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Speed Central: ARCA Midwest Tour at Grundy County (IL)

ARCA Midwest Tour – Grundy County Speedway (IL) – 7/15/17

Last updated: July 17, 2017 at 10:13 am
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Ricky Baker in victory lane after winning the Wayne Carter Classic. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

The Finish: 

POS CAR # DRIVER LAPS
1 52 Ricky Baker 100
2 7S Paul Shafer Jr. 100
3 99 Travis Braden 100
4 8 Eddie Hoffman 100
5 45 Rich Bickle Jr. 100
6 16 DJ Weltmeyer 100
7 7D John DeAngelis  Jr. 100
8 43 Matt Kocourek 100
9 10 Garett Schwartz 100
10 77E Jonathan Eilen 100
11 44M Justin Mondeik 100
12 75B Mike Beyer 100
13 18O Michael Ostdiek 100
14 42 Dennis Prunty 100
15 91 Ty  Majeski 97
16 14N Austin Nason 87
17 36F Dan Fredrickson 58
18 119 Dalton Zehr 45
19 30 Larry Schuler 45
20 54 Rich Schumann Jr. 44
21 1 Billy Knippenberg 40
22 34 Brandon Hill 34
23 96 John Nutley 16
24 35D Travis Dassow DNS

 

The Skinny: 

Following several intense battles for the lead in the second half of the Wayne Carter Classic, Ricky Baker and Ty Majeski made contact entering turn one.  The contact lifted Majeski up and over the left rear tire of Baker, and eventually led to majesty spinning.  Majeski was found at fault, sent to tail, and later fell out of the race after observing low oil pressure.

 

Winning Quote:

“This is huge, I’ve always wanted to win this race.  I remember when I was a little kid seeing Joe Schear win it all the time.  Lot of big names on that list.  I’m just happy to be part of it.” – Ricky Baker

 

On the Move:

Travis Braden moved up 12 spots from his 15th starting position to finish third.  Braden challenged for second in the closing laps, but took home the podium after a slow start to the day.

 

Biggest Loser:

Rich Schumann Jr. was the pole sitter for tonight’s feature following the invert.  After leading early, he suffered a problem and retired from the race early.  He dropped 19 spots due to the trouble.

 

Feature Notebook:

Polesitter Schumann Jr. fell off the pace and retired after leading early.  Austin Nason struggled throughout the race after suffering a cut tire early in the Feature.  He set quick time in qualifying, but was not a factor.  Ty Majeski and Ricky Baker made contact while battling for the lead.  The contact later forced Majeski to retire.  Baker easily won the race following a late restart.

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

Travis Dassow had a mechanical issue with his car and will be unable to start tonight’s feature.  There is a $1,000 bounty tonight for any driver that can beat Ty Majeski, as long as Majeski finishes on the lead lap.  Majeski will start 11th following a 12-car invert.  Majeski and Ricky Baker made contact during the Even Heat, but it appeared that neither car had significant damage.

 

Starting Lineup:

POS CAR # DRIVER
1 54 Rich Schumann Jr.
2 30 Larry Schuler
3 8 Eddie Hoffman
4 01 Billy Knippenberg
5 52 Ricky Baker
6 7S Paul Shafer Jr.
7 119 Dalton Zehr
8 36F Dan Fredrickson
9 16 DJ Weltmeyer
10 45 Rich Bickle Jr.
11 91 Ty Majeski
12 14N Austin Nason
13 43 Matt Kocourek
14 77E Jonathan Eilen
15 99 Travis Braden
16 7D John DeAngelis Jr.
17 42 Dennis Prunty
18 96 John Nutley
19 44M Justin Mondeik
20 34 Brandon Hill
21 10 Garrett Schwartz
22 18O Michael Ostdiek
23 75B Mike Beyer

 

Qualifying Results:

