After a delayed start to the third running of the Icebreaker 100 at Dells Raceway Park (WI), Ty Majeski sped up the pace of the event by working his way through the front half of the field to win his first Icebreaker 100.
Starting 12th after the qualifying races, it only took Majeski 27 laps to break into the top five. He then caught up to leader, Andrew Morrissey, and was able to make an easy crossover to take the lead out of turn two with 44 laps to go. This would be the last lead change as Majeski, although slowed by four cautions, effortlessly pulled away from the rest of the field.
“Car was really good today,” Majeski said after the race. “We were ahead of everybody else but there is still room for improvement. All in all, a great first race of the year here.”
One of the major stories of the day was the seven-car pileup that occurred on the back straightaway just before the green flag. As the field began to come to the green, an accordion effect brought Dan Lindsley, Skylar Holzhausen, Tim Olson, Jon Reynolds Jr, Steve Litchfield, Jordan Thiel, and John DeAngelis together, bringing out the red flag for approximately 20 minutes.
DeAngelis and Lindsley would be the only drivers to return to the track after the incident, both with damage. The damage would hinder their race, and they would finish 13th and 23rd respectively.
Following time trials earlier in the day, Michael Bilderback, driving for Dan Lensing, had the fastest lap over the rest of the field. Majeski was second fastest, and rookie Dillon Hammond third. The 28 cars were then shuffled up by the proceeding qualifying races which put Derek Kraus on the pole for the feature.
Unfortunately for Kraus, he only led two laps before Terry Schoppenhorst took the lead. Kraus continued to fall back throughout the race before finishing 12th.
“Kind of a disappointing run for starting on the pole,” Kraus said after the race. “We made the wrong adjustments and the car was really free.”
Bilderback, who finished second after starting in ninth, was not disappointed after using the outside lane to hold off third-place finisher Morrissey.
“I’m always an outside feeder, coming from Rockford Speedway,” he said. “They tell me no and I still try.”
Natalie Decker finished fourth, and Eddie Hoffman finished fifth unofficially.
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-By Caleb Slouha, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent
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Icebreaker 100 Unofficial Results
Dells Raceway Park (WI) – April 9, 2017