2017 ARCA Midwest Tour Schedule

Right Time, Right Place for Dalton Zehr’s First ARCAMT Victory at Golden Sands

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Wisconsin Rapids, WI - The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power’s Equipment’s first visit to Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, Wisconsin produced a first-time winner in the series as Dalton Zehr breaks through to get his first checkered flag on Saturday night by winning Mid-Summer Showdown 100.

Zehr was making his 28th start in the Midwest Tour, won at the same place where he is the defending track champion. 

After starting 10th, he worked his way up to a podium position and appeared to have a fast car in the late going until a caution flew for Jonathan Eilen’s spin with 16 laps to go in the event. 

On the restart, Chris Wimmer and Chris Weinkauf were battling for the lead with Zehr taking over the third spot from Ty Majeski. 

Two laps later, as Wimmer & Weinkauf battled for the lead, the two made contact in turn four causing both cars to drift up the track and avoid spinning each other. Zehr was in the right spot as he drove underneath both of them to take over the lead.

Zehr started to pull away from the field until the caution flew with five laps to go after Weinkauf and Bryan Syer Keske got together causing Weinkauf to spin and make contact with John Beale. Weinkauf was done for the night. 

After a delay for cleaning up the track and a light pole going out, the field took the green with five laps to go in the race. Zehr would not be contested for the lead as he drove to his first victory in the Tour.

“This win has been a long time coming, but we are finally here and I think it will get easier after the first one,” a happy Zehr said in victory lane. “To win any race, you have to be in right position to win it. I think they were faster 15 laps on, we had a good short run car. But It was a good car that put us in position. They (Wimmer & Weinkauf) got together and I was able to capitalize on it, what could have been a caution I think but they did an excellent job catching it. I just can’t thank everyone enough and all of the fans who came out tonight.”

Wimmer, who lead a majority of the 100-lap race and had a great battle with Weinkauf throughout, was hoping for third Super Late Model win in two weeks, but came up one spot short. 

“Yeah, I got together with Weinkauf, but Zehr had the best car anyways,” Wimmer said about Zehr after the race. “We had a good car, just disappointing to finish second. His car had so much grip, but it was a good race.”

Current ARCA Midwest Tour point leader Ty Majeski had a busy night coming through the field in the late going to earn a podium finish.

“I think I had the car to do it and none of the restarts really went our way,” Majeski said. “At the start of the race we lost a lot of track position. We picked up a few spots on some of the restarts but the important one was not being able to clear the 14 (Nason). If I could have gotten down there, it may have been a different race, I would have been in third when Wimmer and Weinkauf got together and we could have gotten the spot instead of Dalton. Our car was OK, I think under the right circumstances we could have won. We just need to be a little bit better.”

Matt Kocourek finished fourth while Jason Weinkauf rounded out the top five.

For Dalton Zehr and his team, they kind of had an idea that luck would be on their side today, especially with numbers. With Zehr’s car # being 119, they used check #1119 to pay for their tire bill and were the 19th team in line to buy tires. But at the end of the day, they had the important number….one.

The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment will be back in action on Saturday, September 2nd at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin for the Bill Meiller Memorial 101 presented by Assembly Products. 

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Johnson Prevails After Busch DQ in the Dixieland 250

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Kaukauna, WI - The 2017 running of the Forest Potawatomi Dixieland 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wisconsin will go down as one of the more memorable events in Wisconsin Short track history. 

After the checkered flag and post-race tech inspection, Edgerton, Wisconsin’s Casey Johnson took home the $10,000 check and trophy becoming a first-time winner in the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment.

Johnson made his last pit stop with 60 laps to in the 250-lap event. With his fresh tires, he battled way up to the front in the final laps in the attempt chase down race leader Kyle Busch.

Johnson would pass Ty Majeski with 35 laps to go for fourth, getting by Paul Shafer Jr. for third with 20 laps to go. With 11 laps to go, Johnson would get by Austin Nason for the second spot. 

The final caution flew on lap 244 as the safety crew would rush to put out a small fire under Dalton Zehr’s car. After they put out the fire, Zehr was able to re-join the field.

With under 10 laps to go, the ARCA Midwest Tour rules state the restarts are single file. 

Busch knew that Johnson was on fresher tires, and got about a car length jump on him as the green flag flew in the air.

Johnson would get within a car length of the recent winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series but would come up short at the checkered flag. 

