Nick Murgic has been competing in the ARCA Midwest Tour since its inception in 2007. In those years of competing, he had yet to visit victory lane. He finally accomplished that goal in spectacular fashion on Tuesday night by winning the Dixieland 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
It was spectacular in how he held off a hard charging Casey Johnson in the final 30 laps to get the win, but he made it more memorable after he crossed the start/finish line with no brakes making hard contact with the Styrofoam in the turn one wall after the checkered flag.
“It was unreal. I was driving the crap out of that thing, pumping the brakes up, giving it all I had,” Murgic said in victory lane. “Casey looked low there out of four, trying to make sure I got out in front of him. I didn’t pump the brake up; it was all rear brake, which was how hard I was driving. I gave it all I had.”
Murgic is ecstatic to get his first win in the Dixieland 250.
“This is the coolest race. I was talking all week, actually all year that this is the one I wanted to go and win,” exclaimed Murgic. “I built this car this winter, this is my own chassis, and it looks like I have a lot more work to do. It’s neat to get my first win with my own car I built at this race. I will get over wrecking the car thing.”
Johnson, who won his first feature at WIR last Thursday night, was hoping to make it two in a row and pick up the biggest win of his career, but fell one spot short.
“He was better off on the corners, so I figured I could roll high around him and pinch his exit so I could get him. But I was getting free going into turn one, so I couldn’t make it happen,” Johnson recalled after the race. “The question mark was if I could make it the whole way, and we accomplished that goal tonight. I am very proud of my team and our efforts showed tonight. We will get them next time.”
Paul Shafer Jr. came home with a third place finish with Austin Nason finishing fourth. Ross Kenseth rebounded from a late spin to finish fifth.
Current ARCA Midwest Tour point leader Ty Majeski was the class of the field until a mechanical issue put him out of the race on lap 209.
Johnny Sauter set a new track record in qualifying but was involved in the first caution on lap six. Sauter’s lap time of 19.026 erases the old record set by Tim Rothe of 19.066.
The ARCA Midwest Tour will be back in action on Friday, August 14th at Norway Speedway in Norway, Michigan.
By Kevin Ramsell – Correspondent, Speed51.com