Ty Majeski can now add another item to his ever growing racing resume, a win at a track larger than one mile.  He accomplished that goal in the first hour of Sunday morning at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.


After a shower postponed the schedule start time for the 40-lap/50-mile event, the ARCA Midwest Tour cars had to wait until after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event to race their event.


CabarrusJust after the stroke of midnight, the green flag waved with Eddie Hoffman and Andy Jones leading the field to turn one.  Jones would lead the first lap.


Majeski, who was also the fast qualifier, started tenth after the invert and didn’t waste time to show his strength.  By lap four, he was already up to second, but inherited the lead after Jones fell off the pace on the frontstretch.


That same lap, smoke started coming out of Hoffman’s car to bring out the only caution of the event.


On the restart, Majeski simply pulled away and didn’t look back all the way to the checkered flag.


“We picked the right lanes at the beginning and were able to get the lead pretty quick,” Majeski told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “It was important to get out there and run my own race and we were able to do that.”


Paul Shafer Jr. also came through the field for a second-place finish.


“There wasn’t much we could do, we did all we could,” Shafer said after the race.  “This place is cool, especially when we started the race with everybody going inside and outside, I even went three wide once.  It was so fast and was a lot of fun.”


Casey Johnson also competed for the first time on a track larger than one mile in length.  He was pleased with his run.


“We finished where we qualified, we knew the other two cars would be stout,” Johnson said.  “It was a surprise how well we did here.  We unloaded pretty good as it was a big guess for us.  We are happy about our performance today.”


Jason Weinkauf came home with a strong fourth-place finish and Derek Kraus rounded out the top five.


For Majeski, the win at Gateway was more than just getting a win at a big track.


“It really wasn’t winning at this track, but it was more about the people watching,” Majeski explained.  “There was a lot of important people watching me tonight.  I made a lot of good relationships with the Truck Series being here, and I hope that is where I will be in the future.   We will keep ‘truckin’ forward and try to win races.”


The ARCA Midwest Tour will be back in action on Friday, July 15th for the Wayne Carter Classic at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Illinois.


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-By Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Contributor – Twitter: @KevinRamsell

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Pos No. Name Laps
1 91 Ty Majeski 40
2 7 Paul Shafer 40
3 5 Casey Johnson 40
4 76 Jason Weinkauf 40
5 9 Derek Kraus 40
6 52 Rod Baker 40
7 38 Jeff Holtz 40
8 4 Natalie Decker 40
9 77 Jonathan Eilen 39
10 43 Matt Kocourek 39
11 14 Austin Nason 26
12 99 Justin Oertel 24
13 8 B Scott Tomasik 23
14 28 Jacob Finney 20
15 8 Eddie Hoffman 5
16 11 Andy  Jones 4
17 64 Griffin McGrath DNS

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