But the official results would change in post-race inspection as Busch for not meeting the weight requirements mandated after the race.

“I’m still speechless,” Johnson said after being declared the winner. “I am definitely surprised to jump in a car that I have never seen before, I raced against it a couple of times, but its great equipment and a heck of an opportunity to drive and we were able to come away with one.”

Johnson said that the deal for him to drive the car, normally driven by Rich Schuman, Jr., was finalized around 4pm on Monday afternoon. 

“Definitely have mixed emotions,” Johnson said. “This would have been the second time I finished second in this race (he finished second to Nick Murgic in 2015), and in the Midwest, this is one of the premiere events and to fall short, you have an entire year to think about it and try it again.

“I saw him (Busch) roll over the scale three times and just wondered if anyone was going to come over and talk to me,” Johnson said about post-race inspection. “We were parked next to Busch’s car and we had our car on jack stands and tear some things apart, and they just couldn’t get him off the scales after Ty (Majeski) and I have already been through them. Then the officials came over with the big check in hand and said congratulations. That was pretty neat.”

Busch didn’t speak with the media after post-race inspection but did stay and sign some autographs for the fans.

Ty Majeski, the three-time defending series champion, finished second in the official results.

“After all we ran the whole race, definitely happy with a second-place finish,” Majeski said. “I really shouldn’t say happy, obviously we are not happy but for what he had and to come away with a runner-up position is pretty good for what we had tonight. We didn’t have the car where we wanted it all night. Obviously, this is frustrating, this is one of the races we wanted to win one of the premiere races in the Midwest.”

Paul Shafer Jr. was third with defending Dixieland 250 winner Dennis Prunty in fourth.  Five-time WIR track champion Jeff VanOudenhoven rounded out the top five.

For the third year in a row, Casey Johnson used the Dixieland 250 to pick up his first win in the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment. Nick Murgic did it in 2015 and Dennis Prunty won his first last year.

The 2017 Forest Potawatomi Dixieland 250 marked the eighth time that Kyle Busch came to compete in the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment. He has three victories along with four top-five and five top-ten finishes. 

Every time he comes to compete with the series in Wisconsin, he is always impressed with the fans who turn out for the event along with the unique design of Wisconsin International Raceway. 

“It’s a great little short track and I enjoy it, it’s just unique and there is nothing else like it,” Busch said. “The way how the bumps are here and how the wall jets out at you off of turn four, the banking and the center of the corners, it’ challenging and it takes a really good driver to win here.

“I thought the fans saw a great race, and I appreciate them sticking around, it was a long one and a lot of kids were here as well, which is great to see,” Busch said about the large crowd in attendance. “It’s really awesome to see the support of the local short tracks and come out here to see an event like this at Wisconsin International Raceway.”

Fans showed up early at WIR and many of them got the opportunity to meet and get an autograph from NASCAR Hall of Famer and two-time Dixieland 250 winner Mark Martin. 

Martin was excited to come back to WIR after a long hiatus to see the track and visit with former competitors he competed with back in the old ARTGO days. You can see his interview on the Midwest Tour’s Facebook page. 

The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment will be back in action on Saturday, August 12th for their first ever visit to Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, Wisconsin for the Mid-Summer Showdown. Make your plans now to be a part of this great event.

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Ricky Baker holds his ground in wild ARCA Wayne Carter Classic victory

 

Written By: Tony Baranek

 

Ricky Baker wasn't lacking for drama in winning the Wayne Carter Classic on Saturday at Grundy County Speedway.

For 50 laps, he had Ty Majeski all over him — and for a brief second on top of him.

 

After a yellow flag with two laps remaining he had another reason to hold his breath.

"Something happened in the front of the car," Baker said. "When we went back to green there were electrical sparks shooting all over the place. I just shut everything off I could and hoped we could make it to the end."

 

He did, adding his name to the list of winners in the 32nd annual event, run in honor of one of the founders of Grundy County Speedway.

Baker, a two-time Grundy champion, earned $3,000 for finishing first. He didn't, however, score the $1,500 bounty that had been offered by the ARCA Midwest Tour to anyone who could beat Majeski .

Majeski had won five consecutive series races going into Saturday's event. The bounty was placed with the stipulation that Majeski had to finish the race on the lead lap.

Majeski pulled off with two laps remaining during the final yellow flag situation.

"We lost oil pressure," Majeski said. "It just didn't make sense to keep running out there and internally hurt the motor.

