Twice in the month of August, Ty Majeski showed that the Toby Nuttleman led No. 91 team had struck gold at Wisconsin International Raceway, with wins in the Blue Race and ARCA Midwest Tour Dixieland 250. Friday night, Majeski showed that the car and setup was capable of winning elsewhere as the team celebrated their third triumph of the month, this time in the Howie Lettow Memorial at Madison International Speedway (WI).
The team’s second triumph on the Midwest Tour came after a battle with early race leader Matt Kenseth, who held Majeski at bay for more than 10 laps. Majeski would go on to lead the final 65 of the 100-lap Lettow Memorial, pulling out big leads on long green flag runs.
“We hit on something big at Kaukauna for the Blue Race and again for the Dixieland,” said Majeski in victory lane. “We kind of took it here to see if it would be versatile at all tracks and it sure was. Just really proud of everyone, Toby and all of the guys, Chris Craig, Brad and Nancy Mannstedt; this is cool.”
Even with such a great racecar, Majeski had to overcome a number of late restarts in the final 20 laps, with fellow former ARCA Midwest Tour champion Andrew Morrissey lining up to his inside each time.
“Just make sure the tires were clean, engine was clean and just be prepared as possible on those restarts obviously,” said Majeski. “Morrissey had a pretty good car, so did Jonathan Eilen. Thanks to those guys for running me clean, it was a great race out there. Just really thankful for the opportunity.”
Morrissey had done well, coming up through the top ten to challenge Majeski on the late restarts, but admitted that it was going to take one big mistake from Majeski on a restart for his No. 39 to have a shot.
“I had a really good car in the middle part of that race,” said Morrissey. “Just after all those yellows we got really tight and couldn’t keep up with the 91, I don’t know what they got going on, but they’re going through the corner about 10 miles an hour faster than me. Got to figure something out.”
Rounding out the podium, Jonathan Eilen capped off his own march towards the front after starting the race in 15th position. It was his first outing with the Midwest Tour in 2019, and he also ran the race battling more than his fellow competitors.
“First time with the Tour this year, I got to thank all of my crew for coming out and helping,” said Eilen. “Been fighting this cold all week here. It was a fun race, but just glad to be back here. Kind of liking this track, the last time I was here, we did good too. I just burned her up coming through there.”
Matt Kenseth held on to finish in fourth position, while John DeAngelis rounded out the top five after hounding the 2019 Slinger Nationals winner late in the race.
The penultimate round of the 2019 ARCA Midwest Tour takes to the track at Dells Raceway Park (WI) with the Escape to Wisconsin 100 on Saturday, August 31.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: ARCA Midwest Tour Facebook
Howie Lettow Memorial 100 Unofficial Results
|5||7D||John DeAngelis Jr.||100|
|9||45B||Rich Bickle Jr.||100|