Ty Majeski had a memorable week.  Last Sunday, he set a new track record and got the broom out for the season opener at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.  Then, mid-week, he was announced as the number one draft pick in the 2016 Speed51.com Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes.


Ty Majeski leads Dennis Prunty at Madison. (Bruce Nuttleman / Speed51.com photo)

Ty Majeski leads Dennis Prunty at Madison. (Bruce Nuttleman / Speed51.com photo)

Sunday, he capped off the week by winning the ARCA Midwest Tour’s Eighth Annual Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin.


The two-time defending series champion, again set fast time and rolled off 10th in the 100-lap main event.


Johnny Sauter was scheduled to roll off sixth for the main event, but due to him not having a spotter in the stand for the heat race and not going to post-race tech after his heat race, he was sent to the rear of the field and started 23rd.


In the early going of the race, fans focused on Majeski and Sauter as they both worked their way to the front.


Majeski’s route had him in seventh by lap five then fourth by lap 15.


On lap 27, Majeski caught and went by Nick Murgic for third and then overtook second from Jason Weinkauf a lap later.


Two laps later, Majeski caught Dennis Prunty and got a run off of turn two for the pass for the lead on lap 32.  He would be unchallenged throughout the rest of the race.


Sauter, the defending race winner, showed the crowd he had a strong car as he quickly worked his way to the front.


By lap 15, he passed half the field as he was up to the 12th position.  Five laps later, he jumped into the top ten.


He moved up to the top five by lap 41 and with 32 laps to go, he moved into second place.  At that time, Majeski held almost a five second lead.


Sauter chopped down that lead and hoped for a caution to catch up to Majeski and challenge for the win.


But the event went caution free and Sauter came up 1.543 seconds short at the finish.


“We got lucky in the beginning; our lane went forward, then I got to the bottom, and then the bottom went.  We made all of the right decisions on getting track position early,” Majeski told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.


“A lot of guys like to ride around on the first 50 laps and that is when I like to pounce and get spots easier than in the last 50. I got out front and was able to ride around and felt like I saved enough tires in case there was a caution.”


Sauter realized that the errors prior to the race had an effect on the finish, but was hoping for a caution to have a shot at the victory.


“You just don’t know if you are going to get cautions, I never would have dreamed that this race would have gone green from start to finish.  I was probably too cautious at the beginning.  But that is the way it goes,” said the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor.


“I don’t know the rules good enough, and I will never know them because I can’t do it enough. That is the penalty, that is what it is, and probably won’t be the last time I get a penalty,” Sauter explained. “I feel like I had the fastest car here and probably should have won.  Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve… who cares.  The penalty is what it is and the car was fast so that is something to hang your head on.”


With the open times between Truck Series events, it allows Sauter to come back and race compete in Super Late Model events.


“We just don’t race enough in the trucks. So we get to do some of this extra-curricular activities.  It’s fun and I work really, really hard at this.  It’s too hard to know all of the rules to this, cause next week I will forget about this.  Nonetheless, I had fun and I do this for fun.  I work my ass off on it and it’s to be fun and competitive, and we were competitive today.”


Dennis Prunty recorded his best finish to date at “Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval.”


“This is a new Pathfinder car and I am not that good at Madison.  The first thing I said is I don’t want to lead and run second the whole race.  Well, after the first lap we were in the lead and had to figure it out on my own,” Prunty said after the race.  “I think we did pretty good and I think we did well for our sponsors today.”


Chris Weinkauf finished fourth with Travis Sauter rounding out the top five.


For Majeski, this is his sixth overall victory in 2016.  He is very pleased with his start.


“It’s been a really good season.  With going down to Speedweeks and then to the Rattler to having a good run at La Crosse last week and now here at Madison, we have a lot of momentum going and we are going to keep continuing to try to get better.  I’m still improving every time we hit the racetrack,” Majeski said.  “The sky is the limit for us.”


Majeski will be done for the semester at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in about a week.  Then will shift his focus to working in the shop during the summer.  He has about two years of school left to earn his degree in mechanical engineering, while maintaining a GPA over 3.0.


The ARCA Midwest Tour will travel to State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wisconsin on Saturday, May 14th for their second event of the 2016 season.


Highlights from Sunday’s ARCA Midwest Tour opener can be watched now on the Speed51 Network.


ARCA Midwest Tour

Joe Shear Classic 100

Official Results

1 91 Ty Majeski


2 5 Johnny Sauter


3 42 Dennis Prunty


4 75 Chris Weinkauf


5 5s Travis Sauter


6 78 Skylar Holzhausen


7 47 Casey Johnson


8 7 Paul Shafer Jr.


9 12 Nick Murgic


10 39 Andrew Morrissey


11 99 Tim Sauter


12 76 Jason Weinkauf


13 04 Natalie Decker


14 22 Nick Panitzke


15 14 Austin Nason


16 58 Cardell Potter


17 9 Derek Kraus


18 77 Jonathan Eilen


19 43 Matt Kocourek


20 52 Ricky Baker


21 90 Duke Long


22 11 Andy Jones


23 38 Jeff Holtz


24 28 Jake Finney


Story by: Kevin Ramsell, Correspondent, Speed51.com – Twitter: @KevinRamsell

Photo Credit: Bruce Nuttleman / Speed51.com

Majeski Scores Joe Shear Classic Victory While Sauter Overcomes Penalty