Oktoberfest race weekend bring Wisconsin’s best racers together for a huge weekend of racing across 17 different divisions. Now in its 52nd edition, the event continues to bring established NASCAR stars back to their home state for racing and a party.
NASCAR Truck Series rookie Ty Majeski returns to LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway as the defending Oktoberfest champion after winning the 200-lap ARCA Midwest Tour finale one year ago. With other big short track events in Wisconsin and around the country, Oktoberfest is the one event that he looks forward to the most year after year.
“I’m just excited, this is my favorite race weekend of the entire year,” Majeski told Speed51. “Being so close to home, our shop’s two miles from here so we’ve got a lot of friends and family and supporters that are coming to help us out this weekend. There’s nothing like Oktoberfest.”
Majeski has a busy weekend ahead of him, with anywhere from eight to ten races planned throughout the weekend. His wins during Oktoberfest weekend include two in the main event, a Trickle 99 win, two Big 8 Series wins, three JMcK 63 titles and multiple local Late Model wins.
With what could be a potential double-digit amount of races over a four-day stretch, the Mannstedt crew had an early start preparing for the long haul.
“Races are won in the shop. I have a great group of guys, a lot of volunteer help to make these race cars what they are throughout the week. Just having cars ready to go and if something happens to one, we’ll have another bullet ready.”
With Slinger Nationals and Gandrud Auto Group 250 wins already under his belt, Majeski can pull of the trifecta Sunday afternoon with the third Oktoberfest win. Since the Dixieland 250 was first contested in 1981, no driver has ever won all three races in the same calendar year.
He admits he does not have a set total in mind when it comes to race wins he wants to earn over the weekend. While Majeski believes he won’t be able to win every single race he enters over the weekend, his mindset has not been deterred from going after wins every time he hits the track.
“I don’t have a goal, I just try to go win them all. Obviously that’s not realistic and that’s not going to happen but that’s the mindset we have going into each and every race. Hopefully we can get a few by the end of the weekend.”
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The rest of the weekend’s action, including the Trickle 99, Big 8 Series finale and the ARCA Midwest Tour 200-lapper, will also be broadcasted live via PPV. Click here to purchase your ticket today.
A Late Model MegaTicket is also available for the entire weekend’s action at both Oktoberfest and the Winchester 400. The package offers a savings of over $50. Click here to purchase your MegaTicket.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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