Ty Majeski recognized that Saturday’s ARCA Midwest Tour race at Jefferson Speedway may have been his final chance to visit Victory Lane at the Wisconsin race track. In the tour’s first visit to the track since 2008, Majeski capitalized on that chance thanks to a gamble his team made after qualifying.
As with any other race weekend, there were challenges to overcome, but Majeski and his team gambled with some adjustments to the car after threatening rain impacted the day’s schedule.
After time trials, Majeski told Speed51.com that he felt the car was not good enough to win. His Toby Nuttleman-led team made adjustments on the No. 91 that they planned to “test” out during the qualifying heats. However, because of the rain the heats were canceled but the team decided to try out the adjustments anyway.
Those adjustments paid off.
At the start of the race, it was Jim Sauter Jr, and Andrew Morrissey that led the field to the green flag for the Salute the Troops 100. Morrissey gained the advantage and led the opening 18 laps until Austin Nason made the pass for the top spot.
Nason would show the way for the rest of the field for the next eight laps, but a hard-charging Dalton Zehr appeared to be the fastest on the track and took away the lead from Nason.
“We had a great car, especially at the beginning of the race,” Zehr said after the race. “The first yellow came out and I lost some tire heat, and never really got it back after.”
The first caution of the race came out when Nason and Mondiek made contact in turn two. This gave Majeski the opportunity to catch up to Zehr and put him in prime position, although he did not have time before the second caution came out.
This time the yellow flew for a pile up in turn three. Morrissey, John DeAngelis, Rich Schumann Jr and Travis Dassow were all heavily involved. Dassow would be the only one of the group to continue.
On the proceeding and final restart, Majeski would obtain the lead, and take off from the rest of the field outrunning the rain to make it to Victory Lane, accomplishing his goal of winning at Jefferson Speedway before he moves up the ranks in his career.
Zehr finished in second with Casey Johnson rounding out the podium.
The next race for the ARCA Midwest Tour is Saturday, July 10 at Marshfield Motor Speedway.
For on-demand coverage of Saturday’s race at Jefferson, visit Speed51.com’s Speed Central.
-By Caleb Slouha, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51.com
ARCA Midwest Tour Salute the Troops 100 Unofficial Results
Jefferson Speedway (WI) – May 27, 2017
|4||7s||Paul Shafer Jr||100|
|10||20||Jim Sauter Jr||99|
|17||54||Rich Schumann Jr||43|
|18||7||John DeAngelis Jr||43|
|21||45||Rich Bickle Jr||28|