ARCA Midwest Tour Returns to Wisconsin International Raceway on August 9th
by Kari Shear-Carlson
July 17, 2014 - The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment's 2014 season is three-quarters of the way through. So far there have been three first-time series winners and only one repeat winner in the eight events. The close competition has led to one of the tightest points battles the series has seen this point in the season. The eight races that have led up to this point have been nothing short of exciting.
The season seems to have flown by thus far, starting back in April at Toledo Speedway in Toledo, OH where Brian Campbell took home the victory in the 7-Up 150. Nathan Haseleu was the top finishing Tour driver, finishing in the sixth spot and setting the stage for his season.
Haseleu followed it up with the victory in the 6th Annual Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway in May, the first ever two-time winner of the event. In his first ever ARCA Midwest Tour debut, Kyle Shear came in a close second followed by Skylar Holzhausen.
The next event was the State Park Speedway 125, which set off a series of podium finishes for Ty Majeski, who is now tied for the top spot in the standings and leads the Rookie of the Year point standings. Tim Sauter won his first ARCA Midwest Tour race followed by Chris Wimmer and Majeski.
Illiana Motor Speedway was next up on the schedule and was a turning point in Majeski's ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie career. Majeski dominated the day, setting fast time and taking home his first victory in the Calypso Lemonade Border Wars II. Local driver, Eddie Hoffman was second, followed by Jonathan Eilen.
The Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at the Milwaukee Mile was the fifth event on the 2014 schedule. Kyle Busch Motorsports driver, Erik Jones came home victorious while former ARCA Midwest Touring Star, Griffin McGrath followed up in second and Chad Finley rounded out the top three.
The series saw yet another first time winner in the Calypso Lemonade 100 at Grundy County Speedway. After having a strong car, but a series of bad luck, Chris Weinkauf was finally able to shake the monkey off his back when he won his first Tour race. Ty Majeski came in second after a hard fought battle to the line with Jonathan Eilen who finished third.
Travis Sauter's victory in the Lester Buildings 100 was no surprise at Dells Raceway Park. Chris Wimmer appeared to have a shot at the victory until mechanical problems forced him to drop out handing the win over to Sauter. Jonathan Eilen was second and once again Ty Majeski had another podium finish.
The most recent event was the Coors Light Summer Shootout presented by McGrath Powersports and Liz Girl Logistics at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids, IA. Ty Majeski won his second race of the season followed by Grundy County Speedway winner, Chris Weinkauf and Joe Shear Classic winner, Nathan Haseleu.
With eight races under their belt, Nathan Haseleu and Ty Majeski are tied atop the point standings. Jonathan Eilen is third, followed by Chris Weinkauf. Cardell Potter rounds out the top five.
The four remaining races are at some of the most challenging tracks on the schedule. The next event is the Calypso Lemonade 100 presented by Scag Power Equipment at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, WI on August 9th followed by the Norway 100 at Norway Speedway on Friday, August 15th.
The season will finish up with the 6th Annual Thunderstruck 93 125 at Elko Speedway on September 20th, and the 45th Annual Oktoberfest in West Salem, WI on October 4th and 5th.