"We're in the points race, obviously, so we want to finish every lap we can. If I could have finished the race we'd have gotten a solid top 10 out of it. Unfortunately we couldn't do that."

For 50 of the 100 laps, Baker and Majeski ran 1-2 virtually glued together. Majeski tried several different ways to pass to no avail. Finally, on lap 83, he dropped the low side as they headed into Turn 1.

The result was heavy contact with Baker. Majeski's car went airborne, coming down hard and spinning. Baker drove on.

"I wasn't going to give up," Baker said. "People can go underneath me and I'll give them the line and race as hard as I can. He just drove in there over his head and ran me over.

"If I'm holding my line and you run me over, I don't know what else I'm supposed to do."

Majeski went to the pits for quick repairs and returned to the track for the restart. He appeared to be running well until pulling off for good.

"It was just hard racing," Majeski said of the incident with Baker. "Obviously, we made contact and couldn't finish. We'll just go to the next one."

Runner-up Paul Shafer Jr. survived a rough ride that included having the driver's door ripped off of his No. 7. Travis Braden was third, followed by Eddie Hoffman, Rich Bickle and D.J. Weltmeyer.

Missing from the field was defending Grundy late-model champion Anthony Danta.

On Friday, Danta was involved in a multi-car incident on lap nine of the feature. It resulted in a head-on crash into the backstretch wall.

"That's racing I guess," Danta said. "I've been doing this for a pretty long time now and we've had pretty good luck up to this point. Eventually you are going to tear a car up.

"It's unfortunate that it was not because of your doing, it's people who are driving over their heads. I don't know what they were trying to prove, but I'll remember that."

Danta wasn't injured in the wreck, but his car suffered extensive damage. He probably won't return until 2018.

"We're going to have to bring it to the chassis guy and see what is actually bent," Danta said. "If it's not too bad we'll replace what's bad and run the same car. But if it's as bad as I think, we'll probably end up with a new car. Either way we'll be back, and we'll be back stronger."

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Majeski Muscles His Way Past Nason For All-Star 100 Win

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Loves Park, IL – In its 70th year of racing, Rockford Speedway in Loves Park, Illinois continues to provide tough, hard nose racing that fans come to witness in person. Those same fans have witnessed the thrill of victory as well as the agony of defeat. 

On Saturday night, they witnessed and felt both at the same time on lap 96 of the 23rd running of the Kar Korner All-Star 100. The sixth event of the 2017 season for the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment.

The thrill and agony came as Ty Majeski used the famous short track bump and run to get by hometown star Austin Nason coming out of turn four with four laps to go in a 100-lap event that Nason dominated from the start of the green flag.

Majeski, fresh off his debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, smiled but was humble in victory lane after winning his fifth in a row in the ARCA Midwest Tour.

“We had a little better car. I was just being patient at the beginning of the race. Obviously, I would have expected him (Nason) to race me that way too if he had a better car here at Rockford,” Majeski explained. “It’s so tough to pass here. I tried to get around him clean for like 35 laps or so. I got to the inside of him a couple of times and every time I got a run, the caution would come out, and it was just really frustrating from that standpoint. We had a lot of cautions today, but just wanted more green flag laps because I believe we had a good car in the long run and never really got a chance to show it. All in all it was a good night, and we got it done in the end.”

When asked if he if could have passed Nason without bumping him, Majeski didn’t hesitate with his answer.

“No. No. I got into him just a little bit and I got him loose out of four and went down to two,” Majeski said. “I gave him a groove up there and I slid him up a little bit just to take his line away from him off of two, so his car wasn’t pointed so well and I got a good run down the backstretch.”

Nason, who let 96 of the 100 laps, wasn’t pleased on how he lost the race to the three-time defending series champion at his home track. 

“Casey (Johnson) raced me clean. Me and him got into it at last year’s National Short Track Championships but he didn’t get me back and I will have to remember that. But that is how you race,” Nason said. “Ty is a good racer and he knows what he is doing, but you don’t move someone like that and keep going, you got to let him save it. We’ll remember that.”

But Nason did see a silver lining after his strong run.

“This definitely gives me momentum, but I was coming back looking for something. This is the second one that slipped out of my hands,” Nason said. “We will come back to Short Track here at Rockford and be stronger.”

Casey Johnson finished third and watch had the best view of the battle for the lead in front of him. 

