For years, the Gandrud Auto Group 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway eluded Ty Majeski’s grasp. Now, he is a back-to-back winner of the event after a dominant performance on Tuesday night.
Majeski set fast time in qualifying, and efficiently worked his way to the front of the field after starting 13th from the ARCA Midwest Tour invert.
After a late pit stop, Majeski took the lead for good on lap 171 of the 250-lap event to secure a second consecutive win in the marquee event.
“Man, it feels really good,” Majeski said in victory lane. “This is one of my favorite racetracks, so close to home. It’s awesome to see such a great crowd here tonight, one of the best crowds I’ve ever seen at a short track race.”
While heartbreak and misfortune had crossed Majeski’s path before in big races, no such derailment took place on Tuesday night. During the closing laps, he focused on maintaining his gap over second-place Cayden Lapcevich and prayed to the racing gods for a clean finish.
“I was just hoping not to see those yellow lights. You never want to see that when you’re leading a big race like this, because the gloves come off on a late-race restart. I was just trying to maintain that gap there. Man, what a rocketship. Thanks to everyone for coming out and Gregg McKarns for putting this great show on. What a blessing to be here.”
Lapcevich finished second in his ARCA Midwest Tour debut, a strong showing for the Canadian pilot. He acknowledged he wanted to try his hand at competing against the ARCA Midwest Tour stars, and spoke highly of the experience.
“I’ve been told that the competition in the Midwest is as tough as it can get. This right here is a big confidence booster for me, because we’ve had bad luck after bad luck. This is what I needed.
“I’m hoping we can do more of these. It’s a great group of guys that run this series. Thanks to Gregg McKarns for inviting me and all the fans for coming out. We’ll be back.”
Paul Shafer, Jr. rounded out the podium. Shafer nearly wrestled the lead away from Majeski on the final restart of the race, but ultimately fell to third in the final running order.
“I’m wore out. We’ve been running 30 lappers out at Grundy and I clearly wasn’t ready for a 250-lapper. I was just giving her at the end. I was trying to get the 16 [of Lapcevich]. I thought I was going to be a hero and beat the 91 [of Majeski] on the restart, and the 16 ended up getting around me.”
A podium finish pleased Shafer, as he hopes to turn his fortunes around after a disappointing 2019 season.
“It’s a blessing to come out here and be able to run good again. Last year was rough, so this year, hopefully, we can run a little better the rest of the year.”
Austin Nason finished fourth, with Casey Johnson rounding out the top five. NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch finished sixth in his first Super Late Model race since February.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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Unofficial Results – Gandrud Auto Group 250
- Ty Majeski
- Cayden Lapcevich
- Paul Shafer
- Austin Nason
- Casey Johnson
- Kyle Busch
- Justin Mondeik
- Carson Hocevar
- Dennis Prunty
- Maxwell Schultz
- Sammy Smith
- Jonathan Eilen
- Dalton Zehr
- Johnny Sauter
- Bobby Kendall
- John DeAngelis, Jr.
- Luke Fenhaus
- Boris Jurkovic
- Ricky Baker
- Andy Monday
- Derek Kraus
- Bubba Pollard
- Travis Braden
- Brent Strelka
- Ryan Farrell
- Rich Bickle, Jr.
- Gabe Sommers
- Grant Griesbach
- R.J. Braun
- Jeff Van Oudenhoven