The 2015 TUNDRA Super Late Model Series season opened with the fans off their seats in an exciting finish to their 50-lap main event on Saturday afternoon at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
The end result was three of Wisconsin’s top drivers standing on the podium in victory lane.
Ty Majeski, the reigning ARCA Midwest Tour champion held off Slinger Speedway champion Steve Apel by half a car length to get the win at his home track. Casey Johnson finished third.
Majeski and Apel got the fans on the edge of their seats with 14 laps to go as Apel, who was also the fast qualifier, caught the rear bumper of Majeski’s car.
Lap after lap, Apel was searching for a clean way to pass Majeski.
“I was just trying to hold him off,” Majeski said in victory lane, “I knew he was getting me going into one, but I was able to get back to the gas quicker and I think I had better forward drive off and was able to hold him off.”
On the last lap, Apel got a run off of turn four and get on the inside of Majeski for a drag race to the finish line.
“I was looking in my mirror and I knew he was going to peak on the inside, but I knew I had a good run off of four,” explained Majeski. “ I knew I had it at that point.”
The one thing that was on Apel’s mind was how he wanted to get by him.
“I didn’t want to move him out of the way for the win. I don’t want to win that way and I knew he wouldn’t want to win that way, Apel said after the race. “I just couldn’t get enough forward bite out of turn two to get underneath him. I could get underneath him coming out of four, but it just wasn’t enough. I think we had a better car, just ran out of opportunities.”
Casey Johnson was making his first visit to WIR and came home with a podium finish.
“It was a pretty good run. We have been out here practicing for the last two days and my team got it really close for me,” Johnson said. “I didn’t know what to expect. This place is intimidating and it’s a different animal. It is more technical than anywhere else you usually go too, it’s a tricky place.”
With an invert of 14, the fans were treated to a lot of passing and side-by-side racing in the 50-lap event. Apel started 14th with Majeski in front of him starting 12th.
Majeski would get the lead from Johnson on lap 32 with Apel following him to the front. Apel would clear Johnson for second on lap 34 and two laps later, the battle was on for the checkered flag.
Dalton Zehr, who came through a qualifier to make the feature, finished fourth with Jesse Oudenhoven rounding out the top five.
Round two for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series will take place on Saturday, June 20th at Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, Wisconsin.
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Round One – 50 Laps
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