Photo Gallery: Mielke Defines Perfection During Independence 25

David Mielke takes the checkered flag. (Text by Zach Hiser with Photos by Jim DenHamer)

The word ‘perfect’ is described by Merriam-Webster in two ways: being entirely without fault or defect; or as, satisfying all requirements.  Either definition would accurately describe David Mielke’s performance from Merritt Speedway with the American Ethanol Modified Tour Presented by Allstar Performance during their Independence Weekend.

The traditional 4-wide salute to the fans.

Left: #5 Trent Musk and #17 Larry Cade. Right: #4 Paul Johnson and #32 Dan Hubbell.

Mielke’s run to perfection began on Thursday night, when the team unloaded for night number one of the double-header weekend with the AEmods.  Mielke went out with the Tour’s second group of American Ethanol Qualifiers, and laid down quick time with a 15.700. He bested Group One’s 15.967 laid down by Collin Thirlby.  Mother Nature moved in before drivers could compete in their heat races, and Speedway and Tour officials elected to scrap the events from the schedule for Friday night.

#07 Allen Oyer and #22 Jim Patterson.

Left: #23 Luke Hubbell and #19 Cody Bauer. Right: #42 Paul Niznik and #1 Wyatt Baker.

That meant that on Friday, AEmods competitor would compete in two Rustic Hog Barbecue Qualifier Races; race number one setting the lineup for the inside row of the feature, while race number two set the outside.  Qualifier Race Number One saw Thirlby use the short way around the speedway, hugging the tractor tires to pick up the win over Brett Banning and Luke Hubbell. In Qualifier Race Number Two, Mielke started on the pole along side current AEmods points leader Will Krup, and never looked back after the drop of the green flag.  Mielke led every lap en route to the win, putting him on the outside pole for the 25 lap main event.

The Independence 25 was the final event on the weekend schedule for the AEmods.  Thirlby and Mielke led the field to the American Ethanol Green Flag, with Mielke jumping out to the early lead over Thirlby and Krup.  One caution flag slowed the field when Caleb Kill came to a stop on the top of turn number four. The restart and lapped traffic were no match for Mielke, who led every lap of AEmods competition, and went to YellowHose.com Victory Lane to collect the $2,500 check.

Keep up with the AEmods online at aemods.com, and find and follow the Tour on social media including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

#19 Will Krup and #47 Colin Thirlby.

Left: #60 Nate Wilber and #92 Caleb Kill. Right: #77 Joe Rokos and #99 Brent Banning.

Race Results:

Rustic Hog BBQ Qualifier 1: 1. #47 Collin Thirlby; 2. #99 Brent Banning; 3. #23 Luke Hubbell; 4. #77 Joe Rokos; 5. #4J Paul Johnson; 6. #1* Wyatt Baker; 7. #60 Nate Wilber; 8. #06 Allen Oyer.

Rustic Hog BBQ Qualifier 2: 1. #87 David Mielke; 2. #K19 Will Krup; 3. #19 Cody Bauer; 4. #32H Dan Hubbell; 5. #9 Garrett Rons; 6. #92 Caleb Kill; 7. #22 Jim Patterson; 8. #62 Daryl Lehn.

#42 Paul Niznik and #17 Larry Cade.

Independence 25: 1. #87 David Mielke; 2. #K19 Will Krup; 3. #47 Collin Thirlby; 4. #19 Cody Bauer; 5. #99 Brent Banning; 6. #77 Joe Rokos; 7. #4J Paul Johnson; 8. #23 Luke Hubbell; 9. #92 Caleb Kill; 10. #9 Garrett Rons; 11. #62 Daryl Lehn; 12. #17 Larry Cade; 13. #60 Nate Wilber; 14. #1* Wyatt Baker; 15. #43 Paul Niznik; 16. #22 Jim Patterson; 17. #5X Trent Musk; 18. #07 Allen Oyer; 19. #32H Dan Hubbell.

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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