Memorial Day Weekend is a weekend where we salute those who have scarified their lives for the freedoms we have in this country. It is also a big weekend for auto racing, and the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment will do their part by visiting one of the more historic short tracks in Wisconsin.
Jefferson Speedway, located between Cambridge and Jefferson, Wisconsin, opened in 1952 and “Wisconsin’s Action Track” has been a regular place for fans and competitors to congregate every Saturday night.
It has also been the track where many drivers first cut their teeth behind the wheel. Matt Kenseth’s dad bought a car from this track and started the soon-to-be Hall of Fame career for his son. 2007 ARCA Midwest Tour Champion Nathan Haseleu started his racing career racing hobby stocks at the track before moving up to Late Models. Even today’s current touring stars such as Rich Bickle Jr. and Casey Johnson made their debut at this famous quarter-mile oval.
This Saturday night, the ARCA Midwest Tour will return to Jefferson Speedway for a 100-lap main event. The unique design of the track will challenge the veterans and the young stars, and whoever wins will have earned it.
Casey Johnson, fresh off his second-place finish in the Cabin Fever 100 at State Park, has won multiple championship at Jefferson. One can guarantee that this event has been on his mind since the 2018 schedule was released over the winter.
Andrew Morrissey will be looking for his second victory in a row after his win at State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Dalton Zehr will be looking for his first win in 2018 along with Dan Fredrickson, Jonathan Eilen, and Ricky Baker.
Joe Shear Classic winner Austin Nason will lead a group of young guns looking to get an ARCAMT victory on Saturday night. Paul Shafer Jr., Michael Ostdiek, Justin Mondiek, Dillon Hammond, Jon DeAngelis Jr., Ryan Farrell and Jeff Holmgren Jr. hope to join Nason in getting their first ARCAMT victory in 2018.
The rookies will also hope challenge for the checkered flag. John Beale, Billy Mohn, and Derek Doerr hope to make a name for themselves on Saturday night.
Or could Dave Tomczak or Mikie Breiner put their name in the headlines? Will Bickle take the young drivers to school and show them how it’s done?
The only way to find out is to get them on “Wisconsin’s Action Track” and battle it out for 100 laps to see who will raise their arms in victory lane.
Qualifying will get underway at 5 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m. The Midwest Compacts and Hobby Stocks will also be in action. Make sure to get there early and meet the stars for an autograph session before the racing action gets underway.
Make the Salute the Troops 100 part of your Memorial Day weekend plans!
Visit midwesttour.racing for a full schedule and be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (/midwesttour) and Twitter (@MidwestTour).
-ARCA Midwest Tour Press Release
-Photo credit: FastLapPhoto.com / ARCA Midwest Tour