Beginning this Friday at Madison International Speedway, the top three drivers in the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) – Ty Majeski, Steve Apel and Reagan May – will begin an impressive stretch of races throughout Wisconsin and Michigan.
Majeski, who has won seven races so far in 2015, will tackle six races at six different tracks. His busy slate starts this weekend with Friday’s Triple Crown Challenge Series race at Madison International Speedway and a weekly NWAAS show at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway on Saturday night. Majeski will also attempt to make his first start in the Super Seal Slinger Nationals next Tuesday and pick up a second victory at Wisconsin International Raceway (WIR) on Thursday. He hopes to extend his points lead in the ARCA Midwest Tour at Grundy County on July 17 and recapture the top spot in the TUNDRA Series at Dells Raceway Park on July 18.
“We are truly blessed to drive for such great car owners that provide me and my crew with great equipment and the chance to race throughout the summer like we are able to do,” said Majeski. “Doing six races in nine days is a daunting task, but we’re up for it.”
Two-time and defending Slinger Speedway champion Apel has already achieved his season goal of winning a race away from his legendary quarter-mile home track, picking up a victory in the “Red” race at Wisconsin International Raceway on June 18.
“Winning at Kaukauna (WIR) was a dream come true,” Apel said. “We had a great car there in the TUNDRA race back in May (finished second), but this time the race broke our way. We’re looking forward to going back for the ‘White’ race next Thursday and hope we can win another one.”
Apel, like Majeski, will compete in the Triple Crown Challenge Series and the Super Seal Slinger Nationals. He will round out the grueling two weeks with another weekly show at Slinger on July 19. To date, Apel has finished no worse than ninth at Slinger, picking up three wins and three second-place finishes.
For DePere, Wisconsin’s May, the 2015 season has been full of incredible highlights. Beyond picking up four wins in three states (Wisconsin, Michigan, West Virginia), May has been able to visit a number of new tracks for the first time and race against some of the toughest competition in the country.
“Our goal this season was to race as many times as we could against the best racers we could find,” noted May. “We haven’t won every time out, but we have learned so much, especially up at Elko (MN) Speedway this past weekend. We keep building, getting better, learning more, and I can’t wait to become a consistent top-five driver. I’m confident we are on course to do that."
May plans on racing four times in nine days. She is running a crate late model at Norway Speedway in Michigan on Friday and then heading even further north to Sands Speedway in the Upper Peninsula for Round Two of the UP Challenge Series on Saturday. May won a feature at Sands on May 30, and picked up a victory in Round One of the series at Kinross Speedway back on June 21. On Friday, July 17, May will visit Golden Sands (WI) Speedway, where she won earlier this year and is just three points out of the lead in the point standings. May will be looking for her second career TUNDRA victory at Dells (WI) Raceway Park the next night on Saturday, July 18.
For this trio of KDDP drivers, the rest of the summer proves to be a busy one. Majeski and May look to pack in as many as races as possible before heading back to school at UW-Madison and Michigan Tech, respectively. All three KDDP finalists plan on running more than 30 races this season. For the KDDP “Kulwicki Cup” point standings, only the best 15 finishes count. All three drivers have at least four victories each so far this season. They understand the importance of consistently finishing near the front in every race.
- KDDP press release