Tuesday night marks one of the crown jewel events in the Midwest for Super Late Models, the Gandrud Auto Group 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway. While some of the top Super Late Model racers in the country will face the likes of Kyle Busch and Johnny Sauter in this mid-week showdown, fans can compete with one another in 51 Fantasy powered by Dirt Draft.
With Dirt Draft, fans utilize $100,000 in fictional currency to assemble a team of five drivers in races such as the Gandrud 250. Your roster then goes against those of other fans, competing for points which can be redeemed for souvenirs, event tickets, a Speed51 pay-per-view broadcast and more.
While joining Dirt Draft is as simple as clicking this link, determining who will make your starting five can be much more challenging. Here is a look at some potential names to consider as you fill out your roster.
Pick Your Poison: If you were tasked with simply picking a winner for Tuesday’s race, it would be hard to pick against Ty Majeski even in this talent-laden field. He has won his last three races at Kaukauna, including last year’s Gandrud 250. Overall, he has nine wins and four second-place finishes in 16 starts at the half-mile since 2016 according to TheThirdTurn.com.
However, that promise comes with a hefty price tag of $27,200 in Dirt Draft. While Majeski won this race last year, only three of the top 10 participants had Majeski on their roster for last year’s Dirt Draft contest.
It’ll be difficult to bet against the “sure thing,” but there are several other drivers who are capable of winning Tuesday’s race who can be drafted for cheaper, such as two-time event winner Johnny Sauter ($25,000), Southern Super Series points leader Bubba Pollard ($26,100) or even NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch ($26,600).
Home Cooking: While this event has drawn some massive names from the racing world, sometimes you don’t need to look further than the track’s own backyard.
Some of the notable Wisconsin drivers with a track record of success at Kaukauna include:
- Casey Johnson ($25,500): A little on the pricey side, but Johnson has won the last two track championships at Wisconsin International and is a former Red, White and Blue State Championship Series title holder.
- Bobby Kendall ($20,500): Kendall is batting .500 this season in Kaukauna, with four wins in eight Super Late Model races at the track to lead the venue’s points chase.
- Jeff van Oudenhoven ($18,500): A three-time Red, White and Blue champion and five-time track champion, the veteran is still a name to watch any time he pulls into the half-mile.
- Andy Monday ($18,200): The last driver to win the track championship in Kaukauna not named Casey Johnson, Monday claimed that honor in 2017.
- Brent Strelka ($16,800): A podium finisher in the 2018 Gandrud 250, Strelka won the “Red Race” to kick off the 2020 Red, White and Blue Series this year.
Midwest Tour’s Finest: Of course, the Gandrud Auto Group 250 is also part of the ARCA Midwest Tour season, and the stars of that series cannot be slept on.
Justin Mondeik won the season-opening Larry Detjens Memorial at State Park Speedway (WI) and is available for $20,600. This event has not been kind to him in the past, with a best finish of 15th, but perhaps this is the year he turns those fortunes around.
John DeAngelis, Jr. has scored top-five finishes in the last two Gandrud 250s, including a runner-up finish to Majeski in 2019. He can be added to your lineup for $19,800.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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