“It was a little rough racing. I think Austin got screwed. He ran a good clean race all night. I had three or four shots to booger him, but I never did it,” Johnson said. “If a guy wants to win that way, let him win that way.”

But, Johnson was pleased with a podium finish. 

“I’m happy with it. The car wasn’t quite up to par, we need to put in a little work,” Johnson said. “Austin had a great car and Ty had a decent one, not a bad night.”

Andrew Morrissey finished fourth while Jon Reynolds Jr, who started shotgun on the field, came through to finish fifth.

With his second Kar Korner All-Star 100 victory, Ty Majeski became the third driver to be a multiple winner of the historic event. He now joins a list that includes Dick Trickle, who has four victories, and Joe Shear, who has three wins.

The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment will be back in action on Saturday, July 15th at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Illinois with the Wayne Carter Classic.

Visit midwesttour.racing for the full schedule and be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment on Facebook (/midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

 

Photo By: Doug Hornickel

Majeski Has a Record Setting Day at Gateway

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Madison, IL – Ty Majeski sits alone at the top of the all-time win list in the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment after earning his 17th victory, fourth in a row this season, by winning the Illinois Lottery Super Late Model Showdown at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

It wasn’t an easy path to the record for the Seymour, Wisconsin driver as he made the winning pass with four laps to go after Paul Shafer Jr. touched the wall coming off turn two allowing Majeski to get by for the victory. 

“He (Shafer) was going to win the race. My motor was vapor locking in this heat,” Majeski said in victory lane. “I just didn’t have any power off four. I was good off two where I could gain on him. It was unfortunate for him that he got into the wall. I got a run on him and was able to get around him.”

Dan Fredrickson got past Shafer in the final laps to earn a second-place finish.

But, that wasn’t the only excitement for Majeski as he was involved in an incident going into turn one on lap two where he and Jim Sauter Jr. made contact causing Sauter to spin and hit the wall. 

Justin Mondeik also got caught up as he climbed up Sauter’s car and slowly rolled on his roof, went for a short ride before rolling back over on his wheels. Both drivers were taken to the infield care center and were released with no injuries.

“It seemed like we had a pretty good car after starting at the rear, and passing for some positions. We came off turn four and everyone was trying to pound to get to the inside line. It looked like Sauter got crossed up and got sideways, then backed it into the wall,” Mondeik recalled as he rolled over for the first time in his career. “I went to the inside to avoid him and he came down the hill and got into my right rear and we were on for the ride.”

Sauter shared his side of what happened after he was released from the infield care center.

“Honestly, I can’t really tell you. My spotter was calling for three-wide then four-wide,” Sauter said. “It was really unfortunate to this to happen early in the race, but the car is junk.”

Majeski came on pit road with a right rear flat tire and put a used tire with 25 laps on them. He would restart 17th.

On the restart, Travis Dassow was leading until Shafer got by him on lap four and took over the top top spot. 

While Shafer paced the field, Majeski was rapidly working his way to the front and was in the top five by lap 13. 

On lap 23, Majeski passed Dan Fredrickson for the second spot. He would get within five car lengths of Shafer, but couldn’t make a challenge for the lead.

A competition yellow flew with eight laps to go in the 40-lap event. It took a few restarts before we the final eight laps were contested on the 1.25-mile oval. 

With four laps to go, Shafer would contact the wall allowing Majeski to make the winning move.

“I got in a little hot and washed up a little bit,” Shafer said after the race. “I got in the gas, slid up and hit the wall. I saw Majeski go by and I said oh hell maybe we can get him back. We still got a podium finish, so not a bad day.”

Majeski’s victory moved him ahead of Fredrickson on the all-time win list in the ARCA Midwest Tour earning 17 victories in 43 starts. 

Fredrickson was hoping to stay ahead of Majeski on the list, but finished second.

“We didn’t run very well, but it got better during the race,” Fredrickson said. “We figured it out with about five laps to go and picked up a half a second. We will go on to the next race.”

Travis Dassow finished fourth and simply said “We needed that” after the race. Ricky Baker rounded out the top five. 

The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment will go from competing at its largest track this season to one of its smallest on Saturday, July 1st for the All-Star 100 at Rockford Speedway in Loves Park, Illinois. The stars and cars will battle on the high banked quarter-mile oval. 

