Ty Majeski gambled on himself ahead of Sunday’s Oktoberfest 200 at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway. And when the checkered flag waved, that gamble paid off with his third career victory in the race and a check worth over $10,000.
After setting fast time in Saturday’s qualifying session, Majeski accepted the “Ultimate Challenge” to start at the rear of the field for a chance at over $6,000 in bonus money. Starting dead last proved to be no challenge, as the Seymour, Wisconsin driver scored a second-straight Oktoberfest 200 victory.
Majeski charged to the front early in the 200-lap ARCA Midwest Tour race, taking the lead for the first time prior to the halfway mark. With 75 laps remaining, Majeski made a scheduled pit stop and handed the lead over to NASCAR Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter.
Sauter led until Lap 169, when contact from Andrew Morrissey caused Sauter to spin. Morrissey joined Sauter at the rear of the field, giving Majeski the lead.
Taking the inside line for the final restart with 31 to go, Majeski lost the lead to Dan Fredrickson after he struggled to get up to speed. A few laps later, Majeski made his way by the four-time Oktoberfest, putting a stamp on the 51st Oktoberfest Race Weekend with another win.
“The bottom was really dirty, I was actually considering taking the top. There was just a lot of marbles on the bottom from everyone swerving their tires after that long competition yellow. I was hesitant to take the bottom and I got on the flat,” Majeski told Speed51. “Thankfully, I was able to get by Danny (Fredrickson). He was racing hard, he was pinching me, which is what he should’ve been doing. I would’ve done the same thing for the win, but thankfully I was able to get it done.”
Sunday’s triumph marked Majeski’s third win in the event, which could have very well been his fourth if it wasn’t for a disqualification in post-race tech in 2018. While he is from the east side of Wisconsin, Brad Mannstedt’s team is based in the local LaCrosse area and has become a second home track over the years.
“This is our home track; my team members grew up racing here every Saturday night for a lot of years. The shop is two miles from here. We have a lot of friends and family supporters that come here every year. It’s always good to run good in the premier race of the weekend.”
His win came with a hefty bonus after opting to take the tail to start the 200-lap event, worth at least $6,200. With one race left in Wisconsin and two crown jewels to end 2020, that money could decide what races he pulls into at the end of the year.
“That bonus goes a long ways for a Super Late Model team at this level. Hopefully it’ll go towards the next race. I’d love to be at Nashville and we’re going to the Derby, so we’re definitely eyeing those up.”
Rich Bickle, Jr. made a late-race charge to finish second, his best run in Oktoberfest since he won it way back in 1986. Andrew Morrissey, Dan Fredrickson and Justin Mondeik rounded out the top-five.
With his seventh-place run on Sunday, Casey Johnson was crowned ARCA Midwest Tour champion for the second year in a row. Speed51 will have more on Johnson’s championship season soon.
A replay of Sunday’s Oktoberfest 200 will be available soon on Speed51.TV.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Speed51 / Ryan Nuttleman
ARCA Midwest Tour – Oktoberfest 200 Results
1. Ty Majeski
2. Rich Bickle
3. Andrew Morrissey
4. Dan Fredrickson
5. Justin Mondeik
6. Skylar Holzhausen
7. Casey Johnson
8. Gabe Sommers
9. Johnny Sauter
10. Jonathan Eilen
11. Dillon Hammond
12. John DeAngelis Jr
13. Matthew Henderson
14. RJ Braun
15. Chad Butz
16. Jason Weinkauf
17. Austin Nason
18. Ryan Farrell
19. Derek Kraus
20. Dean LaPointe
21. Brady Bill
22. Billy Mohn
23. Paul Shafer Jr
24. Brent Kirchner
25. Brock Heinrich
26. Michael Ostdiek
27. Jacob Goede
28. Bobby Kendall