Two weeks ago Chris Weinkauf was leading the Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at The Milwaukee Mile when a broken hub forced him to exit the race. Tonight, at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Illinois, he made up for that disappointment by winning his first ARCA Midwest Tour event.
Weinkauf would start on the pole and go wire-to-wire in the caution free event to claim the Wayne Carter Classic Calypso Lemonade 100. He fought off challenges from Jonathan Eilen and Ty Majeski for the win.
“Milwaukee was pretty much a heartbreaker for the whole team. We led so many laps in a big race. But, my car owner Jay Van Der Geest, always said we will bounce back and we did tonight,” Weinkauf said after the race. “I can’t thank him more than anything.”
Ty Majeski beat Jonathan Eilen by a bumper at the finish line to claim the runner up spot.
“Initially, I thought I had something for him, but I think we used up our tires getting to the front,” Majeski said after starting ninth. “I just melt them down to hard trying to pass some of those guys.”
Eilen finished third on only seven cylinders.
“I think we have a plug wire come loose during the race,” Eilen said after the race. “I think we could have won it if we had all eight cylinders.”
Grundy County Speedway weekly competitor Ricky Baker was fourth with Eddie Hoffman in fifth.
Cardell Potter finished sixth with Nathan Haseleu in seventh. Matt Kocourek was eighth and James Swan in ninth. Jason Weinkauf rounded out the top ten.
The ARCA Midwest Tour will be back in action next Saturday, June 28th at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
– Kevin Ramsell, Speed 51 Midwest Editor/Director of Business – Twitter: @KevinRamsell
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