Visit midwesttour.racing for the full schedule and be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment on Facebook (/midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

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Majeski Has a Record TYing Day at Marshfield

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Even though the lights went out on Saturday night, the party wasn’t over for Ty Majeski on Sunday afternoon. 

The Seymour, Wisconsin driver had a record day winning his third ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment in row this season and tied Dan Fredrickson for the most victories in the tour by winning the Bev Aschenbrenner Memorial at Marshfield Motor Speedway in Marshfield, Wisconsin. 

The 100-lap event was delayed until Sunday afternoon after the generator that powered the track lights on Saturday night failed causing officials to use Mother Nature’s light to complete the event. 

The 100-lap race went caution-free with three lead changes. 

Jason Weinkauf, who won the last caution-free ARCAMT event at Marshfield in 2011, took the early lead at the green flag. He held on to the top spot until Skylar Holzhausen went to inside of Weinkauf and took over the lead on lap 11. 

Holzhausen would lead the field around the half-mile oval as Majeski started his move to the front from his sixth starting position. Majeski would make his way into the top-five by lap 16 as he went by Jonathan Eilen, who was making his 110th series start.

By lap 26, Majeski worked his way up to third and challenged Chris Weinkauf for the second position. Weinkauf did everything he could to make Majeski earn the position with a great side-by-side battle. A lap later, Majeski cleared Weinkauf and set his focus on Holzhausen.

Majeski would chase down Holzhausen, who won at Marshfield in 2013, for the lead. Holzhausen protected the inside line forcing Majeski to go on the outside for the winning pass on lap 44. 

As Majeski was clicking off the laps, Dalton Zehr was making a strong run to the front after starting near the rear in a backup car. He would move up to the second position in the late stages of the race, but didn’t have enough time to chase down Majeski at the checkered flag.

Majeski’s victory is the 16th in the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment, tying him with Dan Fredrickson for the most all-time victories in the tour. He is also the first driver to be a two-time ARCAMT winner at Marshfield Motor Speedway.

“I knew the track was going to abrasive in the beginning because the track was green after the rain we had earlier today,” Majeski said in victory lane. “I was just biding my time in the beginning, just being smooth. A few cars got around me and lost a few track positions, but I was being smooth and I think I had a little more tire at the end.”

Majeski was also happy to tie Fredrickson for the most all-time victories.

“It’s really cool. Dan has been the man in the Midwest for years now. He has a lot of experiences and a lot of wins, and is competitive everywhere he goes,” Majeski explained. “For me, to be in the same company as he is pretty cool. I am not sure how many starts he has versus how many starts we have, but it’s a testament to what my team has accomplished in the last three to four years.”

Zehr would finish second in the race, but failed post-race inspection due to weight. 

Chris Weinkauf, who was also the fast qualifier, officially gets the runner-up position. For Weinkauf, this race had a personal special meaning to him.

“This is for Bev,” a solemn Weinkauf said after the race. “I still can’t believe that last night didn’t go through, but we got it in today. This is for the Aschenbrenner family. We love her, we miss her.

“Our guys battled back from a miss in the motor,” Weinkauf continued to say about his team. “We got it fixed and came out here and ran 100 green flag laps. Very proud for everyone for our second-place finish.”

Jim Sauter Jr. officially finished third with Holzhausen in fourth. Dean LaPointe scored his best finish ever in the ARCA Midwest Tour with a fifth-place finish.

Andrew Morrissey, who made his 100th start in the ARCAMT, finished 11th.

The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment will head to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on Saturday, June 17th for a 50-mile event around the 1.25-mile oval prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

Visit midwesttour.racing for the full schedule and be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment on Facebook (/midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

 

Majeski Outruns Mother Nature in ARCAMT Victory at Jefferson

 

Ty Majeski came into the 2017 season with a small bucket list that he wanted to scratch off, a list of tracks that he has yet to win at in his stellar short track career.  On Saturday night, he scratched Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, Wisconsin off that list with his 15th victory in the tour by capturing the Salute the Troops 100.

 

As the first race of the night rolled out on the track, ARCAMT officials took look at radar and saw that rain was approaching the track.  The promoters quickly made the call to line up the field and get ready for the 100-lap main event.

 

Andrew Morrissey paced the field in the early going of the main event until Austin Nason took over the top spot on lap 19.  Nason’s lead only lasted for seven laps as Dalton Zehr would get by Nason on lap 27.  Majeski, who started 12th, was up to third by lap 28.

