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Mielke best in state

Competing at the Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI, last month, 2010 Gladwin High School graduate David Mielke compiled enough points to capture the Michigan UMP auto racing championship in the 2012 Modified class. Mielke, the son of Alan and Alexis Mielke of Gladwin, has been racing since he was four, and had his sights set this year on winning the points championship which he accomplished at Marne on Sept. 28.

He started racing in the 4-cylinder class where he won over 100 races and took three track championships during his three years in the class. He also won his first Wood Tic 100 at Merritt Raceway in Lake City during that time. Mielke moved up to Street Stocks when he turned 17 and won 15 races while spending one year in the class. He moved up to the bigger Modified Class when he turned 18 and graduated from high school.

Now in his third year in a modified, Mielke has won track championships at Mt. Pleasant Speedway and at Merritt Raceway, won his first Dirtcup Sept. 2 at Cherry Raceway in Fife Lake, and ended up fourth in state Dirtcup points. He will be honored at the UMP banquet early next year with a cash award and a trophy for his championship win. “I’ve never had a year quite as good as this year,” said Mielke. “Everything just fell into place for me this year. I couldn’t have done it without my mom, dad and brother Kyle.” Mielke also expressed appreciation to the many businesses, fans, friends, his girlfriend Ashley Schaudt, and the community as well as his family for their support.