POS CAR # DRIVER LAP TIME
1 14N Austin Nason 14.860
2 91 Ty Majeski 14.914
3 45 Rich Bickle Jr. 14.936
4 16 DJ Weltmeyer 14.937
5 36F Dan Fredrickson 14.942
6 119 Dalton Zehr 14.942
7 7S Paul Shafer Jr. 14.986
8 52 Ricky Baker 15.014
9 01 Billy Knippenberg 15.068
10 8 Eddie Hoffman 15.092
11 30 Larry Schuler 15.103
12 54 Rich Schumann Jr. 15.127
13 43 Matt Kocourek 15.177
14 77E Jonathan Eilen 15.198
15 99 Travis Braden 15.217
16 7D John DeAngelis Jr. 15.218
17 42 Dennis Prunty 15.227
18 44M Justin Mondeik 15.244
19 96 John Nutley 15.254
20 34 Brandon Hill 15.29
21 10 Garrett Schwartz 15.408
22 75B Mike Beyer 14.475
23 18O Michael Ostdiek 24.289
24 35D Travis Dassow No Time

 

Heat Race Results:

Odd Heat Results

POS CAR # DRIVER
1 99 Travis Braden
2 30 Larry Schuler
3 7S Paul Shafer Jr.
4 14N Austin Nason
5 45 Rich Bickle Jr.
6 36F Dan Fredrickson
7 43 Matt Kocourek
DNS 01 Billy Knippenberg

 

Even Heat Results

POS CAR # DRIVER
1 77E Jonathan Eilen
2 54 Rich Schumann Jr.
3 52 Ricky Baker
4 119 Dalton Zehr
5 91 Ty Majeski
6 7D John DeAngelis Jr.
7 8 Eddie Hoffman
8 16 DJ Weltmeyer

 

Qualifier Race Results

POS CAR # DRIVER
1 42 Dennis Prunty
2 96 John Nutley
3 44M Justin Mondeik
4 34 Brandon Hill
5 10 Garrett Schwartz
6 18O Michael Ostdiek
7 75B Mike Beyer

 

Heat Race Lineups:

Odd Heat Starting Line-Up

POS CAR # DRIVER
1 99 Travis Braden
2 43 Matt Kocourek
3 30 Larry Schuler
4 01 Billy Knippenberg
5 7S Paul Shafer Jr.
6 36F Dan Fredrickson
7 45 Rich Bickle Jr.
8 14N Austin Nason

 

Even Heat Starting Line-Up

POS CAR # DRIVER
1 7D John DeAngelis Jr.
2 77E Jonathan Eilen
3 54 Rich Schumann Jr.
4 8 Eddie Hoffman
5 52 Ricky Baker
6 119 Dalton Zehr
7 16 DJ Weltmeyer
8 91 Ty Majeski

 

Qualifier Starting Line-Up (Sets starting line-up for 17th-23rd positions)

POS CAR # DRIVER
1 42 Dennis Prunty
2 44M Justin Mondeik
3 96 John Nutley
4 34 Brandon Hill
5 10 Garrett Schwartz
6 75B Mike Beyer
7 18O Michael Ostdiek

 

Car Count: 

24 ARCA Midwest Tour Late Models are at Grundy County Speedway today.

 

Entry List: 

28 cars are on the entry list for today’s event.

 

CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN STATE
7 John DeAngelis, Jr Hubertus WI
7 Paul Shafer, Jr Portage IN
8 Eddie Hoffman Wheaton IL
14 Austin Nason Roscoe IL
16 DJ Weltmeyer Dyer IN
18 Michael Ostdiek Lakeville MN
21 Dave Tomczak Franklin WI
30 Larry Schuler Minooka IL
34 Brandon Hill Genoa City WI
35 Travis Dassow West Bend WI
36 Dan Fredrickson Lakeville MN
39 Andrew Morrissey DeForest WI
42 Dennis Prunty Knowles WI
43 Matt Kocourek Franklin WI
44 Justin Mondeik Gleason WI
45 Rich Bickle, Jr Edgerton WI
51 Anthony Danta Downers Grove IL
52 Ricky Baker Plainfield IL
54 Rich Schumann, Jr Portage WI
75 Mike Beyer Machesney Park IL
77 Jonathan Eilen Hampton MN
91 Ty Majeski Seymour WI
96 John Nutley Midlothian IL
99 Travis Braden Wheeling WV
119 Dalton Zehr Daytona Beach FL
0 Andy Jones Gurnee IL
O1 Billy Knippenberg Plainfield IL
O4 Natalie Decker Eagle River WI

 

Qualifying Format: 

Drivers will qualify, with the top 16 teams locked into the show.  A qualifier race will set the remaining field.  Following the qualifier, a dice roll will set the invert for tonight’s starting line-up.  Heats will grant championship points, but will not change the starting line up.  There will not be an Last-Chance Qualifier tonight.