 

On lap 41, Nason was fending off his second-place spot from Majeski until Nason was tapped by Justin Mondeik coming off turn two causing Nason to spin and bring out a caution. 

 

Zehr elected to restart on the outside with Majeski on the inside.  As the green flag waved, Majeski got a run on Zehr off turn two and took over the lead. 

 

The final caution took place on lap 44 when Andrew Morrissey broke an oil line in turns three and four causing him to spin.  Rich Schumann Jr., Travis Dassow and John DeAngelis were all caught up in a wreck behind a spinning Morrissey.

 

On the restart, Majeski would pull away from Zehr and Casey Johnson, who worked his way up to third. 

 

From there, Majeski would not be contested for the lead as he went on to collect his 15th victory in the ARCA Midwest Tour, putting him one win away from tying Dan Fredrickson for the most wins in the tour.

 

Zehr would finish second with Johnson in third.

 

After the race, Majeski was happy to scratch Jefferson off the winless list.

 

“Two more to go,” Majeski exclaimed after the race.  “We want to win the Slinger Nationals and get a victory at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, Wisconsin. I think we will go up there on Monday and see if we can do that, if not we have the ARCA Midwest Tour race coming up there as well. It has been a small goal of mine and it is a testament to the team and I have been able to accomplish over the last three years.”

 

Zehr was pleased with his second-place performance and noted the progress that his team has been making after the first three races this season on the tour.

 

“I love making progress, I think we were seventh at Madison and finished fourth last week at State Park Speedway and today we were second,” Zehr said.  “We are going to Marshfield next (where Zehr is the defending track champion) and that has been a strong track for me in the past. I am super happy that the car is in one piece and I had a great time racing at Jefferson today.”

 

Johnson came into today with a lot of momentum at his home track where he has 33 feature victories and three track titles.  Even though he finished third, after the race he and his team were wondering what happened out there.

 

“I thought the thing would come around but it just got tight from the get go and I was waiting for it to come in and it just kept chattering tires and chattering tires,” Johnson explained after the race.  “I don’t know, we just need to take it back to the shop and put it on the scales and see what the problem was tonight.”

 

Paul Shafer Jr. and Ricky Baker put on a spirited battle for fourth in the later stages of the race, giving the fans some excitement around “Wisconsin’s Action Track.”  At the checkered flag, it was Shafer finishing fourth with Baker in fifth.

 

 

1

91

Ty Majeski

100

2

119

Dalton Zehr

100

3

5

Casey Johnson

100

4

7s

Paul Shafer Jr

100

5

52

Ricky Baker

100

6

77

Jonathan Eilen

100

7

14

Austin Nason

100

8

43

Matt Kocourek

99

9

18

Michael Ostdiek

99

10

20

Jim Sauter Jr

99

11

35

Travis Dassow

99

12

44

Justin Mondeik

98

13

75

Mike Beyer

97

14

99

Cole Rouse

97

15

42

Dennis Prunty

89

16

39

Andrew Morrissey

43

17

54

Rich Schumann Jr

43

18

7

John DeAngelis Jr

43

19

04

Natalie Decker

40

20

0

Andy Jones

33

21

45

Rich Bickle Jr

28

22

21

Dave Tomczak

15

Ty Majeski continues to be on a roll in the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment as he won the Cabin Fever 100 for the third year in a row on Sunday afternoon at State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Majeski’s victory is his 14th in the ARCA Midwest Tour, putting him only two wins away from tying Dan Fredrickson as the all-time win leader in the series.

It wasn’t an easy victory for the three-time defending series champion as he started 12th and had to work his way towards the front on a track that is well known for great side-by-side racing under a cloudy afternoon with a great crowd watching the hot action on the track.

As Jonathan Eilen paced the field throughout much of the race, Majeski was sneaking his way to the front as he got by Dalton Zehr for fourth by lap 26. Six laps later he followed Justin Mondeik past Austin Nason for third. It only took Majeski four laps to get by Mondeik for second while he saw Eilen about a straightaway away from him.

After a caution on lap 54 for Jim Sauter Jr.’s spin on the frontstretch, Majeski lined up behind Eilen on the restart. Five laps later Majeski took second away from Zehr and started to chase down Eilen.

The lap traffic helped Majeski quickly catch Eilen and make the winning move with 24 laps to go and pull away for the checkered flag.

