The final two events of the 2018 ARCA Midwest Tour season will feature one of the closest points battle in quite some time. One of those final two events will happen this Saturday, September 1 at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin for the ‘Escape to Wisconsin 100.’
Twenty-six drivers are currently on the advance entry list for this Saturday night. Spectator gates will open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.
The points battle will be watched closely as current leader Austin Nason will come to Dells Raceway Park with a 12-point lead over Dalton Zehr. Zehr picked up his first win of the season last Saturday night by taking the checkered flag in the Wayne Carter Classic at Grundy County Speedway.
Casey Johnson, who has won big events in the past at Dells Raceway Park, is only 14 points behind Nason.
Jefferson Speedway winner Paul Shafer Jr. is only 30 points back and State Park Speedway winner Andrew Morrissey is 39 points behind Nason.
The top five are not the only ones close in the points battle. Jonathan Eilen, who finished second last Saturday night and won at Dells Raceway Park last month, is only 47 points behind the leader.
Leading Rookie of the Year contender Billy Mohn is 89 points back. While John DeAngelis is 92 points behind the leader.
Current Kulwicki Driver Development Program leader Justin Mondeik is currently ninth 100 points back and John Beale rounds out the top 10 only 117 points behind Nason.
Not only will the top 10 be at Dells Raceway Park this Saturday night, many other stars have filed an entry for this Labor Day weekend event.
Derek Kraus, who became the youngest winner in the ARCA Midwest Tour two years ago at Dells Raceway Park and won his third NASCAR K&N Pro Series race this past Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park, will be looking for another win.
Defending Oktoberfest winner and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season champion Johnny Sauter will be making another ARCAMT start this Saturday night.
Two-time Red, White, and Blue champion Bobby Kendall hopes to get the win along with two-time ARCAMT champion Dan Fredrickson have filed entries.
Golden Sands Speedway ARCAMT winner Carson Kvapil, who just started his sophomore year in high school this week, will make the trek back to Wisconsin this weekend.
Former Big 8 Series champion Michael Bilderback along with brothers Chris and Jason Weinkauf will be looking to get to victory lane.
2017 ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year Michael Ostdiek along with former ARCAMT winner Brandon Hill hope for a big victory.
Other stars planning on being there include: Jeff Holmgren Jr., Gabe Sommers, Matt Kocourek, Rich Bickle Jr., Dillon Hammond, and Ryan Farrell.
At the end of the night, the stage will be set for what could be an intense battle for the championship at Oktoberfest. Make your plans to be there this Saturday night and witness it in person.
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Escape to Wisconsin 100 Expected Entries
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Dells Raceway Park, Wisconsin Dells, WI
26 Drivers as of 8/27/18
Car # – Name – Hometown State
5 – Casey Johnson – Edgerton WI
5 – Jeff Holmgren, Jr – East Troy WI
5 – John Beale – Verona WI
5 – Johnny Sauter – Necedah WI
7 – John DeAngelis, Jr – Hubertus WI
7 – Paul Shafer, Jr – Portage IN
8 – Billy Mohn – New Market MN
9 – Derek Kraus – Stratford WI
11 – Bobby Kendall – Montello WI
14 – Austin Nason – Roscoe IL
15 – Gabe Sommers – Plover WI
17 – Michael Bilderback – South Beloit IL
18 – Michael Ostdiek – Lakeville MN
34 – Brandon Hill – Genoa City WI
35 – Carson Kvapil – Mooresville NC
36 – Dan Fredrickson – Lakeville MN
39 – Andrew Morrissey – DeForest WI
43 – Matt Kocourek – Franklin WI
44 – Justin Mondeik – Gleason WI
45 – Rich Bickle, Jr – Edgerton WI
75 – Chris Weinkauf – Merrill WI
75 – Dillon Hammond – Grand Marsh WI
76 – Jason Weinkauf – Merrill WI
77 – Jonathan Eilen – Hampton MN
80 – Ryan Farrell – Big Bend WI
119 – Dalton Zehr – Daytona Beach FL
-Midwest Tour Press Release
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