It appeared as though Johnny Sauter had the field covered during Tuesday night’s Dixieland 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway.  The Necedah, Wisconsin driver took the lead on lap 118 and had all but checked out when he started to slow on the race track  with 10 laps to go, relinquishing the lead to Dennis Prunty.

 

Sauter eventually came to a stop on the track, bringing out the caution and setting up a late-race restart to decide the 250-lap race.  Prunty held off Ty Majeski and Bobby Kendall over the final seven laps to take the checkered flag.

 

S 51 TV Network red“First we were thinking okay, let’s just finish second.  We pulled away from Ty just a little bit, then Johnny broke and it was like holy cow we got the lead and then the caution came out,” Prunty told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “I thought it was going to be a side-by-side restart and I was like I don’t know how we can do this, but I knew I was a little bit better than Ty, so it was like let’s see if it’s enough.  Then it was a single-file restart and we were able to pull away just enough and he never had a chance to put a bumper on me.”

 

While Prunty celebrated his first career Dixieland 250 victory, Sauter was forced to think about what could have been if only he could have finished the final 10 laps.

 

“We just broke a suspension component,” said Sauter.  “I don’t know why. I guess I have my theories on why, it’s bummer.  I needed (the car) to last a couple more laps and it didn’t.”

 

Majeski led early, but after pitting under caution just past lap 100, his No. 91 car seemed to fade.  Despite his four ARCA Midwest Tour this year, a win in the Dixieland 250 continues to elude the 21-year-old Roush Fenway Racing development driver.

 

“We were pretty good at the beginning and usually our cars have pretty good longevity, even if they are a little free at the beginnig and this one just didn’t stay like we normally have them,” explained Majeski.  “Just got too free to do anything with the 42 (Prunty) and the 5 (Sauter) there.”

 

For Prunty this is his second ‘big race’ win in as many years, and the Slinger, Wisconsin driver says this one stands above them all.

 

“This is bigger than Slinger Nationals just because I don’t race there that often,” said Prunty.  “So to be able to come and do this is awesome.  I think this is my biggest win.”

 

A video replay of Tuesday night’s race can be viewed now by clicking here.

 

-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman

 

Dixieland 250 Official Results

1

42P

Dennis Prunty

2

91

Ty Majeski

3

11K

Bobby Kendall

4

75

Chris Weinkauf

5

58

Cardell Potter

6

19

Dalton Zehr

7

39M

Andrew Morrissey

8

7

Paul Schafer, Jr.

9

22

Nick Panitzke

10

45

Jeff Van Oudenhoven

11

5

Noah Gragson

12

43

Matt Kocourek

13

04

Natalie Decker

14

3

Brandon Reichenberger

15

14N

Austin Nason

16

9C

Kyle Calmes

17

5

Johnny Sauter

18

12M

Nick Murgic

19

07K

Corey Kemkes

20

9

Derek Kraus

21

2

Lowell Bennett

22

52

Ricky Baker

23

38

Jeff Holtz

24

10

Andy Monday

25

23

Jason Weinkauf

26

47

Casey Johnson

27

50

Michael Anthony

28

30

Pete Vandermolen

29

36

Dan Fredrickson

30

77

Jonathan Eilen

Sauter Slows, Prunty Pounces for First Dixieland 250 Win