“He (Eilen) got out to a big lead and I had to run him down,” Majeski said after the race. “A lot of times these Midwest Tour races go green for a long time so I had to methodically push it a little bit just in case it went green the rest of the way. You are always caught between with do you save it and hope for a caution or attack it and try to get there. But we got a caution and I already him at that point, but I was able to get by him after a restart.”

Obviously, Eilen would have enjoyed a victory today, but he was still all smiles with his runner-up finish.

“The car was really good at the beginning, actually the whole race, and I don’t know if I just used it up too soon or too fast,” Eilen exclaimed. “Hats off to my crew for continuing to keep working at this thing. The number of hours that go into this and giving us a good run really gives us momentum for the rest of the year.”

Chris Weinkauf came home with a third-place finish after a rough qualifying run, but had a special passenger in his car.

“Not a bad day. I messed up in qualifying big time so I put the whole team in the back and we were able to run up there and get a top-three and that is what we came here to do,” Weinkauf explained. “We had a sticker on our car for ‘Jessie’s Wish’ a really good friend of ours that died from cancer. They have a benefit on June 3rd. So, I think she was our angel today.”

Zehr came home fourth while Dillon Hammond came home with a strong fifth place finish.

Majeski will try to inch one race closer to tying Fredrickson next Saturday, May 27th as the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment makes a return to Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, Wisconsin for the first time since 2008.

The Stars and Cars will be competing on “Wisconsin’s Action Track” in the ‘Salute the Troops 100’. Racing will get underway at 7pm.

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Morrissey Holds Off Fredrickson For Second Joe Shear Classis Victory

 

Oregon, WI-  Andrew Morrissey became the second driver to be a two-time winner of the Joe Shear Classic, the season opening event for the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment at Madison International  Speedway on Oregon, Wisconsin.

 

The 2011 ARCA Midwest Tour Champion held off a late challenge from two-time series champion Dan Fredrickson and defending three-time champion Ty Majeski.

Morrissey would make the winning pass with 16 laps to go by taking over the top spot from Travis Sauter in the 200 lap race.

 

“This win means a lot. This is my home track, it was the first place I ever raced at and I grew up racing here,” Morrissey said in victory lane.  “The last few years we struggled here and to win it this year means a lot specially to beat Danny and Ty. They are the best racers out there right now and to finish ahead of them is huge.”

This was the first time that this event was a 200-lap event with controlled pit stops. Morrissey admitted the pit strategy was a key to victory today.

 

“I think that is what won us the race,” Morrissey confirmed.  “There was a caution with 88 to go and I almost came to pit road. I knew that I could go another 65 laps on fuel. The next caution came out and I knew that nobody else was going to pit, so I pitted and I knew because of me pitting they all pitted later and I gained track position on them.  So, it really paid off I think that got me to victory lane.”

Fredrickson gave it all he had in the final ten laps, but couldn’t get close enough to Morrissey’s bumper and challenge for the win. Some wondered if he had more laps could he have caught Morrissey.

 

“Well yeah, but if my car had been right we would not have needed any more,” Fredrickson said after the race. “We were tight in the end. It got loose in the beginning just a little bit. We got into the pits right away to fix it a little and it was perfect before we put the new tires on, and it just got tight.  It was plenty fast but I shouldn’t have needed those laps. I would have gotten him anyways.”

Ty Majeski did lead in the early going but wasn’t able to get back up front to challenge for another Shear victory.

 

“It was a good run and the car was pretty good all day. We just lost a lot of track positions with the way the cautions fell,” Majeski explained. “It just wasn’t our way. We restarted 16th with 20 to go and we made it to third. So I felt like we were the best car as we were gaining on Andrew and Dan in the end, but unfortunately it wasn’t our day.”

 

Sauter held on to finished fourth with Rich Bickle Jr. in fifth. 12-time MIS track champion Bobby Wilberg was sixth with Dalton Zehr in seventh. John Beale was eighth with Derek Kraus in ninth. Austin Nason rounded out the top ten.

For Morrissey, who is also planning to run in Madison’s Triple Crown Series this season, today’s win at his home track wasn’t the only thing to make this victory special.

 

“Terry Fisher, he was a long-time race fan and has been to every ARCA Midwest Tour race until today,” Morrissey explained. “He passed away this winter and his wife asked me to carry his ashes for today and I was very happy to do that for her, especially to bring it home with a win as well. This means a lot.”

 

The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment will be back in action on Saturday May 20th at State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wisconsin.

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