt oval of Merritt Speedway, located west of Houghton Lake in Lake City, Michigan hosts the UMP DIRTcar Modified cars and stars on Saturday, July 18th as the Summer Spectacular highlights the night. This event is the second of three total appearances at the Mike Blackmer owned facility in 2015.
The fifth anniversary 2015 racing season has been dominated by 2013 Tour Champion, David Mielke, who has already set a record for most wins in one season with five and the most wins all-time with nine leading into this event. The 23-year-old Gladwin, Michigan driver was also the winner in the previous appearance at Merritt back on June 10th during the Inaugural Summer Showdown that also featured NASCAR stars Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Justin Allgaier.
Ironically, he is not the point’s leader as he trails Defending Tour Champion, Travis Stemler by a single marker heading into the event. With Mielke’s 13th place finish at Mt. Pleasant Speedway (MI) back on May 22nd after initially leading the race before breaking a driveshaft. This is combined with Stemler’s stellar streak of six consecutive top five finishes to start the year; Stemler leads Mielke by a single point going into the Summer Spectacular at Merritt.
In four previous appearances at the Northern Michigan speed plant; there have been three different winners with Mielke leading the way with two triumphs. Collin Thirlby scored one victory in 2014 while Mark Anderson won the first ever MDC Modified Tour race in Lake City, Michigan back in 2012.
After the events of July 18th, the Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour will take a month vacation before returning to Merritt for their third and final show of the season in Lake City, Michigan on Saturday, August 22nd. The UMP DIRTcar Modifieds will take part in the tracks Open Wheel Spectacular as the MDC 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-wheeled show.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, for more info on Merritt Speedway, the host track for eighth and ninth race of the fifth anniversary 2015 racing season, log onto the track website located at: www.merrittspeedwaymi.com.