 

Event Schedule: 

TIME EVENT
1:00 PM Pit Gates Open
1:15 PM Tire Sales Open
1:15 PM ARCA Midwest Tour Tech Opens
2:30 PM ARCA Midwest Tour Driver Meeting
3:00 PM Spectator Gates Open
3:00 PM ARCA Midwest Tour Practice
3:30 PM Mid-Am Practice
3:50 PM Final ARCA Midwest Tour Practice
4:20 PM Illini Midget Practice
4:30 PM ARCA Midwest Tour Pre-Qualifying Tech
4:35 PM Mid-Am Practice
4:45 PM Illini Midget Practice
5:00 PM Qualifying Begins
ARCA Midwest Tour
Mid-Am
Illini Midgets
Fan Autograph Session
7:00 PM Racing Begins
ARCA Midwest Tour Qualifiers (15 Laps)
Illini Midget Heat Races (8 Laps)
ARCA Midwest Tour Odd/Even Heats (10 Laps)
ARCA Midwest Tour Last Chance (If Needed, 15 Laps)
Illini Midget Feature (25 Laps)
ARCA Midwest Tour Out of Car Intros
ARCA Midwest Tour Wayne Carter Classic (100 laps)
Mid-American Stock Car Feature (30 Laps)

 

Who to Watch For:

Ty Majeski has been on fire so far this year, and has won the last five ARCA Midwest Tour races.  Majeski, who is also a Roush Fenway Racing development driver, has also won three straight ARCA Midwest Tour championships.  The only other person to win this year was Andrew Morrissey at Madison International Speedway.

 

A bounty has been placed on Majeski for tonight’s race. If another driver is able to win tonight’s Wayne Carter Classic and Majeski is on the lead lap, the bounty will be paid out to the winner.

 

Title Fight:

Ty Majeski leads the 2017 ARCA Midwest Tour championship with 664 points, 160 points ahead of second place.  The battle for the rest of the top five is close, with second through fifth separated by 18 points.

POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN POINTS TO LEAD NEXT POS WINS
1 91M Ty Majeski Seymour, WI 664 0 5
2 14N Austin Nason Roscoe, IL 504 160 160
3 35D Travis Dassow West Bend, WI 498 166 6
4 7S Paul Shafer Jr Portage, WI 492 172 6
5 18O Michael Ostdiek R Lakeville, MN 486 178 6
6 77E Jonathan Eilen Hampton, MN 479 185 7
7 52B Ricky Baker Plainfield, IL 469 195 10
8 42P Dennis Prunty Knowles, WI 445 219 24
9 119Z Dalton Zehr Port Orange, FL 443 221 2
10 39M Andrew Morrissey Deforest, WI 439 225 4 1

 

The Track:

Grundy County Speedway is a third-mile asphalt racetrack with 12 degrees of banking.  The track has operated in its current layout since 1971.  The track is a part of the Grundy County Fairgrounds facility, which opened in 1906 (according to the track’s history page).  What started with horse racing has now evolved to racing with a few hundred more horsepower.  The facility hosts weekly racing for four divisions each summer.  The track is located in Morris, IL, which is about an hour from downtown Chicago, IL.

 

Weather:

Weather will be perfect for today, as Morris, IL will see a mix of sun and clouds.  Expect a high of 80 degrees, according to Weather.com.  Temperatures will descend to 65 degrees tonight.  There is also a slight breeze of 5 MPH to the Southwest.

 

Next Series Race:

The ARCA Midwest Tour season continues on August 1 at Wisconsin International Raceway for the Dixieland 250.  Then the series will head to Golden Sands Speedway for the first time on August 12.  A total of five races remain on the ARCA Midwest Tour schedule, including the season finale Oktoberfest 200 at LaCrosse Speedway on October 8.