WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - The snow is gone, the lakes are clear and the flowers are starting to bloom. That means only one thing: it’s time for the racing season to begin! This Sunday (April 19) the lid lifts off for the 2015 Wisconsin short track racing schedule with the Icebreaker 100 at Dells Raceway Park.
Some of the Midwest’s best Super Late Model drivers will be in action, including the three Sauter brothers (Johnny, Travis and Tim); multi-time ARCA Midwest Tour Champion Nathan Haseleu, 2014 TUNDRA Series Champion Dalton Zehr; the always competitive Dan Fredrickson; and nearly forty other drivers from Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Included among the impressive list of entries are two members of the 2015 Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP); Ty Majeski of Seymour, Wis., and Reagan May of DePere, Wis.
Majeski, the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour Champion, has been quite busy so far in 2015. He won a race and led the points until a savage accident on the next-to-last night of the World Series of Asphalt Racing in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and finished in the top 10 at the Rattler 250 in Opp, Ala., on March 15. Majeski comes to the Dells hoping to rebound after a disappointing 11th-place finish in the ARCA/CRA Series 7-Up 100 in Toledo, Ohio, last weekend.
“We were really fast in practice, but bottomed out in qualifying and ended up tenth,” Majeski said. “In the race, we started out loose and the car just wouldn’t come to us.” Majeski and his team have a busy spring, racing in three states in four weeks. “We’re heading to Anderson (Indiana) next weekend to prepare for the Redbud 300 in July, and then back to Madison (Wis.) International Speedway for the ARCA Midwest Tour opener.
“We’ve been blessed to visit so many tracks and meet so many great fans so far this season,” said the University of Wisconsin engineering student. “Having the Kulwicki colors on the car has been really cool and fans have really responded well.”
Last year, Majeski experienced great success on the third-mile Central Wisconsin track, winning a TUNDRA Series race and finishing second in ARCA Midwest Tour race. “We’re bringing the car we won the TUNDRA race with last year,” Majeski offered. “It’s not the best bullet we have, but it’s a good one. The biggest challenge will be to see how the car works with these new tires.” (Dells Raceway Park will be running the Hoosier S-80 short track tires this season. It is harder compound than what has been raced in the past there.)
For May, the Icebreaker 100 will be her first race of 2015. The Northern Michigan University Mechanical Engineering student is excited to return to Dells Raceway Park, hoping the turn of the calendar will end her bad luck at the track.
“We raced there twice last year and both times had power steering trouble,” said May, the 2014 TUNDRA Series Rookie of the Year. “We had a good car both times, though, so we’re optimistic for this weekend.” With such a stellar field, the 21-year old knows that just making the field will be an accomplishment for her family-owned team. “We have great cars and each race we keep learning. Dalton Zehr and the Coleman Racing Products team have been so instrumental in helping us get better each time out, but in the end, it falls to me to make the right calls from the seat.”
The Icebreaker 100 is the first of what could be nearly 30 races for Reagan May Racing this season. “My family is originally from the Athens, Ohio, area and most of them have never seen me race before. We have been invited to race in Ona, West Virginia, this season and I think we will visit the Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway, too. Both tracks have a ton of history and I hope to carry the Kulwicki colors to victory lane. It’s been great to share Alan’s story with the fans. I’ve enjoyed the off-season, but I’m ready to get back to action out on the track.”
Carrying the Kulwicki banner alongside Majeski and May this weekend will be three KDDP semi-finalists: John DeAngelis of Hubertus, Wis., past ARCA Midwest Tour winner Skylar Holzhausen and Super Late Model rookie Alex Prunty. These three drivers each received a check for $1,000 from the KDDP and will likely be carrying retro Alan Kulwicki Racing decals on the C-pillars of their race cars.
“We had such a stellar group of qualified drivers making up our semi-finalists,” said Tom Roberts, executive director of the organization. “With Alan being up for the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting, we were able to come up with an additional small budget to help all of them out to some degree.”
“It was such an honor for us to be in contention for the KDDP this year,” said Prunty of Lomira, Wis. “The extra support allows us to put a full effort towards making the Icebreaker 100. We practiced at Slinger on Easter Sunday, and the car handled very well. I’m excited to begin setting the car up for this weekend and I am confident that we will do well against such a competitive field.”
Sunday’s action at Dells Raceway Park kicks off with qualifying at 12:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies are set for 1:45 p.m. and racing begins at 2:00 p.m. Super late models and the Great Northern Sportsman Series will be in action. Adult admission is $17 and Students (10-15)/Seniors (65+) are admitted for $15. Children 9-and-under get in free. For more information, please visit the track’s website at www.dellsracewaypark.com. They are active on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DELLSRACEWAYPARK and you can follow them on Twitter at @DellsRaceway.
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