The ARCA Midwest Tour will begin its 11th season this Sunday at Madison International Speedway (WI) with the Joe Shear Classic 200. Speed51.com’s resident “Stat Boy” Elgin Traylor takes a look at the 2017 season and history of the Midwest Tour “by the numbers.”
11: This will be the 11th running of the Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway. This year the event grows to 200 laps and will feature live pit stops.
12: There are 12 races on the 2017 ARCA Midwest Tour schedule.
37: There have been a total of 37 different winners in the history of the ARCA Midwest Tour since its inception in 2007.
91: Ty Majeski is the man to beat in the series right now. With 13 career wins and three consecutive touring series championships all eyes are on the No. 91 machine.
93: Former tour champion Jonathan Eilen is set to make his 93rd start in the series at Madison this weekend. He has never won the Joe Shear Classic.
117: There have been a total of 117 races in the ARCA Midwest Tour. They will start the 2017 chapter this weekend at Madison.
250: While this weekend’s show will be a 200-lap race, the longest race of the season will be the Dixieland 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 1.
Guess Who’s Back?: Looking down the entry list a name that quickly jumps out is that of Rich Bickle Jr. Many know him as a Midwest superstar, but in the south most know him as the only five-time Snowball Derby winner. Bickle may be running a one-off race or he could run several Midwest Tour events. Only time will tell.
Missing a Race: It’s a strange feat that has been accomplished twice now on the ARCA Midwest Tour and last year was the second time. Ty Majeski won the championship despite missing a race in the middle of the season. He joins Steve Carlson as they are the only two to win titles after missing a race.
Only Two: 2007 Rookie of the Year Jonathan Eilen and 2014 Rookie of the Year Ty Majeski are the only former Rookie of the Year winners to go on and to win championships in the ARCA Midwest Tour. Both will be racing a bunch in the series this year looking for more.
Title Contenders: The best thing about opening day is all of the driver are championship contenders. The smart money would be on Ty Majeski to win title number four if he’s able to run the majority of the schedule, but with guys like Dan Fredrickson, Travis Sauter, Dalton Zehr and many others in the race you have to wonder how the season will shake out.
Entry List for Joe Shear Classic
Car # Name Hometown State
4 Brad Tilton Cheyenne WY
5 John Beale Verona WI
7 John DeAngelis, Jr Hubertus WI
7 Paul Shafer, Jr Portage IN
8 Chad Butz Suamico WI
9 Derek Kraus Stratford WI
11 Andy Jones Gurnee IL
11 Bobby Kendall Montello WI
14 Austin Nason Roscoe IL
15 Dean LaPointe Marshfield WI
18 Michael Ostdiek Lakeville MN
20 Jim Sauter, Jr Tomah WI
22 Jeremy Spoonmore Somonauk IL
22 Russ Blakely Frankfurt KY
28 Bobby Wilberg Beloit WI
30 Joshua James Saukville 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 Jeff VanOudenhoven Appleton WI
45 Rich Bickle, Jr Edgerton WI
47 Travis Sauter Prairie du Sac WI
52 Ricky Baker Plainfield IL
55 Don Sabitino Carol Stream IL
62 John Heath Lakeville MN
75 Chris Weinkauf Merrill WI
75 Mike Beyer Machesney Park IL
76 Jason Weinkauf Merrill WI
77 Jonathan Eilen Hampton MN
87 Jamie Wallace Genoa City WI
91 Ty Majeski Seymour WI
119 Dalton Zehr Daytona Beach FL
O4 Natalie Decker Eagle River WI
Past Joe Shear Classic Winners
2016 Ty Majeski
2015 Johnny Sauter
2014 Nathen Haseleu
2013 Travis Sauter
2012 Andrew Morrissey
2011 Ross Kenneth
2010 Steve Carlson
2009 Nathen Haseleu
ARCA Midwest Tour Champions
2016 Ty Majeski
2015 Ty Majeski
2014 Ty Majeski
2013 Dan Fredrickson
2012 Jonathan Eilen
2011 Andrew Morrissey
2010 Steve Carlson
2009 Steve Carlson
2008 Nathan Haseleu
2007 Nathan Haseleu
ARCA Midwest Tour Winners (Top Five)
Dan Fredrickson 15
Ty Majeski 13
Steve Carlson 11
Travis Sauter 9
Nathan Haseleu 9
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
-Photo credit: Speed51.com