ARCA Midwest Tour – Rockford Speedway (IL) – 7/1/17

Last updated: July 2, 2017 at 14:53 pm
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Majeski climbs out a winner at Rockford. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race:

Ty Majeski patiently waited behind Austin Nason for several laps before the two made contact and Nason was moved out of the way with three laps to go.

 

The Finish: 

Pos # Driver Laps
1 91 Ty Majeski 100
2 14 Austin Nason 100
3 5 Casey Johnson 100
4 39 Andrew Morrissey 100
5 x Jon Reynolds, Jr 100
6 35 Travis Dassow 100
7 18 Michael Ostdiek 100
8 9 Derek Kraus 100
9 7s Paul Shafer, Jr 100
10 04 Natalie Decker 100
11 43 Matt Kocourek 100
12 7 John DeAngelis, Jr 100
13 44 Justin Mondeik 100
14 75 Mike Beyer 100
15 42 Dennis Prunty 73
16 119 Dalton Zehr 66
17 77 Jonathan Eilen 66
18 45 Rich Bickle, Jr 55
19 52 Ricky Baker 20
20 85 Danny Darnell 19
21 44G Mitch Garfield 15
22 13 Mikie Breiner 0

 

The Skinny: 

Austin Nason led the majority of the 100 lap feature, but in the end could not hold off Ty Majeski. This is the 5th consecutive series win for Majeski, which is a new record in addition to the track record. The race was filled with cautions, which eliminated several cars from the race.

 

Winning Quote:

“It’s so tough to pass here. A lot of cautions today, we had a good car on the long run, just didn’t have the chance to show it.” – Ty Majeski

 

On the Move:

Derek Kraus started shot gun on the field after a slow qualifying effort. The team made changes, and he patiently made his way to 8th for the finish.

 

Biggest Loser:

Ricky Baker was the biggest loser Saturday night, after starting in the 5th position, but having troubles, he could only make 20 laps which placed him 19th after the race.

 

Feature Notebook:

15 laps in, Austin Nason leads Casey Johnson.

25 laps in, yellow for Natalie Decker. Nason continues to lead.

Austin Nason narrowly misses Zehr and Eilen as they come together. 34 to go.

Nason continues to hold off Majeski on the restarts. 20 to go.

Majeski makes contact with Nason with 3 to go, takes lead and wins.

This is Majeski’s 5th series win in a row, a record.

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

Ty Majeski breaks the track record and sets fast time for tonight’s race.

Paul Shafer Jr. and Austin Nason fastest in the practice sessions today.

 

Starting Lineup:

1 14 Austin Nason
2 35 Travis Dassow
3 5 Casey Johnson
4 52 Ricky Baker
5 39 Andrew Morrissey
6 119 Dalton Zehr
7 45 Rich Bickle, Jr
8 91 Ty Majeski
9 x Jon Reynolds, Jr
10 42 Dennis Prunty
11 7 John DeAngelis, Jr
12 77 Jonathan Eilen
13 43 Matt Kocourek
14 7s Paul Shafer, Jr
15 18 Michael Ostdiek
16 04 Natalie Decker
17 75 Mike Beyer
18 44 Justin Mondeik
19 9 Derek Kraus
20 44g Mitch Garfield
21 85 Danny Darnell

 

Time Trial Results: 

1 91 Ty Majeski 12.951
2 45 Rich Bickle, Jr 13.007
3 119 Dalton Zehr 13.016
4 39 Andrew Morrissey 13.017
5 52 Ricky Baker 13.026
6 5 Casey Johnson 13.056
7 35 Travis Dassow 13.077
8 14 Austin Nason 13.078
8 x Jon Reynolds, Jr 13.078
10 42 Dennis Prunty 13.087
11 7 John DeAngelis, Jr 13.091
12 77 Jonathan Eilen 13.138
13 43 Matt Kocourek 13.140
14 7s Paul Shafer, Jr 13.156
15 18 Michael Ostdiek 13.201
16 04 Natalie Decker 13.202
17 44 Justin Mondeik 13.226
18 75 Mike Beyer 13.247
19 44g Mitch Garfield 13.287
20 9 Derek Kraus 13.291
21 85 Danny Darnell 13.970

 

Qualifier #1 Race Results (pos. 17-21):

1 75 Mike Beyer
2 44 Justin Mondeik
3 9 Derek Kraus
4 44g Mitch Garfield
5 85 Danny Darnell

 

Odd Dash Results:

1 18 Michael Ostdiek
2 7 John DeAngelis, Jr
3 43 Matt Kocourek
4 35 Travis Dassow
5 91 Ty Majeski
6 52 Ricky Baker
7 119 Dalton Zehr
8 x Jon Reynolds, Jr

 

Even Dash Results:

1 7s Paul Shafer, Jr
2 42 Dennis Prunty
3 5 Casey Johnson
4 14 Austin Nason
5 77 Jonathan Eilen
6 04 Natalie Decker
7 45 Rich Bickle, Jr
8 39 Andrew Morrissey

 

Car Count: 

21

 

Entry List: 

5 Casey Johnson Edgerton, WI
7 John DeAngelis, Jr Hubertus, WI
7 Paul Shafer, Jr Portage, IN
9 Derek Kraus Stratford, WI
14 Austin Nason Roscoe, IL
18 Michael Ostdiek Lakeville, MN
35 Travis Dassow West Bend, WI
39 Andrew Morrissey DeForest, WI
42 Dennis Prunty Knowles, WI
43 Matt Kocourek Franklin, WI
44 Justin Mondeik Gleason, WI
44 Mitch Garfield Pingree Grove, IL
45 Rich Bickle, Jr Edgerton, WI
52 Ricky Baker Plainfield, IL
75 Mike Beyer Machesney Park, IL
77 Jonathan Eilen Hampton, MN
85 Danny Darnell Park City, IL
91 Ty Majeski Seymour, WI
119 Dalton Zehr Daytona Beach, FL
O4 Natalie Decker Eagle River, WI
X Jon Reynolds, Jr Rockford, IL

 

Qualifying Format: 

Each car will get two laps to make their best time, and the top-16 will race in odd and even dashes. The remaining cars will race in a qualifier race.

 

Event Schedule: 

4pm-5:20 Practice

5:55pm Qualifying Begins

7:07pm Racing

 

Who to Watch For:

Jon Reynolds Jr. is always fast, and at his home track he will be a car to watch. Ty Majeski is always successful, and won here at Rockford two years ago.

 

Title Fight:

After a great start to the season so far, Ty Majeski leads Travis Dassow by 140 points coming into today’s race.

 

The Track:

Rockford is a high-banked quarter mile oval which hosted its inaugural season in 1948. The track is located in Rockford, IL

 

Weather:

The weather is nearly perfect, the temperature will be around 76 at the time of green flag later, and just a few clouds in the sky.

 

Next Series Race:

The next race takes place at Grundy County Speedway on July 15th.

Speed Central: ARCA Midwest Tour at Rockford (IL)